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Julia's conference this weekend went pretty well. She conferenced Thurs and Fri while I looked at the ocean and attempted to work on the handout for next weekend's class. Fortunately, Fri evening I found the handout for the two-hour version, so I'm in better shape than I thought. I still have work to do on it.

Fri morning and again in the afternoon we walked along Agate Beach. We found a few shells, but not much. Saturday morning was yet another walk with a couple more finds (including a tiny, but intact, sand dollar). When it started raining, we jumped in the car and went driving. I got out at another beach, got wet, but found some carnelian agate, so it was worth it. I also spent $48 dollars on beads and agate (Julia spent $8). Now I need to work up an inventory spreadsheet.

Today was back to the same grind at work. I almost, but not quite, pulled my hair out over the antics of our overseas counterparts. It would be A LOT EASIER to get all the documentation together if they had sent said documentation in the first place or sent it when we asked for it in the second place. Grrrrr.

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On our last day in Victoria, Julia and I went for a drive around Vancouver Island. We drove out to Port Renfrew, along the southwest side of the island. We saw some lovely views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Peninsula, but the day was not terribly photogenic.

Once we got to Port Renfrew, we hiked down to the beach, or at least tried to. We sort of ran into a small, or at least 2-year-old, problem:



Yes, that's a black bear, and yes, we are too close to it. We had just come around a curve in the trail and there it was. Fortunately, it was more interested in what it was searching around for than it was in us. Unfortunately, it was too accustomed to people for noise to drive it away. While we were trying to outwait it, I heard a noise like a creaking off the side of the trail. I've heard the sound of a new bear cub described that way, so when Julia suggested we return to the car, I agreed. On our way back to the car, we heard yet another bear off the the trail.

On the way back up, we ran into another couple coming down the trail, who we warned. They said they were going to continue on toward the beach, but they returned to the parking area less than five minutes after we did. They decided that maybe they would chance a different trail. We decided that we had hiked far enough -- I was sore from the walking (and picture-taking) the previous day.

So we started back down the coast. We cut across the island so we could see some of the north side before going back to the city. There was just enough haze (or not enough haze) that none of the pictures turned out terribly striking. We stopped through some local artisans on the way back to the city. At the potter's we did some early Christmas shopping as well as picking up some stuff for ourselves. At the glassblower's, the stuff was nice, but I've seen better done locally here in Spokane so we didn't pick anything up.

And that's what we did for our spring conference/break.

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This weekend Juliana and I ran up to Glacier National Park. It's a long drive, but do-able for a weekend trip. And this was the last weekend that the Going-to-the-Sun road (the only road that goes all the way through the park) open until next season.

We slept in the Element! It works pretty well. The first night wasn't as successful for the second night -- that was mostly a matter of learning exactly how to pack things around the seats so we can get them as flat as possible. But we did it and it was pretty comfy!

We saw some wonderful scenery: beautiful mountains, glaciers, lakes, streams... We got up both mornings before sunrise to catch wildlife around the park, which was a major failure. We did manage to see a coyote (who crossed the back and forth in front of us before dashing RIGHT IN FRONT OF US to grab a roadkilled ground squirrel), a mountain goat, some Canadian geese, random songbirds and crows, mucho deer, an elk, either a juvenile bald eagle or a golden eagle (too much shadow to see markings), and a herd of bighorn sheep!! Pictures will be loaded later.

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The trip for the wedding was lovely. Seeing Raven and Leif this happy was stupendous!

We made it out of Pgh without trouble, but just barely. As we taxied away from the gate, a warning light for one of the engines went on. So they needed to shut down and restart the engines to see if it cleared. I think it took a couple of tries to restart, but the light cleared and we weren't too late taking off. And we had a big jackass who couldn't sit still and didn't want to share the armrest or keep his carry-ons stowed out of the aisle. I'll just say OUCH!

The second leg was much easier as we only had the two of us in our row.

The cats missed us -- one of them decided to use one of the bathroom rugs as a litter box at least three times.

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