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Comment Archives: stories: Features & Images

Re: “Reaching dizzying heights in Ecuador

What an enjoyable read! When planning gets under way for that "bucket list" journey to the Galapagos Islands, we will be sure to schedule a few days in Quito!

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Posted by Verlon Otto on 03/20/2019 at 1:30 PM

Re: “When train tracks connected Alta Lake to the outside world

I have some old footage around 1963 that my parents filmed. Alta Lake was my dad's favorite getaway destination for our family - likely because it has a train. He was an avid train buff and HO Model Railroader. I just got this old footage transferred to DVD and I'm just in the process of viewing it all. I had no idea where Alta Lake even was until reading the above article. Very interesting.

Posted by Patricia Fleming on 03/09/2019 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Summers gone by: the Dave Murray Ski Camps on film

Holly, how fabulous to learn that you have zeroed in on the summer ski camps on the Whistler Glacier, that abound in history, humor, producing many of skiing's greats, and cherished memories. One can only imagine what you saw and heard on that video footage, and what you DIDN'T see and hear. I remember asking about artifacts from the camps, in the museum, thirty years ago, and learning then that the camps hadn't yet made their way to the museum's radar screen. I am truly delighted to read that the camps have made it to the museum's radar screen, and of your important work. Thank you for chronicling an important chapter in Whistler's history.

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Posted by Laureate on 02/19/2019 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Summers gone by: the Dave Murray Ski Camps on film

Was part of the camp for 22 years, to say it was my life is and understatement. Thank-you too the museum for all that you do. Hopefully we'll try for a 55 year reunion, like we did for the 50th.

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Posted by Alex Douglas on 02/19/2019 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Summers gone by: the Dave Murray Ski Camps on film

Great to see what was a very incredible part of Whistler's history being showcased! Those were very special days and the camps created some of the deepest bonds and memories for those of us that were lucky enough to work there as well as all the campers who came.

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Posted by Skip Taylor on 02/18/2019 at 7:06 PM

Re: “A Year of Living Better

Exactly like my parents lived (and taught us--me, quite reluctantly). Unwritten in this context is that the gig economy, AI and other so-called technological 'improvements' will force people into having a short time-line ('when will this gig end?') and that creates huge issues on its own. In a place like Whistler, no, you certainly don't need much given the bounty of nature. But what if your housing situation forced you into a car, way out in the suburbs? Many people do not live Intentional Lives. Shit happens, and they deal.
Two other things stand out. You both work in fulfilling jobs/careers, and obviously have access to WiFi, which of course has done more to kill boredom than anything on the planet. (Frank Zappa concerts from 1976, maybe?). Imagine doing a mind numbing job that barely pays expenses (especially here in BC) and has zero chance of advancement. To stretch $$, you are doing a 'Costco run' and maybe you WILL buy that six pack of underwear. Hell, it's only $20. Finally, in Leisure Capitals like Whistler, one is often are surrounded by people, (OK, men... er, boys) for whom the t-shirt "He Who Dies With the Most Toys, Wins" informed a generation of mindless consumerism. (Just be around when they host a garage sale...) And another thing, locally produced food is REALLY expensive; I might want to put that dough into carbon offsets for a flight to the Baja.

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Posted by Steven C Threndyle on 02/12/2019 at 2:27 PM

Re: “A tale of two seaside cities, Part 2: Viña del Mar

What a fun read! It's been almost 20 years since my visit Via del Mar and oh how my heart now yearns to return. The people, food, scenery and pace of life are all so beautiful here. Thank you for helping me to travel back to this wonderful place with her incredible people in my mind. Now I must return and take my family with me. Thanks so much for sharing your time there with us!

