I flew from Narita (Tokyo) to Vancouver, British Columbia. My brother, Ben picked me up from the airport and I was able to stay at Ben and Louise's place for the next few nights.
|On the Skyliner heading to Narita|
|Waiting at Gate 45 for my flight|
|Entrance to the Fort|
|The Big House where the Fort Managers lived.|
|View from the Big House|
On Saturday, July 1st, Canada's 150th birthday, I flew from Abbotsford to Edmonton, Alberta.
|Can you see some of the snowcapped Rocky Mountains?|
|The view from their patio|
Next, I flew from Edmonton to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. My brother, Nick and sister-in-law Myrna picked me up from the airport. I did feel bad, because at this point my cold had really kicked in. My sinuses were quite sore. Nick and Myrna were busy with the berry farm they purchased earlier this year. It is a U-Pick berry farm. I was able to visit the farm one day and see the strawberries, Saskatoons and raspberries they grow there. It certainly was a busy time while there. They had their opening day with a number of people coming to pick and also had a few orders to fill.
Nick and Myrna were also able to take a few days off to go to their cabin by Jan Lake. They also took three of their grandsons. We spent two days on the lake fishing.
|Yes, I even caught a couple of fish, but we didn't keep any of mine because they weren't Walleye.|
On Sunday, we drove back to Hague. Nick and Myrna had arranged a dinner where most of the family was able to come. It was great to see them all and spend time with them.
|The blue in the front is flax and the yellow in the background is canola.|
The following day, Tuesday, I flew to Maryland. I rented a car there, which makes it easier to visit people and do various tasks. I was privileged to be able to experience the Bratt's hospitality and was able to stay at their house while I was in Maryland.
Judy and I were able to go visit The National Harbor. I was there many years ago, but haven't been there since. It has developed a lot! One of the attractions at the National Harbor is the ferris wheel. It gives you a great opportunity to see the area.
|Ferris Wheel, we were able to go around about five times.|
|Looking south, that's Virginia on the other side.|
|Looking west. That big white building is the MGM National Harbor Hotel and Casino.|
|Looking north. Some of the development.|
One of the things I don't do while I live in Japan is golfing. Jean and I went to the driving range to go hit a bucket of balls. It has been two years since I hit any golf balls. It took a bit, but the swing started to come back.
Monday, August 17th brought me back to Vancouver. Graciously, Ben picked me up again! I stayed a few days at Ben and Louise's house. I was able to catch up with some more friends as well as work on some things I needed to do while in North America. I love it that I have friends who do not want me to forget where I was born. One of my Abbotsford friends, Yolanda, gave me this cup.
Thursday, August 29th, another friend, Joyce and I took a road trip to a little place called Nicholson. Nicholson is just south of Golden, BC.
|Look at this little fellow I found at a rest area along the Coquihalla Highway.|
|Revelstoke, BC where we had lunch, by the Columbia River.|
|A train crossing the Columbia River.|
We had booked an AirBnB, which was an one bedroom trailer. The living-room had a sofa bed. There was also a full bathroom and kitchen.
|This was the view out the living-room window, with Ozzy, the dog that came along.|
|BBQing potatoes and steak|
|This was our dinner. Okay, I finished eating before I took a picture.|
We also went to Golden and spent some time wandering a trail that followed the Kicking Horse River.
|A pedestrian bridge of the Kicking Horse River.|
|A view of the surrounding mountains.|
|Looking up the Emerald Basin|
|Emerald Lake further down the Emerald Lake trail|
|Heading on the Yoho Pass trail which starts pretty level|
|Waterfall of a creek that eventually flowed into Emerald Lake|
|Looking back at Emerald Lake|
|Waterfall as we trekked higher|
|Ozzy as we headed back.|
|Ozzy was getting tired, so I carried him in my backpack for a bit.|
|A loon on Emerald Lake|
On our last day there, we took it easy. We drove south some and explored a few General stores and north again, ending up at Reflection Lake near Golden.
|There are a number of different animals there.|
Sunday evening, we had quite the storm. The winds were fairly strong and I saw a tree fall in a neighbor's yard. The electricity went out at about 19:30 and never did come back on. We decided to leave once we got up Monday morning, because we were unable to use anything including any water. When we stopped in Golden, we found out they were also without power. We stopped in Revelstoke for breakfast. The rest of the drive went smoothly. I arrived at Ben and Louise's house by late afternoon.
|On the property in the complex where Ben and Louise live.|
|The view on the deck by Ben and Louise. Isn't it beautiful!|
Wednesday, Case brought me to the airport so I could catch my flight back to Tokyo.
|On the Skyliner heading back home.|
It was warm and rained while I was gone and the grass grew. It took a while to get this under control again.
After it was all said and done, it was a great visit to North America. I was blessed to be able to talk to and meet a number of family, friends and supporters. I wish I was able to meet up with many more of you. Maybe the next visit to North America will allow me more time and energy to catch up with many more of you.
God instituted six days of work and one day of rest. I am always grateful for Sundays as days of rest. I am also very grateful for the month in the summer that I can focus on other areas of life, besides school. I know teachers can be teased about working only ten months of the year, but I do find that the summers are times where my body is able to rest and be ready for another school year. Really though, I don't think teachers ever fully shut their brain off from education. Thankfully I am starting to feel rested and ready to begin a new school year beginning in a little over a week. I ask for prayers as we begin a new school year. Please pray for the new students, parents and teachers who will be starting Christian Academy in Japan this August. Please pray for the rest of us as we help these new students, families and teachers become a part of CAJ.
I pray you all may have a good rest of the summer as you can hopefully take time away from your work to enjoy God's creation.