286. The CO-PILOT travels to US of A, Canada and Mexico…

Expect lots of photos in this post.

Waaayy back on 28th August, the CO-PILOT left Albury Airport to begin her trip to visit familiy overseas. I of course stayed behind and spent a month house sitting at Mt.Beauty in Victoria, spent a month travelling central western and southern New South Wales and another month house sitting at Guyra in the New England district in north central New South Wales.

Donnis arrived in Los Angeles on 4th September and hooked up with her daughter Alecia and her sister Linda and the three joined the audience of The Price is Right with faint hope to be called to “Come on Down”. That did not happen but they enjoyed the show anyway.

Afterwards they all flew back to Vancouver and stayed with Linda a few more days, linking up with Merlilyn from Melbourne (Merilyn is Errols,  wife, Nicole, Mum…clear? Good!) They took time to travel to Whistler the ski resort and took the travel lift to the top of the mountain. They also took the opportunity to visit some wineries.

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Doug, Linda and Donnis at a winery near Vancouver.

Doug, Linda Donnis and merlyn at a Vancouver Winery.

Doug, Linda Donnis and Merlyn at a Vancouver Winery.

After a few days they travelled to Vancouver Island to stay with another sister, Joan (or Joanna as she prefers to be called) in Duncan.

View of lake from Joans Duncan Townhouse.

View of lake from Joans Duncan Townhouse.

Joan ensured Donnis and Merilyn got to visit local markets,

Joan inspecting organic crops at one of the many markets they visited on Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island.

Joan inspecting organic crops at one of the many markets they visited on Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island.

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Sparkling waters of the boat harbour and marina at Mill Bay, vancouver Island.

Merilyn and Joan at a Salt Spring Island Winery.

Merilyn and Joan at a Cowichan Valley, near Duncan, Winery.

wineries and other community activities including a ferry trip to Salt Spring Island.

Merilyn at the Salt Spring island markets.

Merilyn at the Salt Spring island markets.

Merilyn and Joan on the back deck of the car ferry watching as salt Spring Island falls behind in the wake.

Merilyn and Joan on the back deck of the car ferry watching as Salt Spring Island falls behind in the wake.

Merilyn then took off on a tour to eastern Canada and New York.

Donnis at a vancouver Island Winery.

Donnis at a Vancouver Island Winery.

Donnis stayed to help Joan in her health food store in downtown Duncan. Some of the highlights of her time on the island was the beginning of “Fall”, Thanksgiving and Halloween at the end of October.

Fall colours on a country lane on Vancouver Island

Fall colours on a country lane on Vancouver Island

Donnis loves carving pumpkins for Halloween and looks for the biggest pumpkin.

Donnis loves carving pumpkins for Halloween and looks for the biggest pumpkin.

Then, as times moves so quickly she flew to Mexico to join other family members for the wedding of Linda’s daughter, Jessica at Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.

Happy hour on the balcony overlooking the ocean on the 10th floor beachside hotel. l toR. Doug, Linda, Errol, Nicole with Alecia with back to camera holding baby Hannah and toddler Amelia.

Happy hour on the balcony overlooking the ocean on the 10th floor beachside hotel. l toR. Doug, Linda, Errol, Nicole, Amelia and Alecia with back to camera holding baby Hannah.

View of other hotels on the beach at Peurto Vallarta, Mexico

View of other hotels on the beach at Peurto Vallarta, Mexico

Ready for the wedding are Donnis, best friend from school days, Darlene, Donnis daughter Alecia holding Nicoles daughter Amelia and latest daughter Hannah in pram and Nicole on the right.

Ready for the wedding are Donnis, best friend from school days, Darlene, Donnis daughter Alecia holding Nicoles daughter Amelia and latest daughter Hannah in pram and Nicole on the right.

Down on the beach Donnis and daughter Alecia are ready for the wedding.

Down on the beach Donnis and daughter Alecia are ready for the wedding.

Three sisters waiting in anticipation of the wedding. Donnis, mother of the Bride Linda and Joan.

Three sisters at the wedding. Donnis, mother of the Bride Linda and Joan.

The smiliong married couple Jessica and John who flew home to Denver, Colarado a few days later.

The smiling married couple Jessica and John who flew home to Denver, Colarado a few days later.

The day after the wedding the familes spent time around the hotel pool then it was off to a local nightspot.

The newly married couple John and Jessica with aunts and cousins and other guests.

The newly married couple John and Jessica with Linda and aunts and cousins.

Alecia at a swinging nightspot with umm err Speedy Gonzales???

Alecia at a swinging nightspot with umm err Speedy Gonzales???

At thde nightclub which could be called Margharitaville. Errol, Alecia, Donnis, Doug,Linda, Nicole and Amelia.

At the nightclub which could be called Margharitaville. Errol, Alecia, Donnis, Doug,Linda, Nicole and Amelia.

The final day was spent at a Tequila Distillery…instead of a winery and a final night aboard a Pirate Ship.

While waitin g to board the pirate ship Donnis made friends with the pirate bird, a Macaw.

While waiting to board the pirate ship Donnis made friends with the pirate bird, a Macaw.

As you all know from reading my regular blog pages she arrived back in Oz on 28th November. Not a bad coincidence…leaving on the 28th and returning on the 28th.

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