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Oct. 16th, 2003

Weatherpersons are saying that it's supposed to rain straight through until Sunday here in Vancouver.
Living in a Pacific North West Rain Forest is definitely not for the dry at heart.
There are old growth trees in Stanley Park that are hundreds of years old. No matter when I've been through Stanley Park - in the trees and not just around the seawall, the air is always humid and thick, and smells wonderful. There's moss dripping off gnarled limbs and blankets of ivy cover the forest floor. It's like stepping into another world in there. Surprised I haven't come across and elf or hobbit on my journeys. There is a hollowed out tree stump in the Park that is big enough to park a mini or a volkswagen beetle in.
And our resevoirs are getting plenty full which is a good thing.
Then there's the enchantment of Pacific Spirit Park on the UBC endowment lands. Forest at the ocean's edge. Heaven on earth.

I have a question ... totally unrelated to that bit of babbling ...

If I were to come visit any of you in your city, town, rural area, what popular 'tourist attractions' or 'well kept secrets of the locals' would you take me to?
Describe some of them to me.
Maybe include links to tourist sites.
Show me yours, I'll show you mine :o)

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bossymarmalade
Oct. 16th, 2003 11:50 am (UTC)
Well, you know what it's like here, but back in the old country? Probably a drive up the mountains past all the coffee and cocoa plantations, past that lookout point where you can gaze down at Maracas beach and see out where the water's deep enough to be blue and blue and darker blue, studded with tiny little islands that nobody goes to, and then down to the beach itself.

Which means lots of big tall breakers and coconut trees, some of them grown slanted because of the wind; and there's stands that serve fire-roasted corn and shark-and-bake and ice-cold Carib beer, and then it's just in and out of the water all day long, jumping waves and drying out on the sand.

And on the way back home, stopping at a roadside coconut vendor and having him lop the tops off a couple of chilled green coconuts so we can drink the water inside, then split them open to scoop out the sweet jelly. Or maybe we'd take a ferry out to Tobago and go see the sea turtles if it's the right time of year, or take a boat out onto the water where it's tens of feet deep but so clear that you think you maybe could just reach down and pick up that big purple sea urchin by a quill. Or we could take the boat out to the Nylon Pool miles from the shore and stand in it, because it's that shallow, and stare around at the deep, deep ocean all around us.

...dammit, now I'm homesick.
chootoy
Oct. 16th, 2003 01:39 pm (UTC)
you've taken my breath away
where the water's deep enough to be blue and blue and darker blue, studded with tiny little islands that nobody goes to

Where we'd go and I'd take pictures of every inch of them.

shark-and-bake and ice-cold Carib

::Whimper::

we'd take a ferry out to Tobago and go see the sea turtles

Is it right to be near tears at the thought of this? Turtles. Dude!

it's that shallow, and stare around at the deep, deep ocean all around us.

You've just killed me. I can't concentrate now. I want to be there sooooo much right now. screw Vegas, Maggie, lets take you home
coreopsis
Oct. 16th, 2003 11:51 am (UTC)
Well, if you came to visit me, I'd blow off my town and take you to Nashville. *g*

My very favorite place in the whole city is Centennial Park and The Parthenon (home of the largest indoor statue in the western hemisphere--how cool is that?) There's what purports to be a visual tour but is more of a history with a few pics scattered in here. And there's more about Athena (with better pics) here.
chootoy
Oct. 16th, 2003 01:43 pm (UTC)
Nashville!? That's so cool.
Man, the Parthenon and Athena are amazing!
She's huge (a bit on the scary side of huge)
Nashville and not a hint of country, how'd you do that?

I'd love to see the Grand Ole Oprey (spelled right?) just to say I'd seen the hall where so many Country and Western legends performed.

Way Cool! Thanks for the trip. :o)
coreopsis
Oct. 16th, 2003 04:45 pm (UTC)
She's huge (a bit on the scary side of huge)
She is! My son was freaked out the first time he saw her. He did not want to go in there, so he and I went around the edges and looked at the Marbles instead and that way he could sneak peeks of her in between the columns and at different angles. By the time we'd hung out in the treasure room and looked at the pediments for a while, he was able to slowly circle back around and actually approach her from the front. But he still didn't spend much time on it. *g*

The first time I saw her was back in the 80s before they began the gilding process so she was just plain white and I don't think she was as scary then. Those eyes, man. They are seriously unsettling. But the whole thing is terribly awe inspiring at the same time.


Nashville and not a hint of country, how'd you do that?
Athens of the South, dude. *g* The music industry is a major player, no doubt, but it's far from the only thing going.


