This is a late update, I know. I got back from Castlegar fully 5 days ago. So all apologies for my tardiness. Please accept this entry with all of its pictures. Before I get into last weekend, let me drop in a pic from the Vernon Morning Star. Hey look! There’s me!!! Clearly, the arts editor in Vernon knows what’s cool.
On to last weekend… I drove down from Vermin on 6 through Coldsore, Lumpy, Cherrypit to New Denver then headed south through the Slocan Valley. Know what I love most about Hwy 6? The highway sixyness of it. Gorgeous drive. Phenomenally beautiful. Curves that don’t quit.
Castlegar was lovely, though I didn’t spend much time there. And I didn’t actually even get to yarnbomb in city limits. I really only got to spend about an hour in the park by the river with takeout from the local Indian restaurant (can’t recall the name) which was okay (6/10) and had overwhelmingly huge portions. Anyway, pretty park. There was a wedding on the other side of the river and I could hear everything that was going on and that was fun. But this was all in the early evening, so everything was closed and so there wasn’t much bumming around to be done. The closest I got was the rest area that overlooks Ootischenia and Castlegar on the Crowsnest Hwy 3. I think it turned out well. I like how the cable knit looks when it’s stretched over the metal pole. There were some Dutch tourists in an RV who were watching me put this one up and though I couldn’t understand much of what was being said between them, I did catch a bit and I think they were confused by the whole process.
In Nelson, which is ever so lovely this time of year and crawling with people, of all the knits I had at my disposal, only one of them fit anything. As a result, Nelson just got this little purple one. It’s not down town, but in the park near the big orange bridge. It always surprises me how big and orange that bridge really is. The park was really busy and the day was warm and I bummed around town for about 4 hours before I went for a scenic drive through Ymir, Salmo and back to Castlegar.
On Sunday I drove back home on 31 to Kaslo which stole my heart and my breath as it does everytime I visit. Even on a Sunday with everything closed, Kaslo was super busy and I was starving so I didn’t stay long. I didn’t get to knitify anything, but next time for sure. When I left town on 31A, I had half a mind to head north to Shutty Bench (just for shits and giggles) but I didn’t. Instead, I drove up the hill out of town and about half way to Retallack (which is about half way between New Denver and Kaslo – it’s where those old school house looking buildings are) I found a pullout with a metal post beggin’ to be cozied. So I did. Passing traffic was minimal, but those that did pass gave me all sorts of weird looks as they rubbernecked their ways past me. Squares.
My last stop was in New Denver which is a super cute place and I had lunch at the only place in town that was open, the Panini (which has good food by I hate going there because it’s one of those places that has a huge list of rules that don’t come off as cutesy but a bit dictator-like and which I find stupid and also because everytime i go in there, the woman that runs the place is being a horrible boss to the young people she has working for her). So I took my food to go and went to sit on the beach. There I found a walking stick. So I knitified it and planted it in the water. That’s Slocan lake and the Valhalla park mountains in the distance.
From New Denver I booked it home and had a rather traumatising experience involving my car and a robin. I stopped, cried a bit and then the rain started and, in the deluge that followed, washed everything away. Which is good because it was very messy and without getting into detail there is no way I would’ve had enough washer fluid. I’ve never killed an animal in my car before and I now know it’s a very violent and graphic way for a little birdy to die. I’m sorry little robin.
Lastly, tomorrow morning I’m heading out to Banff to go see Hawksley Workman with my ladies B and Meemats. I promise I’ll behave. He’s just the hottest man on the planet. Oh dear god.