Posted by: Turkadactyl | October 30, 2008


I am surprised as to how fast this week has past.  We have been away from Camas for 8 days now.  I am struggling with living in a big city now.  There are mechanical noises and people everywhere.  Yesterday I took a trip to city centre in hopes to secure a pair of train tickets for Paris to Rome.  The amount of people and smells were overwhelming.  It may be the culture shock of being in a big city now, however, I am not too sure if Mrs. Turkadactyl and I will seek a life out in a city when we come back.  We grew fond of living in the country and the small town lifestyle.

Time will only tell with how we feel.  Hmm, Drew and Melissa, we may be moving out your way then.  Mrs. T and I have gone out for some walks and it is tough to be in some green space.  Perhaps I need some sheep to chase to cheer myself up again.  We are getting a little bit of cabin fever.  This is to be expected after the lifestyle we lived at Camas.

WInter is on its way here.  I understand Edmonton has received some snow.  We had some snow here a couple of days ago.  My grandmother commented that she has never known it to snow in Birmingham in October.  There wasn’t enough to make snowmen, sadly.

I visited a used bookstore a couple of days ago.  I found a wonderful treat.  I purchased a book about D-Day by Stephen Ambrose.  For those of you who don’t know Ambrose wrote the Band Of Brothers, which was then made into a HBO mini-series by Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks.  It is a thick book and I am looking forward to diving into the history of D-Day.  When Nathan and I hiked the Chilkoot trail six years ago, we both read Klondike by Pierre Burton.  I had a deeper sense of appreciation for hiking the trail by reading Klondike.  I am sure I will have mnore appreciation for Normandy once I make my way through Ambrose’s book.

Wish us luck for booking train tickets.  This has proven to be a huge stress.  Talk to you soon.


  1. I’m surprised how fast the time has gone since you left dude! It feels like you just left and you are already at the exploration portion of your overseas journey.
    As for the quiet life we too would love to have you move out “west”.
    I know what you mean too about reading stories to gain a deeper appreciation of true events. I read “Into Thin Air” and it is a fantastic read about an one of the worst climbing incidents on Everest.

    Looking forward to more traveling stories (though I enjoyed the Camas ones too!)

    Take care,


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