I'd love to see the Grand Ole Oprey (spelled right?) just to say I'd seen the hall where so many Country and Western legends performed.
In that case, you don't want to see the actual Opry. You want to go to a show at or take a tour of the Ryman Auditorium. That's where all the real history is. And then you can walk over to Tootsie's Orchid Lounge which is where all the stars went to drink after the shows (and probably during ;-) That whole Broadway-Second Avenue area of downtown is pretty cool--a lot of live music pouring out of the bars on the street and the occasional street musician doing his thing. But with the relatively recent additions of Planet Hollywood and Hard Rock Cafe and that type of thing, it's starting to resemble every other city.

The new Opry house is a big modern affair way out by the Opryland Hotel (which is in itself a worthy tourist destination, even if you don't stay there). To me, it just felt like going to any other theater, you know? It didn't quite have the ambience I expected or something. But that's my baggage. Never mind that and come for a visit anyway. *g*
hammerhead22
Oct. 16th, 2003 01:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is fun!

I'm a big fan of the outdoors so I'd be taking you to places like the Scenic Columbia Gorge and to my favorite beach, Short Sands. In town, we'd go catch a $3 first run movie at the Bagdad theater and pub, where we would eat pizza and drink good beer while watching a movie. After the movie, we'd pop on over to Crush, my favorite little gay wine and cheese bar in SE for a night cap and chatting until 2:00

If you were in the mood to dance, we'd go to Embers or Panorama and try not to drool all over the pretty boys dancing with the pretty boys. Dinner would be at Typhoon on Broadway, the best Thai restaurant in America.

For happy wandering, we would go up to Washington Park, the largest in-city park in America. There we could go to the zoo, the World Forestry Center, the Vietnam memorial, the Hoyt Arboretum, the Audubon Society or just hike, mt. bike or horseback ride on some of the 200+ miles of trails.

A relaxing evening could be spent having dinner and then dancing on the Portland Spirit cruise ship on the Willamette or Columbia River. We aren't called the city of bridges for nothin' baby! Or the city of roses, I'd take you on a picnic at the rose gardens if it were spring and summer.

I'm too damn lazy to link today but this was fun! And you do know that you are invited anytime, right?
chootoy
Oct. 16th, 2003 02:22 pm (UTC)
I come and visit, I'll never leave
Sweetie! This sounds like a great itinerary!!!
I'll have to stay for weeks. Weeks I tell you!
You used a few magic words here:

beach And the name of it sounds devine!
pizza & beerWHILE watching a flick!? Sign me up baby!
Crush I've heard so much about this place. Wait that was from you! :o)
pretty boys dancing with the pretty boys Are cameras allowed?
zoo, forest centre, memorial, 200+miles of trails I wanna move there!!!

And you do know that you are invited anytime, right?
::clears overwhelmed lump in throat::
You're such a beautiful person.
::hugs::

hammerhead22
Oct. 16th, 2003 10:11 pm (UTC)
Re: I come and visit, I'll never leave
Just give me a weeks notice and I'll have the FUton in the slash room all fluffed and ready to go:)

::hugs::
chootoy
Oct. 18th, 2003 02:05 pm (UTC)
Re: I come and visit, I'll never leave
FUton in the slash room

Hmmmm. Maybe I'll never leave the house. :o)



happy partying darlin'
::tosses cocktaili weiners::
or have I foolishly missed the big event?
hammerhead22
Oct. 18th, 2003 03:16 pm (UTC)
Re: I come and visit, I'll never leave
Well, the party started yesterday afternoon and gets over tomorrow:)

PARTAY!
riveroflife
Oct. 16th, 2003 02:19 pm (UTC)
I don't really have anything to share because my town is severely lacking in many areas. I just had to comment because this post put such a huge smile on my face. I have serious Vancouver envy. It is my favorite city in the world and I'm desperate to live there. I've been trying to convince the husband to relocate there with me to no avail. But I refuse to give up; I will be Canadian someday. I love reading first hand accounts of what it's like to live there.
chootoy
Oct. 16th, 2003 02:49 pm (UTC)
Wow! What an awesome comment to find.
::stares at Ivy:: Not one thing of interest where you live?
No favourite bar? Or movie house? or Coffee shop?

I think we should start a letter writing campaign or something to convince your hubby that you guys have to live here.
At least come for a visit? then we kidnap you and not let you go home - where are you?
Vancouver is a real pretty city. And I love living on the coast.
I love seeing the looks on visitors' faces when they're walking around town taking in the sights and sounds.

"Vancouver"
riveroflife
Oct. 16th, 2003 03:45 pm (UTC)
I've had that website bookmarked for the longest time. It was part of "Project Vancouver" in the house of Ivy.

