Thirty-fourth Edition                                                                               2001

Joy and Ray aboard riverboat in RussiaWe find it difficult to believe we are already in the third year of our itinerant lifestyle.  While the birth of our grandson was a major event this year, and the awful events of 9-11 made all of us take stock of our lives, we constantly find ourselves so grateful for being able to live our lives as we have chosen, for being in good health and for the health of our children and grandchildren.  We know everyone is not as fortunate, and we are ever thankful for our blessings.


A Panama Canal cruise took a chunk out of the middle of January. We departed San Diego on Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas and whale watched in Cabo San Lucas where we saw lots of migrating whales–magnificent mammals.  After Cabo in Puntarenas, Costa Rico we toured the countryside and Whale tail off coast of Mexico at Cabo San Lucasvisited a coffee plantation.  The Panama Canal lived up to all its press.  This 1914 engineering marvel kept us mesmerized from dawn until dusk with the mechanisms of the locks and crossing. 

We later stopped in Colombia and Aruba before returning to Miami where we took a day cruise down the intercoastal waterway to view some of the most expensive homes in the U.S.–or maybe the world. We traveled these fourteen days with eight friends and had a great time both on shipboard and on land.

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