Polar bear at the Toronto Zoo, Canada.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ottawa, Canada.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Reuniting with Max in Germany on October 1st.

Friday, May 25, 2012

We're number one!

Well, you all knew that anyhow didn't you?! But more specifically, we're now in number one spot in the Australia contest. We can't believe how many of our readers have become involved with our entry.

Although technically it doesn't matter because it only matters that we are in top spot in our category. But maybe the judges will look at the fact that we garnered top spot when they decide which of the nine category winners will get the prize. Who knows?

It's interesting to note that the entry we passed for top spot has had zero new votes the last couple of days. But he's pretty far ahead in his category so whatever he did to get those votes he has obviously given up on. Strange.

And so with only two weeks to go in the contest, we are at 7,379 votes. It would be neat if we could hit 10,000 by June 7, but that would require getting 187 votes per day average and lately we've been stuck at around 125 per day.


Simple to vote, only hit the green "vote" button, once per day for the next 14 days!

On to other things.

We've been pretty good at keeping up with our daily walks. Besides going out in the morning with her Dad, Ruth comes with me later in the day for a 5km (3 mile) fast paced walk. It's out in the country, so we usually see some wildlife.

Oh deer!

We're going to be showing you some of Ottawa in the next few days. Our son is running in the Ottawa Marathon (his first full marathon) on Sunday morning so we're going to go into the city and watch him cross the finish line. And we'll head downtown and get some pictures for you. Downtown Ottawa is very photogenic at this time of year. Also, we've been invited to a private tour of "The Diefenbunker" early next week. We'll be profiling a behind the scenes look at Canada's cold war bunker where the Prime Minister and top government officials would have been able to run the country in the event of a nuclear attack on the capital.


  1. going to vote now!!..have a great weekend!

  2. Congrats on being overall #1! The header photo of the deer in the field today is great - we enjoy walking and seeing wildlife, too - except when it's a bear - then NOT so much!

  3. Well we all have our fingers crossed for you guys....1st thing I do in the morning when I turn on my computer, that way I dont forget.

  4. Still 125 daily is better than nada!!! Off to vote..

  5. I can only vote twice a day, just working off two servers. Good luck!

  6. Walking an hour a day is probably one of the best things you can do for your body and soul.

  7. butterbean carpenterMay 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Howdy R&K,
    Well, I suppose I'll have to drag myself over there and give the Read Team another vote!! I'd probably give'em several except that darn thing won't let me vote but once every 24 hours, PHOOEY!!!

  8. We have never been to Ottawa so this will be a neat cyber experience.

  9. Congratulations!! How could the judges not choose you?? We all need to go to Australia too!

  10. I have never commented before...but I have been voting every day! (Hmmm...guess I have commented now!!)

  11. Congratulations so far! Will keep voting. :)

  12. Thank you everyone for your votes. We really appreciate all the help and support you our readers are giving us with this contest. Should we win, we will not let you down and will give you such good coverage on Australia and what it has to offer , it's scenery and it's people that you will feel like you are there with us.


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