Not one thing of interest where you live? No favourite bar? Or movie house? or Coffee shop?

Well, yes. Favorite bars and things, but nothing that compares to Stanley Park or the like. Mother Nature sort of skipped most of Texas, I think. Definitely Houston. My husband was being transferred there so I took it upon myself to find out everything I could about the city. I ended up completely falling in love with it (I even had the neighborhood where we'd be moving picked out)and then, of course, his transfer fell through. I'm just awestruck by a place where you can see mountains and ocean all at the same time. Vancouver really is like my own personal Utopia. Where in Vancouver do you live?

I think we should start a letter writing campaign or something to convince your hubby that you guys have to live here.
I know, man. He complains about the weather more than anything else. He says he can't deal with the cold and the rain blahblahblahbitemecakes.

At least come for a visit? then we kidnap you and not let you go home...
Heh. Don't tempt me.
chootoy
Oct. 16th, 2003 04:29 pm (UTC)
I'd love to visit Houston one day. hint:wink

One thing I love to tell people I've done here is go for a hike up in the North Shore Mountains in the morning where there's still a little bit of snow on the ground then come down to Jericho Beach or Spanish Banks and soak up the sun in shorts and a t-shirt.

As for your husband's weather concerns....he's got a point. The cold is cold and the wet is real wet.
But the beautiful days inbetween are so gorgeous, you forget you've been soggy for 3 weeks straight.
because it really can rain for 3 weeks straight out here

I live in New Westminster. Just a Skytrain ride away. It's one of the older neighbourhoods in the 'lower mainland' and has a amazing 'heritage home' areas. They give tours of some of the homes they are so nice.
(I guess I'd take a visitor on one of those tours if they came to visit.)

You're still invited - any time!
riveroflife
Oct. 17th, 2003 11:12 am (UTC)
You're still invited - any time!
Thanks, man! You're also welcome anytime. If you ever feel the need to visit Texas, there are many friendly faces here.

One thing I love to tell people I've done here is go for a hike up in the North Shore Mountains in the morning where there's still a little bit of snow on the ground then come down to Jericho Beach or Spanish Banks and soak up the sun in shorts and a t-shirt
That sounds heavenly. I bet there are people who live there who don't even appreciate the beauty they're surrounded with. I suppose the weather would take some getting used to for some people, but it's right up my alley. I love rain and if I could wear a sweater every day I would be a happy girl.

So this is where I become "that annoying girl who asks all the questions". I know people call Vancouver Lotus Land, right? Is it really as laid back as the rest of the world seems to think?
chootoy
Oct. 17th, 2003 02:09 pm (UTC)
Is it really as laid back as the rest of the world seems to think?

Yeah, it can be.
Snow board up at Whistler in the morning, wind surf in the afternoon in English Bay.)

I did a google search for 'lotusland' believe it or not and this is what I found.

WordNet Dictionary. Lotus Land or Lotusland.
Definition: [n] an idyllic realm of contentment and self-indulgence.

Hmmmm, that's about right. Self-indulgent contentment. :o)
we also grow the most amazing pot in these here parts (*cough*according to experts*cough*) and that gets you pretty frickin' mellow too.

But you really don't need the weed to find that idyllic realm.
You can totally just get high on the nature around you.
(Okay, enough of me sounding like a granola chewing, burkinstock wearing hippie)

And yes, the rain is wonderful if you look at it the right way and darlin' you'd have an amazing sweater collection if you lived here. :o)

Peace out.
riveroflife
Oct. 17th, 2003 03:48 pm (UTC)
we also grow the most amazing pot in these here parts

See, that's the one thing that has worked in my favor in my efforts with the husband. that and the supposed leniency of the marijuana laws (or lack thereof) have piqued his interest a bit.

Thanks for indulging me in my Vancouver problems. :)
epicflailer
Oct. 17th, 2003 03:17 am (UTC)
Singapore has nothing worth visiting. No, really. Except maybe me. :-D

Although I'd recommend a trip to the esplanade -- it looks like a two big spiky oranges -- just for a looksee. And maybe Sentosa, although that's mostly to rip you of your money, but there's a lot of stuff to see, for somewhere as small as we are.
chootoy
Oct. 17th, 2003 03:53 pm (UTC)
Singapore has nothing worth visiting. No, really. Except maybe me. :-D

Of course you would be the main attraction!!!

Singapore sounds so exotic and mysterious to me.
I'd love to see its architecture and natural treasures.

one day when I have more money than I know what to do with, I'll visit all my LJ friends.
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