Alan Porter

Fryor Duck

Alan Porter

Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, and love to travel and find out what life is like for others. I'm a former preacher and Scout leader, now retired. I'm a photographer, student of history, museum volunteer, geocacher, member of Nature PA and Nature Saskatchewan, involved in MAD Theatre, and find meeting ordinary folks of all ages from other places very interesting.

North America » Canada » Saskatchewan » Kelfield September 16th 2011

We arrived back at our farm at 8:34 this evening after driving from Revelstoke, BC. My attempt to blog this morning was unsuccessful, don't know why I could view but not make a new entry. The night before last we stayed at Larrabee ( not Larramy as I said a couple of times earlier in our trip) State Campground - even got our same camp0site as before, with water tap and garbage across the trail and washrooms very close. This time I put 50 cents in the shower instead of 25 and had a hot shower! Yesterday morning I took a 10 minute walk to the "beach" which is actually a piece of rocky coastline, but kind of a neat walk through large ceders, ferns, split ceder railings along the path, etc. I even picked a ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Bellingham September 14th 2011

On the I 5 at 9 this AM, off at 6PM and back at Larrabee State Park in the same campsite as before at 7PM. Travel was without incident, except for taking a wrong fork and short detour in Portland (got directions from a trucker at MacDonalds - Dianne had to satisfy her new craving for their pineapple-mango smoothies! Leftover pizza for supper, and other miscellaneous goodies. We sure hated to leave Jacksonville, but Dianne needs to be back at work on Tuesday. We'll deal with our car situation in the morning (the adjuster was off work today unexpectedly - they have offered $2100, and the repair estimate is $3700 - hope SGI will do a bit better. So we're back to tenting for a couple of nights - will probably be at the farm Sat ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Medford September 13th 2011

Wow, what a day! Up at 7AM (well, I was, not Dianne!) Coffee and visiting with Dianne's 3rd cousin on their upper deck overlooking a valley. Then the three of us went downtown to the Mustard Seed cafe for breakfast - I had 3 crepes, being already coffee'd out. Home briefly, we then decided to make a half hour drive to vineyard country (there are about 30 of them), and sampled 11 wines at two different vineyards, also saw some beautiful gardens/grounds. Back about 3:30, we decided to have a before dinner nap. David then took us to a German restaurant in what was once a private school. The food was terrific and very reasonably priced, the waitress was Danish and a lot of fun.Now we' ve time to relax and chat (only 8:15 PM here) ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Medford September 12th 2011

After a late stop overnight at Jettyfishery on the Oregon Coast, and a codfish & chips meal in town nearby, we left at 10 AM yesterday heading south along the coast. There was fog and wind, but nothing to bother us, and the temperature was in the high 60'sF. Later we saw lots of sand and sand dunes, and stopped at a farmer's market, before heading inland on #42, having decided we did not have time to follow the 101 all the way into California and back. The road was straighter inland, and in excellent condition as all roads have been. We arrived on the edge of Jacksonville at 6:30 (a small old community on the west side of Medford), and with help from locals found this mountainside location about 7:30 PM last night. Now we ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Bellingham September 10th 2011

A wonderful leisurely breakfast on a beautiful morning. Great to stay with someone who loves to cook as Dennis does: last night it was fresh salmon bbq'd slowly in a wood fired indirect head bbq that gives a smoky taste - delicious! Now the Indian Runner ducks (7) are back in the pond with the half dozen large koi (look it up!) and some real rice growing along with other plants. The pond partly ices over i n the winder but the fish hibernate in the mud. A beautiful yard with all kinds of flowers and shrubs and trees, a raised bed garden, and many species of trees (watch for pics and names on my website (photobucket) later. Now we hit the road to north of Portland and down the Oregon coastal route to Jacksonville over ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Bellingham September 9th 2011

Found our family at noon today, 1200 feet above sea level on an acreage just out of Bellingham. Leaving for Oregon in the morning.... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Bellingham September 8th 2011

A gorgeous warm day on the coast. Picked up our Dodge Journey at 7:45 AM, and crossed the border at Sumas crossing. We got hauled aside for an agricultural search because we admitted having tomatoes and peppers in the vehicle. They took our tomatoes! Breakfast at a casino with Dianne's family cost 99 cents. Later we got to Larramy State Park on the coast and are tenting until tomorrow morning when we go back into Bellingham to visit relatives. After setting up camp we had a nap and went into Fairview - found a great bookstore (Village Books) with a cafe with WIFI which is where we are now. We had supper at AW Bistro, an asian cafe with great food and prices we liked. Now we're off to the campground for the night!... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Chilliwack September 7th 2011

A trying day. But when I went downtown to get a car wash (that part went well) and do a couple of other things, I got hit at an intersection and Dianne's car will probably be written off. The passenger door took the brunt of it, but the frame below the door is slightly bowed in and the repair cost could run as high as $5000. Since its a 2000 Saturn with 233,000 km on it, the market value is well below that, even though it runs great.... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Chilliwack September 6th 2011

Up at 7 AM, found Don in the living room. He'd been up since 4:30 lowering his model railroad layout (about 8ft by 16ft) which is done by electric winches (I had expressed interest in seeing it). Lots of good conversation, pictures, etc. We did see the train layout (impressive though with much work on scenery yet to do with their daughter's help) and heard as well as saw the train engine whistling down the track! We left there after lunch and headed south toward Chilliwack on the Cariboo Highway (Gold Rush route) - actually #1 after Cache Creek). We were told to watch for Mountain Sheep but did not see any, driving a valley along the Thompson and Fraser rivers (did see some white water rafters). Got to Chilliwack just before 6PM, no thanks to ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Chase September 5th 2011

I was up at 7 AM, no sign of the bear so took a shower and drove downtown. A clerk at the grocery store told me a little about the town, including the news the local museum had had two fires this summer. Took a few pics of it and some historic buildings etc. Back at our site I got the water hot, and Dianne made breakfast. The latter was to be ham and eggs, but we discovered yesterday our electric cooler somehow got switched to "heat" instead of "cool), so the eggs were partly cooked (so were the cucumbers) and we decided to go without. Toasted some buns over our borrowed camp stove. It was a beautiful morning after a heavy overnight dew and we got the tent dried out before packing. After a quick ... read more

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