Thursday, July 23, 2009

More pictures from Nova Scotia

One day I went whale watching. We actually saw at least a dozen minke whales, most of them in a pod feeding a few miles outside Halifax Harbour. They were so close that you could hear them blowing water from their spouts. It was fabulous.

But not good for taking photographs. This is the best one I took. It's a whale, honest!

I took the Harbour Hopper tour my first day in Halifax. It drives around city streets, and then motors into the harbour. A fun introduction to the city:

Brian and I spent a day at Cape Split on the Bay of Fundy. It was cold and misty, and the tide was out. It was eerily beautiful:

Halifax from the sea:

Brian at Grand Pre, at the Acadian museum. A beautiful place with a very sad history:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tall Ships in Halifax, NS

Brian and I have been in Halifax for the last week. Brian attended an oil rig safety course (he has a well coming up offshore and had to get Canadian certification) and I spent a glorious week roaming around Halifax.

It's been 30 years since I've been in Nova Scotia. I came here as a child and it has always been one of my favorite places. Halifax is a beautiful city, full of graceful old buildings, art galleries and a gorgeous harbour. It was totally accidental, but we managed to be here during the Tall Ships 2009 festival. 70 sailing ships from around the world were anchored in the harbour, and over the weekend we were able to look at all of the ships and tour many of them. The best part of the festival was the ending "Parade of Sail," when all of the ships lined up and sailed around Halifax Harbour before heading out to sea. Truly an amazing sight!

This is the Pride of Baltimore II, a very graceful topsail schooner:
Brian's favorite, the Kruzenshtern, a Russian four-masted barque. The Kruzenshtern is one of the largest tall ships in the world, and was the largest at the festival. It is still used by the Russian navy as a training vessel:

The Eagle, a three-masted barque used by the US Coast Guard as a training vessel. Another very large ship:

A very bored Russian sailor aboard the Kruzenshtern:

Brian at the helm:

Thursday, July 9, 2009

It's our Anniversary!

When I think back over my life, I can hardly remember life before Brian. It seems like we've been a couple forever. Well, officially, we've been a couple for 30 years -- a married couple, that is. Happy Anniversary, darling!

Spread Eagle and Milwaukee

We're back in toasty Texas, trying to keep alive the vague memories of cool, green Wisconsin. Kind of hard to do when the daytime temperatures here are over 100 degrees. Sometimes I feel like this saguaro:
Actually, that picture was taken in Milwaukee, in the Mitchell Domes Arid exhibit. Kinda felt like home in there!

We're just back from our vacation. We spent the first 6 days visiting friends who have a house in Northern Wisconsin, on the Spread Eagle chain of lakes. We spent our days boating, skiing, tubing, fishing and just generally have a very cool time.

Carolyn and Elena are 10 and 7 (almost 8) now. They are growing up so fast!

We reluctantly left Spread Eagle and headed to Milwaukee, where we met up with Brian's dad and brother. Brian's dad spent World War Two as an Army Air Corps radio school instructor at Truax Field in Madison, and has always wanted to revisit the area. So we persuaded him to travel from New Jersey and spend a week in Milwaukee/Madison with us. We also persuaded Brian's brother to join us (he lives in Maryland). It was fabulous having the whole family together -- we had a great time.

Of course our trip included a Brewers' game. Brian is a big fan of the sausage race, and I couldn't resist snapping this picture of him with two of the contestants:

We spent a day in Madison. Truax Field is still there:

The Boerner Botanic Gardens in Milwaukee are fabulous. The roses were at their peak:

All in all, it was a wonderful trip. We got to spend time with our best friends as well as our family. The perfect vacation!

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