All posts for the month December, 2013

The Cure For Everything

Published December 27, 2013 by inanortherntown

Is Salt – sweat, tears, or the ocean air.

After a fabulous few days of celebrating filled with turkey, chocolate, and lots of coffee – it was time to take a walk.

We took a quick drive out to a former whaling station. It was a perfectly serene coastal winter day.

Decommissioned Wharf




This is basically parked outside the owner’s front door.


It was a very good day



Break Out The Gore Tex

Published December 23, 2013 by inanortherntown

It’s plus 7 with intermittent torrential downpours of rain. Heaven!!

3 adults, 7 cousins and 3 dogs went for a walk today.


Baaj found nirvana in the greenest & marshiest patch of grass and began roll around. He was a study of pure bliss. The poor pooch will be singing a slightly different tune in the bath.

The View – Day 365

Published December 22, 2013 by inanortherntown

It’s been a year since I posted the first view from my window.

I would have never believed all of the adventures that showed up on my doorstep in 2013.


1.Driving 450kms in the worst snowstorm I’ve ever seen to meet my sister for the weekend.
2.Two months later, being sent home from work because the river was flooding and the water breached our building.
3.Getting the family up in the middle of the night to watch the northern lights dance across the sky.
4. Enjoying endless summer nights. The sun never fully set – glorious!!

This current adventure will probably make the Top 10 Insane Things We’ve Done In 2013. We had no plans to go back to our hometown for Christmas; however the junior member of the family put on quite a show and listed all of the reasons why she needed to celebrate with her cousins. It’s a shame she can’t be nominated for an Oscar.

This road trip is crazy long. Insanely long. Nut job long. We completed 450kms on Friday night, the 1,000kms yesterday and today we only have 482kms to drive plus a 2-hour ferry ride. Then we’ll turn around and do it all again next week!

However, I’m not complaining at all. The roads have been mostly free of snow and ice. Now that we are in the Canadian tropics, it’s only rain. How I’ve missed the rain AND the salty ocean air. Not to mention the above zero temperatures!!

If you can ride BC Ferries on a gloriously sunny day – it’s 100% pure spectacular.

If you are crossing on a rainy/foggy day – I imagine it’s just like being on a submarine.

Exhibit A


Beautiful British Columbia!

Winter Solstice

Published December 21, 2013 by inanortherntown

It’s the shortest day but it seems to be lasting forever.

We drove 440 kms yesterday.

Today, our goal is to drive 1,000 kms. We’re booked into a motel with an indoor swimming pool & water slide as well as a 24-hour Starbucks. It’s win/win for everyone.

Still, all things considered, the road trip is going well. Lots of coffee, endless games of Candy Crush and listening to recorded books. The weather/roads are cooperating. All passengers (human & canine) are behaving and Mr. Northern-Town has had no reason to pull over and threaten to sell us to gypsies.

For the majority of the day – the scenery has been just like this:


With the occasional glimpse of these:


The Canadian Rockies are gorgeous.

Now it is pitch black and the promise of water slide and hot tub are propelling us onward.


The View From My Window – Day 363

Published December 21, 2013 by inanortherntown

We are heading “south” for Christmas. We’ll still be north of the 49th parallel but all that matters is that it will be FORTY degrees warmer. I’ll be the one walking my hometown beach in a bikini.

This was the view from the window as we left town last night:


1km down – 1329kms to go.

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