Tulips and Neptune

When I was growing up, if I was ever sad, or in a bad mood, people would often ask, “What’s wrong with you – get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?”  And back then, I shared a bedroom with three younger brothers.  I mention this only to point out that in those days, it was impossible for me to get up from the wrong side of the bed because each of our beds was against one of the four walls!

So I wanted to answer, that I could only get out-of-bed from one side but those questioning me were usually parents, teachers or other grownups, so I remained silent.  I’m sure there must be an interesting origin for that saying but the reason I mention this is that I have never until recently met anyone who always appears to get up on the ‘right’ side of the bed.   You know – they’re just naturally inclined to be happy all of the time.

And I confirmed it during my walk yesterday, in the Birch Bay State Park, in Washington State.  But first, let me explain.

In addition to the Vancouver Venturers walking club – I am also a proud member of the NW Tulip Trekkers walking club in the States.  I have been to several walks ‘across the line’ and made many new friends there.  It warms my heart to be so welcomed by my American friends, who often walk with us in Canada.  And although I would never admit to having favorites – I usually walk with Tom and Sue Wallace.

I previously wrote about Tom and Sue when I attended a walk that they hosted in La Conner, WA.  It is still one of my favorite ‘walks and talks.’   Here is a link to that story:  La Conner story

I left home early yesterday morning, crossed the border and got to the entrance to the state park about an hour before the start.  It was a sunny, but cold and windy morning and I stayed inside the car until I recognized a few familiar faces getting out of their vehicle.

I asked if they were with the North West Tulip Trekkers and they all immediately smiled and waved.

“Yes, and you’re Santa Danny!” one of the ladies exclaimed.

I recognized them from the Christmas party I attended with Santa Danny in Sedro Wooley, WA.  We were all wondering if we were in the correct parking lot of the park because nobody else had arrived.

So we decided to drive to the other entrance to the park, and then after a few twists and returns, we found our group, where we had initially parked.  Burt and Marg introduced everyone, and soon other cars began arriving.

I was happy to recognize many of the members and was introduced to two new members.  And Brenda, the president of the BC Volkssport Association and her hubby Frank, had also arrived for the walk.  Frank was recovering nicely from the knee surgery and was up to walking 3 km!  Frank turned 81 on Christmas day.

We gathered for some announcements and a group photo, and soon we were on the 10 km trail.  Blair was the host at this inaugural walk, and he did an excellent job in the preparation.

Birch Bay walk (January 5, 2018)                             Photo by NWTTVC

It was cold by the ocean, and the wind was howling, but our pace soon had the blood warming up.  I walked most of the time with Tom.  We talked about a lot of things.  And most of what he talked about were things that he and Sue did together.

Over the past few walks together, I’ve learned a lot about Tom and Sue’s loving history.  They are the only couple that I know, except for my life-long friends Alice and Peter Hrehoruk, that were ‘made for each other’!

Tom and Sue have traveled extensively throughout most of North America and numerous other international destinations.  And I’ve learned so much about the world from what Tom has experienced.  And I think it’s so refreshing to see a couple that gets up excitedly, every morning on the ‘right’ side of the bed.

So that is the ‘Tulip’ part of the story.

The Neptune story began this morning at about 7:30 AM, while I was walking alone at the Promenade in White Rock.

A few days ago, I wrote a short blog about the horrific storm that damaged the pier in White Rock.  During today’s windstorm, I witnessed some incredible sights and caught some of them on my cell phone video camera.  I’ve created a YouTube compilation of the eight short video clips.  I’m terrible at taking photos, but hopefully, you’ll get the drift of the magnitude of damages.

Click on the link to view:  WR storm videos

It’s a depressing thought that my beloved Promenade is closed for an indefinite period.  The damage was extensive – including washing hundreds of logs along the shore and walkway.  The storm waters and the runaway timber even pushed some of the cement picnic tables off their footings!

And although Neptune is too blame for this storm – I’m hoping our civic leaders can act swiftly to repair the damage.  But I’m not very hopeful that any action will happen until an endless amount of bureaucratic studies are conducted.

However, I never write about politics or religion, so I’ll cross my fingers and hope for the best.  In the end, it’s all anyone can do but hope and be optimistic.

But the rest of the year will be awesome – I guarantee it!

Dedicated to the NW Tulip Trekkers Walking Club



Today’s tunes from Danny’s library (all purchased):


2 thoughts on “Tulips and Neptune

  1. Happy NY and Happy Birthday Danny
    Keep those articles and pictures coming in the NY and one of these finer days (not the ones where the wind howl and it’s f’n rainy & gross outside) I will join your and your friends for a nice walk somewhere. Hoping that I can keep up that is.
    Hope you are having a lovely birthday. I did order some sunshine for the start of it. Hope you got that. Sorry I could not keep it going all week.


    Sue xo

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