Flash Back Fridays

ANNE RUETER and JOHN GREGG 1971

John Gregg

Anne & John left Portland on October 25th, 1971, and made their way to Ralph River campsite in Strathcona Park. The driveway to their campsite had a hump in the middle as well as a ditch on both sides. Anne had backed up the car and it slipped into the ditch causing the car to get hung up in the middle. Along came Jim Boulding and a bus full of teachers on a field trip. He offered to drive while the others pushed, but Anne wanted to continue driving so Jim helped push.  Jim asked what they were doing, and found out that they were on holiday. They were not too comfortable camping at that time of year because all they had was Anne’s uncle’s World War II canvas lean-to. Not only was it cold, there was no privacy. Jim suggested they come back to the Lodge where they could have a hot bath. He later talked them into staying, saying that John, who had attended Yale and spent a year in the Amazon working on a US AID project, could help winterize the buildings. He suggested that Anne, who had graduated from the University of Oregon in Portland, and had been a teacher and a stewardess, tended bar and managed a pizza parlor, would be a natural in our dining room. Read more