Prince Rupert And Rain–Synonymous





Coastal Mountains Of British Columbia
July 4, `80

Hi there journal. Looks like were struggling again. What a roller
coaster ride we’ve been on lately. But wait a minute; this is way too
happy a mood. Let’s try this again.

After the weather turned bad—I could barley see the coastline from
inside the ferry—I figured I might have to spend time in Prince
Rupert, at least until things got better. It was pouring when I
arrived, and at the boat dock, I didn’t find much encouragement. The
hired help told me I had to get used to it, the rain that is.
Apparently, Prince Rupert and rain were synonymous. They also told me that if I could have arrived yesterday I would have enjoyed the last of the longest drought on record–thirty-one days of sunshine. The forecast was rain, rain, and more rain. The optimist of the group,
however, said, “It might get better once you get away from the coastal mountains, but doing that without getting wet wouldn’t be easy.” I hung around for a couple hours, and then I hopped on my bike and headed out; my new direction–east.

It was the worst rain I had ever bicycled through, four straight
hours of it. When it finally quit, the sky remained dark and cloudy.
The scenery was fantastic, though, at least what I could see of it.
The mountains were much bigger then I expected and the river that cut through them was, at times, as big as a lake. Stop! I can’t do justice to the scenery. The ninety miles from Prince Rupert to Terrace had some great scenery, but I was (and am) too wet and miserable to do it justice. Lets just say that if the weather would have been good, I’m sure I would have experienced one of those incredibly rare highs.


About bwinwnbwi

About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
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3 Responses to Prince Rupert And Rain–Synonymous

  1. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my Postaweek2011 Photo post. My blog is brand new and its such a kick when i think anyone actually sees it beyond me in my kitchen!!!
    Just as an fyi, the wordpress note i got telling me you’d been by, referred me to your longform blog. I had to work a bit to find your Postaday2011 blog. Not that it matters, i actually enjoy that sort of detective work!
    I’ve actually read quite a few of your transcribed journal entries and enjoy the walk back in time. I’m one of your “contemporaries” as people of that era were wont to say…maybe they even say it now!
    anyway, thanks again for likeing my posting! I’ll be back for sure!

    • bwinwnbwi says:

      Yes, knowing you are NOT the only person reading your posts is an especially nice experience. I had a bit of that experience back at Yahoo (before Yahoo deleted everybody’s blogs). Part of that blog came over to WordPress–my long form blog. When postaday came along (at about the same time as my retirement) the idea for my bwinwnbwimusic blog arose (short posts with pictures covering a lot of the same–and more–ground as my long form blog). It must be confusing for people who end up at my long form blog (a blog I no longer post at), but I don’t know how to fix that. Thanks for the nice comment. Take care.

  2. ElizOF says:

    Ugh! The worst thing is biking in the rain… Hope you’re okay. 😦

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