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17 June 2011
Photo Friday: DC in the hizzouse

@middleseatview and @landlopers
@middleseatview and @landlopers

turns out @nerdseyeview isn't a big fan of oktapodi
turns out @nerdseyeview isn't a big fan of oktapodi (hey, nobody's perfect)

It took a trip to Vancouver to bring together some of the usual suspects from our monthly DC Travel Tweetup. During Sunday's TBEX lunch recess we gathered at The Mill on the waterfront to break bread with our East Coast comrades, plus maybe even an interloper from "the other Washington."

@wheresandrew and @nerdseyeview show off their tats
@wheresandrew and @nerdseyeview show off their tats

@laurably and Mark
@laurably and Mark

@marilyn_res needs a bigger mouth
@marilyn_res needs a bigger mouth for that massive salmonburger

up close and personal with @20stravel
up close and personal with @20stravel

Want to meet these tweeps in person? Come hang out with us at next week's joint DC Travel Tweetup and Meet,Plan,Go! social, hosted by Hosteling International. On Wednesday June 22, we'll convene, as we do each month, to talk travel and swap stories of our latest adventures. It'll also be a chance to hear a bit more about what's in store for this year's MPG DC event on October 18. C'mon out, and bring a friend!

The meetup event is free, but we're asking everyone to RSVP in advance so we know how many people to expect.
Register for Meet, Plan, Go! - Washington DC meetup 6-22-11

For more great travel snaps, check out Delicious Baby's Photo Friday.


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15 June 2011
Go 'Nucks Go

we've got spirit, yes we do
we've got spirit, yes we do

creative trash-talking
creative trash-talking

In the interest of full disclosure, I don't give a rat's ass about hockey.

But I might actually be paying some attention to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup this evening. Because I found out firsthand that Vancouver has some major school spirit.

the scene
street scene

Mark and I were in Vancouver last weekend for TBEX '11. In between meeting up with our fellow Meet,Plan,Go! hosts and attending the TBEX opening night party, we found ourselves literally caught up in Canucks Fever.

the Tourism Vancouver has the spiritdude on the street's got the spiritOn Friday night, the Canucks won Game 5 of the series and downtown Vancouver erupted. En route to the TBEX party at the Vancouver Art Gallery, a small group of us wound our way through the heart of the melee, as air horns blared, the crowd whooped, and fans wearing all manner of blue and green swarmed the streets.

It was a little like being on Bourbon Street in the midst of Mardi Gras, except the whole thing was just so darn polite. Despite being surrounded by a crush of strangers, I felt completely safe the entire time. I've never seen so many high-fives. The whole scene was totally Canadian.


We Want the Cup!
We Want the Cup!

no, WE Want the Cup!
no, WE Want the Cup!

After the TBEX event, instead of hitting the cool-kids' afterparty, we opted to stand at the corner of Granville and Robson and watch the real party. More legendary high-fiving, chants of "We Want the Cup!," and some creative variations of the blue-and-green thematic. Nothing too rowdy, just a genuine good-natured celebration of the sort we don't see too often in the US. It was one epic block party.

new BFFs
new BFFs

I'm a bit sad that we're back in DC now and won't be around to see the results of Game 7 in person. At the Vancouver airport, it was fun to see that just about everyone supported the home team, from the food court cleaning lady to the jersey-clad gate agents. "Go Canucks Go" signs were posted at every business and in every hallway at YVR, just as they were throughout the city. As a pretty staunch non-sports-fan, I can't claim to care much about the outcome of the game itself, but for the sake of the spirited Vancouver crowd I hope they get their win.

what will the streets look like tonight?
what will the streets look like tonight?

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10 June 2011
Photo Friday: searching

Sonia and oktapodi enjoy the view

We took the even-more-scenic route back to Vancouver, choosing to drive through Fraser Canyon and past some amazing vistas. Smell that fresh mountain air! Not even a temporary halt for road construction could dampen this gorgeous road trip.

Mark checks out the construction delay

Check out Delicious Baby's Photo Friday for more great travel snaps, including lots of Vancouver-themed pics from folks in town for TBEX!

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05 June 2011
The BC Adventure begins!

drive from Vancouver to Kamloops
once again, oktapodi is my co-pilot

Great googly-moogly, what a long day. Anytime we have to get up before the sun, it had better be for a good cause. Fortunately, so far British Columbia hasn't disappointed!

We're in BC for about a week, first to visit friends in Kamloops, and then to attend TBEX '11 in Vancouver. Even in our jetlagged condition, the 4.5-hour drive from Vancouver to our friends' farm was spectacular... a jaw-dropping, ear-popping, white-knuckled jaunt through many elevations and remarkable scenery. It reminded me of majestic mountain drives through Furlo Gorge in Le Marche, in the back of a pickup truck in the Guatemalan highlands, and the trek from Sacramento through Reno to Burning Man. This one definitely made it into the pantheon of greatest hits!

We arrived in Kamloops in desperate need of a shower, but psyched to catch up with our friends Justin & Andrea, whom we haven't seen in five years since they "bought the farm." (More on that later.) After a splendid feast at The Noble Pig, Kamloops' finest brewpub, we crashed, hard. We'll need our sleep for all the adventures to come!

* Furlo Gorge - photos or story
* The Great Space Coaster | How I found myself hurtling through the Cuchumatanes mountains in the back of a pickup truck
* Burning Man photos and posts
* browse TBEX '10 blog entries

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