September 14, 2009
While HK and I were in Vancouver this summer, we took the ferry over to Vancouver Island, then drove our car to the far west of the island, to Tofino. We had a 3-day weekend, since HK’s company had given it’s employees an extra day for the 4th of July holiday.
view from our patio in Tofino
Of course, Canadians don’t celebrate the American Independence Day, but we had just celebrated Canada Day in Vancouver on July 1st, so we were getting 2 holidays in one week. How lucky was that ?? It got better. As we relaxed on our lounge chairs, watching (more…)
August 21, 2009
Posted by call it kismet under Travel
| Tags: Cartecay
Where to go next??
Last weekend, HK and I were kayaking down the Cartecay river in Ellijay, GA, when we paddled past a couple of (presumed) locals sitting in innertubes with their fishing poles. We were in a very remote part of the river, and HK quietly began humming the chords to “Dueling Banjos”. Remember, from the movie Deliverance? I chuckled under my breath, made a pig squealing sound, when the one with crossed-eyes asked “Where ye headed?”
“Uh…Down?” What do you say when your boat is pointed downstream on a lightly flowing river?
We paddled on past, giving it no further thought, until today. The question popped into my mind during a morning walk with the puppies.
Where are we headed?
We’re back from any planned vacations for the next forseeable future, it’s nearly Labor Day, and, as usual, I’m trying to think of ideas for next year’s trip.
Being a type AA aires, I plan WAY in advance, in order to get all the research done and airfare booked (remember–cheap), so that (more…)
August 3, 2009
Posted by call it kismet under Travel
| Tags: 4th of July
, BC Day
, Canada Day
A couple of weeks ago, my friend Ken, who was visiting us in Vancouver with his partner Terry, asked, “My God, does anybody here have a job?” The beaches were packed with people young and old, playing volleyball, frisbee, swimming in the surf or just hanging out on a blanket in the shade. It was a Thursday, mid-afternoon.
This morning I took the pups to the beach near UBC for a romp at a typically deserted stretch of beach. I looked forward to letting them run to their heart’s content without fear of other dogs/people distracting them. WRONG! When we got to the beach, it was packed with sunbathers, dogs, kids. Hmmmmmm–Ken had a point–I don’t think anybody here has a job…
Oh, yeah. Just remebered. (more…)
July 6, 2009
Posted by call it kismet under kismet and roxie's xcellent adventures
| Tags: Clayoquot Sound
, Pacific Rim National Park
, Vancouver Island
, willy and the boyz
rest stop on Vancouver island
This weekend, as part of our exploring British Columbia quest, Kizzy and I took mommy and daddy to Tofino, the westernmost drivable point on Vancouver Island. We took a car ferry to Nanaimo and drove 3 hours west. Forested mountains and crystal-clear lakes dominated the scenery, and we stopped frequently to take in the surrounding beauty, and to pee. While we were driving, a big black bear crossed the road right in front of our car!
Willy & the Boyz in Tofino
When we got to Tofino (a pet-friendly place, of course), we went exploring. (more…)
July 1, 2009
hey! roxie here. i finally have a chance to start blogging about “kismet and roxie’s x-cellent adventure“. we’ve only been here 3 days, but already we’ve hoofed it all over kitsilano (kits), and the Pacific Spirit Park out at UBC. the best part about life here in vancouver is (more…)
June 24, 2009
And we’re off! The car is packed and the pups are ready for their first international trip. They’ll have to be patient, tho, because we won’t cross the border for 4 days!
This past week, Kismet and Roxy have been (more…)
June 23, 2009
Great Blue Heron
For the last several months, HK and I have been visiting our friends, the great blue herons, almost every weekend. Each year, beginning in March or April, dozens of the beautiful birds come to an island on the Lake Lanier near our house. The males show up first and choose what they hope will be considered prime real estate by the soon-to-arrive females. Once the lady birds have decided on a mate, she begins decorating the tree-top nest. Soon, they’re expecting, and within a month or so babies arrive.
Our routine is to visit the island that they inhabit around dusk, when they’re most active in their nests. “Klack Klack Klack…” they are so chatty. We love watching (more…)