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Email: Greetings from Panama City

Posted on Jan 21, 2011

Lauren and I are in Panama City on a five day trip to celebrate our December birthdays and completion of her finals. We flew here on Thursday and upon descending into the airport at about 9pm that night I was struck by the views of both the tall skyscrapers making up the Panama City skyline and all the ships sitting off the Pacific coast, presumably wanting to transit the canal. The city is very modern and clean and our B&B is located on a hill where the military officials used to live when the US had control of the canal zone.

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Trans Canadian Rail Adventure

Posted on Jul 5, 2010

The 2,775 mile train journey across Canada provided a great opportunity to experience a wide variety of scenery, from forests laced with lakes and rivers, to wide open prairies to the majesty of the Canadian Rockies.

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Trans Canadian: Toronto to Winnipeg

Posted on Jul 3, 2010

After arriving in Toronto and spending Saturday seeing the city, we boarded The Canadian late that night to begin our journey west. The first full day was spent entirely in Ontario, moving through beautiful forests, lakes and streams. Early on day two we arrived in Winnipeg, where we had a four hour stopover and a chance to explore the city.

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Trans Canadian: Winnipeg to Vancouver

Posted on Jul 3, 2010

We continued through the plains of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, after leaving Winnipeg. The prairie began to give way as we reached Edmonton early on Tuesday morning. We soon saw the mountains in the distance and spent the rest of that day crossing over the continental divide before reaching Vancouver early the next morning.

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Email: Greetings from Vancouver

Posted on Jun 30, 2010

After 84 hours and about 2,800 miles of train travel we arrived in Vancouver, British Columbia at 8:30am this morning, about one hour ahead of schedule. When I last wrote we had been in Winnipeg, Manitoba, slightly less than halfway through the trip. The scenery, which had been rolling hills, lakes and streams to that point, had already flattened out as we reached Winnipeg. As soon as the train left the city at mid-day, we immediately began to travel through prairie farmland with waves of yellow canola plants with a few purple flax mixed in. It literally looked like a Van Gogh painting.

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