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Alsten Tauro
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Cumberland, Vancouver Island: A Camino reunion with Janet.
Travel Date: Sunday, May 8th 2016 After leaving mom and sis, I head over to the Vancouver Airport.  I am excited to board this plane headed to Comox on Vancouver Island. I get to reconnect with one of my best friends, who I met on the Camino de Santiago, in...

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Coal Creek Historic Park, Cumberland, Vancouver Island: A hike in the woods.
Travel Date: Friday, May 13th, 2016: We drive an arrive at entrance to Coal Creek Historic Park . A little history lesson. We begin the trail with Zen. Just like Camino times, minus our backpacks. We pass the pond. More trails. Small bridges. And get to the...

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Goose Spit Park, Comox, Vancouver Island: A Picnic Lunch with Janet and the boys.
Travel Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2016: Around lunch time, Janet, I, and the boys: Remie and Tomei head out for a small excursion and picnic lunch to Goose Spit Park in the town of Comox. The log wall you see in the picture below prevents the road from being...

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Royston, Vancouver Island: Dinner at the Waterfront.
Travel Date: Tuesday, May 10th 2016:  Later in the evening, Michel, her and I go out for dinner. We head over to the nearby town Royston, which is describe as a small seaside hamlet. We arrive at KingFisher Oceanside Spa and Resort  and decide to dine at th...

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Courtenay, Vancouver Island: A Heritage Walk and Sweet Nourishment.
Travel Date: Tuesday, May 10th 2016:  Janet and I walk around in the morning to pick up the local mail, and we run into some people who she knows. Later we head over to grab a snack and coffee at  Tarbell's Deli and Expresso . After a great conversation, we...

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Alaska Cruise Day 8: Leaving the Noordam in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Travel Date: Sunday, May 8th 2016 I wake up.  In two hours we will have to leave the cruiseline. I am actually ready to go. I am not ready for the vacation to end, but ready to go! We begin to approach Vancouver, British Columbia. We are getting closer. We ...

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Alaska Cruise Day 7: Our Last Full Day on the Pacific Ocean
Travel Date: Saturday, May 7th 2016 Ah, the last full day on the cruiseline. How sad. I don't want it to end!! We are going to be on the boat for the full day, so today is "soak up as much of this experience as I can today!" The activities for today are: Ma...

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Alaska Cruise Day 6: A Native Alaskan Tour of Ketchikan
Travel Date: Friday, May 6th 2016 We received our tour tickets at the Visitor's Center. Then we get picked up for our tour with a local native Alaskan guide. He drives us to a viewing point where we can see a few adult bald eagles. We walk through the nearb...

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Alaska Cruise Day 6: A Creek Street Experience in Ketchikan
Travel Date: Friday, May 6th 2016 I wake up and were are pretty close to Ketchikan. It's Friday. Whoo Hooo!!! Oh wait, I'm on vacation. Everyday is a holiday. I head up to the Crow's Nest to view the landscape of the incoming town of Ketchikan, and get a hi...

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Alaska Cruise Day 5: A Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Experience
Travel Date: Wednesday, May 4th 2016 Today was a full day on the ship. We would be heading towards Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. As I am eating breakfast with mom, I noticed a smaller boat approaching the cruise line.  After breakfast, I head up t...
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