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“Unto thee O Lord, do lift up my soul,” Psalms 25:1.

Wednesday the 18th I took airflight again to Portland, Oregon where our son, T.J. picked me up. The next morning T.J. and I took the Bolt bus to Seattle, Washington. We stayed the night and the next morning we took the Victoria Clipper IV, 71 miles to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The boat had 330 passengers. It went 30 knots (35 miles per hour) length 132 feet, breadth 33.3 feet, depth 13feet. We sat on the second floor. After two hours and 45 minutes we made it. After checking in a hotel we walked a couple of miles to the Craigdarroch Castle. It was completed in 1890 for the coal barron, Robert Dunsmuir. Robert died before completion so only his wife, Joan and three of their daughters and two orphaned grandchildren ever lived on the original 28 acre estate. I was surprised they had a bathroom back then, but then I don’t know who had the first toilet in their home. On one floor there was a 1879 Steinway piano and we were lucky to hear it played. There was a young man touring with his parents and he played a few songs. After touring the four floors we went back to the hotel. On Saturday we took a bus to see the Butchart gardens. They said the gardens are on 55 acres and the plants are arranged by predominent flower colour. Most of the flowers were grow here.

On Sunday we went to the Royal BC Museum. They were having the Vikings Exhibition. The vikings worship a lot of gods, one looked like a Buddha god. The First Nation exhibition was interesting to me. YAWC’ is hello in one tribe. Victoria had just started First Nation celebration the day before. That evening we took the boat back to Seattle and stayed the night. On Monday we returned by bus to Portland.

Tuesday we went to the Rose Garden. There is over 10,000 roses. It takes ten to twenty-five volunteers each day to keep the place up. I have never seen such big roses and all different colors and you could get close to each and every one. There were a few other kind of flowers too. After that T.J. took me to the Japanese Garden that was close by. It too was a beautiful place, but there were pieces of artwork on display in one building, which I didn’t understand. We had to pay admission to see the Japanese Garden and here I am a senior citizen of 64. In Canada the age is 65 and at the garden it was 62.

My cousin, Thomas Clayton, that had moved to Washington last year that I saw had to move back to Illinois because of his heart problem.

The weather was good all three days in Canada. Everything went good. We enjoyed the trip. I am thankful God took care of us and I am glad that we were able to walk all over the streets of Victoria.

Early Wednesday, T.J. took me to the airport by 3:00. It was good weather. In two hours and thirty minutes, 992 miles, I was in Denver’s airport. The plane for Springfield was behind time so I didn’t get there until 2:00 instead of 1:00.

The Fifth Sunday Meeting was a good blessing.

Saturday afternoon on the way home after the meeting I stopped by Uncle Rayford Clayton’s. He said he was feeling better. He had a run in with a coyote and a problem with coughing.

Zoe Shull got to stay with her grandparents, Ralph and Dana Brazeal, Saturday night.

We have been blessed with a lot of rain.

Have a great week.

Saturday, June 28th – Dana Brazeal took her parents, Howard and Ella Faye Mitchell to the Caney Church grounds at Brown Branch, Mo. for the family reunion of the Mitchell relatives and had family dinner with them. Those who came were Roger, Brenda Mitchell and family, Fanita West, Chandler, Megan, Rhaygen, Bryson and Payton Willoughby, Deana, Jessica Breann Savaga all from Wichita, Kansas. From Ava, Mo. – Norman and Sharon Rush, Cory Rush, Maddox and Cassie Rush, Gary and Connie Mitchell, Marty, Courtney, Madison and Colton Mitchell. From Springfield, Mo. – Barbara Ellison, Mike, Diana Comstock, Travis, Charlee Comstock, Danny, Connie and Skylar Hill. From Nixa, Mo. – Kerry and Carol Gardner, Beth Foster. From Brown Branch, Mo. Linda Combs, Randall and Becky Cummings, Mitchell and Taylor Cummings, Justin, Nikki, Paitin, Seth and Lydia Combs, the Cummings daughter, Stacey, Shannon, Bryce Beeler, also Nathan, Shelley Combs Lachen, Lukas Lachen.

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