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IHE Connectathon

You know how well networked computers work pretty well most of the time. But then sometimes you can't open an attachment you get from your friend or the formatting of the text is wrong or you can't open a site everybody else can open. Well unfortunately, the same thing happens in Healthcare IT. Except its your urgent heartscan or a list of your allergies that can't be handled.

Sakakibara-san and me working on our ultrasound machine

Glacier National Park

Glacier is truly a spectacular National Park. What struck me the most about it was the size of the peaks. Huge glacial peaks that made me feel like an ant.

Unfortunately, there were fires in the region when we were there. I don't think the smoke had a big impact on our enjoyment of the park, but it did affect the photos quite a bit.

Yellowstone National Park

The main feature of Yellowstone is the geothermal activity. Though the park does have a tremendous amount to offer all round.

Grand Tetons

On the way to Grand Tetons.

This picture was taken in Helper near the norther border of Utah. We took it because it was the 1000 mile point of our National Park tour.

Arches National Park

On the way to Arches!

Bryce Canyon

This was the first stop in our departing USA National Park Tour. We left our appartment with camping gear for a one month trip and enough clothes and other items to last us a month in Japan. The car was jam packed.

For the first time ever we didn't stop in Las Vegas. We stopped near St. George as we entered Utah.


Not really a vacation. The AIUM meeting was on in Phoenix and Cassandra and I took the 6 hour drive over. It was pretty desolate country but well worth the drive to see all the cacti out there. We stayed in quite a nice hotel/resort but unfortunately we didn't take many photos on this trip.

Lake Powell/Zion

Memorial Day is a holiday in USA where they remember those who have died in the nations service. Its also a long weekend and we decided to set off to see the sandstone slot canyons at Lake Powell. Its an 8 hour drive to Lake Powell and we tried to set off early enough on Friday afternoon to beat the traffic. But we failed so we didnt even make it to Las Vegas on the first night. We decided to stop in Vegas for a buffet Lunch the next day. But made a big mistake when we decided to try out the MGM buffet instead of our favourite Belagio. Belagio is still the king of buffets.

New Orleans

New Orleans

Our friend Michele, pictured below eating a beignet with Cassandra, asked us to come to New Orleans for Jazz Fest. It seems like most Americans either love or hate the place. We think its great. We love the different style of the place. Like being in another country. This would have to have been our event of the year.

Grand Canyon

This year the American Society of Echo meeting was moved from Toronto to Las Vegas because of ARS fears during the organizing period. This was bad news for us because were looking forward to seeing Toronto. But in the end it worked out very well bacause our friend Peter called and said he could tack a few days onto the end of the trip a perhaps we could go and see the grand canyon. It turned out to be

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