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All Fur Fun Synposis




(a map of the route courtesy of Google)
Left Edmonton on Thursday night around 8pm. Drove south past Calgary and finally stopped for the night around midnight in a town called Nanton.

The motel room was pretty awesome as it included not only (amongst other goodies) a fridge, toaster, and microwave but even a ceiling fan. Serious pimp!

The next morning we got up at the crack of, say 8 or 9, skipped breakfast and went on our merry way.

The view was so nice we eventually stopped on the side of the road so we could soak up the beautiful day and grab some camera shots.

There just happened to be a moose in a field near the road where we stopped, but it ran into the woods as soon as we noticed it.

It did show itself again later, but I actually had to take a picture with my digital camera (using a 12X optical zoom) and then zoom that picture in on the camera's preview screen before we could even tell it was actually a moose - it was that far away.

We crossed the border with no problems (excepting the usual nerves I get when I try something new) and almost immediately ran into a freaking huge American flag. This thing was seriously the size of an apartment.

We soon learned that Americans really, really, like their flags. It's not that there are no Canadian flags on our side of the border, but they're not nearly so prolific.
Our route from Nanton to Spokane)
After crossing the border into Idaho, we drove into Washington and then into Spokane.

We had fallen off my map just past the border and we apparently took a slightly different route than Google had recommended (which gave us a good amount of confusion along with Spokane not seeming to have any sort of city boundary sign so we were not even sure we were in the right city at first) but stayed on the right road and never actually got lost.. which must have been due to the fact that I was not driving at the time.

We did get lost in the city itself because I, for one, am not used to streets being named rather than numbered and all we could really do was drive along in the general area and hopefully run into one of the streets we were looking for.

Thankfully, we ran into the hotel itself as I noticed the huge lettering on the top of the building spelling out "RIDPATH". Then we had to maneuver the one way streets to find a place to unload the car.

Later we found out that the hotel has signs in no less than three places around the building and has just as many entrances. Obviously, it's accustomed to serving us silly foreigners.

We unfortunately missed the wolf people and did not partake of any other panels on Friday.

Instead we walked around Spokane in search of supper. We found a closed fairgrounds, a working carousal, and flocks of acclimatized water birds while searching for some place called 'Canada Island' (or something like that).

Finally we found a pizza/pasta place where the pizza was good and the portions generous. I ate way too much and spent the next hour laying uncomfortably on my hotel bed, while reading a book and mentally willing my body to digest more quickly.

Then we went down to the main floor to socialize. I think I donned Tiamat for a while, and maybe Springer as well though I honestly do not remember. At any rate, I do not have any more pictures from Friday and we eventually retired to bed.


On Saturday, we got up in time to catch the end of the 'cartoons and cereal' in the morning. Then we went out into the town to find a proper breakfast as froot loops and milk apparently doesn't cut it for me anymore.

After some wandering, we were directed towards a nice breakfast bistro where we had eggs and toast, and I had a cup of tea.

Arriving back at the hotel, we played 'Munchkin' until the con game hours were over at noon. I decided to don Springer and then acted like a fool and got myself stalked by the camera paparazzi until I finally went back upstairs to our room...


... But not for long, as I changed into my Stag deer and came back down.

I fooled around a bit before going to meet the Guest of Honor (Wolf Nymph) in the panel room. It was a very interesting panel as we got to see her thoughts on art, her art, and her future plans for art.


After that, I changed into Tiamat and then we ran over to the main event room to watch the furry audience participation improve 'Whose Fur is it Anyways'. It was actually funnier than I had expected. Participation was slow at first, but sped up as it went along.

I declined to participate as a quick mind is not a characteristic I'm often accused of. I was content to watch and cheer.


Since the hotel valet parking had been full when we'd arrived, I had parked at a nearby valet lot, which was not going to be open the next day (a Sunday), so we ran out to move the car before the parking lot closed for the night.

The attendant had moved the car into the outside lot and allowed us to leave it parked there until Monday morning. Since we planned to leave Sunday, that worked out well and was a lot less trouble for us. We were very appreciative.

I then ran to get ready for the fursuit parade. Stopping to grab a quick picture with Frysco.


