Friday, August 21, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
The travel guides speak of a scenic forest trail leading to a tea house at 5 kilometers, where you can refresh yourselves and make the choice whether to carry on to the top or not.
We chose a hotel very near the foot of the hill, Sentosa Villa--a very relaxing place in a large and well kept garden setting
Here is the lake
|at the ranger station|
|the master at work|
Saturday, August 15, 2015
The last day of summer break we headed to the southwest corner of the island for a little adventure, and stopped on the way back at one of the many fruit stands for durian--T's first ever. It's not cheap, 45 MYR, around 15$ for a medium size one. We started with a taste--T said at first he didn't like it but was rather quickly drawn in--and we bought a small one to take home. Thankfully the seller cut it, which requires a machete and a sturdy pair of gloves. He placed the flesh covered pits in a plastic container so that we wouldn't get yelled at at our condo. Carrying a concealed durian being a punishable offense in this part of the world. Ah but we, we failed to ask what variety it was, so will never know.
|carving on a cupboard|
And an outdoor area they are turning into a restaurant. The tables and shading overhead are all made with wood from trees that were cut when roads were widened along Penang roadways.
And I can't resist sharing this with the world... There is a very limited selection of greeting cards available here. I was looking for a sympathy card. There are none. There are, however, several "sorry" cards. Here is one:
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
From Tennessee to the Pacific Northwest. Sigh of relief and a bit of a thrill re the familiarity, friends, and relaxation. Totally relished attacking both the full page typed single-spaced shopping list and the Must Have Foods In America lists, and, especially, reconnecting with friends!
|Love the trees!|
|Hood Canal signs|
- Washington recently became the latest state to legalize pot--here's on e of several shops we saw
- Our hometown of University Place recently hosted the US open golf tournament.
Here, along the way, the aforementioned deer
Penticton is a pleasant town straddling two lakes. We enjoyed a hike along a reclaimed railway route along Okanagan Lake, past some of the many, many vineyards in the area
But the most fun was tubing down the canal between the two lakes, just floating along, staring at the clouds. We started late in the day, around 3 pm, and were "only" able to do half the total possible trip--a mere 1 1/2 hours. So relaxing and fun!
Through a good tip we find the best poutine in town
|the master at work|
We took a drive, passing some 30 wineries in a 10 miles stretch. Stopped at just one:
|T at entrance to winery|
What a lovely area. Hard to leave. We took a less traveled road back to the US. More gorgeous scenery
It was soon time to leave N. America. A last dinner with our dear friends, in picturesque Steilacoom, an historic small town set along Puget Sound
What a wonderful trip we’ve had: California, Tennessee, Washington, British Columbia.
|On arrival at the Penang airport, waiting over an hour for our taxi home|