October 2011

Glacier at Joffre Lakes Provincial. Park, BC

While traveling through British Columbia, HK and I camped at Birkenhead Lake, a remote, pristine Provincial Park located about two hours north of Whistler . As we were setting up the pup-up, the park ranger told us there were bears in the campground right now, to watch out for Chance. We kept him on a pretty short leash those couple of days.

Birkenhead Lake Campground

While there, we took a long, strenuous hike through a boulder and scree-field-the result of an avalanche- to Joffre Lakes. Beginning the hike, a fine but steady mist fell on the already saturated ground, making the going slippery and a bit unnerving. Chance went along, but HK had to carry him on the boulder walk.  Roxy and Kismet couldn’t join us due to foot injuries). We passed a few brave souls on the hike, each commenting on what a trooper our little dog was. Chance loves to hike, and pulled his leash and encouraged us every step of the way.

As we climbed and scrambled to seemingly non-stop rocks and mud, the cloud cover dissipated, offering a beautiful vista of the glaciers looming just beyond the lakes.

Joffre Lake

Have you traveled to rural parts of British Columbia? We’d love to see your pictures!

As planned, I went to Atlanta Pride parade on Sunday.  I went to this parade several years ago, and was pretty disappointed  in the quality of the parade. I seemed too low-key and not nearly celebratory enough to be a celebration. After enjoying several Vancouver Pride parades in the last couple of years, I decided that this year I would give Atlanta another shot. I’m glad I did.  This year, Atlanta Pride, the largest pride festival in the southeast, was a lively, fun celebration of diversity.

The parade started out very slow and solemn, and frankly, I was afraid it would fall flat. There were also long gaps between marcheing groups, and those could have been filled with the Dykes on Bikes, who were in the front end of the parade, riding around in circles and lightening up the I was surprised and really pleased with the number of churches that were marching, inviting everyone to worship with them. That was refreshing, especially given the small groups of closed-minded bigots and homophobes that were protesting the festival. Also celebrated was the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” YAY!!!!

The parade  still has lots of room to grow and develop. I’d like to see more “OUTrageous”  floats and revelry, but, hey, this is the American South, so I’ll take what I can get.

For a history of the 40-year old pride movement in Atlanta, see this link. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, my camera battery died before I got the first decent picture. These pics are compliments of an old Sewanee pal, John Bently. Thanks, John!

Corny, Huh?

Here’s me in Mitchell, SD at the World’s Only Corn Palace!