Another Moon Picture

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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

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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:

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

Look it’s Wilbur!

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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! )

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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:

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

Lanterns At The Lagoon

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The thirteenth annual Lanterns For Peace Ceremony took place on August 6th at Swa-a-Lana Lagoon in Nanaimo, actually events such as this take place all over the world. The event marks the anniversary of Hiroshima, the first use of the atomic bomb that reduced the city of Hiroshima to ashes in 1945.

The ceremony lasts about an hour, there were a few short speeches, singing, dancing and the event ends when lanterns are put into the lagoon for a moment of reflection and silence. For something so simple it’s wonderful how beautiful the lanterns are on the water.

It was a lovely gathering with a strong turn out, I even got to meet the Mayor who seemed very nice while helping to get the lanterns down to the water but didn’t want to get his shoes wet. Can’t blame him they were nice shoes.

Dettifoss Again

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This is a photo of the top of Dettifoss just before it crashes over the edge.

It’s so beautiful and it goes from really calm to starting to churn, seeming to pick up speed before it turns into a big churning mass of water crashing down. Amazing and it was definitely one of the top highlights of my trip, in a trip that was full of highlights.

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Dettifoss

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The mother of all the waterfalls we saw. By volume of water it is the largest in Europe and the sound of the crashing water is unbelievable.

It’s a formidable site and I’m not sure the photo’s do it justice for it’s size and strength. It is MASSIVE and really beautiful in a way that is different from the tall waterfalls and the pretty smaller ones. It’s beauty is in just the sheer volume and power of the water.

We stood and watched it for ages it’s very mesmerizing to watch and the sound is oddly calming.

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