Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Mystic

The waterfalls of Mystic Beach on Vancouver Island...
Waterfalls at Mystic Beach on Vancouver Island...
On a recent and rare sunny winter day on Vancouver Island, many people caught their dose of Vitamin D on the beaches of south-west Vancouver Island, including Mystic Beach.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Eye of the beholder

Public art over the waterfront in La Connor, Washington...
Troubled fish?
I've previously mentioned that La Connor in Washington State is for art lovers. It features eye-catching public art such as these free spinning fish hovering over the main public jetty.

Are these salmon meant to be making a statement on the state of our rivers and waterways? Or are they simply meant to be whimsical?

Friday, February 23, 2018

Kissing bridge

One of Oregon's covered bridges...
A perfect place to sneak a kiss or two...
Covered bridges -- like this one over Drift Creek in Oregon -- were once known as "kissing bridges".

In more innocent times, courting couples were known to steal kisses while passing over the bridge and out of sight of their fellow villagers.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Waiting on the perfect wave

Killing time waiting for the waves...
Surfers waiting for their curls to come in...
One reason I prefer surfing on a stand up paddleboard (SUP) to regular surfing is perfectly illustrated here. A lot of surfing involves simply bobbing listlessly while waiting for a good set of waves to come in. Like this group here off Jordan River.

On a SUP though you can fill in the dead time with some paddling and flat water maneuvers. And because you can see further out when standing than when lying down, you can see the good waves coming from a distance and get ready for them.

A lot of surfers miss decent waves because they don't see them until the waves are nearly on top of them.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sticky walls...

You definitely don't wanna lean against the wall.
Don't put your back to the wall here!
Tucked in behind Seattle's Pike Street Market is the Gum Wall. At least it was just a wall when we first encountered it about five years ago. Since then it has apparently expanded into Gum Alley.

As attractions go, it's sort of gross...

Colourful wads of gum line Seattle's Gum Wall.
Wads in every shade of the rainbow..

Friday, February 16, 2018

(Not so) Little Qualicum Falls in winter

Miniature Little Qualicum Falls...
Little Qualicum Falls
After a recent ski weekend, and before we returned to Victoria from Oceanside, we took a trip out to see Little Qualicum Falls.

As expected, the falls were surging with extra volume as a result of the recent heavy winter rains.



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

All roads lead to Florence

Florence... apparently NOT the centre of the universe...
Florence everywhere as far as the eye can see...
A street sign in downtown Florence Oregon reveals that no matter which way you go, you'll always end up where you started...

Monday, February 12, 2018

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

A colourful street in La Crucecita
Colourful flowers line the street of La Crucecita.
Random stuff seen while strolling La Crucecita in Huatulco...

You have the admire the "truth in advertising" approach taken by the business below.

Gabriel is a wise owl indeed.
Who can argue with the wisdom of an owl?

Friday, February 9, 2018

On the waterfront

A harbour ferry approaches Victoria's Fishermans Wharf...
Fishermans Wharf dwarfed by condos...
Fishermans Wharf is as much a float home community as it is a tourist attraction. I've often wondered about the lifestyle of the float home owners. In the winter, I would not want to endure the incessant rain and the howling winter storms.

But, in the summer, it would be sweet to sit on your deck in and watch the harbour traffic go by such as the Coho ferry below. This particular view is the one that you would see from the deck of the brown float home in the middle of the photo above.

The Coho ferry passes Fishermans Wharf.
View from a float home...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A flock of cranes...

Numerous cranes over Esquimalt harbour...
Cranes at the ready in Esquimalt Harbour...
... are a testament to nearly Esquimalt BC's status as a ship repair facility.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Santa Cruz

A cruise ship nestled in the port of Santa Cruz...
A cruise ship pays a visit to Santa Cruz...
Strictly speaking Huatulco, Mexico refers to a region. Santa Cruz is the name of the port and is a destination for cruise ships.

The port isn't very big so on the day we saw this cruise ship from a hill overlooking the harbour, I wondered how they managed to shoehorn the vessel through the narrow mouth. Particularly, since the harbour is busy with tour boats, jet skis, paddle boarders and kayakers, etc.

Condos and hotels overlooking the main port...
Gleaming white hotels overlook the inner harbour at Santa Cruz...



Friday, February 2, 2018

The Circus has left town

No more Fright Nights on Friday night...
The screen has faded to white for the classic drive-in theatre.
Outside Anacortes in Washington state, you'll find the remains of this drive-in. The screen at the Circus went dark more than 30 years.

I've mentioned before in this blog that I have fond memories of going to the drive-in when I was a boy. At a time -- the mid-60s -- the number of drive-ins across North America was at its peak.

By the 70s though they began to disappear, due to a number of factors, such as the increasing price of gas, the emergence of the VCR and even the widespread adoption of daylight savings times, according to Wikipedia.

Today, ratty screens, crumbling concession booths and dilapidated marquis' are all that remain of the few left standing.

The Circus has packed up and left town for good.
The Circus has left town for good...😢