Eating Out · Travel · USA

About spurned love and finding sweet rhubarb pie for my soul

Once upon a time I wrote a love letter to Canuckistan. But I have fallen out of love. I’m ready for a trial separation. Probably divorce. I’m done being treated with disdain. And I prefer the neighbour now. Since the beginning of November I have been wandering around Washington, USA, and I have found a… Continue reading About spurned love and finding sweet rhubarb pie for my soul

Photography · Travel · USA

Stepping way way (way) out of my comfort zone

Today I did something I practically never do: I went for stroll in a quaint, photogenic neighborhood without my Nikon, and with only my phone and a few dollars in my pocket. The second thing taking me out of my comfort zone is that I’m trying to write and publish this blog on my phone.… Continue reading Stepping way way (way) out of my comfort zone

Photography · Travel · USA

Twenty refreshing reasons to visit Victorian-era Port Townsend

Actually, I don’t have twenty reasons to visit Port Townsend. I have but two: it’s a quaint town, it’s easy to get to, easy to stroll about and boasts several good little eateries. Sorry, that’s four. But at least I’m keeping you on your toes. Port Townsend is a small seaside town on the north-east… Continue reading Twenty refreshing reasons to visit Victorian-era Port Townsend

Travel · USA

About cruising a Washington ferry wondering why I feel so old

Yesterday the friends I’m staying with in northern Washington State took off to Canuckistan for the day. The person with whom I was going to spend the day abandoned me to do something fun north of the border too, and so I headed south. After too many detours I eventually found myself at Fort Casey,… Continue reading About cruising a Washington ferry wondering why I feel so old

Nature · USA

Following the old nose wherever it would lead

I was busy on Wednesday morning but the day just kept getting more beautiful – without a cloud in the sky – which forced me to take a drive. I had no idea where I was going to go. My nose led me. I found myself driving east through Nugent’s Corner, Deming, the welcoming town… Continue reading Following the old nose wherever it would lead

Things · Travel · USA

Having a whale of a time in a bicycle boneyard

I’m not sure if I trespassed this afternoon. For what it’s worth, I didn’t see any “Keep Out” signs in this particular area, but the whole block had been fenced off; all the buildings boarded up, abandoned shells. The fence to the building which used to house The Hub Community Bike Shop was open, and… Continue reading Having a whale of a time in a bicycle boneyard

How to · People · Travel

Back in the saddle with a grin and some flare

A few months ago this 10th-grader broke her elbow on a soft motocross course. On Monday she was back on her Kawasaki KX250F dirt bike again. Sure, maybe she didn’t get as much air as before the accident and she didn’t hit the bermed corners quite as confidently as she could have, but this was… Continue reading Back in the saddle with a grin and some flare

Travel

Surviving Halloween in the company of Kimmy Schmidt

I’m proud to announce that I made it through another Halloween alive and without a sugar high. According to the National Retail Federation in the USA, an estimated $2.6 billion would be spent on candy for Halloween alone, and another $3.2 billion on costumes (including for the 23-million pets that would be dressed for the… Continue reading Surviving Halloween in the company of Kimmy Schmidt

Autumn · People · Photography

One of the happiest photo-shoot happenstances

For the last two days I’ve been writing about my experiences photographing the town I have been staying in. Earlier in the summer I had offered to let the town’s marketing department look at my photos to see if they could use any. This kept me on my toes trying to find the most flattering… Continue reading One of the happiest photo-shoot happenstances

Photography · Quesnel · Travel · Writing

Generally just down-to-earth, genuine people

Yesterday I wrote a blogpost about some of the challenges I have had taking photos in a small town here in Canuckistan. And I was given a real dressing down by a friend later who took umbrage at me generalising about Canuckistanis and how impolite and unfriendly they can be. Of course, one should never… Continue reading Generally just down-to-earth, genuine people