After parading around, we wound up in the main event room where a million billion pictures were taken of us. I was getting a little crabby near the end, because Red XIII was pulling on my hair something fierce and each minute standing there felt like an hour.

This picture shows only about half of the assembled fursuits. After the parade came the dance. I hung out for a little while, but eventually went to bed.


The next morning, we slept in and then went out for breakfast - eventually eating at our favorite pizza/pasta joint.

Then we showed up in time to see the AFF benefit auction. Although I was outbid on everything I wanted, I somehow ended up with a bag of plushies in my car at the end. My non-fur friend even bid on (and won) a couple bags of plushies, which surprised the hell out of me.


Then we went to Wolf Nymph's art technique panel which was very interesting and informative. It made me want to start painting in acrylics again, but I am doing my best to quash those impulses, as I don't need yet another project around here.


Right after that last panel, we decided it was time to head home. We pretty much backtracked our route except that we actually stayed on the route that Google had originally suggested.


Almost as soon as we crossed the border back into Canada, it started snowing. It continued to show throughout the night (as we stopped for the night in Blairmore) and throughout the next day.

But we did eventually make it back home, full of photos, new friends, and memories.

Comments

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calypte
Apr. 3rd, 2007 08:09 am (UTC)
Hehe, you crossed into Idaho, not Ohio. Ohio is clear on the other side of the country. :P

We ran into some major snow once we hit the cascades on our way back to Seattle. It went from dry and clear skies to LOLSNOWSTORM out of the blue. It was weird, like driving into a curtain of snow.

I hate to say, but the dance was serious eew. We were all sitting outside the dance going 'wtf' at the music they were playing. Part of the time I wasn't even sure if they were even HAVING the dance because the lights were on for what seemed to be half of it. :/
beetlecat
Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
Lawl, you're right. I finished writing this at 2am and wasn't about to proof-read myself. I can't say I'm a master of USA geography.

I left the dance mostly because they kept playing music that was maybe on the cusp of actually being danceable.
calypte
Apr. 3rd, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
I can't say that even half of what they played was dancable. Were you there when they played "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas? FTW. :|
jarrardi
Apr. 6th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
We hit snow on the way back also, and we went south through Idaho... weird. o.0
foxfeather
Apr. 3rd, 2007 08:19 am (UTC)
Looks like it was a lot of fun! Hope to see you at F.C. :)
nevermint
Apr. 3rd, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had one hell of a time and I hope you get a chance to do it again. Good times!
mspurrmeow
Apr. 3rd, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had fun. Thanks for the rundown of the trip and the photos.
The only pictures I got the whole weekend were of you and your suits. I'm VERY happy that I got those. Wish we could have made better contact, though, I would have given you the "GoodFood" tour of Spokane!
springmoone
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
I have to leave a comment >_> Americans really, really, really like their flags. We're silly and have flags all over the place. Not only are we crazy silly about our flags, we're super protective of them too. Woe unto you if you happen to throw a little cheap nylon one into the garbage by mistake! A few years back they had a bit fit on the local news when someone found an old flag in a trash can. I acutally think what happened is that it fell out the window of an apartment and into the can, but the stink about it went on all day!
jarrardi
Apr. 6th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for putting up with the paparazzi...you played very well to the camera (few fursuiters do) and your suits are quite photogenic! Expect to see lots of yourself in the con DVD! *evil grin*
beetlecat
Apr. 6th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
Ooohhh, I'm so excited!

I'm normally fairly straight-laced, so it's a joy to have a chance to act really silly and let it all out :D

jarrardi
Apr. 7th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
Letting loose and acting silly is a vital part of costume acting, I think. :-3 Which is why it's so fun to interact with fursuits even if you aren't one of them!
hanzo_the_angel
Apr. 8th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
OMG i see myself on there! I was the one playing Donald Trump and the were duck LOL. I took a pic of you and posted it on My fa page if thats is ok since I was most facinated with your fursuit *the human hugs* I hope to see you again.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 8th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
Oh yes and My FA is http://www.furaffinity.net/user/hanzo/
beetlecat
Apr. 9th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link! I love knowing where pictures of my stuff ends up :D
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