Here we go! Heading south for Feb! So exciting to leave the snow (!) behind!!!

We’re heading south for the whole month of February.  Stopping to visit friends in Portland, Oregon; spending a day or two in Carmel to wallow on the beach(es); surprised and deterred by mudslides on Hwy. 1 through Big Sur – so taking the inland route for the first time ever; visiting family in Thousand Oaks, LA, then heading east to Palm Springs where we’ve rented a mid-century modern house for a month!!  Oh look…we’re passing by the Huntington…time for a detour!  Looking forward to warm air, sunny skies, desert air and lots and lots of succulents….and plenty of hikes through the desert as well.

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Taking the ferry over to the mainland always seems to say…here we go…vacation-time!
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Sundial Bridge in Redding, CA.  Architect: Santiago Calatrava…we’ve seen his Twisted Torso in Sweden and the Galleria, Brookfield Place, Toronto. 

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Mount Shasta, 14,000+ feet
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Author: joannewesterby

Although I lived in Ontario for 25 years, Vancouver Island has always been home to me. 15 years ago we bought a "little house on the prairie" in Brant County, just outside Hamilton, Ancaster and Brantford, Ontario. Over the years, with a lot of sweat, determination, luck, skill, frustration, elation and endurance we turned that 2 acre clay field into an amazing oasis...as chronicled in Through Leaves. When we recently retired we immediately came back 'home' to the Coast. We have settled in beautiful central Vancouver Island at the edge of Nanaimo on 1/2 acre with a mature shrub garden adjacent to a ravine that winds its way up to Westwood Lake and eventually Mount Benson. Although the garden is mature and gorgeous...it is very overgrown, too homogenous for my liking and needs my personal stamp! I am dizzy with the possibilities!!!

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