Monday, April 30, 2012

Seattle is cool

I'm packing it up and shipping up to
Boston. This trip is almost dunzo.
My 36 hours spent in Seattle has been
enthralling. Yeah- sense the sarcasm. Don't get
me wrong, Seattle is cool. But I am tired. Beyond
tired. After that fun time in the ER and the other
mishaps on the trip, I'm ready to slam into my bed
and make sweet love to it... aka sleep.

I did make a little time for the sights!
Original Starbucks!

They were tossing these babies around.

Elephant garlic?!? It was the size of my hand.

Some views from the space needle.

Does this look familiar? This is Seattle Grace from Grey's!
It's actually a tv studio and it didn't feel like McDreamy was
around the corner.

Today I had meetings all morning/afternoon. Once
I finished I figured it was a good idea to visit the market
one last time and do my own food crawl.

It included 6 mini donuts, 1 french baked good and
Good lord. My belly is full. So that counted as
my lunch and dinner. Now I'm pounding some
drinks before my flight tonight. By drinks I mean
plenty of water so I'm hydrated and can catch a cat 
nap. See you kids on the east coast.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ain't no sunshine when I'm here- Vancouver

I'm blogging live from the Amtrak Cascades
train to Seattle. I woke up super early this morning
for the last leg of the trip so I am exhausted.
Stick a fork in me. I'm done.

I traveled by train from Kamloops to
Vancouver on Friday. It was a nice trip filled with
good food and nice scenery. And somewhat
peaceful sleep. We followed a river or 5 for most of the trip.

This is basically what the entire trip looked like.
I did see like 4 or 5 bald eagle's so that was a nice touch.

They did serve me some wine and cheese.

Once I arrived in Vancouver I opted for a run around the seawall.
My legs/body were craving the pavement and I felt
I should listen to them and get them moving.

I'm pretty sure the sun didn't shine the entire 36hrs I was there.

Ain't no sunshine when I'm here?

I did about 6 miles and my legs felt it.
Pain. I'll now be in pain for days to follow.

I did a little city tour to get to know and to get
personal with Vancouver. I saw some nice sights.
The totem polls. I'm part Native American and
I actually like to boast about it pretty often.
So this gives me another reason to brag.

The first narrows lion's gate bridge.
Built by the Guinness family actually.

I made it over to Granville Island for the market
and my own afternoon delight. The produce was beautiful.

And the crepes weren't bad either. This is my kind of
afternoon delight.

I saw some amazing hilltop views of Vancouver. And yeah-
still no sun happening.

I went into what felt like part of the movie Bio-Dome.
It was a tropical rain forest with birds.

And I finished the day with a walk around the seawall
to stretch my legs. And let's be honest- take in the

Vancouver is a great city. It's actually rated in the top 5
of most livable cities in the world. I can see why.
I could easily be a west coaster since they love
soy/almond milk, they love recycling /saving the planet
and they prefer to walk/bike/run/roller blade to where they're
going. Yeah- I made all these observations in 36 hours.

But be warned- it spits a lot here. It actually rains more than
a foot per year than Seattle. Which brings me to my next

Question: Ever been to Vancouver? Seattle? West Coast?
What are your opinions?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Middle of nowhere, Canada

Ok if we are being honest- my eating habits
take a back burner when traveling. It
becomes really difficult to explain that
I refrain from dairy and meat as much as possible.
Yeah- try explaining that in a town where
cows out number people. And they want to 
serve you that cow.

I was supposed to be on a train today traveling through 
the amazing country side but a train derailed and 
blocked the entire track. So- a bus to Kamloops 
was the answer.

Sure there were some beautiful sights like this.

And then there was a lot of this.
 Middle of nowhere Canada. Not to belittle the place
because I am from middle of nowhere America and extremely
proud of it! Just disappointed that my day was spent
differently than I hoped.

We reached the hotel in Kamloops where I buried my troubles
in this.
A tasty quinoa and roasted veggie combo... and some fried
pickles. Well- there is always tomorrow.

But- I did get a work out in. Did it ax out the damage
done today? HELL NO! But it was something to keep
my muscle memory in tact.

Here I am in this little gym getting a sweat on.
A sweat it better than nothing, folks.

Sweet gym. 

I'm a firm believer in working out. Vaca or no vaca.
I like to keep my head clear and body clean. 
Not to lose weight. But because it makes me feel 
good and makes me feel strong.
I'm no bag of bones and honestly, I don't want to be one.
 I workout for me. Not for you or anyone else.
Not for a guy to turn his head, but because when I work
out, I think I am a sex pot. It's much like the LMFAO song- 
I'm sexy and I know it. And my wish is for every woman 
to feel that way. 

I really just wish women would stop bashing themselves.
Shoot, everyone around us already does it for us.
So layoff yourself and start thinking how friggin awesome
you are. And if someone doesn't agree- Screw them.
You are sexy and you know it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Jasper, eh?

This trip has certainly been an adventure. I made my
way for the gorgeous Banff to Lake Louise
for a hot second. I had a quick meeting.
I got to see the beautiful (frozen) lake from the Fairmont.

After my meeting, it was on to Jasper.
It was kind of long ride and due to the drugs the
doctor gave me, it was near impossible to keep
my eyes open. But, alas, I did! And the sky was doing
whacked out things.

After a few meetings in Jasper, we had some time
to check out some sights. And meet some new friends.

Then we made a trip to one of the many awesome
lakes. Patricia Lake!

To prove I'm really in Canada.

The amazing mountains around the lake.
I even dared to put my toes in the water. COLD!

Then I was so happy because I got to take a short hike.
By myself! Happy face... dancing came later. (Yikes- my
blond hair is actively trying to come back!)

The slot canyons were beautiful. And deep.

The water coming through was straight from the 
glacier and the most beautiful blue ever.
It was unreal.

I clearly love me some nature. And hikes!

Jasper is pretty great. It's no Banff but they've got some
sweet animals, hikes and glaciers. Tomorrow- I take the train
to Kamloops and then finally to Vancouver on Friday! Woop Woop!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bangin' Banff

I'm blogging live from Banff, Alberta.
It is one of the most beautiful places I've
ever been lucky enough to visit. 

The drive here was no joke either.
I watched the Rockies get closer by every mile.

The beautiful Bow Falls.

I rode the gondola to the top of sulphur mountain.
The view was disgusting. Disgustingly awesome!

I took a drive around a lake or two.

They were still frozen and looking pretty frigid.

I made some new friends.

 A mom and baby. The dad was around with his giant
horns. But, sadly, no bears yet. But I've been told
I should spot one soon.

I'm obsessed with Banff. Whenever I travel I think to
myself "Could I live here?" For once- this is somewhere I
could see myself living. With George of course. It's so
amazing here. I'm sure the winters are a serious b*tch,
but I could overlook 8 months of winter I think.
I'd, of course, need to obtain a visa and a job. 
Let's get the ball rolling on this.