The View from a Drawbridge

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

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Can I just say that I love Vancouver, Canada? It’s quirky. It’s diverse. The food is good, the people are friendly, and there is much to do and see. One of my favorite things about this city is that people aren’t afraid to be controversial and/or cutting edge. What better place to start a women’s …

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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 …

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Having travelled to 22 countries, I have come to expect a certain amount of culture shock. In fact, I kind of look forward to it. It’s half the fun. I enjoy having my perspectives challenged, and it’s exciting to see how I’ll react to being thrust out of my comfort zone. As strange as this …

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