Posted by: Turkadactyl | October 23, 2008

This Is The End Beautiful Friend

Good form.  This  our last night.  Tomorrow we head up the end of the track and instead of doing the ice cream dance as the group boards the bus we shall be the recipients of the farewell ice cream dance.  It has been fourteen weeks since Mrs. Turkadactyl and I have come to the shores of Camas.  A lot has happened since then  Drew and Melissa have a new addition to their family.  Mike and Natalie, too, have a new addition to their family.  I think Camas has been good for our marriage.  It has been good for the both of us to grow as individuals.

I am thankful to have been here or fourteen weeks.  I have met lots of great people who have left heir mark on me.  I have also been able to leave my mark on others.  Tonight is surreal.  I will miss Camas but in the same breath I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life.  I have no regrets over the decision of coming over here, regardless of what my bank account says when we return home.  The isolation of Camas has helped clear my head up.  I hope it is still clear when I return home.  The separation from friends and family has been good.  The separation has shown that I take for granted the bonds that I have.

One thing, among many, that I appreciate is the closeness of the community that we have here at Camas.  There is ten of us living together.  The closest community is a three and a half mile walk.  Our social life was based around Camas.  We do not have to drive across a city to be with people.  I see a lot of benefit of being near to those we spend time with.  Right now I am shaking my fist at urban sprawl.

I am also a person who cherishes some alone time and that was hard to come by here.  There are lovely people that I have been living with, please don’t get me wrong, but I really like to be on my own.  Soon it will be just me and Mrs. Turkadactyl.  It will be good to have her all to myself again.

So from here we travel.  We will be spending a bit of time with my grandparents in Birmingham, England.  My grandmother’s health is not in a good condition.  I believe it is anemia.  We originally thought it was leukemia.  She has to go to the hospital every three weeks for a blood transfusion.  My grnadfather has had a few operations recently.  We will be taking care of the place by cleaning and cooking for them so they can get some rest.

From there we will be departing to France.  we will be staying in the Lower Normandy area for a couple of days.  I will be visiting WWII sites.  We will then go to Paris for the day and then travel to Rome for a couple of days.  After Rome we head to Tuscany.  The Camas Adventures will come to an end and European Vacation now begins.  I do not know how often I will keep the Roost updated.  I will try my best to keep this site fresh.  Be sure to keep in touch with us.

We have a lot of photos to share when we get back.  I am really glad that Mrs. T’s camera can record video.  I had a lot of fun making videos for Turkavision, even the boring ones.

Thank you everyone who wrote to us- Mama and Papa Turkadactyl, Mama and Papa Shraptor, Wes and Emmy, Drew and Melissa, John and Kim and Justin and Jeremy, Arden and Erika, Anne, and Heather.  It is really exciting to get mail out here and the correspondance was really appreciated.  Joey, thank you for boosting my self-esteem and playing along with the contest.  Terri, Emmy and Doug thank you for your freqeunt comments and to all those who leave a comment every once in a while.  I like comments . Comments let me know that working on this Roost is worthwhile.  Terri, by the way I responded to your latest comment.  Check it out.

I am looking forward to eating more meat.  I am not looking forward to being in a big city tommorrow.  We have no lights at Camas.  I am used to being around 10-50 people.  I am used to seeing a one lane road.  Last week Timbits and I went to Tobermory, on the north side of Mull.  they have two lane roads over there.  It was a bit of a culture shock.  I am really not looking forward to the big city tommorrow.

I found a Sith hideout on Mull.  I have picture evidence.  Fear leads to anger.  Anger leads to hatred.  Hatred lead to the dark side.

to close up my time at Camas I bring you sheep espionage photos.  You knolw those black and white photos taken covertly of the criminal underworld?  Well, I bring to you the sheep criminal underworld.

I think this one is about to pull a knife out.

I think this one is about to pull a knife out.

This one has a "I'm the kingpin" pose.

This one has a "I'm the kingpin" pose.

And finally here are the stars that we could see clearly while standing on the Camas front lawn (providing it was not raining).


  1. Alex,

    Well said. Tough to go I’m sure. You know I loved meeting you all during my week at Camas and loved the Roost as well. Thanks a bunch for that.

    Please pass on my thanks to Mrs.T. for getting me up the track in the first place.

    Your friend in Hockeytown,


  2. Never take for granted what you have right in front of you. Treasure it, make memories…
    Alex, when your Dad and I came to Canada in 1976 – we only had each other, that surely strengthened our relationship – blessings to both of you as you continue in your adventure. Love Mum


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