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By Randall Dee
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[report]….a Canadian.



Yeah. It’s true. Now more than ever. I figure if Trump wins, I'm moving. And if Hillary wins, I'm moving.



You get to fish for Steelheads on the weekend while all the wader clad foreigners are doing laundry. Everything is so clean and orderly. And the bathrooms have TP. I've even been on a Canadian Whisky kick as of late. I can even spell it like a Canadian. Whisky. I figure I’d live somewhere within easy reach of the holy grounds to the west and the Rockies to the east. Kamloops maybe. I’ve never been to Kamloops. But I like it already.








I haven’t put up any content for a while. It’s been a busy stay at home summer for me. I got out for an early steelface float with Yard and then that was it.



My daughter got married on Labor Day weekend. At first, their plan was a destination wedding somewhere in the Caribbean. I liked that idea a lot. Mostly, because it meant that it would be a small little affair with few people. But then they realized that a large portion of their friends and family would not be able to attend. One thing lead to another and the next thing I know, her mother and I were hosting. I knew straight away that it meant that my summer was doomed. We have a pretty modest home in Portland proper. But it’s on a 1/2 acre lot. So there was room. But there were a lot of things that I had been neglecting for far too long. So I had plenty to do.



But things came off well and it was a nice little wedding. We hired a pizza truck and did all the supporting food ourselves.



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My wife canned about 150 jars of jam as gifts.

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Occasionally in my life, there have been events that transpire that just make it feel like the end of an era. Loosing white dog and then 2 weeks later watching my daughter get married felt like one of those times. Out with the old, in with the new. I hope to have another dog soon. I’ve been looking forward to training and working with a new pup. But I’m not sure if I’m quite ready for all the energy of a puppy. They are fun and all, but the mellowness of an older dog is a thing of beauty.



About a week after the wedding, my wife and I hit the road for a week of touring in the van. We just needed a good road trip to relieve the stress of it all. Getting ready for the wedding left me with little time to prepare. So, we just winged it. I bought a used kick boat about a year ago and brought it along for the trip. I was really hoping to use it a few times. But as it turned out, it never got inflated once. I drove up to a lake one day and saw the hoards of tourists and knew right away that I wasn’t going to be fishing. If I have to do it in front of a bunch Asians taking my picture, then I’ll find something else to do.



Speaking of Asians, we saw plenty. Bus loads of them. One thing I noticed, was that while I like to take photos of nature, they like to take photos of themselves in nature.



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Here's me taking a picture of another Asian taking a picture of another Asian standing in Nature. Not sure what that says about me.



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Out of 10 days on the road, I only fished one day. But it was the highlight of the trip. I got to meet up with Peetso and not only share a camp fire with him for a couple of nights, but also walk one of his favorite streams with him and we had it all to ourselves. Thanks for that Peetso, and thanks for showing me one of your spots.



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Real Canadian shit...

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Canadian delicacy...

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Shameless plug. Go Beavs...

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It seems to be a reoccurring theme, but the mice seem to like the inside of my van. So, like any good Canadian outdoorsman, I got my trap line on.......

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Gift from the Borealist.....

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New sticker from the the Borealist.....

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We hit 6 Canadian National Parks. On the way home we detoured through the Canadian wine country and the apple country of Washington state.



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Never fished this well known river, but I've heard good things.....

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Work has a hold of me with the golden handcuffs.



But yeah, Canada.



I'm looking into it.[/report]
Last edited by Randall Dee on Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:03 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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By yard4sale
#629438
Everything but the beer....

I see that block of cheese I stashed in the chassis of your van is still paying dividends.

amazing pics as always good sir.
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By fatman
#629439
got-damn fine :smile
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By kish
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That is a bad-ass van. Congrats on being done with the wedding. My oldest daughter is getting married in two weeks, and the stress levels are slowly rising.
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By augustwest
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Sorry for your loss of white dog. Congrats on your daughter's marriage, and what appears to have been a first-rate sendoff.

The rest of that looked really, really good, especially the part with the peetso sighting. Well done all around.
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By SLSS
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That wedding looked like a damn fine time, as did the trip to the GWN.

I'd give you and The Peetso both high points for Tarp Life, but yours is kinda glampy, i'nt it?

Good stuff, gorgeous country, beautiful shots.

Condolences on your pup.

Let's fish. :cool
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By flybug.pa.
#629447
Congrats on your daughters wedding. none of that sucked at all. at all.
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By southernstrain
#629450
I would give my left nut for that van and the ability to travel around Canadia land with it.

Condolences on the god

Wishing you and yours all the best for the future
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By foureyedgeek
#629455
Making the most out of life's transitions. Thanks for sharing RD.
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