Again this year we went on the Canadian mission trip with our church. We decided to combine that trip with our annual vacation. So we drove through the pacific northwest to go into Canada and then come back to the Calgary area.
While vacationing on the west coast we were able to spend an afternoon with one of my first cousins (once removed). My cousin and his wife are both well advanced in age and he is in poor health. So it was very good to be able to visit with them possibly for the last time.
Chuck was born and raised in the area where I still live. He had left the area before I was born but he and his family returned to quite often to visit my father and his other cousins in the area. Because of the age difference we did not know each other very well. However, I was able to provide him a good time reminiscing on his youth and growing up with my father and uncles.
We will probably do another pacific northwest trip next year but the chances are very good that he will no longer be with us.