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Posted 2016-07-10T19:07:00Z

Race for Life, the UK's all cancer research charity run

I didn't register in time for this "Race for Life," so instead we went to cheer the runners and walkers. I wrote a big "Thank You" in lipstick across my belly. I got hugs and flowers and it was great to feel hopeful.  We went to the Oxford Trust NHS tent, and I told them, thanks for saving my life and had a big cry.  I'm feeling grateful for all the people who have dedicated their careers to cancer research.  [...]

Posted 2016-07-06T21:54:00Z

Kendalls on the Cornish Coasts

Thank you, Sally and Bob, for our fun family week adventuring on the Cornish Coast.  We walked, birded, ate Cornish pasties, walked some more, rode the Looe Valley train, visited small harbors and villages, explored big stone circles and ancient stone castles, took a boat ride, walked the beach and tidepooled, explored "Eden" Botanic Gardens and generally had a grand time.  Possibly the best news of the week was that Bruce got a paper accepted to Science -- way to go hubster!!  [...]

Posted 2016-07-05T17:04:00Z


After three days of walking, we took a well-deserved "mileage break" and went car touring.  We ventured into the thick fog of the Bodmin Moor, an area recognized as a World Heritage Site which honors the history and importance of mining.  We saw a lot of rocks -- Rocks in 3 big circles, Neolithic rocks piled into a burial chamber, abandoned mineral mines, and rocks that look like, well, I'll let you use your imagination.....   [...]

Posted 2016-07-04T21:37:00Z

Chemo recovery on the Cornish Coast

I have been so busy, it's been hard to find time to write.  Bruce's parents arrived a week ago and after a few busy days in Oxford, including my 4th chemo session, we headed out for a week of hiking in Cornwall.  We are staying in the tiny cliff-side town of Downderry.  When I rented the house, I was expecting to spend my days sitting in the sunroom reading and recuperating from chemo.  But I don't feel worse being active, and with my candle burning at both ends, I am feeling restless and ambitious.  So we are walking day sections of the South West Coast Path, at 630 miles long, the longest distance hiking path in the UK.  We have hiked two sections, each about 6 miles: Downderry to Port Wrinkle and Looe to Polperro.  Polperro just might be the most quaint harbor town I have seen, complete with a storm gate to close its tiny harbor from the sea.  We hiked one way and took a boat back to our car, making a fun round trip.  We also hiked along the Looe Valley Train line and got to flag the train down to get picked up and returned to our car.  It makes for fun hiking!  [...]