Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
|Thank goodness for freedom. In more ways than one.|
We did have a little adventure entering the United States. It's not like we had to give a bribe or got strip searched, but we ended up getting Eddie and Dakota's dog food taken away (cause it had lamb in it). We also spent time in the office asking questions over and over again about firearms, alcohol and tobacco and why we didn't have a residence. "Please step away from the door" when we told her the door to the office was locked. Thank goodness they were nice and didn't make us put Eddie and Dakota in a kennel. She had to be cautious and make sure we insisted that neither of them would attack. And then their customs dog searched the truck. It was fun to watch because of course it was packed with all our winter stuff including skis, sleeping bags, backpacks, helmets, and warm clothes. It probably does look suspicious driving a 1989 toyota with Alberta license plates when we tell them one of our residences is Salmon Arm and mine is North Bend... We have to do that cause we are only allowed in each other countries for 6 months per calendar year. I'm grateful we speak English cause if we were really foreigners and our grasp of English wasn't too good, I think the entire experience might be a little intimidating. Good experience for travelling elsewhere in the world where the border experience truly can be scary. It became even more suspicious that we were "going skiing" and we were warned to make sure "we were telling them everything" before the dog searched the truck. i.c. no illegal drugs.
I personally think the woman who interviewed us was doing some training, but I guess we never will know. It's the first time there has been an issue going through the border since we've traveled together. (By the way, in Canada people spell it "travelled").
It does feel good to be back in the Pacific Northwest where someone like me can ski and garden on the same day. Also the freezing levels have been quite low, so the snow base has really piled up and there is no more rock skiing and my shoulder is healing up.
The US and Canada border services are making sure there is a border for us. Next time only cheap dog food.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
We're lucky to have a friend take us flying today. He got his pilot's license recently, so we decided to go for a spin. It was a bit bumpy up there, but still not enough to give me motion sickness. The hardest part was clearing all the snow and ice off the plane before we could take it out!
John has his flight permit and he is taking us up high today. We are thrilled, first we need to clean snow and ice by putting us to work. I'm getting willing to earn my private license back to current with each second. I want to gain willingness to get my confidence back and face my fear of flying as pilot in command! John flew great and he is very cautious and capable. I loved it.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
So it seems appropriate to share ski related topics on this cold snowless day. Also, I have heard that in Oregon there is deadly flooding with loss of human life (a car with occupants got overtaken by a small urban creek in a supermarket parking lot) and probable property damage. In the North Bend/Seattle area, freezing rain that is making the entire Pacific Northwest suffer with Sea-Tac Airport closed up tight. Hope a lot of people can just stay at home and the rain will stop.
Mark is fixing the heater in our truck and I'm not going anywhere until that happens! We'll be heading south when the weather gets a bit better! Meanwhile, we are having a great visit with his folks and I'm remaining sequestered in the wetlands of the Shuswap.
These guys probably couldn't handle a bunch of turns with their skis, but they look good going straight downhill (if you call that a hill).
Time to brush up on the finer aspects...
And now - modern digital heros of the sliding industry...
Rest in Powder http://vimeo.com/32952177 is an independent snow film about a group of friends from the Kootenays. In the film we are skiing and snowboarding in our favorite zones, in the mountains, in powder. The film is a visual narrative of our snow experiences. It draws influence from our favorite aspects of rockstar and soulful sports films while emphasizing atmospheric and aesthetic detail.The film is entirely independent in that it is intentionally advertiser and distributor free. It is not powered by energy drinks or corporations, and it is not trying to sell you anything, but if you like what you see, you can show your support by sharing the website with your friends, attending (or hosting) a premiere, ordering a DVD (in minimalistic recycled packaging, quantities limited), or donating towards a DRM-free download (using open-source software, not itunes). CHECK IT OUT http://vimeo.com/32952177
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The second is next week the US Senate is going to be voting on an internet bill that would cause problems for social networking, websites such as this blog, and arts and culture i.e. free expression.
For the entire lowdown check this link out.
I've censored the following, in protest of a bill that gives any corporation and the US government the power to censor the internet--a bill that could pass THIS WEEK. To see the uncensored text, and to stop internet censorship, visit: http://americancensorship.org/posts/40658/uncensor
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Vote Obama 2012 He's not a miracle worker people. Give him a second term.
This was a nice effort but not as tasty as your recipe
It's your recipe Shona and it was the best.
Two nights in a row - here one of Mark's nephews is going to eat Pavlova for the very first time.The recipe isn't a secret I don't think. You'll have to pay big bucks from Shona to get it tho!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
In the mtns, lots of snow is anticipated as la nina is still expected to come on quite strong here at least through the end of February. If it's anything like last year it'll keep going through April/May. Alaska has been receiving it's heaviest snow fall on record and so some of that weather pattern needs to slide south if the NW is going to get it strong.