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Posted by Laurie Deaton Russell on 02/05/2019 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Tale of Two Seaside Cities

Yes, wonderful writing about Valpo, an amazing city- I've always felt its similarities to San Francisco (and their are actually some historic ties going back to the gold rush days, before the Panama Canal...) Loved how you worked in Neruda's words, and yes, Neil, Neruda actually had three houses when he died-- one, Isla Negra, is down the coast from Valpo, overlooking the sea, so poetic and how he built and designed it, a truly special place. (i came across this article searching for something else but wanted to add those words, and not sound like I'm shamefully pushing it, but since I'm here with these great comments, regarding what's been brought up, that Virginia, Neil, and Travel Reader among others might be interested in more about Neruda, his houses, Valpo, his relationship to all of the city and the house, in the biography Neruda: The Poet's Calling (The Biography of a Poet)

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Posted by Mark Eisner on 01/26/2019 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Tale of Two Seaside Cities

The pictures are fantastic and the writing transported me to this little village cant wait for part 2

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Posted by Travel Reader on 01/26/2019 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Tale of Two Seaside Cities

What a wonderful read, it transported me to village, I felt like I was there, especially interesting to learn about Neruda.

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Posted by Travel Reader on 01/26/2019 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Tale of Two Seaside Cities

From the streets lined with rainbow-painted houses, flowering bushes flopping over fences and laundry flapping frantically on balcony clothes lines to the slink of the cat, I was transported to this magical place. I felt like I was there with you. The attention to detailed, interwoven with a sense of delight, kept me intrigued. I eagerly await Part 2.

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Posted by Linda Sangwine on 01/25/2019 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Tale of Two Seaside Cities

Such a colourful description. Not a town I knew anything about. Its wonderful that homes like Nerudas are kept for historical purposes.

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Posted by Neil Peel on 01/24/2019 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Straight and narrow cycling in Korea

Well done Tom!
Enjoy hearing of your adventures.
Hey what is the bag you use to get your bike on the trains in Japan?

Posted by Ray Berman on 01/23/2019 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Whistler's cultural tourism rising

According to this article... Today, there are so many different threads making up Whistler's cultural tourism tapestry that it can be difficult to unravel them. ... May I share some rather old news? How the many different threads making up Whistlers cultural tourism tapestry can be woven together as a unique, exportable tourism product was delineated in a detailed, 82-page report commissioned by the RMOW in the wake of the 2010 Olympics. Its entitled A Tapestry of Place - Whistlers Cultural Tourism Strategy. Ask RMOW for a copy.

Posted by Steven Thorne on 01/21/2019 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Quietly exploring Hokkaido by bicycle

Re: theft and Japanese honesty, a couple months ago I was touring Shikoku Island with a group and at night our tour operator would leave the bikes unlocked and unattended on racks in the hotel parking lot. They've never had a problem with theft with years of riding in Japan. Also, the tour van drive would leave the van keys and his wallet in the unlocked van overnight. Insane by my standards but he's grown up on the island and doesn't even give it a second thought.

Posted by wpr4u on 01/19/2019 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Quietly exploring Hokkaido by bicycle

...Second World War even though the Red Army had nothing to do with the defeat of Japan

Wrong. Japan and the Soviet Union were at war long before December 7, 1941.

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Posted by Roy Drinkwater on 01/17/2019 at 5:26 PM

Re: “When ski-town life leads to depression

Harry Meow is an obvious troll account.
Never trust a random Rubiks cube analogy
when speaking upon mental health.
Laughter is best medicine.
PC culture to blame for mental numbing
and emotional turmoil.

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Posted by Global Kewling on 01/10/2019 at 7:09 PM

Re: “When ski-town life leads to depression

----The WCSS moved to its new location at 8000 Nesters Road last year, effectively making its outreach program more visible in a non-clinical setting. Normalising mental health as a wellness initiative is imperative to "reducing" the shame stigma that often "surrounds" mental illness.

Curious, is it not, how often we are told stigma and shame surround mental illnesses? Quietly sneaking in to that rubric today is the thought of "reducing" stigma and shame, as if we ought accept some. No thank you.

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Posted by Harold Maio on 01/10/2019 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Straight and narrow cycling in Korea

thanks Tom!! hope u will be writing about Japan also!!

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Posted by Ian Hutcheson on 01/03/2019 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Relishing fashion and food in the ancient city of Hôi An

I had no idea about this part of Vietnam. It's not often that you find quality photojournalism written about places you'd actually like to visit. More articles of this kind please!

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Posted by Jennifer M on 12/14/2018 at 2:16 PM

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