Thursday, October 29, 2009

Surf City

Phew, lots going on this week. Flipping Coast Guard boats, the O'Neill Cold Water Surf Challenge, and...a new road punched through near my house in seemingling less than 24 hours. (Courtesy the Olympics, BTW. Grrr.) I'll be back soon, but for now, here's some pretty beautiful footage of Tofino and surrounding.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Oh Susanna, Won't You Cry for Tofino

Last night at dinner, Daughter P alluded to the fact I was working 24-7 at the moment. Well, maybe not quite 24-7, but 20-7 perhaps. Not getting a lot of sleep and glued to my computer, but hopefully it will all be worth it in the end. The end being November 1 although that is subject to a major meltdown (on my part). (Did I tell you my computer was stolen...)

Anyhow, at the risk of losing any readers I might have, I'll try to post a few Tofino-related links for the time being. And here's a cool one. CBC has a contest going on Great Canadian Song Quest, I guess they want to replace the Great Canadian Railway Trilogy or Northwest Passage perhaps! Oh Susanna has been chosen to write a song about Tofino. Now that's kind of cool. Here's another link to the same story. (There already is a song written about Tofino, if you recall. I'm sure there are others, too. If so, let me know; send me a link!)

And, of course, the Coldwater Classic is underway and local surfers are making good!

And in the Tofino Loves its Controversy category, things are heating up over these plans for Catface Mountain. First there was this, and that got the troops rallying. I know there were several letters of protest in last week's paper but I can't seem to find them on-line. I'll search a bit more when I have a moment. (Or please send me links!)

There's a history of protest in these parts and if that's news to you, head on over here. (And sometimes, you just have to laugh a little, before you begin to cry.)

And are you looking for a sweet demure little cabin of your own in Tofino? Then look no further.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Keeping Lennard Light Lit

Before I left on my baguette and butter tour, I was all prepped to do a post on the federal government's move to destaff many of the west coast lighthouses. But then I had my computer and a briefcase full of research papers, books, and notebooks stolen from my car in Vancouver. Gone as well were the photos I'd taken of Lennard Light, just off Tofino, so I was sorting that out (and crying into my wine big-time for the grief that little episode caused me) but didn't have time to re-take the photos and prepare the post before I left.

All is well for the moment, however (well, the computer and invaluable papers are still gone) as this has gone away for the moment. I emphasize for the moment, as this silliness raises its irrational head every few years or so. If this blog is still up and running in 5 years, no doubt I'll be doing a post on the threat to de-staff west coast lighthouses. If you want to read a bit about this current attempt, there is a summary of news stories here.

I'm still miffed about the removal of the foghorn at Lennard Light. The electronic peeps are wholly unsatisfying in comparison to the auditory landscape we had historically. The tinny ping is an annoyance compared to the deep lulling baritone of the old fog horns. (And I have also been on a west coast lighthouse IN FOG SO THICK I COULDN"T SEE THE WATER and the "automatic" foghorn had not switched itself on, so I'm not all that confident.)

So, for now, I am relieved for my friend Caroline out at Lennard Light but my ears are perked...

Here's a nice history piece about Lennard Lighthouse and here's a photos.