I'm trying to stay off the skiis for a little bit longer just so I don't reinjure the clavicle but it's going to be next to impossible when the snow starts flying. It's like asking a bird who loves to fly to stay grounded. I'm sure the bird would have a difficult time not sneaking off. We've got the doxies with us again and they are happily snuggling with us and it feels good to settle in with a good book and cosy up under a blanket. Hope to get some exercise as well, but I'll have to find my shoes as opposed to wearing the tevas I've been in since September.
Some things are different I've noticed since only being gone for a short period of time. You can now deposit checks over your cell phone by taking a picture of the check and it looks like the Mormons are advertising heavy in the Seattle area for the republican votes come next fall. I saw a billboard of mormons advertised. This is the only reason I can think for this, as it seems like the church has plenty of followers all over the world. I'm voting for Obama in 2012. He deserves a second term because he's been doing a great job dealing with the mess he's had to clean up in addition to having a Republican Senate that stymies all the good things that should be moved forward. The last thing I heard is that the Republican lawmakers have tacked on the keystone pipeline nonsense to the bill extending unemployment benefits. Nasty US politics.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The two males, Eddie and Dakota enjoying some lap time, with no fighting!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
After four years together and four months together, Ciel and I have found our biggest incompatibility...Gorgonzola! This is the name of the monster in a Don Martin story, but more menacingly, it's also a vile cheese that smells (and tastes) like mouldy socks after a week-long hike through fetid swampland. Ciel put extra on the salad because she likes it so much, and thought I would too. What are we going to do? How will we get through this?
Back to the problems of North America...
Monday, January 9, 2012
People were milling around the downtown sector with upbeat and modern "container" culture housing retail and food businesses inviting them to linger.
There is still a fight about saving the heritage buildings. Should they demolish the old and construct new?So many people are in debt from lack of insurance payments, having their paid work be in upheaval, losing their home and having to pay rent to find a place to live. It's all taking a lot of time and patience on the people who remain. So many have just left to other parts of New Zealand or elsewhere...
Last night Wendy and I were talking about making the anniversary of the quake "a day off from work" to give a decent opportunity for the citizens of Christchurch to really honor the people who lost their lives, but go figure the council see's it as "counterproductive". I think it's a good idea to honor all those who are living and making Christchurch a thriving city that it is. When earthquakes happen people have had to sign a paper saying that they wouldn't get paid... shaky times in Christchurch. No wonder that people want to leave. With 95,000 aftershocks and still counting it seems that sometimes not a lot of work is going to get done. Might as well celebrate the quakes instead of mourning them all the time.And no, Mark and I are headed out without having been initiated... our flight leaves in less than a hour.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
We've been blessed with sunny skies and starry nights for so long, the moon is now our friend, for lighting the path now at night. We went into a cavern up on the northern west coast and I discovered it's not as scary to go caving at night compared to the day time.Third, it's so great to see signs on the roads warning us to watch out for penguins. I'm hoping the penguin conservation movement must be doing at least a little better with the movies that have come out such as "Happy Feet" or "March of the Penguins". There was a lot of literature about how to help the penguins out. Apparently they find roosts underneath people's beach baches. As an owner you aren't supposed to chase them out. Just like if a New Zealand Falcon attacks you because you are too close to their nest or young, you're not supposed to hit it with a stick (they are endangered).
This morning the fishery patrol was out at Gore Bay. Lots of people looking for Paua I guess and some harvesting being done smaller than 125cm. So he made them throw them back into the ocean. Commercial harvesters were out there too really working hard, but they have different limits than the public. These guys have a tough job walking the beach on a sunny warm day like today.Here is evidence I have mobility in my left arm now that the first 4-5 week time frame has passed. And with the help of all the lovely physiotherapists I've met (met the fourth one yesterday who happened to be Martin's wife) I have exercises and things to do to bring the range of motion, flexibility, and strength back. At least until the point it hurts. We met a fellow in the bike store where we found a bike box for bringing our bikes home that had broken his clavicle THREE times. Guess he was quite the road racer in his day. He's always wanted to make a t-shirt with a broken clavicle image with the words "Broken Clavicle Club". I told him if he did, that I would support him by buying one.
And lastly, what's the deal with "Australian owned" Canadian Maple Syrup? Do Canadians know this is happening to their country? "Doesn't make anymore sense than Canadian owned Kangaroos," Mark says.We drove across the country yesterday from the west to east, I suppose cause we are mentally getting ready to head back to North America. Laying on the beach or hiking up a hill didn't really appeal to either of us when we've got errands to do and packing up in the back of our minds. We've been able to see so much more of the South Island while driving with four wheels, our minds need to catch up with where our bodies have been. We are in Christchurch now and hope to see some of the sights tomorrow as well. Downtown has big vacant lots now and a shopping mall built out of shipping containers. They get to reinvent their architecture now and try to shore up better what is left standing, as the quakes keep coming it seems.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
We've been having a lovely time driving north on the West Coast, it's nicer this time around having range of motion in my left shoulder and no codeine on board... We found a collection of quartz rocks on Bruce's Bay where tourists leave their mark and pay homage to their visit and the beautiful land of the long white cloud, Aotearoa.