The Note

Stalled for a night in Washington by New England fog, the Massachusetts Senator arrived in Nantucket on Saturday for a relaxing Father's Day weekend with senior advisor Bob Shrum and his wife, Mary Louise Oates, in tow.

The Shrums soon island-hopped and Kerry, who promised a veepstakes visitor-free weekend, was true to his word. Favoring leisurely boating, beaching and dining over meetings with Dick, John, or Bob, the Senator had the nearest version of a vacation since his trip to Ketchum, Idaho in March.

Kerry emerged relaxed and energetic, fresh from rest but also seemingly more jovial rather than confrontational about the ultra secret veepstakes process many predict is nearing a climax.

At a Denver, Colo., fundraiser, Kerry joked after a brief Aspen meeting with the quirky author: "I have four words for you: Vice President Hunter Thompson."

Still laughing as the crowd mixed with chuckles and groans, the amused Senator laughed, "Well, okay, we'll keep things moving," then continued with an out of character follow up, "People originally came here 125 years ago looking for gold and silver and that's what brought me here today."

Canceling a day's worth of events in battleground New Mexico helmed by Gov. Bill Richardson, Kerry returned to Washington on Tuesday to attempt to vote on a veterans health care amendment.

Upon arrival at Capitol Hill, Kerry engaged the camera and suffered through four questions, something he has not done in several months of Hill stakeouts.

The Senator has campaigned with numerous potential listers including retired Gen. Wes Clark, Sens. Edwards, Graham, Nelson, and Biden, Gov. Tom Vilsack, and Rep. Dick Gephardt, possibly employing the age-old tactic of hiding in plain view.

Sen. Kerry resumes his campaign schedule on Wednesday, surrounding an afternoon speech to the SEIU with a breakfast fundraiser in San Francisco and an evening fundraiser in San Jose.

Kerry continues to fundraise and focus on technology this week, producing a packed schedule with few veepstakes friendly gaps.

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