Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Tropical Storms, Turtles and Revisions

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IMG_2108A much needed change of scenery was in order as I tackled my revisions for my second book.

Over the Labor Day holiday, Derek and I traveled to the beach. A tropical storm was in the forecast, but we decided to stay the course and go forward with our plans.

We were welcomed with picture perfect weather.

 

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The next day was also beautiful, so we set out for a four mile walk.

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During our walk we watched this turtle who was determined to get back out to sea. Many people were gathered around scratching their heads. This didn’t look like a sea turtle, especially with his claws.

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That same evening, the sky changed and the tide turned.

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Overnight, Hermine arrived and we awoke to this.

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Hermine moved out as quickly as he’d moved in. All in all, a relaxing and productive getaway.

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Has Mother Nature ever interrupted your vacation plans?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

122 thoughts on “Tropical Storms, Turtles and Revisions

  1. Jill, this looks so familiar! I love the contrast between the calm blue days to the atmospheric and dramatic photos of the hurricane. Glad you were both safe and that the weather passed quickly but who were the brave (ie silly!!) people standing next to those ginormous waves!! Beggars belief! Alas can’t get the turtle video up but I’ll try again later. Ahh…the ocean connects us with the universe!

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    • LOL! I know, Anna…I thought the same thing about the familiarity. 🙂 When they say, “the calm before the storm,” they’re not kidding. The day before was perfect. I’ll admit we did go down to the beach, but we waited until the heavy rains moved out. The wind was still strong and practically blowing us over. Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Wild weather Jill! I’m glad you filmed it from inside and weren’t down there with the crazy people 🙂 Here we have folks who get in their cars and drive to the beach when there is a Tsunami warning ……… Me, I’m up on the high ground! Hope you are refreshed and ready to keep on with the editing. xo

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    • Hi Pauline! The winds was too strong to try and film outside. I was under a covered area. LOL! I’d be right there with you on higher ground if there was a Tsunami warning…of course, I’d be holding Siddy. 🙂 People really head to the beach after such a warning? That’s crazy! Enjoy the weekend! xo

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  3. Great shots, Jill. In UK Mother Nature always disrupts holiday plans, but no longer now we live in a great holiday location

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  4. We lived in FL where nature interrupted our schedule on a normal basis. So glad Hermine moved out quickly for you, Jill, and didn’t ruin your vacation. Looks like an awesome time. How could you work with that view?? 😂

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  5. I’ve been at the beach when I tropical storm passed. In was a very special time of watching God’s might. We sat inseid and watched the storm and waves in awe!

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    • Yes, it certainly is, Jackie. Watching from the inside is a wise move. I was surprised at the number of people who were heading out to the grocery store during the height of the storm. I guess preparedness isn’t in their vocabulary. 🙂 Have a great weekend, my friend. I hope your father is doing better.

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  6. Good morning. I’m reading about your beach trip while I’m on mine. Watching one of those incredible sunrises as I write. The beach is already teaming with people as light spreads across the wet horizon. I’m wondering what beach you escaped to and storm watched. Our weather has been perfect since Saturday. Our grown kids said their drive from college to the shore was pretty rough on Friday. We came on Saturday like the weatherman suggested.

    I can’t believe you’re about to have two books out into the world. Can’t wait to read the first. And the second.

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  7. Lovely pictures Jill. Glad the brief inclement weather episode didn’t spoil your vacation. Many years ago my husband and I went to the Bahamas for our anniversary. We were on the beach at night and in an instant the wind kicked up something fierce. We had to gather up our stuff in a hurry and run back to our hotel. It only lasted that night but I still remember it.

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  8. You got the best of both worlds on your Labor Day break, Jill, with the gorgeous weather and ability to hike, and then the ability to watch Mother Nature throw a little tantrum. To answer your question, I don’t purposely reschedule a trip because of Mother Nature, I just improvise a little. Two winters ago when we had a succession of about 6 blizzards, my guy and I were on our way to Hawaii on the same day as the first blizzard. We couldn’t get out of the house! Fortunately we were able to delay our flight for two days, then skedaddled as fast as we could outta there, and watched the rest of the storms on TV from our palm-covered deck. 🙂 I needed that get-away to get recharged, just as you needed this oceanic get away too.

