Square Dancing and School

Switching gears again, we went to southern California to attend the National Square Dance Convention in Anaheim the end of June.  Had dinner one evening with Mark in Los Angeles, then went to Anaheim for the convention–three days of dancing and visiting with friends from all over.  Following the convention we decided we had enough time to get ourselves up to the University of Idaho in Moscow to attend a week of classes all on RVing–the lifestyle, safety, and basic RV information.  It is called Life on Wheels and was a very worthwhile week.  Afterwards we visited Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, and stopped for another week of square dancing in McCloud, CaliforniaSchubert Marquee - NYCWe finished in time to return to the Bay Area for the belongings we needed for our August trip to Russia.

The Big Apple, Broadway, The Hermitage and The Kremlin

We flew to New York City for a few days of Broadway shows and big city life, and from there went to St. Petersburg where we boarded our little riverboat cruise ship.  St. Petersburg is preparing for its 300 anniversary in 2003 and is beginning to sparkle.  The glory and wealth of the tzars, the tyranny of communism, the tragedies of history all made our visit in Russia a memorable one.  Four days in St. Petersburg and three in Moscow with all the river stops between filled us with history and awe.

Ray in front of Peter the Great's fountains at Peterhof
Ray in Front of Peter the Great's Fountains 
Joy in Uglich, Russia
Joy with some dummies in Uglich, Russia

The magnificient Cathedral of the Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia
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