Thursday, August 30, 2007

Still stuck in SV getting ready to leave

Hey All,

Well Wednesday I felt so bad that I stayed lying down all day. Am feeling better today. I actually left the condo today and have packed quite a bit. I was contemplating leaving this afternoon but now its 2:00 p.m. here and well I am not ready to go. So for now the plan is to leave early tomorrow in the A.M. If I do a good job and leave early enough I suppose I might just camp around Bishop, CA or something.

I guess LA is experiencing an uncomfortable heat wave. Sweet I guess I will be hanging at the Bizzeach for a while. I wanted to learn how to surf anyway.

Watching Red Dawn right now about to go to the pool/ hot tub to read. Jeez how bored does one have to be to watch a movie with C Thomas Howell as an action hero?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

News Coverage of CastleRock Fire Funny!

Hey all,

Still in Sun Valley, ID, playground of the rich and spoiled. Its amazing this 41,000 acre fire burning near the ski mountain and threatening scores of multi-million dollar homes is getting lots of news coverage. To date it is just 31% contained with now over 1600 firefighters fighting it. Since several A listers own second, third, fourth.... homes here its no surprise that a huge effort is being put in. I wonder if as much effort would go to save poor areas of New Orleans?

Last night the fire was a lead story on Fox New's show with that ahole Sheppard Smith.
Yesterday it was in the LATIMES and today there is a story in the NYTIMES.

As for me I think that I am headed back to L.A. tomorrow assuming that I continue to feel better. I still might move back here assuming it doesn't burn down, but need to go home and get out of the smoke and at least get my stuff. Otherwise New Zealand is tempting.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Stuck inside for several days!


Hey All,

I have been stuck inside for several days now as the Castlerock Fire and the preventative burning that is being done is making it very smoky around here.

Now I have an intestinal parasite of some sort so am not well enough to travel back to LA. I am hoping to be able to travel by Thursday.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sun Valley on fire

There is a fire burning in warm Springs creek. Its making Ketchum smoky.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tires only lasted to Yakima!

Well got a flat just outside Yakima, WA. Luckily got two new tires at Costco. Thanks Sis and Thomas for your help!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

In Vancouver having fun

Hey all,

I am in Vancouver and having fun. Its a really cool city. Also jealous of the Canadians and their arrangement with the Aussies. Both have holiday visas which allow you to stay in the country for a year and work and travel and you don't need a job to get your visa.

Chris
P.S. will post more pictures when I get a chance.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Victoria, B.C.

Hey all,

Still in Victoria, B.C..

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Made it to Hostel in Victoria -

Hey all,

Made it finally after waiting for a few ferries to Vancouver Island and our hostel in Victoria. I have a tiny room with no windows and not much floor space but its fine. The hostel was recommended by a friend in Montana and he was right. THe vibe is totally cool. I am above a bar with live music. Hipster music is playing in the background and everyone is really chill. A great sounding canadian chick is playing her acoustic and singing along.

Dahm need to get my camera out and post a picture of the two Aussies. They are a blast!

Its way cooler than that stuffy ass B&B and much more centrally located and affordable.

PEace out

Going to Vancouver Island for day and night

Hey all,

Well managed a bed in a hostel coed dorm for last night. Unfortunately they are booked tighter than (insert colorful phrase here).

Met a couple of Aussie chicks( Hayley and Sophie) who just arrived in Canada and are going to stay and work for a year. They will also likely visit the United States at some point so I will put them in touch with any of you who don't mind a couple of spunky Aussie girls. We found rooms together in a hostel in Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C. I was just in Victoria last year in August. This time I get to stay in a hostel above a bar instead of a B&B.

Will post pictures when I get a chance. Also should return to Vancouver Sunday.

Chris

Friday, August 10, 2007

In Vancouver !!

Hey all drove all the way to Vancouver. B.C. today.
Have a bed for tonight at the Hostel International at Jericho Beach.

Don't know what to do tomorrow night yet. Might get back to Camping.

Peace all.

Chris

Columbia Icefields Parkway - Athabasca Glacier Tour




Hey All this is what I did yesterday. Adam Forrester said I had to do this and he was right! Took a tour on the Athabasca Glacier in Columbia Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper in Alberta, Canada. If you check out my youtube page you can see all the other videos I have of these giant Glacier tour trucks. I also added photos of yesterday to my Picasa page.

I am currently in Jasper, Alberta but am contemplating going to Vancouver today because the weather here is lousy. Last night I stayed at a rustic hostel with lots of Spainards, Germans, and Canadians. It was Called Beauty Creek HI hostel.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Glacier National Park Photos



Per Billtron's request I will attempt to explain the photos without being able to look at them again. The photos of the house looking thing are of the Hostel in Polebridge, MT just outside Glacier National Park. I stumbled upon the charming little town of polebridge on the way to Kintla Lake. The inner North Fork Road is closed to protect a critical wolf habitat and I was forced to detour outside the park. The photos of the mercantile are of the store/ bakery. This is truly one of the best bakeries in the world. Best I can figure its at least partly because of the good well water there. The place is devoid of scotts or irish people lest they would be distilling there I am certain. The Northern Lights Cafe is also excellent and you can get a great meal there along with an organic Pale ale.
The hostel is old worldly, with no real electricity, propane mantle lamps. It does have refrigerators and stove and oven running on propane as well as hot showers. However the toilet is in the form of a dual outhouse. There are old tools, lanterns and cast iron hung all over the walls and the place oozes a rustic mountain charm of which many a mountain town has foolishly rid itself.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Not that anyone is reading this but made it Banff

Hey all greetings from Canada eh. Made it safely to Banff. Fortunately I had my tire plugged today or I might not have made it.

GOt a bed in a hostel with a lot of smelly foreigners. Also Canada is boring.

Tomorrow will do some hiking gondola etc.
Thinking tomorrow might be nicer camping not sure.

Need to make arrangements for Jasper and perhaps Vancounver this weekend.

Upset that all internet seems to be pay for here. Wish my laptop worked. Oh well.
Sorry no photos or video but there is no USB drive here.

Twinedog out!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Sunrising over Lake McDonald

Spent night at Fish Creek campground site # B40.

Greetings from Glacier National Park

Not nearly as smoky as Missoula. No sales tax in Montana!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Red Sun Rising - Missoula, MT

Spent the night in a motel room because half of Montana must be on fire. Met a translator moving his family to Maine because they feel priced out of Seattle.