Space Needle

I went to Seattle for a weekend to visit a friend who recently moved there. It’s a pretty quick trip from Nanaimo and I hadn’t been to Seattle in a long time. Arriving I had to find my way to the Space Needle which turned out to be incredibly easy. A train that is easy to find from the airport that takes you all the way downtown and then a quick walk over to the monorail that drops you off right at the Space Needle. I had the Simpson’s monorail song going through my head as I boarded the monorail, do you remember that episode? Classic.

The day I arrived was also the day of a big football game so the train was full of football fans all excited and pumped up. Many all dressed up and ready to party. The trip started off on a high note and just got better.

Very easy and it was easy to find my friend Carrie as well, she was the one wandering around with the indigo hair and the nervous white dog. It was a beautiful day and Carrie lives close to the Space Needle which made it super easy for me to wander around on my own when she had to work.

We went for dinner at a wonderful little Mexican place but was hard to talk and catch up as the football game was on and Seattle was winning so we finally gave up, drank our Sangria’s and yelled “Yeah!” at the appropriate times.

There was even a rainbow there to greet me:

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Kid’s Don’t Float


I don’t know why this makes me laugh but it does.

Is the Dolphin giving a safety tip or giving you a hint on how to deal with unruly kids or passing on information he just learned after taking a child’s life jacket from him?

“Hey guys did you know that KID’S DON’T FLOAT????”

That dolphin looks like he’s laughing about it.

Anchor By The Dumpster


I walk by the above anchor quite often.

It says “Recovered Off Yacht Club Float, 1997, Likely US Navy Circa 1940″

The stone seems like an after thought. I wonder was the dumpster already there when it was dropped in that spot? It reminds me of the televisions or couches that you see by dumpsters sometimes, left in the hope that they will be taken away.

Perhaps the Anchor was dropped by the dumpster and it being too heavy for the garbage men to take they just decided to give it a plaque instead?

The thing is really big:


Also if it was the US Navy that left it behind, wouldn’t they have noticed? Wouldn’t they have missed it? An anchor seems to me like a pretty important part of a ship. Maybe somebody had a few too many and forgot to retrieve it or broke the chain it was attached to and the next day the finger pointing started. “It was there when I went off shift, wasn’t me …… Johnson must have lost it…. ”

Strange, I’ll be pondering that for a few days.



Yesterday I was walking along and was a little lost.

It happens to me a lot, I have the worst sense of direction and that coupled with often thinking that I know where I’m going I get a little off track occasionally. I was walking to a friends house and thought I knew the way. If I just kept Departure Bay in sight and kept walking in the right direction surely I would arrive where I needed to be.

I had printed off a map and the route was an easy one but I thought that it would be nicer to walk through the neighbourhoods instead of up the dusty busy road. At one point I ended up along the beach, which worked out and then had to cut back up into a neighbourhood. Suddenly I had no idea which way was which.

It was as I stood pondering which way to go that I came across the little bunny in the above photo. We had a lovely conversation, I took a picture and then the bunny was on his way. He seemed to know where he was going. Do bunnies ever get lost?

I eventually pulled out my phone to get back on track. Not as off course as I thought I was. Thank goodness for google maps as I was wrong in my estimation of which way I should go. For such a small place Nanaimo is surprisingly easy to get lost in. The roads sometimes change names, the roads curve and turn until you’re not quite sure what direction you are now heading. Sometimes though you find a surprise, I’ve found a candy store, a book store, a lovely park and now a bunny by taking the wrong way. Sometimes lost works out.

By the time I got back out to the road I caught the bus the rest of the way as I was running late. Getting lost is always best to do when you have lots of time.

Another Moon Picture


The moon the other night was a bright orange.

The photo doesn’t do it justice. I fear my camera skills and shaky hands make it difficult to take a good picture of the moon. It’s a shame because it was so beautiful.

Having this time to relax and make my own schedule I’ve become familiar with the moon. Each night out on my back porch it greets me and I really enjoy the quiet of the evening. Nanaimo seems to shut down early, around nine it starts getting dark out and by nine thirty it seems so quiet in the neighbourhood and on the streets.

I’ve been staying up too late and really need to get an earlier start to the day. I’ve bee writing and have noticed I actually write more in the day. Always thought I would be more of a night writer but that hasn’t been the case. Perhaps the idea that work is during the day is so ingrained in me that I gravitate towards writing during that time.

Evenings have been a nice time to just be quiet, plan my next trip and also come up with all sorts of hair brained ideas for what to do next. You never know though in amongst those hair brained ideas there could be a gem, one that works.

Vancouver Island Exhibition


I missed the Stampede in Calgary this year, which isn’t really a big loss. I grew up in Calgary and the Stampede is there every year. I will make it again and the donuts will still be in the same place, for many, many years to come.

Instead I got to go to the Vancouver Island Exhibition or VIEX!

Well, it’s much smaller than the Stampede and is set up in Beban park, comparatively to the Stampede I believe it would fit in the area where people wait to get into the Stampede. There are some rides, in fact The Monster was there. The big old yellow and black ride that spins and goes up and down? I don’t think I’ve seen it at the Stampede for years, I’m not sure I trust a ride that no longer makes the Stampede requirements.

There was also a Wild West show and a haunted house, The Hillbilly’s Revenge:


There were stables with animals, probably my favourite part of the exhibition.

Look it’s Wilbur!


An Alpaca …..
(Don’t let it spit at you, I’ve seen this happen to somebody and believe me if the Alpaca’s ears go back, move away QUICKLY! )


There were also chickens and such but I don’t really find poultry that exciting. Then there is the Home Show, this was sad. I LOVE the home show at the Roundup Centre all the cleaning gadgets, knives that slice through word AND tomatoes, the slicers and dicers, the spices and fudge, all the things you never knew you need but are now being sold as a must have. At the VIEX I believe there were about maybe twenty vendors and not a single knife or tomato in sight.

There was this though:


That’s a cremation booth giving away a bbq. Seriously………

Newcastle Island


A quick ferry ride from Maffeo Sutton Park will take you over to Newcastle Island.

What a gem the island is. Right off the boat there is a beach to your right and up the path a restaurant and ice cream shop also a large hall that often hosts weddings. There are also hiking paths, mostly one up the middle and one that goes around the whole island. The trail can be completed easily in an afternoon and that includes a stop for a swim at one of the several beaches on the island. If you go up the middle you run into other paths and at most forks in the path there is a map showing you where you are and how to get to where you want to go next.

The ferry is a quick ride and provides beautiful views on the way:


The main trail’s are all well marked and easy to follow, even I didn’t get lost and I can lose my way anywhere:


The trees and paths make for a nice break from the hot sun:

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Making your way to the centre of the island you will find a very pretty lake:



Hiking to the far side you will find a beautiful view and a lovely little bench waiting for you:


I already have plans to go back with beaches and views like this, I believe it’s one of my new favourite places:

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