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North America » United States » Washington » Concrete August 11th 2011

Geo: 48.5394, -121.745I've never been to Burning Man and was planning on making this year my first trip. A friend that goes every year told me not to worry about getting a ticket - that I could just get one when I get back to town. As the entire world knows, it sold out. Drats. I've been keeping a loose eye out for tickets, and one of my last days in Seattle decided to check the craigslist up there, and found the following post:Not scalping 2 second Level Burning Man Tickets (Rites of Passage), but not going to take a loss on them either. Total cost 502.50, that is 240.00 each plus 22.50 for shipping and fees, I have the receipt. But there "IS A CATCH", I expect that I will be getting a lot requests ... read more
Morning fog 2
Baker Lake 8
Forest drive

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 8th 2011

Geo: 49.2605, -123.114LONG ENTRY WARNING!!!3 short days, which provided me with volumes of material, summarized in brief, below. If you actually make it through, and ever want to hear more, let's get some coffee or a beer. My is "an international non-profit network that connects travelers with locals in over 230 countries and territories around the world." Go online, create a profile, search the city you are going to be traveling to, and find a list of locals that you can meet for coffee or a drink, and many who have offered up their couch or perhaps spare bedroom for you to crash on. I first made a profile a couple years ago when I was going to Austin and waited until the last minute to book a hostel or hotel, all of which were ... read more
Vancouver morning
Wreck Beach
Fig House

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 6th 2011

Geo: 49.2605, -123.114My generous Seattle hosts both had to work in the morning. I was out of bed in time to see them off. After some more preparations, a shower (the last for who knew how long), a latte at an awesome coffee shop called El Diablo, and a quick trip to pick up my guitar where I forgot it the night before (how could I?), I was on the road again, to the Great White North.I was planning on taking the ferry from Mukilteo, north of Seattle, up to Whidbey Island, but by the time I got there the ferry line was at least a mile long. No thanks. Instead I drove down to the Diamond Knot Brewery for a meal, beer, and the coolest urinal I've ever seen!It was already afternoon, and I was ... read more
Diamond Knot Brewing
Diamond Knot Urinal

North America » United States » Washington August 3rd 2011

Geo: 46.7855, -121.734I returned to Seattle on Monday, after almost a week of travels in Texas and Nevada. Although I wanted to get back on the road again, I decided to wait a couple days. One thing I have been learning the past few months is to really listen to my body, to my gut, to my soul, and act accordingly. I reeeally wanted to leave for Canada on Wednesday, but Tuesday night I just felt my body telling me that if I left in the morning, I would be rushing it. I'm already a month "behind schedule", so who cares anymore. As Kev from Hood River said: just let life take ya.So I took a couple days in Seattle to wind down (since my life is so tough and trying) and get myself back on ... read more
Rainier 1
Rainier 2
old lava flow

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 26th 2011

Geo: 47.6353, -122.302The contract work I do is an example of document assembly. It's like the online programs you can use to do your taxes, where you type in your name and address and all of the information from your W2s and other tax forms, and then it spits out the 1040 for you. But instead of tax forms, I create court forms. For people needing a divorce, protection order, court fee waiver form, and many others, I create online interviews that people can walk through and enter all of the necessary information, and it will create Word forms for them that they can simply print and file in court. This helps guarantee that the forms are up to date, complete, and done properly, and save the person the need to learn the associated law or ... read more
Forst Bank Tower by night
Hotel elevator
Hotel elevator looking down

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland July 22nd 2011

Geo: 45.5118, -122.676... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 22nd 2011

Geo: 47.6353, -122.302Highway 84 runs alongside the Columbia River like a race dog chasing a fake rabbit. At Biggs Junction, where I originally crossed on my way to Granger, the surrounding landscape was dry and empty. Heading west toward the Pacific, the landscape almost changes by the minute, getting greener and greener, lush, thickly vegetated, to the point where, as you approach Portland, you almost feel as if you're in Jurassic Park. I was told to check out Multnomah Falls. I knew ahead of time that it is a tourist destination and would likely be crowded, but was still shocked at the mess of vehicles and people when I arrived. I did one lap around the paring island, no spot to be found, took a quick look at the graceful waterfall pouring over the mountain, thought ... read more
Voodoo Old Dirty Bastard
Pink Boxes

North America » United States » Oregon » Hood River July 19th 2011

Geo: 45.7056, -121.52At about 10pm the phone rang, a number that I didn't know."Hey is this Brett?""Yeah.""Hey this is Kev, I'm having a little trouble finding your house. I'm walking out in the street right now.""Ok, I'll be right out."..."I see you down there, I'm in the middle of the street, just keep walking."A large silhouette of a man and a silhouette of a lot of hair approached me. "Hi, I'm Kev.""Brett. Nice to meet you."That was my first interaction with Kev. He was (well, still is) the older brother of the girl that Jon, my roommate at the time, was dating (and their younger sister is the one who grew up with the girl I met and bathed in the river with in Durango...small world). He had been living in New England and was driving ... read more

North America » United States » Washington July 16th 2011

Geo: 46.3422, -120.186Earl was that uncle. Everybody has one. The wacky, fun, crazy, beer-drinking, drag-racing, trouble-making uncle. Growing up, I rarely got to see him since he lived in Washington. I only had a few memories of him. I remember him doing a back flip into a swimming pool with a beer in each hand. We all cheered when he actually landed it without spilling the beer. I was the ring bearer at his wedding. I do not recall the wedding at all, but I do remember going back to grandma and grandpa's house and not wanting to take off my tux and cumberbun cause I liked them so much. When I finally agreed to change out of the tux into my normal clothes, I remember a young uncle Earl spinning my siblings and I around ... read more
Washington border
Looks like Nevada
Watch that first step!

North America » United States » Oregon » Bend July 14th 2011

Geo: 44.0573, -121.316It's been 20+ years since I have been to Bend. As a child, we would occasionally make a road trip up to Washington to visit the grandparents, and would stay a night in Bend with an aunt. The only thing I remember is that there was a pond in the back. A glorious pond! My brother and I could swim and dive and play. We were certain that there were fish in it, and probably giant sea monsters, as well. I vaguely remember there being a boat, too. It was the best pond in the world and we could have spent a lifetime in it! Looking back, I'm sure it was only five feet wide, two feet deep, leech and tadpole infested, and covered in a thick nasty layer of slime and moss. It's ... read more
Mirror Pond
My "Shower"
Cascade Lakes Hwy

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