August 18, 2011 would have been Mary Jo and my 55th wedding anniversary, but it was not to be as you can see in the paragraph below. Life is going well with the tremendous support of my sons and all of my other family and friends.
There was a jibe in my beloved wife's life in the fall of 2003. Mary Jo passed away on September 9, 2003 on the 10th day of her stay at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. The lovely, vibrant picture of her above surely didn't reveal the disease she fought for forty years, systemic lupus erythematosus. The picture was taken less than a year before she died.
Our previous interests had been in motorhoming in our Winnebago Chieftain, but we also had missed our sailing on Puget Sound and the Georgia Strait in our Beneteau Oceanis 350 sloop that we sold a few years ago. Dale retired in March, 1996 and Mary Jo retired in May, 1997 from Central Washington University. We had six good years of retirement before Mary Jo passed away.
In May, 2002, we went on an exciting cruise to Alaska on the Ocean Princess. We followed up with a week long car trip up through Denali Nat'l Park to Fairbanks, then down along the oil pipeline to Valdez, and back to Anchorage for the flight back to Seattle.
In December, 2002. we traveled to Mazatlan, Mexico to spend a week with a friend in his timeshare condo. As a result we bought a Master Suite timeshare condo at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay in New Mazatlan about 10 minutes north of Mazatlan proper. A few weeks after returning Mary Jo's health began to deteriorate seriously, although we had known of some decline in kidney function earlier. I continue to go to Mazatlan every year for a week or two.
My son Bryan and I made a trip to Russia (St Petersburg) in July, 2006. Had a great time! And we went on a cruise out of New York to the Caribbean in October, 2006. Then I went with a friend to Spain for 4 weeks and to England for a week in April-May, 2007. In Spain we visited many places that Mary Jo and I had visited in 1968. In 2008 I made a trip to Peru (Cusco & Machu Picchu) and Ecuador (Quito & the Galapagos Islands). Then to the UK and to China & Tibet in 2009. Had an exciting trip to Egypt, the western Deserts and the upper Nile in November, 2010. This year I was in Hong Kong in January, Mazatlan in February, San Diego in March and I am off to India in mid-October. Really on the go which is the way I like it.
The picture at the top reflects the view from our home overlooking the Central Washington University campus and Mt. Stuart northwest of our valley.
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