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An Invitation!
Always great!
04/12/2009, Lac-en-Coeur, Quebec

Upon reflection, I want to invite everyone who has followed our sailing adventure to visit us at our summer home in the wilds of Quebec.

We have lots of space to accommodate 20+ people, and a wonderful clear, clean lake full of fish with all the water toys to explore the pristine natural environment.

We can be reached at: city (613) 232-1010 or lake: (819) 986-1994

Have a great spring/summer........

glen

04/12/2009 | Keith
Great to have you home. I can just imagine Louise rushing into the studio just to get her hands back into the clay. I have enjoyed your blog as I did Madcaps .. I am now following another sailor in his fourth year of a round the world trip in a 35' wooden 1914 Teak Yawl (currently in Cuba). Unfortunately he only posts his position and not a blog of his experiences.
Hope to see you both over the summer .... Keith
10/07/2009 | Raymond
Hello Glen & Louise,

Great Pictures and wonderful blog. Although I have only been once to your wonderful lake home, I was in awe to the prestine views of this exclusive piece of land. Have a wonderful adventure and wishing you a safe, fun, and eventful Venture! Outward Bound!

Warmest Regards,


Raymond
Back in Ottawa!
Cool and sunny!
04/12/2009, Echo Drive

So we're back in our home in Ottawa...............
What a wonderful vacation!

The trip north was more relaxing than our mad rush south in December, with a number of excellent hotels and restaurants.

We traveled north from Stuart, across Florida and Georgia, and hoped to stay in Hilton Head, South Carolina. We arrived at 4pm and discovered that the place is completely artificial without any architectural sense, and looks like it was made in Disneyland. We drove on to Beaufort, SC which is a spectacular 18th century seaport where we loved it.

Another day on the road brought us to Hopewell, Virginia, the site of General Grant's headquarters during the Civil War. Wonderful soft-shell crabs ( they're only in season one month a year).

Another day north brought us out of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and on to Ithaca, NY, the home of the Moosewood Restaurant, the source of the famous Moosewood Cookbooks, and an important venue for Louise. We dined at the holy spot, and had a wonderful room in a nearby B&B. We'll return in the fall for the famous Cayuga Lake Wine Festival.

Another 4 hours brought us to Ottawa with our 500lbs of shells, sea-glass, coral, seeds, wine, cheese, etc.

The trip was a migratory experience with thousands of snowbirds (often in huge RV buses) streaming north towards the spring!

Back home we've had a day to do some shopping at our favorite shops and are delighted with the vast selection and quality!

It's great to be home, and Louise is looking forward to the attack on her garden!

This is probably my last posting................

glen

Back in the USA
Sunny and hot....93F
04/07/2009, Stuart, Florida

It's been a rather busy past five days, with the need to sail south to Black Sound, haul the boat out of the water, clean all of the exterior and interior, and prepare everything onboard for our long absence.

The danger of hurricanes results in the need to really strip the boat of everything one can, so Louise and I spent four days removing things and emptying food and all other perishables from the boat.

We then took a water taxi across to Grand Abacos Island and from there a plane to FT. Lauderdale where we've rented a car to travel north to Stuart where we have left our Mini Cooper (which has refused to start).

Imagine a car which does not let you open the electric trunk lid when the battery is dead. The battery is located in the trunk.

A lovely meal in the harbour, things to sort out tomorrow, and then the slow drive north.

It's quite a culture shock arriving in busy Florida after such a long time on the quiet beaches of the Abacos!

glen

04/07/2009 | Judy and Jim
Looking forward to seeing you soon! Safe trip home to Echo!
04/08/2009 | Keith
We look forward to seeing you back in Ottawa and hearing of your saga first hand. Will be at a pre-easter lunch at Maxwells tomorrow with DB and DC. .... Keith

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