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Extreme Vacationing

Unbelievably, our long-awaited cross-country train trip has come and gone. What a wild, wild ride. It was our longest family vacation, to date. And certainly our most intense. Compared to the hardcore Rocky Mountain hiking, biking and camping of my youth, it was physically a cynch. But boy was it emotionally explosive. Here's a random smattering of our two weeks away. You can snag a bigger peek here.

3 days and 3 nights of luxury, relaxation and amazing scenery, Ottawa to Edmonton.
A happy reunion with a long-lost friend.
An afternoon of waves and water slides.
Abrasions, bruises, a broken big toe and minus-one iphone, thanks to a harrowing afternoon on the Pembina River.
Thrilling road-side views of bears, elk, deer, coyotes and mountain goats.
Gorgeous views of mountains and lakes.
Such sadness at the news of Jack Layton.
An afternoon on horseback.
A glacier tour. A boat tour. A gondola tour. (oh my)
A double-birthday celebration.
A day of badlands, dinosaurs and hoodoos.
An afternoon at the zoo.
An afternoon of heartbreak and hope.
A weekend of walloping western hospitality.
A decadent dinner with long-lost cousins.
A blast of all-consuming news.
A day in the old west.
3 days and 3 nights of luxury, relaxation and amazing scenery, Edmonton to Ottawa.
A happy reunion with Phae and our home sweet home.
Huge thanks to everyone who made this a vacation to remember. And especially to Janice for beckoning us out, sharing her beautiful province, keeping us safe and enjoying one billion laughs with us through all the ups and downs.

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

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Andrea Posted by Andrea September 3, 2011

September 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm.

6 comments

  • http://sinananj.blogspot.com Jenny Sinanan

    Welcome home family. u00a0I trust Phae has sufficiently smooched each of you. u00a0Here’s to a gentle re-entry for all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.able Elizabeth Able

    Sounds absolutely amazing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.able Elizabeth Able

    Sounds absolutely amazing.

  • Cousin Betti

    Wow – what an adventure!!!!u00a0 xoxo

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  • janice

    Now I am crying. I miss you a lot – even though I don’t really have time to, if you know what I mean. What an awesome holiday we had.