A Whirlwind Spring

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Our lives have been a whirlwind since mid-April's newsletter! Get a glimpse in Ventures and Videos in BC and WA (the pictures below are just a few highlights). We've learned something important. While traveling, we need significant downtimes to de-stress as well as … [Read more...]

Ventures and Videos in BC and WA

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It's been a whirlwind since mid-April! I'd hoped to post many blogs, but life moved too quickly. Here's a brief chronology of some wonderful adventures, people and places we visited and videoed in southwestern Canada and northwestern Washington. April 6-20. We settled … [Read more...]

Paint the Intersection at Share-It Square

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People wielded colorful paint, brushes and rollers all over the middle of the residential street intersection. For the 19th year, neighbors and friends were repainting the street in the oldest "intersection repair" in the world. In this year's design, they were freshening up … [Read more...]

Three Artistic Views of Quarry Pond, Bowen Island

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Quarry Park is short walk from where we're staying on Bowen Island, British Columbia. It's a landscape of water falling over sharp black rock cliffs and alders framing ponds and pools and rivulets. The monochrome photo was taken on a gray day after the pond had frozen … [Read more...]

Celebrating My Art – Prints to Share

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I've long wished to share my paintings more widely, and have just found a way to do it! You can order prints of these images in Janaia's Gallery at SeattleOnCanvas. You choose the size and medium (canvas or paper or notecards). We've found that "Burning Platform" (above) … [Read more...]

Our British Columbia Winter Adventures

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Turns out we're wintering over in British Columbia. After housesitting during the holidays in Victoria, we visited nearby Sooke, Salt Spring Island, and  Shawnigan Lake. We'll be in Bowen Island in March, then Shawnigan Lake until mid-April when we must leave Canada after … [Read more...]

Serving Local, Seasonal Food for Decades – Sooke Harbour House

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Sooke Harbour House is a gracious award-winning resort hotel and restaurant on the shores of Sooke Bay in southwestern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Innovative owner/innkeepers Frederique and Sinclair Philip have featured local, seasonal, regional foods for decades, … [Read more...]

Totem poles in Victoria, B.C.

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Thunderbird Park near the Victoria, B.C. wharf includes a good many totem poles created by the indigenous people (mostly Gitxsan, Haida, andKwakwaka'wakw, says wikipedia). In Robin's photo you see two previous eras: totems of the original First Nations people, and the … [Read more...]

Stunning Views from Mount Gardner

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On Thanksgiving day we hiked to the summit of Mount Gardner, the largest peak on Bowen Island, British Columbia. Our host Dave Pollard joined us in the 1500 foot elevation climb through the rocky, densely wooded rainforest. On the right side of Robyn's photo you'll see West … [Read more...]

Among Friends in Oregon and Northern California

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Back in the late 1970s I dreamed of traveling around the country in my trusty VW camper bus. I imagined parking safely at the home of friends. Or friends of friends. Long before I learned that very few degrees of separation exist between any two people in the world, I … [Read more...]