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    Re: Tell us about your state/place you live.

    Quote Originally Posted by trblmkr View Post
    I lived in sonoma county for 20 years. I loved having the coast a short drive away west and the mountains a short drive to the east. There were some wonderful lakes and rivers and we spent a couple of weeks camped in the woods several times a year.
    But it just got to be too fast, too much, too, well, everything. And the down time in the woods couldn't compensate. We needed to slow down and left.
    I've lived in the big cities before, and I don't like that kind of busy, noisy life. Suburbs is much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fearandloathing View Post
    Not all that far from where I reside. I could be wrong as it has been years I've seen this from the air but it appears this photo is facing west with Vancouver Island in the background, which would put the ferry just off Friday Harbor.

    I live in what was once Canada's "Haight Ashbury" called Kitsilano in Vancouver a five minute walk from the beach. I no longer drive here, it's easier and cheaper to use public transit. We are the fastest growing city in North America where real estate is quote in $ per square inch. A basic, no frills fixer-upper detached two bedroom will set you back between $1.5 and $2.5 million.

    There are lot of aging hippies in this neighborhood and a lot of artists. What used to be a commercial district with shops owned by people in the neighborhood selling to people in the neighborhood; now we have Rodeo Drive brand name outlet stores owned by large multinational corporations selling to people who come from even more wealthy neighborhoods to buy an "original" something belt for $450 or whatever. Which makes for interesting traffic patterns with drivers hurrying to find a parking spot.

    The commercial district comes complete with Lululemon headquarters, some boarding companies, five medical marijuana dispensaries, one pub, 50+ ethnic restaurants and the world's largest rip off called "Whole Foods" where you can buy organic bread for up to $10 a loaf, but dont't read the dietary label as one slice having 680 grams of sodium is a deal killer for people with high blood pressure.

    No part of Vancouver is car friendly. They held a vote in the late 1960's which banned any and all controlled access, elevated or "freeway style" roads until the year 8080 so all cars, cabs, trucks, buses motor cycles all use surface streets; the lights are time to make you stop about every other block.

    We have the lowest crime rate in Canada which is low to begin with, $85 million in bike lanes, an underground "sky train" and the cleanest air of any major metropolitan area, probably as much due to ocean currents and winds as anything else.

    We also lay claim to the longest running all-vynyl record store, Zulu Records which was opened sometime before anyone can remember since most of the permanent inhabitants of the area have suffered varying degrees of brain damage

    And or yeah, I have never nor have I ever heard of anyone ever being bitten by a mosquito in Kitsilano.
    I was lucky to visit Vancouver in the 80's. What a great city. We took a drive up the Sunshine Coast...a ferry over to Victoria and then drove to Pacific Rim Park. We drove for days around to various spots. Remember driving along a roadway and there was a sudden traffic jam. Got out of the car like everyone else seemed to be doing, and along the side of the road was a pretty large stream, with a big bear sitting there, scooping salmon out of the water with it's paws. A picture like that never goes away.

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    I have always lived in New York. South Shore Long Island, then Upstate Snow Belt, then back to North Shore Long Island. My bucket list includes moving to Manhattan before I die....hope it happens.

    It's great here. We have four seasons, spectacular beaches on the island, mountains and skiing upstate. Historical sites and city excitement. Good schools and a very diverse population.

    Downside is cost of living, and unfortunately our young people are struggling here. Some move to other areas...like my son who is now in Denver. It's great there too, so maybe this long time New Yorker will move west...

    Hard to imagine leaving...

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    Re: Tell us about your state/place you live.

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    If it's the place I'm thinking, I've been there once. BBQ place out in the middle of nowhere, looks like a storage shed on the outside, and all cedar planking on the inside (and two stories?)
    I actually have no idea where you are talking of, but it sounds like my kind of place. I was just speaking of the piggly wiggley.
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    Re: Tell us about your state/place you live.

    Quote Originally Posted by JMR View Post
    I was lucky to visit Vancouver in the 80's. What a great city. We took a drive up the Sunshine Coast...a ferry over to Victoria and then drove to Pacific Rim Park. We drove for days around to various spots. Remember driving along a roadway and there was a sudden traffic jam. Got out of the car like everyone else seemed to be doing, and along the side of the road was a pretty large stream, with a big bear sitting there, scooping salmon out of the water with it's paws. A picture like that never goes away.

    Great!

    A bit confused tho, The Sunshine Coast is northwest, Victoria is southwest.

    If you went to the Pac Rim Park Reserve you saw some of the most haunting and beautiful coastline. I do hope you helped yourself to some Dungeness crab. I love that area - the only place I have found where you can feel entirely alone in the world. North of there is Spirit bear country, a newly discovered sub type, part black bear, part Brown and all white.

    Glad you enjoyed yourself, and I guess you can guess why I don't travel much outside the province, The area you covered was maybe 3% of the region.
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    Re: Tell us about your state/place you live.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fearandloathing View Post
    Great!

    A bit confused tho, The Sunshine Coast is northwest, Victoria is southwest.

    If you went to the Pac Rim Park Reserve you saw some of the most haunting and beautiful coastline. I do hope you helped yourself to some Dungeness crab. I love that area - the only place I have found where you can feel entirely alone in the world. North of there is Spirit bear country, a newly discovered sub type, part black bear, part Brown and all white.

    Glad you enjoyed yourself, and I guess you can guess why I don't travel much outside the province, The area you covered was maybe 3% of the region.
    Right, those were two different car trips.

    Just before arriving at the Pacific Rim Park we passed a store selling ice, and I'm not sure what else, but they had a sign on the building that said something like "Last stop before the end of the world" We realized what they meant once we got to the park. It was incredibly beautiful and as you say, you feel like the only person in the world.

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    Re: Tell us about your state/place you live.

    Quote Originally Posted by JMR View Post
    Right, those were two different car trips.

    Just before arriving at the Pacific Rim Park we passed a store selling ice, and I'm not sure what else, but they had a sign on the building that said something like "Last stop before the end of the world" We realized what they meant once we got to the park. It was incredibly beautiful and as you say, you feel like the only person in the world.
    I was a hiker/climber for many years. My girlfriend hiked the West Coast Trail south to north. We would go to sleep listening to the wind, usually tent pitched behind some logs, and wake up in the morning and really feel like the only person in the world.

    There is a group of islets off the north tip of Vancouver Island called the Cape Scott islands, but they hardly qualify as an island. Some friends and I spent a week scuba diving and walking the islands...the only sign of man at all was the occasional piece of Japanese wrapper or plastic. We guessed that we had been the first humans to ever dive the waters, and I figure no one every walked where we had, at least not in several hundred years.

    I read once that because of the mountains, less than 20% of this province has been visited by man.
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