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Swimmin Hole On A Hot Day, Marvin Gaye, Various Pics From Trip

There’s a heat wave in BC. It’s really hot today. People aren’t used to it. When I got my truck lubed (I’m in Courtenay on the east coast of Vancouver Island),I asked the girl where to go swimming and I ended up down at a green, fast-flowing clean beautiful river, swam and cooled off, then walked down a grassy trail back to my truck. Friendly locals. Oh yes!

Swimming hole in Courtney

A bunch of people were in the river. Teen agers were jumping (20’) off the bridge, people floating downriver on inner tubes, it’s all free. Made me think of artificial fun like Disneyland, which burns tons of resources and is a crock of shit. Tomorrow I’m gonna float a ways down the river with my inflatable boogie board and fins, or maybe just swim, and walk back.

Aside from all the great material I’ve gathered, I’m excited about the future. Strange as it may seem, giving up competitive running figures big in my plans. I’m going to put the energy I did into cross-country training into the ocean. More surfing, more paddling, my boat (12’ aluminum with 15 HP Evinrude) back in the water this summer and start fishing and exploring the coast. This last week I learned from Bruno how to anchor outside the wave zone and paddle in for beach camping on a surfboard with waterproof floatable bag). Plus, I’ve seen such a huge amount of building inventiveness, I’m inspired to upgrade my carpentry.

I’ve lost upper body strength the last few years and it coincides with time spent at the computer. I get sucked in. I’m gonna take that time to get in the water or on the beach, to keep usin it so I don’t lose it. Attention all you guys who are feeling the discouragements of aging: what it really is, is disuse. Walk, stretch, feel your body — oops, I’m preaching …

Marvin Gaye

Just picked up the CD Can I Get A Witness, which starts out with what was my favorite MG song, Stubborn Kind Of Guy, but now am hearing for the first time Got To Give It Up, Keep on dancin’, give it up. Check this song out, boy is it good!

Random Pics

Here are some random photos from the last few weeks, emphasis on vehicles:

Adam Buskard and Lisa Fletcher with their 4-wheel drive Mitsubishi Delica van. Right hand steering wheel, used, about $10k. Check with www.vicustomcarimports.com

Mitsubishi Fuso 4x$ diesel belonging to Randy Bernard, who says it gets 17mpg

Surfer Dave's flatbed Toyota 4x4 Baja rig with fold-out bars for sleeping up off the ground

Heidi and John at their Java Gypsy mobile coffee stand in Port Townsend, Washington

In Port Townsend, this thing is supposed to fly.

At the other end of the boat spectrum, two of carver Joe Martin's dugout canoes (each carved from a single cedar tree) in Tofino, BC

Quintessential 50s hot rod in Courtenay, BC

Cyclops hot rod in Port Townsend

Happy Magazine (Surf/Skateboard/Snowboard), Art of Mike Kershnar, Pacific Coastal Tribe of 2007

I got back yestrday from 5 days travel by boat up the west coast of Vancouver Island. We set out from Tofino, a town at the end of the road. We went 40 miles north, stopping at maybe 10 different places to visit people and/or to let me shoot photos (550 of them). We saw bears, got battered by the ocean, hung out with a bunch of wonderful, self-sufficient coastal people, caught fish, got drunk (well, one of us did), had whales spouting all around us one day, went swimming…it's going to take me a while to process it all, but in the interim, while I'm regrouping here in Courtenay (truck lube, washing grubby clothes, checking email) here are some thoughts while I'm waiting to pick up my truck:

When I came into Tofino yesterday, I picked up a copy of Happy, a surf/skate/snowboard magazine (large format on newsprint) and it was stunning. Just talking layout, it's a breakthrough, just like Thrasher Magazine was 20 years ago, and Andy Warhol's original Interview magazine of 30 years ago. The photos are stunning and inspiring, and the art, ads, and layout take advantage of the large format. The newsprint is perfect (it's a free mag). It really did make me happy. Look for it in surf or skate shops. Their website, http://www.happymag.com/, wasn't working today, it just refers me to a snowboard contest.

Michael Kershnar

In this issue (May, 2006), there's wonderful paintings of wild animals by skateboarder Michael Kershnar. His website, http://www.mikekershnar.com/, isn't working as of today, but I recommend seeking out his work. Here are a couple of shots of his work from the mag. They really look good at full scale. Aren't these wonderful? He's tuned into wild animals on a cellular level, like the Australian Aborigines.

Surfers' Tribe of the Pacific Coast

In the last 15 years I've found myself travelling the Pacific Coast, south (from home base near San Francisco)to the tip of Baja Californiato, and north halfway up Vancuver Island in British Columbia). I've noticed that a lot of people, many of them surfers, fisherman, farmers, etc., travel north/south along the Pacific Ocean. Many people get away from the rains up north and spend winter in Baja. I've noticed connections between Tofino/Hornby Island/The Lost Coast/Pt. Arena/San Juanico (Scorpion Bay)/Todos Santos/San José del Cabo — these are just some of the connected dots. It's an undeclared coastal tribe, having in common a love of the blue and powerful Pacific Ocean.

I'll try to get some stuff up here from my trip when time allows. The trip north by speedboat with Bruno and Godfrey has to be one of the best trips I've ever taken, and I've taken a lot of trips. Whew!