Monday, June 25, 2018

Grease is the word...

I got chills, they're multiplying...
"I got chills... they're multiplying..."
Yesterday, my wife and I enjoyed brunch and a play -- Grease -- at Chemainus' excellent dinner theatre.

In these days of inclusiveness and movements such as #MeToo we were struck at how some of the songs lyrics and situations would not be considered acceptable today.

Fat shaming, slut shaming, overcoming female resistance to sexual advances... it's all there. It's become a trend for millenials to look back and retroactively condemn movements and pop culture of the past, based on current attitudes. How long before this play is called out and condemned for its "sins"?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Unsolved mystery..

Skulls among the shrubs...
Bigfoot remains?
Remember that old series called "Unsolved Mysteries"? By definition, mysteries are unsolved so the title is redundant... sort of like saying "dead corpse".

In Tofino's Botanical Gardens you'll find this and other mysterious giant skulls among the shrubs. Their origin is unknown, but could they be evidence of sasquatch roaming the forests of the Pacific Northwest? (Cue the music...)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Metalheads

Tiny Transformers...
Welded wee folk...
These two were part of a display we encountered last fall at a craft fair. The artist managed to imbue them with personality through the clever use of eyes and whimsical expressions.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Port Rain-frew

Curtains of rain...
A wet welcome to Port Renfrew...
Port Renfrew lies about two hours west of Victoria, but only 100 km away. The twisty, turn-y road -- dotted with the periodic single-lane bridge -- makes it as difficult to get to as Tofino.

I was there recently for a couple of nights to check out the surfing at the end of the bay. It rained when I was there. So much rain. Torrential rain. Sheets of rain. Biblical rain.

During my surf time on the water, it poured down so hard at times that I could barely see the other end of the bay for the curtain of thick grey rain.

After 36 hours of a non-stop deluge, I called it quits and scurried back to Victoria. As one local told me: "What most people call normal rain, we call mist here in Renfrew."

Lush greenery on display when it's not raining...
All that rain produces thick, lush greenery...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wayback Wednesday: The Guardians

Sunrise over Comox Lake...
Sunrise over Comox Lake...
As the sun rises over Comox Lake on Vancouver Island, these uprights frame an ice-capped peak in the distance.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Wally Creek

Wally Creek on Vancouver Island...
On the road to Tofino...
Wally Creek is a popular rest stop on the way to Tofino on Vancouver Island's outer coast. It features spectacular views of the nearby mountains. The erosion from the fast flowing water has carved out chasms and strangely organic shapes from the rock.

When we last passed this way several years ago, we noticed the love locks hanging from the nearby fence. Over the years, the locks have given way to a wide collection of knick knacks dedicated to love, including paint brushes, air fresheners and even pairs of panties!

Love locks and other sundry items...
The many ways to express undying love on Vancouver Island...

Friday, June 1, 2018

Pacific Paradise... in Canada?!

South Pacific island?
Bali High... or Ucluelet, BC?
When we are in the United States and I tell Americans that the part of Canada that we are from is warm enough for palm trees, I will typically get a look of surprise or dubious disbelief.

BC's coast is a rain forest with all that implies. Lots of the wet stuff during the winter, but warm, dry summers of the sort that palm trees thrive in.