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The Art of Packing Light

The Art of Packing Light

We’re off to South East Asia on Monday: Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.  It’s packing time. Want to know what I’m taking? The criteria is carry-on only with lots of room for shopping. I have two bags, a 40 litre backpack (carry-on size) and a lug, both half full. The lug can fit inside the backpack […]

Fake News

Fake News

When I started my little Internet company back in 1997, we didn’t know about Google yet and Netscape Navigator was in beta testing. An economic development officer hired by my little town of Pinawa, Peter Siemens opined about a little trick he’d heard about. Apparently there was a way to look at what people were […]

The Boy in the Park

The Boy in the Park

It was my first rainy Tucker walk this morning, rainy enough for me to force the dog into his hated rain jacket. Victoria is a privileged society and we don’t let our dogs get wet. I had to drag him to Saxe Point, he hates the rain. As we walked through the trails in the […]

Pacific Coast Highway – Port Angelese

Pacific Coast Highway – Port Angelese

Port Angelese Washington, the end of the Pacific Coast Highway for us. The final drive through Washington was pleasantly anti-climactic. There are two highway 101’s, one that hugs the ocean and the other that skirts Olympic State Park with views of Puget Sound. We took the latter, because google said it’s an hour and a […]

Pacific Coast Highway – Oregon

Pacific Coast Highway – Oregon

Our Motel 6 tonight is on Marina Drive, right under the Astoria bridge that spans the mouth of the Columbia River. The other side is Washington. We have finished the Oregon section of the Pacific Coast Highway. I can only assume this highway was designed by artists and built by engineers with a flair for […]

Pacific Coast Highway – California

Pacific Coast Highway – California

Thanksgiving in America It’s 6 AM in a run down motel in northern California, a place called Eureka. We spent American Thanksgiving here, eating bagged salads and instant soup. It’s been a strange experience, an interesting way to exit our California vacation. By the time we arrived here around 4 PM, this town had rolled […]

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Palm Springs, sounds too hoity toidy for my liking. I wasn’t expecting to love this stop, but three nights later and we’re still here. This is the playground of the rich and famous, or at least it was and I can see why. This is a gorgeous little town. There’s a fabulous strip full of […]

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona was a wash-out – literally. Our reason for this road trip was to settle into Apache Junction for a week of R&R with some friends who are here for a few weeks, but that was not meant to be. Several times from Utah I emailed our reservation in Apache Junction to delay our arrival. […]

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

We have discovered a hikers dream. We and over 4 and a half million others that visit this park every year. Even in mid-November the place is alive with hikers. All these people are being shuttled around the park in free buses. Before the shuttle bus system was established, an estimated 5000 cars drove into […]

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Bryce Canyon, Utah

10 million years ago two plateaus collided, not violently but enough to cause cracks and joints on the surface of the earth. Over the millennia, water erosion has done the rest. The result is this magnificent Bryce Canyon, filled with fantastical rock spires known as hoodoos. Windows and fins, such as the ones we saw […]

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Leaving Tucker

It’s 7 AM and Tucker has just noticed I’m not in bed any more. I hear his nails on the hardwood as he nonchalantly moves his sleepy self from the bed to the couch. He likes to be in the same room as me. Tucker takes me completely for granted. He is over the moon […]