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    • Yes, we really did had the best of both worlds, Pam. Both of us enjoy watching extreme weather on The Weather Channel, so Hermine was right up our alley. Wow! From a blizzard to Hawaii…talk about the perfect escape. It’s always nice to take off with snow on the ground and land in the tropics. 🙂 Have a great weekend! xo

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  9. So glad you had a chance to get away! But what a storm! I’m glad Derek and you were safe. Thanks for uploading those videos. My hat is off to that persevering turtle. I need to keep that turtle in mind while I’m trying to get published. 🙂

    When I was in Jamaica some years back, it rained every day. But the rainstorms were of short duration. Both of my brothers, however, had to endure hurricanes on their honeymoon cruises.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Thanks, L. Marie! Ugh…the video uploading…I’m so technically challenged, it took forever. I was determined to share our turtle friend. 🙂 LOL! Yes, we both need to keep him in mind. He was one determined turtle. The tropical downpours in the tropics always seemed short lived, but they leave behind even more oppressive humidity. Oh boy, hurricanes and cruises sure don’t sound like a good combination to me. That would make me very nervous. I hope you have a great weekend! Good luck with your writing….I’ll be checking in with you. xo

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  10. Lovely photos, Jill! Glad you decided to keep your plans and that all turned out fine. Maybe Mr. Not Sea Turtle was feeling Hermine coming and was a bit befuddled! Mother Nature always misbehaves during our vacation plans!

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    • Thanks, Pix! Yes, I’m glad we went forward with our plans. Of course, we always keep an eye on the weather, so if they were predicting more dangerous conditions, we wouldn’t have gone. I think your right about the turtle. That same day, before the storm, there were hundreds of sea gulls lined in the sand, facing the ocean…the official storm watchers. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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  11. One in a while we have a rainy day during a week at the beach but it’s almost a welcome excuse to do nothing and read books. As long as it’s a day, it’s not hard to adjust. We’ve had some summertime vacations that ended up with cold weather where I had to wear my one pair of jeans and sweatshirt for a whole weekend! Fortunately you don’t sweat when you’re freezing.

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  12. It all sounds so perfect – even with a quick moving storm for added excitement.

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  13. Super photos, Jill. I think even in a storm there are moments of peace. Looks like you found some. 🙂

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  14. That was quite the downpour. Bad weather can be an interesting experience, as long as it doesn’t turn destructive. That looked like quite a wild one.

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  15. Glad you had a chance to spend a weekend away ~ did you work on your revisions, or just enjoy the change of scenery?

    Enjoyed the shots and videos of the varied weather.

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    • Thanks, Nancy. It was nice. Confession time….I really only worked on the revisions the day Hermine blew through, but it was productive, so that’s what matters, right? I’m happy you weathered the storm. Happy Weekend!

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  16. Ah yes. We honeymooned in Hawaii and had to leave early because of an impending hurricane. Pretty exciting–especially since it all worked out. I’m glad it did for you, too. Gorgeous pictures. You and Annika Perry did exactly what I wish I’d done for vacation this year.

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    • Hi Jacqui! I’m sorry to hear your honeymoon was cut short because of a hurricane. Did you ever go back? My parent’s honeymoon was spoiled by a hurricane as well. I smiled when I saw Annika’s post. Get out your calendar and plan your beach trip for next year. You deserve a break. Enjoy your weekend!

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  17. Hey Jill! Yes Mother Nature has interfered with our travel plans. One time, in Martha’s Vineyard, we spent most of the the trip in either the dentist’s office (me), the doctor’s office (Lyla with an infected bee sting on her five year old face) and each of these medical facilities three times each! Yes I will order your book and so glad you could get away, even if it was a rather “exciting!” Nice pictures. And good luck with your revisions!

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    • Thanks, Hollis! I love the revision process…much less stressful. Oh my word! A trip to the dentist office and vacation should never be used in the same sentence, Hollis. What a nightmare. Poor Lyla…that beautiful face of hers stung. This all sounds like the Chevy Chase vacation movies. Have a great weekend, Hollis! I hope Lyla is adjusting well at her new school.

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  18. Yes, Mother Nature interrupted our family get-together plans while vacationing at the Outer Banks years ago. We had rented a beautiful home and planned lots of outdoor activities. But, a storm and flooding prevented us from being outside. So, we made the most of our time by playing games, reading , working puzzles and visiting with each other. After the storm was over, we were able to get outside and have fun.

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  19. One more thing, you have not been showing up on my Reader. I think it’s straightened out now.

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  20. That particular turtle going into the ocean is still a mystery to me! 🙂 Glad you had fun in spite of the weather! Beautiful beach pictures, Jill.

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  21. I was wondering where you’d been, Miss Jill. Oh yes, Mother Nature interrupted my plans many times. Driving to Chicago from Florida and hit a snow storm. Rural roads in Indiana are not the place to be in a blizzard! 😮

    Glad the storm didn’t interrupt your entire stay. Sounds like you had a nice relaxing time for the most part. Enjoyed seeing those videos.

    Have a great weekend.

