Sechelt to Whistler

Road trip. :-)

The sun was shining on the Sunshine Coast when we awoke in Sechelt.


We strolled over to a local coffee shop for breakfast. Sat in the sun.

Mom was impressed with the friendly and chatty Sechelt locals. One shopkeep offered to print some documents for us. For free.

We took a sidetrip to Porpoise Bay to check out the option to sea kayak Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. Looks good to me.

Next was Gibson’s.




Gibsons is a coastal community of 4,200 … It is the main marine gateway to the Sunshine Coast.

… Gibsons is best known in Canada as the setting of the popular and long running CBC Television series The Beachcombers, which aired from 1972 to 1990. The storefront “Molly’s Reach“, now a cafe …


The Beachcombers … is the longest-running dramatic series ever made for English-language Canadian television. In all, 387 episodes were produced.

Click PLAY or watch the INTRO on YouTube.

We caught the ferry over to Horseshoe Bay. Another gorgeous trip.


This was my 3rd time in 2014 traveling the Sea to Sky Highway. On the advice of a tourist information guy we grabbed a hotel in Squamish, built new for the 2010 Olympics.

We continued up to Whistler for a walking tour.


Nice afternoon. The mountain bikers were just coming off the hill, hitting the pubs.

mtn bikes

Another excellent day on the Sunshine Circuit.

We had a hot tub. Then ordered in Pizza to go with our wine. :-)

more photos

True Detective season 1

True Detective is an American television crime drama series on HBO

Season one stars Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson (both executive producers of the series) …

True Detective was highly acclaimed by critics. …

It’s dark. But I was hooked by episode 3.

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

McConaughey is brilliant. Again.

And – like me – he wears a fanny pack. :-)

Season 2

Nic Pizzolatto stated that the second season will feature three new lead characters. Pizzolatto also stated that the season will take place in California but will exclude Los Angeles in favor of a lesser-known region of the state. …

underwhelmed by Firefly

Firefly is an American space western drama television series

The series is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system, and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a “Firefly-class” spaceship. …

Firefly premiered in the U.S. on the Fox network on September 20, 2002. By mid-December, Firefly had averaged 4.7 million viewers per episode … It was canceled after eleven of the fourteen produced episodes were aired. …

TV Guide ranked the series #5 on their 2013 list of 60 shows that were “Cancelled Too Soon“. …

The post-airing success of the show led … Universal Pictures to produce Serenity, a film based on the series …

In 2005, New Scientist magazine’s website held an internet poll to find “The World’s Best Space Sci-Fi Ever”. …

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

I finally got around to watching the series.


It kept me going. But I won’t join the cult. It’s as cheesy as Startrek without anywhere near the quality of TV’s greatest Science Fiction series, Battlestar Galactica. The one launched 2004 with Edward James Olmos.

Space Cowboy

Space Cowboy

Nope, this is not Richard Castle.

In the series, Mal is a former Browncoat sergeant and the captain of the Firefly-class spaceship Serenity. The character was named #18 in TV Guide’s Greatest Sci-Fi Legends list in 2004. …

John Oliver on the Wealth Gap

It’s obvious that the American wealth gap cannot keep increasing forever.

The poor may rise up. The rich could flee to secure compounds. … Or something else will happen to start closing that insane, unsustainable disparity.

I’ve followed the issue. But this comedian has some factoids new to me.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Game of Thrones – season 4

Game of Thrones season 4 … is adapted primarily from the second half of A Storm of Swords, along with elements of A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, all novels from the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. …

The review aggregator website Metacritic gave season 4 a score of 94 out of 100 based on 29 reviews, signifying “universal acclaim”. According to the other aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes, all episodes aired thus far obtained 91% or more positive reviews. …

I’d agree.

Season 4 was easily the best season so far. And the TV series is better than the books.

Arya Stark, Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell, Peter Dinklage as “the Imp”, Tyrion Lannister …

Actually everyone in the cast is good.


I’m looking forward to seasons 5 and 6.