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Re: local wildlife.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 8:17 am
by neverfail
SteveFoerster wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 10:34 pm
neverfail wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 7:42 pm
On more than one occasion I have seen deer wander out of nearby bush and munch grass alongside the road - including out front of our hostesses home. Saw one of them this morning marking out his territory by urinating in the gutter out front. I have also been informed that bears sometimes wander into local backyards foraging for food. They cannot even afford to put their rubbish bins alongside the road until the mornings these are actually collected for fear of attracting the unwonted attention of rummaging bears.
Deer are common even in nearly urban areas throughout North America. Even when I lived right across the river from Washington, D.C. I would see them regularly.

Bears... not as much. But even they are not rare in northern climes. My relatives in small town New Hampshire see them in the yard sometimes.
:o

North America must be prodigious with wildlife Steve. It makes sense here in Canada where they have sensible gun control laws. But given the reputation of the United States for widespread gun ownership (along with the sheer number of trigger-happy morons willing to use them) it is a wonder that the local fauna has not all been shot out ages ago. ;) :)
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Steve:
:watch this space!

My wife (handy to have a girl Friday at beck and call :) ) is still to book our flight from California to the east coast. She has discovered that it is cheaper to fly LA to Washington DC than direct to New York. So it would probably pay us to fly into Washington then go to NY by land transport. So we might yet be in Washington for the better part of a day. As nothing has yet been booked nothing is yet certain. But we will possibly be in Washington on either the 28th or 29th of this month. If you are available then there is now a good chance that we can meet in person.

Subject to confirmation. Watch this space for news of further developments.

Re: local wildlife.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 9:19 am
by SteveFoerster
neverfail wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 8:17 am
North America must be prodigious with wildlife Steve. It makes sense here in Canada where they have sensible gun control laws. But given the reputation of the United States for widespread gun ownership (along with the sheer number of trigger-happy morons willing to use them) it is a wonder that the local fauna has not all been shot out ages ago. ;) :)
Heh, well, it's a big continent, and huge sections of it are pretty empty of people. Besides, deer multiply pretty rapidly, and all of their other predators have been long removed from the equation.
neverfail wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 8:17 am
Steve::watch this space!

My wife (handy to have a girl Friday at beck and call :) ) is still to book our flight from California to the east coast. She has discovered that it is cheaper to fly LA to Washington DC than direct to New York. So it would probably pay us to fly into Washington then go to NY by land transport.
I recommend the Acela, which is the closest thing the U.S. has to a high speed train. But if the goal is frugality, then even low cost buses like Megabus are perfectly fine, and will get you from city centre to city centre. This web site includes all the buses and trains: http://wanderu.com
neverfail wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 8:17 am
So we might yet be in Washington for the better part of a day. As nothing has yet been booked nothing is yet certain. But we will possibly be in Washington on either the 28th or 29th of this month. If you are available then there is now a good chance that we can meet in person.
Neat! Yes, let me know.

Re: Neverfail's North America notes.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 9:43 pm
by neverfail
Thanks for ther tips Steve.

Speaking of wildlife, I am certain I spotted my first raccoon out of our hostesses' front window whilst we were eating dinner. It only appeared for a few seconds before vanishing into the dense brush opposite across the road. It looked like an over sized cat with a long, bushy, striped tail.
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Our hostess took us to see the British Columbia provincial parliament today. Quite an impressive edifice built towards the end of Queen Victoria's reign, you can see that both from its prominent location, its size, style and interior decor that it was built to impress. It reminded my wife and I of the Victoria state parliamentary building in Melbourne; also built in the latter half of QV's reign. Of the two I consider this one in BC to be the more tasteful. The one in Melbourne was built in the aftermath of an enormous gold rush buoyed by the classic newly rich attitude that "money is no object" and in my opinion is an overblown, overdone bit of Victoriana.

Yet we also had the rare privilege of lunching in the Members of Parliament's own dining room. Their food was good and the prices were very reasonable. In all parliamentary buildings in Australia the Members' dining room is for MP's only - b ut here in Victoria BC they have opened it up to members of the public apparently as a gesture towards more open government.

The British Empire must have spawned dozens of such parliaments in its wake. Canada and Australia both share that heritage.
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Afterwards we went to the Butchart gardens. Magnificent. I almost suffered from a sensory overload.

Re: local wildlife.

