Thursday, July 07, 2011

Vacation Postcard #5

A visit to CFB Moose Jaw - Maryse Carmichael second from the left
It is getting harder to pick one highlight each day for my postcard feature. We saw so many interesting things today and I will write more later. My husband received money for a trip from his workplace as a bonus for 20 years of service.We wanted to go to Western Canada and considered driving ourselves, but the distances are great and it would be very tiring to do the trip in 2 weeks. So we signed up for a bus tour with Great Canadian, a company based in our own city and hoped we would like it. So far we have been very pleased with the tour guide, driver and our accomodations. Today, we had a surprise luncheon at the 15 Wing Moose Jaw, also known as CFB Moose Jaw. One member of the forces sat at each table and discussed their job, answering our questions as we ate our meal. We had the privilege of meeting Maryse Carmichael, the Commanding Officer of the CAF aerobatic team, the Snowbirds. In 2001, she became the first female pilot to fly with the Snowbird team. She spoke to our group and was warm, personable, very intelligent and had a fine sense of humour. We do not live near or know anyone associated with the Canadian Armed Forces and found today's presentation to be very interesting and a highlight of the day.

3 comments:

  1. I didn't realize until today that you were cheating. But I sure wouldn't drive that way in just two weeks either. In fact, I don't think I would do that drive at all any more.

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  2. Ohhh...that would have been very interesting meal converstaton indeed. What a great trip you are having. I can only imagine the difficulty picking out a postcard to send us all...I'm sure we will see more when you get home. Enjoy!

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  3. AC- It is nice to snooze or read on the bus. I wouldn't even be at Regina yet if I were driving as I am highly distractable and sadly left hundreds of birds unidentified along the highway.

    Cheryl- I am trying to edit my pictures on a netbook and it is tedious. I will undoubtedly find more stories to tell when we get home.

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