The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

Emily Carr (1871-1945) is one of Canada’s most renowned artists. I am embarrassed to say that I’d never heard of her until I stumbled upon a permanent collection of her work at the Vancouver Art Gallery a few years ago. I’m so glad I did. It keeps me coming back. She was a native of …

Continue reading

It astounds me that more people don’t take advantage of America’s scenic byways. Perhaps people are in too much of a hurry to take such detours anymore. I think they’re well worth it. I’ve never been on one that didn’t fill me with awe. Chuckanut Drive, also known as Washington State Route 11, is one …

Continue reading

One of the best things about Vancouver, Canada, is the food. It’s a city by the sea, and it’s very much an international town. That bodes well for seafood, as well as Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, First Nations, Italian, Greek… you name it, they have it in Vancouver. I’m told the best things to eat …

Continue reading

True confessions: I have a problem with heights. I know that’s weird for someone who has worked on drawbridges for 17 years, but there you have it. Altitude freaks me out. So, when I found myself 230 feet above the Capilano River on a 450-foot-long suspension bridge that dances and sways like Fred Astaire on …

Continue reading

One of my favorite things to do in Vancouver, Canada is visit the Vancouver Art Gallery. I have blogged about this gallery from past visits, but this time, just driving past it was a surreal experience. The whole façade had been altered for one of its exhibits, The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, a retrospective …

Continue reading

I had the opportunity to visit Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada again recently. I love that it’s only a couple hours drive from Seattle, and it has a completely different vibe. It’s vibrantly international, and full of things to see and do. This visit is going to be the source of several blog posts, but today …

Continue reading

Whistler

The View from a Drawbridge

During my most recent trip to Canada, I had the opportunity to visit Whistler, which is the ski resort mecca of British Columbia. That was a surreal experience. Everything was clean and well-manicured. Even the concrete looked somehow artificial. It was like being in Disney World without the rides. That is, if everyone who visited …

Continue reading

During my most recent trip to Canada, a friend and I decided to camp in the wilds of British Columbia. Sadly, the further out you get from Vancouver in the summer time, the more apt those wilds are to be on fire. So we really only went halfway to the back of beyond. Still, that …

Continue reading

Maybe If…

The View from a Drawbridge

So I decided to go camping in British Columbia during the Perseids meteor showers. I love astronomical events of all kinds, but the Persaids is one of my favorites. And it was supposed to be particularly spectacular this time around. I had been planning this trip for nearly a year. I had no idea that …

Continue reading