Posted: Wed May 23, 2018 9:11 am
by neverfail
SteveFoerster wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 9:19 am
neverfail wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 8:17 am
North America must be prodigious with wildlife Steve. It makes sense here in Canada where they have sensible gun control laws. But given the reputation of the United States for widespread gun ownership (along with the sheer number of trigger-happy morons willing to use them) it is a wonder that the local fauna has not all been shot out ages ago. ;) :)
Heh, well, it's a big continent, and huge sections of it are pretty empty of people. Besides, deer multiply pretty rapidly, and all of their other predators have been long removed from the equation.
neverfail wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 8:17 am
Steve::watch this space!

My wife (handy to have a girl Friday at beck and call :) ) is still to book our flight from California to the east coast. She has discovered that it is cheaper to fly LA to Washington DC than direct to New York. So it would probably pay us to fly into Washington then go to NY by land transport.
I recommend the Acela, which is the closest thing the U.S. has to a high speed train. But if the goal is frugality, then even low cost buses like Megabus are perfectly fine, and will get you from city centre to city centre. This web site includes all the buses and trains: http://wanderu.com
neverfail wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 8:17 am
So we might yet be in Washington for the better part of a day. As nothing has yet been booked nothing is yet certain. But we will possibly be in Washington on either the 28th or 29th of this month. If you are available then there is now a good chance that we can meet in person.
Neat! Yes, let me know.
We have, using the internet, managed to book affordable return flights to New York and accommodation there. Thanks for the proffered help Steve but it seems that we will not be going to Washington after all.

Re: Neverfail's North America notes.

Posted: Wed May 23, 2018 9:55 am
by lzzrdgrrl
Because this is a thing:

https://www.worldturtleday.org/


Re: Neverfail's North America notes.

Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 6:22 pm
by neverfail
Too soon for us IZZ. We won't be in NYC for a few days yet.

Re: local wildlife.

Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 7:10 pm
by Doc
neverfail wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 9:11 am
SteveFoerster wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 9:19 am
neverfail wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 8:17 am
North America must be prodigious with wildlife Steve. It makes sense here in Canada where they have sensible gun control laws. But given the reputation of the United States for widespread gun ownership (along with the sheer number of trigger-happy morons willing to use them) it is a wonder that the local fauna has not all been shot out ages ago. ;) :)
Heh, well, it's a big continent, and huge sections of it are pretty empty of people. Besides, deer multiply pretty rapidly, and all of their other predators have been long removed from the equation.
neverfail wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 8:17 am
Steve::watch this space!

My wife (handy to have a girl Friday at beck and call :) ) is still to book our flight from California to the east coast. She has discovered that it is cheaper to fly LA to Washington DC than direct to New York. So it would probably pay us to fly into Washington then go to NY by land transport.
I recommend the Acela, which is the closest thing the U.S. has to a high speed train. But if the goal is frugality, then even low cost buses like Megabus are perfectly fine, and will get you from city centre to city centre. This web site includes all the buses and trains: http://wanderu.com
neverfail wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 8:17 am
So we might yet be in Washington for the better part of a day. As nothing has yet been booked nothing is yet certain. But we will possibly be in Washington on either the 28th or 29th of this month. If you are available then there is now a good chance that we can meet in person.
Neat! Yes, let me know.
We have, using the internet, managed to book affordable return flights to New York and accommodation there. Thanks for the proffered help Steve but it seems that we will not be going to Washington after all.
You don't know what you are missing NF. IF I ever get to OZ I hope to get to meet the man behind the internet curtain. :D

Re: NYC versus Washington.

Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 8:09 am
by neverfail
Doc wrote:
Thu May 24, 2018 7:10 pm


You don't know what you are missing NF. IF I ever get to OZ I hope to get to meet the man behind the internet curtain. :D
Doc, thanks! I have a dim idea of what I am missing and left to me I might have chosen Washington. But my group outvoted me in favor of NYC.

Re: NYC versus Washington.

Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 10:20 am
by Doc
neverfail wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 8:09 am
Doc wrote:
Thu May 24, 2018 7:10 pm


You don't know what you are missing NF. IF I ever get to OZ I hope to get to meet the man behind the internet curtain. :D
Doc, thanks! I have a dim idea of what I am missing and left to me I might have chosen Washington. But my group outvoted me in favor of NYC.
I was telling Steve that it takes about 5 days to see everything major in DC. Hopefully next time through.

BTW Here is a good list of Museums and cultural attractions for NYC:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_m ... _York_City

Re: Neverfail's North America notes.

Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 12:47 pm
by neverfail
Thanks again, doc.

Will show this list to my traveling companions. I already know they have the Guggenheim in their sights.

Presently we are in Vancouver City - our last day in Canada. Tomorrow we fly down to the USA and the rest of our time in North America will be spent there.

Being in Canada has been a real treat.