Trip Start Sep 22, 2003
Trip End Dec 13, 2005

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Wow! I can't believe you guys have been over there for 2
years already!! It's been just fascinating to read about
your adventures while you have been there. I look forward
to your return! Where are you planning on "settling" when
you get back? I am job hunting, so I will either be in
Northern VA or Hampton Roads most likely. I actually
finished PT school (YAY for me) and I sit for the
licensure exam on Thursday this week. Scary. Drop me a
line when you get back and maybe we can get together
somewhere!! Take care, safe travels, and enjoy the next
month! love, bonnie


Dear Eric, Cole, Jason, and Rebecca,

Before I go home I wanted to catch you up on my trip to Massachusetts. Since Jason and Rebecca require details on the food, I will try to elaborate. I left early Friday morning and picked up my rental car. On the way to the hotel, I toured around Lexington and Concord seeing all the historical places and ate the best New England chowder ever in a wonderful old 1700 colonial inn. Just driving around looking at the old houses, churches, and public buildings that were built in 1600, 1700, and 1800's was amazing.

On Saturday, I went south of Boston along the coastal villages like Plymouth and up to the tip of Cape Cod to Providencetown. I had another great New England chowder and huge plate of scrod (best white fish ever), scallops, shrimp, fries and onion rings. Later I stopped for toffee-chocolate pie and coffee.

Got up early Sunday and drove north of Boston along the coast through Salem (witch trials, much larger than I expected with great old houses) and villages like Glouster. It was interesting to see so many towns with the same names as in Virginia. Guess it's not surprising since they are named for places from England. At a small, packed restaurant, I had a late breakfast of lobster Benedict-poached eggs on English muffins, covered with hollandaise sauce and huge chunks of lobster with potatoes on the side. Great! I drove up and around White Mountain in New Hampshire seeing all the beautiful leaves.

It really took me back to your childhood with our camping trips to Skyline Drive at Eric's birthday and seeing the leaves. Even the smells were wonderful-wood smoke, pine, leaves turning. It was beautiful. Eric, I hope your package arrives by your birthday and that you have a special day.

Our school was off yesterday (Monday) and I flew back. Stopped by Mother's to tell her about my trip. She is getting over a kidney infection and hasn't been feeling well. She always wants to hear about you.

Jason, I got your interesting letter that you wrote in July and August and enjoyed reading your latest travelogue. It's always great to hear from you all.

Got to go-take good care.



Hi guys,
Another great travelpod entry!
Dad says you were headed back out to your village after he talked with you. We wrote you a letter that will probably get there when you're back at the PC station (and reading this email). Cole and I have made more-solid plans for January and after, so it would be good to coordinate with you.
We will get to New Zealand Jan 30th. Cole has friends in Aukland, and we will stay with them for a little while before we go around the country. We are excited about the possibility of you guys coming there! We hope you can, though you guys haven't seen how much plane fares have risen, and getting there from the east coast now may be beyond your budget (plus a really really long flight).
Flying to NZ usually requires a stop in Hawaii, Tahiti, or Fiji for fueling, and Cole had siezed on that as a perfect way to get you to a Fiji wedding. But, now we are looking at some small islands off the North Island of NZ, which would save us flying money and the Fijiian mark-ups. She has searched enough that she now feels these could be as nice as Fiji. The pictures I've seen have gorgeous beaces with cliffs and rock outcrops, but when Cole was there before, it rained every day. Being farther south than most of Austrailia plus getting the Antartic currents means it's cooler there as well. (Still much better than Virginia in Feburary).
I am going to apply to Oregon State for the April-June term and continue with their program. This way, Cole and I will get this winter to travel together, plus next summer. We will fly back or forth when we have holidays, too, so it won't be too long to go without seeing each other. It's not the best situation, but it will just be a couple years of this.
So, that's what we know right now.

I hope you have fun in Paris again, now that your French will never be better. Cole says there's a train from the airport into the city, but if you're with 4 people it might be better, like before, taking a taxi if you think you have time.

alright, I better get back to studying,


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