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    • Hi Lori! Living in Florida, I’m sure you’ve experienced many extreme weather events. As I mentioned in a previous comment, the lightening in Florida can be scary. I can’t imagine driving in blizzard conditions…I’m glad you made it home safe. Have a great weekend! xo

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  22. That turtle does seem to be really lost, I enjoyed your entire photo series.

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  23. Great photos and videos, Jill! I’m glad you stuck with your travel plans. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut. I’m pretty fortunate in that Mother Nature has rarely upset my travel plans, but then I don’t travel during hurricane season … for good reason 😉

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    • Thanks, Marie! You’re wise to not make travel plans during hurricane season. When I heard where Hermine made landfall, I immediately thought of you. I’m so relieved that you all weathered the storm without too much damage. Enjoy your weekend!

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  24. Good on you for changing things up as you revised your novel, I find when I visit the sea I tend to day dream. Not sure I would have gotten any editing done in such a place. Oh that turtle is gorgeous I would have followed him/her forever.

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    • You’re so right about the day dreaming, Kath. I found myself doing much more walking and sea gazing than working on my book. But in the end, the relaxation paid off. Oh yes, the turtle! I loved it. His determination was so inspiring. I hope you have a wonderful and creative weekend!

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  25. Love the turtle!
    We were fortunate Hermine didn’t stick around or leave too much destruction behind. Glad you enjoyed your getaway!

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  26. Sounds like a rather wild time, Jill. Glad it all turned out fine. Nice photos!😊

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  27. Great pictures! Glad you were safe.

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  28. Ooh Jill, your storm pictures are amazing. The one I like the very best is just the sea and the sky showing hints of orange…very impressionistic! Son thinks your turtle may be a terrapin.
    Hope the extremes of weather helped with your literary inspiration!

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    • Thanks, Jenny! I liked the sky photo too. I’d taken a picture of a rainbow that was out over the water, I’d never seen that before and it was incredible. Sadly, because I had to zoom so much, the photo turned out grainy. I Googled the terrapin and I believe your son was spot on! Tell him thank you! He solved the mystery. 🙂
      Enjoy your weekend, my friend!

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  29. It sounds as though the weather was perfect for you. Loved seeing the turtle and hearing the rain. I love storms… when I’m safely tucked away in a cozy place. 🙂 I’ve been through a typhoon when we lived in Taiwan. We had adequate shelter but many did not. They do put life in perspective. Mostly though, I have amazing luck with the weather when I travel. Like your experience here, all aspects of it were perfectly timed. Sounds like you had a very relaxing and productive time. Thanks for sharing the surf. 🙂

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  30. Although you had beauty and some tranquility, you sure did have some big repercussions on the weather transformation!
    Jill, hope your second book is nearly finished and revised so you can really have a vacation of relaxation and recreation! xo
    Beautiful photographs! 🙂

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  31. I’m not recalling a weather-instance that changed our vacation plans but back in May, on a week long driving trip, we had a flat tire that appeared to have thrown a wrench into our plans that ended up providing us with an entirely different outcome for that particular day’s travels – and it was a good one.

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  32. Sighs of relief all round! The ocean is beautiful, however tempestuous, Jill, but oh, the damage it can do! So glad you managed a getaway 🙂 🙂

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  33. Awesome vids Jill, you wouldn’t be wanting to forget to put your coat on before popping out in that. Fortunately most of your hurricanes blow out across the Atlantic before reaching us 🙂

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    • Thanks, Roy! Between you and I, if we’d had coats with us, we might have been down there on the beach with the other ‘crazy’ people. Even at a distance, the ocean was so fierce. I’m still waiting for another one of your videos. Enjoy your weekend!

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  34. Beautiful! My folks and sister live on the east coast of Florida and a trip there would not be complete without a day at a fairly isolated beach that is part of the Cape Kennedy property (a total treat from one who lives in land-locked OK!). I have scads of photos of the ocean from time spent there over the past 15 years. Each wave looks different to me in the moment – not so much in the photos!

    Glad you enjoyed your getaway!

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    • Thanks, Shel! I often see Natine’s posts on Facebook and I especially love when she shares beach photos. That’s great that she’s got access to an isolated beach. I’m not a fan of crowds…especially around the ocean. I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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  35. Twice weather had ruined our plans, but both times it was a storm of ice, snow, and wind. But as with Hermine, each of our storms did quick damage then move on.
    Love your pictures, Jill, and I’m so glad you go the good walk in before the storm.

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    • Thanks, Marylin! Yes, we got a couple good walks in. When it comes to the beach, I could walk forever. Living where you do, you get all kinds of crazy weather. Snow and wind is okay, but I’m not a fan of the ice. Enjoy the weekend!

