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North America » United States » Washington » Vancouver August 5th 2020

Today seemed like a great day to revive my old blog. Not a special day by any means, but a good day for reflection and to edit a lot of my former posts (HOLY DRAMA, BATMAN. Those entries had to change). Four days ago, I completed something that I never thought that I could: I hiked 30 miles in ONE day. Well 30.2 plus maybe another quarter mile to check out a viewpoint. But I'll get to that. First, an update. What a year it has been with COVID-19. Who knew that I would be sent home from work in March and told to telework until further notice. Who knew that "social distancing" would become the norm, and facial coverings would be mandatory whenever leaving the house. Who knew that life would change on a global ... read more
The Wildwood
The Wildwood
The Wildwood

North America » United States » Washington » Vancouver July 12th 2016

Bonjour à tous, Winery = cave à vin ou caveau de dégustation Désolé pour ceux qui ont l'habitude de me lire en buvant le café du matin. Je pense que pendant quelques jours, je vais avoir un peu de retard, et William Lémergie avec télé matin, va prendre la Une. Ayant retrouvé Suzanne et Pier, les soirées vont être plus denses. Ce matin, une fois passé au garage, la voiture est bonne pour un autre 15000 km. Avec beaucoup de difficultés, par ma faute, alors que j'accusais "Gèremène", je retrouve enfin mes amis à Portland. Des amis de Portland, de Pier, lui ont conseillés, de nous rendre à Yamhill pour visiter un producteur de vin. Bizarrement cette idée les a emballée. (lol) Le caveau se trouve à environ 70 km de Portland. Ils viennent d'arriver, et ... read more
je suis à l'eau
Pier au piano dans la rue
Suzanne dans la lavande

North America » United States » Washington » Vancouver July 10th 2016

Bonjour à tous, Ce soir le Président Holland doit être bien déçu, la défaite des Bleus ne va pas aider à remonter sa côte de popularité, Ce matin la journée commence mal, au petit déjeuner, je me prends un verre de jus d'orange sur le ventre. Je me suis déjà exprimé sur le sujet, mais en Amérique du nord les gens ne savent pas faire un pas sans leur verre, leur café, ou quoi que ce soit à boire dans la main. Et à ça vous rajouter le téléphone dans l'autre main, les yeux sur le téléphone, et on avance, sans regarder devant. J'étais au grille pain, et une femme, assez imposante (Norme US), me rentre dedans sur le côté, et tout le jus sur moi. Les insultes sont sortis spontanément en Français. Si elle a ... read more
les prairies
la route à midi
petit canyon

North America » United States » Washington » Vancouver May 26th 2016

I made my first trip to the Northwestern part of the United States last week, and boy was it one for the books. This blog post will go over some of my experiences in the state of Washington, and how they shaped my opinion of this area as a whole. In order to better understand my point of view, I believe it's important to note that I have personally lived in El Paso, TX the majority of my life. If you know anything about El Paso then you probably understand that it consists of primarily desert and little vegetation. Although it is not much to look at, I am happy to say that you will not find better Mexican food and friendlier people in this small yet humble city. That being said, over time I began ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Vancouver July 29th 2015

test from Patti's computer... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Vancouver July 15th 2014

Well, after a really long wait (2 years and 1 month exactly) I received my settlement and I bought my motor home. I drove it home and have spent the last week 'moving in'. Since we've been having a record heat wave here, this has not been an easy task but I am having so much fun I've been able to keep going amid the high 90 degree weather. The motor home has a great A/C which has also helped immensely. The first trip out is planned for next week. I will be meeting my friend Mary and her little dog, Scooter, at her son's property in Chehalis, WA. It's a beautiful 20 acre paradise and we will be using it for our 'home base' soon. Mary's motor home is permanently parked there already and we've ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Vancouver November 19th 2012

FORT VANCOUVER In 1818 the United States and Great Britain entered into a Joint Occupancy Agreement for settlement in the Pacific Northwest. The Brits did not give up easily on their notion of colonization in North America. They were persistent devils when it came to commercial enterprise. They wanted to expand their trade routes and open new markets for their goods. By 1821 the Hudson Bay Company and the Northwest Company had merged resulting in a trade monopoly for the British. The company was run with an iron fist by George Simpson at York in Canada. Fort Vancouver was opened on the north bank of the Columbia River in 1824 with John McLoughlin as Chief Factor. It quickly became the center of commerce and civic authority for a huge portion of the ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Vancouver December 15th 2011

My early days of travel away from my home town of Vancouver Washington USA, started when I was just a few weeks old. They consisted of frequent trips year around, regardless of the weather. (The northwest is well known for its 300+ days of rain and chilly, overcast days all year around.) Most trips for our Family were to the Long Beach, WA peninsula. I was still in diapers, when I first recall my Mother gently lowering me down, to plant my little chubby feet in the cold, wet sand and surf. I immediately fell in love with the feeling of the cool sand, and cold, salty sea water around my toes. (This is possibly where I began my love of the beach.) No one could keep me from it then, and hasn't been able to ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Vancouver December 10th 2011

Is it just me? Or has anyone else felt like time is fast and slow at the same time? I have the impression that it is a commonly shared feeling among mortals. I want this season to last, and I want the time to not drag by. Don't let me confuse you. I love Christmas time! No mistake about it. I love the Northwest and the evergreen trees. From Winter's first light dusting, of accumulated flurries of snowflakes covering my garden and lawn. To the fluffy marshmallow-y look of the heavy snow laden trees and mountains, under a beautiful blanket of glistening snow. Winters in the Northwest bring a certain reverence for nature, and you don't have to be a native or "tree hugger" to appreciate it. There is nothing quite like the feeling of playing ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Vancouver July 20th 2011

OOOOOOOOOMFG I just spent the funnest 80 miles racing a big fast Audi from Olympia to Vancouver, WA. I thought I was going pretty fast before that shiny grey thing flashed my rearview and streaked past me; for some reason it seemed like a pretty great idea to wick it up a bit and let him pace me. I'd keep up with him no problem in knots of traffic, and he'd walk away from me when it cleared, then I'd find him again in some more traffic. I'm sure there are faster cars out there in the world but as long as I've been riding this bike of mine I've not met one. It wasn't a race in the normal sense, I guess. He'd slow down to 100 in the clear stretches so I could stay ... read more
Look at the tree!

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