Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Communique 2011

Last week we made our second trip west this year to be part of Communique 2011, hosted by the delightful Bad Tempered Zombie (who is not at all bad-tempered, and certainly not a zombie!). I finally got to meet one of my very first blogbuddies, Wandering Coyote, which was awesome. You just never know if "real life" meetings are going to be disastrous or not, but I can say that this experiment was wholly successful. The bloggers and "Blippers" blended with very little effort (not that it's hard to get along with folks who appreciate Radiohead and The Smiths even more than I do).
We had to deke out a bit earlier than the rest of the gang, but spent a night and a day enjoying the gorgeous autumn, the wackiness of downtown Vancouver, and some excellent company. We also had a chance to spend time with my friend Rebecca and her little girl, whom I hadn't seen since they departed Edmonton.
Driving through the Rockies in the fall is almost too gorgeous to describe. Our little Fiat handled the trip beautifully, without guzzling up the gas, and we thoroughly enjoyed Richard's iPhone playlist and the satellite radio. Our hotel rooms were excellent (artwork nothwithstanding), particularly the rustic Best Western in Vailmont. We shut our cable off a month or two ago, so of course I had to subject myself to SNL and gawdawful reality TV just to remind myself why we did that.
All in all, an ideal vacation. I'll post some pics soon. Right now I have to catch up on a few home-again tasks.


Wandering Coyote said...

It was so awesome that we were able to meet at long last! We'll have to do it again sooner than later.

S.M. Elliott said...

Most definitely. We make our way to the coast every so often, so that's doable.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's always a leap of faith (in humanity) to meet up with online friends (plus their circles of friends) for the first time. And when that entails a major road trip, those embarking deserve major kudos!

I am so glad that you did make the trip! It was such a joy to meet you!

S.M. Elliott said...

It was a golden trip on every level - so glad we did it!