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Merry Christmas (Copy 2)

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FC: . . | Christmas | 2010 | From the Ingalls snowy wonderland!

1: A Christmas To Remember... | A year to remember. | It has been a good year for us. We would like to share our travels with you in pictures and text. Hope you enjoy.

2: After we returned home from Arizona in February, our next trip took us to our Samboree in the small town of Austin, Manitoba. We always enjoy this week of old folks having fun together. As usual, there was food, games and entertainment. An added feature this year was Seniors Day for the general public. This included demonstrations of border collies herding sheep and sheep shearing. I was thrilled to get pictures of a family of prairie dogs that were fun to watch.

3: Back home, we had our annual snow in summer days (fluff off the cottonwood trees). | These poppies self-seeded from some plants that we had grown two years ago. The seed originally came from Teddy Grenier's garden in New York.

4: So, on 02 July we set out on a 60 day trip to eastern Canada and USA. The first day, driving in northwestern Ontario, we saw lots of wild lupine in the ditches beside the road. Purple amethyst is mined in this part of the country so there are plenty of rock shops along the way. | By day four we had traveled through Ontario and most of Quebec, reaching

5: Fort Ingall in Cabana, east of Montreal, for the overnight. This reconstruction is of a British fort that was used between 1839 and 1842 to defend the south end of the Portage Trail in a border dispute between British North America and the United States. Lennox Ingall was commander of this fort, but we were not able to find a connection. | Once in New Brunswick, we stopped in Hartland, home of the longest covered bridge in the world at | 1282 feet. It was build in 1901 and is still in use.

6: The following day we drove to the Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy. There you can see the Flowerpot rocks, sculpted by tides the height of a four-story building, the highest in the world. You can walk on the ocean floor three hours before or after low tide. Farmlands adorn the shore, red soil is under your feet and sea weed is visible at low tide. A remarkable mile or more of shoreline.

7: Still in New Brunswick, we drove to Shediak, the lobster capital of the world. Instead of going to the noisy, crowded and expensive Lobster Fest we found a quiet wharf restaurant and enjoyed fried clams and watched the many sailboats nearby. | The biggest lobster in the world seems appropriate in the lobster capital of the world. Moving on to Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge we arrived at

8: Abram-Village for the 10th annual Evangeline Bluegrass & Traditional Music Festival. There we ENJOYED twenty-five hours of great music, friendly folk and a venue small enough that you could interact with patrons and musicians alike. | Traditionally, the Maritimes are known for their musicians. We saw the best of the best!! We | returned to the same site a week later for the Maritime Samboree, again lots of old folks having fun together. Good Sam is a great organization for those who like to travel in their RVs, especially if you take advantage of the

9: Samborees that are offered each year in most states and provinces. We have attended about twenty Samborees since 2002. There is always entertainment, food and games but the highlight of this one was the Hobo Parade. | Between these two activities we spent a few days at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park on the Northumberland Strait. From here we visited a couple light houses, a 200 year old woolen mill, a quilt shop, a wind energy interpretive center and

10: bought seafood: lobster, scallops and muscles. The first two were really good but I wouldn't drive across the country to taste muscles (or did we!) This area is quite rural with lot and lots of potatoes grown as well as barley and wheat. In many yards you will see large fishing boats and lobster traps. The soil is red as you can see in the picture from the top of the West Point light house, the 2nd oldest and tallest on the island. .

11: These are typical scenes in PEI. It's much like Vermont with shoreline and rolling hills but no high mountains. The flavour is much the same. | At Brakley Beach we enjoyed a young, native fiddle player and clogger who entertained us for two hours with a couple guys on guitar and vocals, all for $10.00

12: Before leaving PEI we enjoyed a lobster feast where we met a couple from Manitoba, visited Cavendish (home of Lucy Maud Montgomery) and stayed at Lord Selkirk Provincial Park. Selkirk, a Scott, settled there in 1803, moved on to Ontario for six years before finally settling in Manitoba. Ray knew the Manitoba history but not what had happened earlier. Continuing on to Nova Scotia, we drove the world famous Cabot Trail, a day's trip through the highlands around the coast of Cape Briton Island. This is a "must see"

13: trip for anyone visiting Nova Scotia. There are small towns all along, lots of tourism, two lane highway where you would have had to take both lanes if you were towing a trailer. We weren't. The 54th annual Scottish concert was worth a Sunday afternoon with lots of fiddle music (waltz, reel and jig), some bagpipes, guitar and traditional Scottish tunes. Young and not-so-young folks entertained us with step dancing. Somewhere along the way we | stopped at the Gaelic College whose mandate is to preserve Gaelic culture and traditions. Our final tour in Nova Scotia was at the Fortress of Louisbourg, a National Historic Site

14: of Canada. The French arrived here in 1713 after losing territory to the English in Newfoundland and what is now Nova Scotia. Louisbourg quickly became France's most important seaport in Atlantic Canada based on a thriving fishing industry to satisfy the need for fish for the French Catholic population in France. Although it was a fortified port, it was taken over by the English by 1860. Each | summer, costumed interpreters paint the picture of life as it was in 1744. We | enjoyed interacting with the "natives" and learning some Canadian history we did not know.

16: Well, that was our trip to the Canadian Maritime provinces. We always talked of going but once we got to Vermont, that was where we stayed. We did spend a couple weeks in East Haven, Vermont at the old Ingalls home that Dot owns now. Ray did some fishing, I did some hill walking and we spent some of the time with Dot and Paul. It was good to be there again. There was a lot of rain so the river was high and swift.

17: This is the fireplace that Ray and I built in the summer of 1960

18: You will recognize the pines .... and the Mad River!!

19: On our way back home, we stopped to see Dot & Paul, John and family. . . | John & Linda , Grant, Ken and family in New Jersey. . .

20: and Dick & Roena, Hazel, Norris and Savannah in Maryland. | It was a great trip. Total mileage 11,300 KM; 7022 miles. Total cribbage games played - 58; won by Ray - 26; won by Ann - 32. During 2010 Ray and I were fortunate to have time with all our

21: siblings either at their homes or in Arizona. Not bad considering that we live in four time zones. Back home to catch up and prepare for winter. Among other things, Ray cut, split and stacked nearly five cords of wood for the furnace.

22: We will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary on June 19, 2011. If you are so inclined, we would love to have you join us for as long as you can stay. It will be a casual Open House here at our home on that Sunday afternoon. There will be a more formal invitation in the New Year. Our prayer is that you make some good memories during the Christmas season and that health and happiness continue to follow you during 2011. Our love to each and every one of you. Ray & Ann

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