AFTER the gymnastics camp in Idaho

This was my 5th year at Adlard’s High Performance Training Camp. Another great event!

After the competition some of us headed out to the new lake cabin just purchased by Barbara Anne and Michael.

Here’s the view from the deck:

BEFORE the tree was chopped down

AFTER the tree was chopped down

Later we headed out to camp at a reservoir in Montana in celebration of the 4th of July.

more photos on flickr

Lake Quinault Lodge, Washington State

En route to Idaho, my parents and I were happy we scheduled dinner at the “Roosevelt Room”. The best meal we’ve had in a long, long time.



Ancient towering trees…sun splashed lawn…a tranquil lakeside setting

Welcome to Washington State and the glorious Olympic Peninsula.

Find your true retreat at historic Lake Quinault Lodge, a landmark on the shores of beautiful Lake Quinault. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Lodge is the perfect place to leave the cares of the work-a-day world behind.

Lake Quinault Lodge, Olympic National Forest, WA

Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

I lucked into a tour of the fantastic Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.

It’s a world-class, award winning educational facility owned by 5 universities.


Bamfield is a great, remote location for researchers.

Many of their buildings were originally part of an undersea cable system connecting the British Empire.

In 1902, the Bamfield Cable station was constructed as the western terminus of a worldwide undersea cable called by some the All Red Line as it passed only through countries and territories controlled by the British Empire.

The cable initially went to Fanning Island, a tiny coral atoll in the mid-Pacific, and from there continued to Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia. …

In 1953 the cables were extended up the Alberni Inlet to Port Alberni and station closed on June 20, 1959.

Bamfield – Wikipedia

old cable used in monument

The highlight of the tour for me, however, was the processed wood used in construction of the newest building. Huge beams had been pressed in an eco-friendly process. Gorgeous material.


kayaking the Deer Islands off Bamfield

Some years ago we kayaked the Broken Group Islands, the #1 destination in Canada for paddlers. (Some would say #1 in the world — but I’d head to Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California, first if I were you.)

This time I rented a single kayak in Bamfield and paddled directly to the Deer Island group, the closest to town.


Broken Islands are a protected National Park. Nearby Deer Islands are commercially developed, some even with holiday homes.

It was a great, relaxing trip. I saw bear, seals, sea lions and nearly stepped on a baby puffin.


More photos from this trip – flickr

move to Bamfield, British Columbia

If you’re shopping for investment retirement property you could check out 3 peninsula towns on the rugged west coast of Canada:

  • Tofino (expensive)
  • Ucluelet (getting expensive)
  • Bamfield
  • In remote Bamfield, I can put you into a little fixer-upper on the east side.


    To sweeten the deal, I will throw in a skiff to get you across Bamfield harbour.


    They say Bamfield is so depressing during the long, wet winter that the 250 permanent residents cannot muster enough passion to commit suicide. But a cheery person like you could handle it!

    My campsite on the beach near town.


    more Bamfield photos on flickr.

    Bamfield – Wikipedia