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  36. Jill, your photos and videos are awesome! I am so glad you were able to get away for a few days and that the storm passed through quickly. Congratulations on getting to the revision stage with your second book!
    Living here in England we hardly ever have really extreme weather but nevertheless some of our holidays have been cut short by the inevitable rain. One holiday in the early 70’s when I was a teenager was spent camping in Scotland near Ben Nevis. I was with my parents and siblings and the vacation ended early because of heavy rain. The clouds were so low we never saw more than a few feet above our heads and had to guess what the mountains which surrounded us were like. We had all caught colds and were kept awake all night by the rain and sheep coughing in the field next to us. To get to the WC we had to cross a stream by stepping stones and after a week the stepping stones were nearly submerged by fast running water. We were so pleased to get home! My father drove the 550 miles home in one go with just a couple of short stops on the way!
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. xx

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  37. It’s amazing how wonderful the weather is just before a tropical storm hits. It’s because the storm sucks all the clouds into it while it’s building up. But when it hits, it can be very scary. I’m glad this one passed quickly and you got the time to have a nice few days away xxxx

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  38. Such dramatic skies, Jill. Your turtle really does have big claws. I wonder what type of turtle he was. Glad your short break was productive and that Hermine didn’t stick around for too long. xx

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  39. Great photos, Jill. Glad you are safe.

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  40. Now that was a really refreshing weekend away by the looks of it Jill! I enjoyed your photos/videos. I love storms when they blow through quickly and don’t do any harm. 💛

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  41. Loved these photos – thank you for sharing! Glad you got to enjoy a break in such an amazing location. Happy writing!

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  42. One time Mr. B and I went to Cozumel, Mexico during hurricane season. A storm was brewing and before we knew it, we were stuck in the hotel room with no power and torrential rain and winds. The only saving grace was that the building was cement and it wasn’t going anywhere. The area is known for the best snorkeling but the storm made the water cloudy for days and we could not enjoy the coral reef! Thinking back, it was totally a “first world problem” and we had no business complaining. LOL.

    So glad you got to get away and that Hermine didn’t get too in the way of your plans! How’s the writing going, btw?

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    • Wow, you had a similar honeymoon experience as my parents did, Maria, except they were stuck in Miami trying to get to your home country. Maybe you and Mr. Brick should go back and check out that reef. 🙂 Thanks, we did have a nice trip. The writing is going very well, thanks! It was great to see you! ❤

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  43. Beautiful photos, Jill. I like how you captured the weather before and after the storm. I’m glad that it passed quickly and you and hubby were safe. Hmmm…a four mile walk sounds good. I ought to follow your lead:-)
    My continued best wishes with your writing! Have a pleasant balance of the weekend. xoxoxo, Elaine

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    • Hi Elaine! It’s great to see you. I’m happy you enjoyed the photos. We had a wonderful trip and we’re looking forward to another visit in the near future. I can walk for miles and miles along the ocean…it’s my happy place. Have a great week! xo

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  44. Your photos are wonderful. I especially like the last two before the storm–the sunset and the beautiful ocean. Your turtle moved faster than I expected.

    On our trip to Banff and Lake Louise in late August, the weather didn’t interrupt our plans, but it was a little challenging. It was a little warmer than I expected in Calgary. Then, on our second day in Banff, the weather changed and we had to bring out our warm jackets and hats. We even ran into a little snow after riding the gondola to the top of Sulfur Mountain.

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    • Thanks, Nicki! The ski was amazing both before and after the storm. As for the turtle, he was determined to get back into the ocean, so yes, he was moving. Sadly, the tide kept pushing him back. I felt sorry for him.
      Your trip to Banff and Lake Louise sounds wonderful. I’m happy you had a nice time. Thanks for stopping by!

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  45. Maybe you have documented a whole new species of sea turtle! As noted before, there is nothing like being at the ocean. After my land-locked trip to Montana, although there were plenty of waterways… I am looking forward to hopping on the train to Santa Monica for a dose of salt spray!

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  46. So beautiful Jill, perfect way to chill out – your scenes match what I had in mind. Hoping to see the sea this week while in Maine – have a wonderful week!

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  47. What a wonderful trip. Sometimes you gamble on the weather and win. I got stuck in Shanghai airport due to monsoons once. That was not fun. But this weekend I’m gambling a bit on the weather. So far looks like Hurricane Matthew is not hitting New England and I can go to Newport. 🙂

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    • It was a nice trip, Kourtney. Ugh…stuck in Shanghai airport doesn’t sound like fun. Based on the current forecast, you should be okay. Have a great trip and take lots of pictures…I know you will. 🙂

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