Well 2016 I am not sorry to see you go, it has been a year of ups but with more downs for me. Looking forward to 2017 and what is ahead.The year started off as good as any of the last few years with travel plans and family visits and was looking to be a pretty good year shaping up.
Starting off, a wonderful trip to Walt Disney World for 9 full days with 8 split between the 4 parks and a rest day. It was wonderful but tiring for us. Jodi was a trooper as usual, she walked as much as possible for a couple of hours then she had to use the wheelchair for the rest of the day.
My favorite attaction
7 Dwarfs Mine Train
Kilimanjaro Safari – garaffe
Hollywood Tower of Terror
Toy Story Mania
Spaceship Earth the symbol of EPCOT
Our last photo together
Back from the trip Jodi was tired but pushing along pretty well. A clinic visit went well in mid-March but then she had an incident and died on the 31st of March. This completely shattered me, she had a spark of life that I cold not explain. It just radiated from her.
Taken at Mount St Helens, WA 2013
Always a smile even when she is not feeling well.
Snow White Faces
Us with Tigger
Bodie 6 months old
Nothing holds her down
Then I was able to get to 2 local events a Concourse Car Show and the Taste of Huntington Beach, both in HB Central Park, these two afternoons were just an amazing time out of the house.
Eggs being fried for the burgers, yes please.
The crowds were there to enjoy and all looked like they were having a great time.
And the candy!
Anyone for a tap?
How about desert?
Can not get enough
Next up on the agenda was to get up north to see my grandson’s 1st birthday at the end of April. It was a wonderful time but sad for all of us adults at the same time.
Old FortVancouver and 3 generations
Explaining how it goes together
Ready to roll
The big “1”
Grandpa’s very happy
Then a cruise to Alaska that was planned in 2015 with family and extended family in June. WIth 9 of us it was an exciting time and a very lovely trip.
The whole Group
Then in October it was another trip up north to visit my grandson with an overnight stop in the Redwoods for the night.
My sleeping area for the night
A quiet place to sit and relax
Follow me to the light
Seashore at Orick, CA
Along the road to Crescent City, CA
My daughter and the 2 grand kids moved back into the house the first week of November to fill up the 4 bedroom house. Now it is a lively house again with non-stop activity.
Finally the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas have been happy but hollow with something very important missing in our lives.
So looking forward to planning new adventures for 2017, enjoying travel again and seeing new places. My Bucket List is long and constantly growing so we will see if I can visit these places in the time left.
Planning and preparing for the 2018 Alaska adventure will take a lot of 2017 and really be exciting.
I hope everyone has a wonderful 2017 and your adventures all come true.
“May the calm be widespread, may the sea be as the smooth surface of the greenstone, and may the rays of sunshine forever dance along your path” Maori Prayer.
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