My friend’s neighborhood in Mill Bay on Vancouver Island Canada

For close to three years I had been sharing an office at the University in South Korea with a Canadian woman from Vancouver Island who had been telling me over and over how beautiful her hometown was and how I should visit.

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About a year after my father died, bringing me back to the states, she too had returned to her home town … but for a job.

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The view from my friend’s living room window, in JUNE (yup, that’s snow on that mountain)

The road trip I did which started in Chicago, followed I-90/94 to Glendive, Montana, and then headed northwest to Glacier National Park, and then cut straight north to Calgary, and then west on Canada’s Route 1 (see my clickable map) was all about getting a chance to visit her in her hometown.

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SEALS!!!

One of my friend’s favorite things is walking her dogs along the beach… can you blame her? WAY better than along some city street

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It’s hard to NOT understand why she loves this place so much, it’s gorgeous and restful and the air is so free of pollution that you can a mountain over a hundred miles away

IMG_1253Note my friend (above) who is standing at the base of the tree with her two dogs, it will give you a sense of the size of the trees around here

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A few weeks later a high-school friend of mine from Seattle came to visit, and I took him see where my Canadian friend lives

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