Back From The States

Last modified on May 19th, 2008

I got back from Deception Pass early this afternoon, and I have to say, it was a really great trip. I spent most of the time there just sitting around the campfire reading, often taking a sip from a can of beer when my attention wandered from the pages.

I took a little day trip on Saturday, driving back along the water towards Anecortes, and then south towards Oak Harbour. Driving along the open road with the windows open made me realize just how long it has been since I’ve gotten away for a weekend. Not only that, but it makes me extremely excited for the block of time off I’m taking in June.

One of the things that always amazes me while camping is just how good of a sleep I can get. I’m an extremely light sleeper, and on a typical night here in Vancouver, would estimate that I wake up around 5 – 10 times during the night due to random noises or sirens outside. I’ve always basically had a hard time sleeping.

Contrast that with camping this weekend, where I think I only woke up once Saturday night because I was a bit cold, and promptly went back to sleep. The interesting thing is that it’s not really any quieter outside while camping — in fact, there were birds chirping all morning, kids riding their bikes, and cars driving around the campsite. But somehow it all combines in some way that ends up being comforting.

In terms of tomorrow, I’m just going to take it easy. I have to find a laundromat so I wash my clothes, and probably do a bit of shopping. But other than that I think I’m just going to read a book and maybe get some groceries.

Also, I noticed a fairly terrible dent in my door on the way home from Deception Pass. It’s possible that it happened before the trip, but not very likely I think since it’s on the back door on the driver’s side (which means I see it every time I get into my car). Looks like someone hit it really hard with a door or fell into it with a bicycle or something. Not sure what I’m going to do about that. Considering my car only has 15k kms on it, I’d like to get it fixed.

8 responses to “Back From The States”

  1. Sorry to hear about your car Duane. Look at it this way, you don’t have to spend any more time worrying about getting your first scratch. 🙂

  2. Tom says:

    Sometimes you can take a dent out with a bathroom plunger. I would ask a body shop first though, and you might able to make a claim with ICBC. You’ll have to pay your deductable but if they deem it’s vandalism or hit & run it won’t effect you claims rated scale. Glad you enjoyed the trip down.

  3. Raul says:

    I am glad you had such a great time. Great photos too!

  4. Duane Storey says:

    I was reading online and it seems like lots of people are doing those Paintless Dent Repairs nowadays. I might take a look at one of those guys.

  5. Jill says:

    Poor Car! When Truck got his first dent I couldn’t even look at it, which was hard because it was right on the driver’s side door.

    Good to hear you got some sleep. I often don’t sleep so well when camping and had the same problem this weekend–I always get cold and wake up curled in a ball with the covers over my head. One of these days I’ll learn to dress properly!

  6. Duane Storey says:

    Aww, poor Truck 🙁 I’m gonna try and get Car fixed during my holidays. I’ll probably burn a wad of cash using fire at the same time just for yucks.

    You should get a better sleeping bag!

  7. Rosie says:

    Man, was I pleasantly surprised by the non-wait at the border! We went to Deception Point, too! The weather was perfect for camping this weekend!

  8. Sebrina says:

    I’m also a very light sleeper. The lightest sleeper I know. When I lived in residence while going to University, I used to get driven insane because I could never sleep. Hope all went well with fixing the dent in the car.

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