I’m Not Dead: New Year 2016 Edition

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Well… there ain’t much to say. Once mid-December hit, I was on Christmas-time, which meant other things took higher priority in life. Then we went on a little trip, further exacerbating the silence around here. Anyways, here are some photos from the trip to make up for the extended absence.


 

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After spending the holidays with family and friends, we embarked on a ferry over to Victoria on Vancouver Island for some R&R.

You know, the whole "I like to take long walks on the beach..."

You know, the whole “I like to take long walks on the beach…”

Risking life and limb to get that damn line in the center of my photo of Victoria's Chinatown

Risking life and limb to get that damn line in the center of my photo of Victoria’s Chinatown.

Obligatory shot of the scenic place where government meets.

Obligatory shot of the scenic place where government meets.

Then we took a ferry from Victoria to Port Angles in Washington State on a mission to get to Seattle by New Years Eve.

Then we took a ferry from Victoria to Port Angles in Washington State on a mission to get to Seattle by New Years Eve.

We were meeting up with some good friends who we hadn't seen in years as they live in NYC. They happened to be visiting the West Coast so we made plans to meet up in Seattle for NYE.

We were meeting up with some good friends who we hadn’t seen in years as they live in NYC. They happened to be visiting the West Coast so we made plans to meet up in Seattle for NYE.

Strolling around downtown Seattle with a couple New Yorkers on NYE.

Strolling around downtown Seattle with a couple New Yorkers on NYE.

Finishing off 2015 checking out the Space Needle and the fireworks that ensued from it.

Finishing off 2015 checking out the Space Needle and the fireworks that ensued from it.

Hope ya enjoyed the pretty pictures. We will soon be back to your regularly scheduled broadcast around here.

11 thoughts on “I’m Not Dead: New Year 2016 Edition

  1. Happy New Year! Glad to see that you are alive! Although mind you, I’m not visiting as many blogs as I used to and focusing more on ones whose authors I want to connect with/focusing more on my own blog. Life always gets extra busy around December, hence blogs gets extra quiet around that time as well. Cool pics, I am long overdue for a trip somewhere. Anywhere out of Ontario. Lol.

    1. Ditto. You have a very finite amount of time every day to deploy and if you are interested in maximizing your time, a lot of stuff needs to get cut out. I found back in late 2014 that my time spent indiscriminately going around the blogging circuit, leaving comments and such, was not a good use of my time.

      Definitely get out and adventure if that is what you want to be doing!

    1. Thanks dude. We’re going to be in Europe in April and we have a high probability of stopping by Brussels in late-April, so if we do cruise through, we should most definitely meet up for a beer!

  2. Awesome pics!
    Are they all off a phone or you got a digital camera as well?

    My parents are going to this area of Canada this year, they are wondering what route to take from Vancouver to, I think it was Banff. There is a train (which costs a bomb) and various road routes apparently.

    They also wondered whether it is worth visiting Vancouver island if time is short or of there are other sights to see first?

    Any advice be appreciated and I’ll pass it onto them? Obviously it’s subjective but great to get an opinion from a local. Thanks!

    1. All off the iPhone 6. I have rarely dusted off the ol’ Nikon SLR ever since iPhones started provided adequate enough pictures. I abhor carrying around too much stuff so I love the iPhone and how it can do like a million things for me, and all the while take some solid photos and videos. I really should use my SLR more….

      There are bus tours that go up to Banff or they could just rent a car and do the drive themselves – it’s only like 8 hours away. Yes, I know in the UK that a 2 hour car ride is considered an epic voyage, but you have to adjust to North American distances and timescales! And they could break it up into like a 2 day drive and stop along a town of interest before Banff. The drive is fairly straight forward as the main route goes all along the Trans-Canada Hwy.

      Victoria is quaint and cute – if they wanted to maximize time, they could take a float plane from downtown Vancouver over to Victoria on Vancouver Island (45 minute scenic flight). You don’t really need much time in Victoria – even a day trip could pack in basically all you want to see in the downtown core of Victoria.

      If they have the time, Whistler is very beautiful and only about 2 hours drive away from downtown Vancouver. Squamish, which is half way on the highway to Whistler has an impressive granite dome which is apparently the second largest of its kind in the world.

      The drive on the Sea-to-Sky Highway all the way up to Whistler is worth it just to drive it. It is spectacular.

      Any other questions just shoot me a reply!

      1. I agree on the phone thing, I just need to actually get a phone with a decent enough camera on it then I’m all set! 🙂

        Thanks for all of the info, that’s great! I will pass it on to them I am sure they’ll find it very useful.

        It looks like a beautiful area to explore, hopefully one day I’ll follow in their footsteps!

        Cheers again

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