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Pic1: The faces of those who make up the annual gathering at Frenchman Coulee… ages range from 45 to 70+. The shared laughter, stories, and new experiences.
2: The ever windy trek over the Vantage Bridge
3: Dana, my fur friend
4: View from above the plateau down into Sunshine Gullies
5: View down onto Frenchman Coulee and the basin to the right where the camping area is. You can see my orange tent in the top right corner.
6: View from Frenchman Coulee over to the Columbia River basins, and see if you can spot the baby marmot on the rock nearby.
7: The morning after 18hrs of terrible winds, which also blasts silica along it (free facial micro dermabrasion anyone?), still gusting and storm clouds move in. We’re in a traffic jam, waiting for crews to clear the road debris from an earlier accident.
8: Snow fall on Snoqualmie Pass.
9: our rain set-up
10: Glorious sunshine and misty morning. And envying camper vans.
This trip’s experiences included a few firsts, such as seeing the landscape so lush as never before, seeing marmots up close and having their babies come out to hang out while we tested nearby, the crazy winds actually made us retreat back to the PNW and rain for the last night, witnessed the aftermath of what the wind gusts can do to a tractor trailer (unfortunately 2 lives were lost), encountering snow driving through the Snoqualmie Pass while making our way to camp out the last two nights in Birch Bay State Park, and camping through 12 hours straight of rain from noon till midnight… Awaking the next morning to sunshine.

I made a dog friend, Dana, whose family travelled from Creston, BC to climb. She’s a Aussie Shepard mix and she made her rounds with every campsite, choosing to hangout even longer during dinnertime, lol. She was so awesome though, very obedient as she followed my commands, and a food hound (no handouts from us) with a wagging nose! Too cute

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The abundance of flora from the cooler and wetter spring… Mother nature replenishes the landscape post wild fires from the year(s) before.

It was a beautiful contrast to see the new lush growth surrounding the black burnt trees left behind… For the first time in the many years I’ve done this annual trip, we saw lush green lawn-like grass growing! All the grass nibblers were enjoying the tender growth.

I had never expected in this climate to see mushroom growth, but they were plenty, esp. flourishing in thr small holes dug by either wild rabbits or marmots. The variety of lichen and in technicolour patterns were interesting and such eye candies. The wildlife was in abundance too… We’ve spotted at least 3 marmot dens with wee ones foraging, heard many coyotes with young ones yelping and howling at night. Had many a cute desert mice running our feet, including juvenile one which took their time to be curious. Otherwise plenty of mice, we also heard owls out hunting after the mouse came out at dark. Rich and abundant wildlife, a lovely contrast to two springs ago when it was so quiet, with very few wildlife sightings. So happy to have experienced this lush spring in an otherwise arid landscape

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Despite being inside a fog or grey days, you can still find beauty. Such is life. Some days are dark days for our souls, but all we need is to look up and outside to seek beauty, it’s there. I was 6-7 months into grieving for the passing of my father and the ending of my role as a caregiver and champion for his well being, feeling a bit lost. A road trip in a foreign land was exactly what I needed to process and grieve… Everyday was new and different, with many challenges and rewards. There were views that brought me to tears, and others that took my breath way and made me smile. Feeling all the emotion was so healing Solo Road Trip adventure in Iceland 2014

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When you feel a slight uncomfortableness and fear in something you want to do, it’s definitely a sign, look for the excitement that comes within your heart, no matter how small it seems. The returns you gain for going through with it, committing to it, multiplies that small excitement you first felt, you grow from that experience and move forward another step towards the dreams and goals you have. Go for it, face the fear, and go get what you want out of life. 📍: Northwest Iceland, along route 76 near Hofsós if I recall correctly. Taken in 2014 when I did a solo road trip circling the island of Iceland, a most amazing adventure that belongs to me alone… scary, joyful, reflective, empowering, and humbling

Memories of Snaefellnes Peninsula near Bùðir.

Memories of Snaefellnes Peninsula near Bùðir.

Memories of Snaefellnes Peninsula near Bùðir. Due to the single lane roads, I have to coordinate a stop when I see a window of opportunity with no cars in either direction for a few kilometres, to be safe and responsible. Always hazards signals on too. Many road trippers don’t, quite dangerous, as the average speeds are 95km-110km/hr.

fermented shark

fermented shark

So the fermented shark was decent, like a very ripe strong soft cheese. The locals on average eat it only on special holidays and festivals that celebrate old tradition. Some of those in smaller fishing villages or just old school may eat it more often, as per their preferences. Of the three waitresses here, none of them like it very much 🙂