Van Isles was amazing! Me and the Babe were in rare form this weekend and got to go adventure around Victoria BC no kids in tow. The event was held at the pretty infamous Empress Hotel. Not only is this building one of the oldest in Victoria, but it's also a National Historical Site of Canada. FAAACINAAATTING!!
With The Empress literally having played Hostess to Kings and Queens it definitely felt a little weird walking around the hotel with other would be "roughians" and "degenerates" trying to find the hole we fit into. After adjusting to the stares and muffled shit talking it was smooth sailing. The convention itself stayed busy and friendly and thats all you can really hope for when attending these things I guess.
We stayed in a rad little condo that was squeezed in between and over top some retail buildings on Yates st. In my opinion the best location to be in. We were steps to a dispensary (pretty easy to get a temporary med car) and an alley away from some of the best hipster ass eateries in town.
The people were pretty Canadian for the most part (nice as fuck. . aye. . ) but for some reason most service industry employees I came across weren't ever in a rush to serve you or greet you. One place I was the only person waiting at the door and stood there for 15 minutes. plenty of open tables. . . you know you saw me man bun lumberjack barista guy!!!! you fucking saw me!! but I digress. Besides that bullshit everyone there and the place itself was pretty close to perfect. If i don't move there permanently i'll definitely be a regular visitor. Vancouver Island you rule!
So I got to hike Cathedral Rock today with my chick and it was a perfect day for it. cloud cover for most of the day and the tiniest bit of sprinkle toward the top. I have been up here before with some mah dudes but it was a first for Lina and our relatively new rescue Mowgli ( Staffordshire Terrier mix ) who up until recently wouldn't walk on his own at all due to PTSD from hanging out with assholes before we adopted him. Humans suck.
Anyway, the hike is about 3-4 miles roundtrip and an elevation gain of around 1300 ft. The trail starts with the trail snaking up and about a third of the way up at the end of a trail corner the trail splits and can continues south to a seep which has water flowing in the spring and other times depending on rainfall i guess. Cool little spot to hang out in the shade of Evergreens and Aspens and make out with your other.
Once you get to the top of the snake the trail gets nice and easy as you get to enjoy the views of the valley also under shade of the mountain itself. After this little easy bit you get a few steep switchbacks then your homefree. Theres a ledge if you keep heading toward the view that you can climb down and have lunch or a beer. The Palmers chipmunk and its evil posse hang out up here so be careful, theyre brave little fuckers. And also creep pets out with their ability to stare down. My advice. dont back down. be a goddam savage. Then slowly walk away.
Heres a quick look at our second annual fam trip with the Erlebachs. Chi Town and Sin City meeting in Big Bear. Love all these little turds.
Our good friends The Corbins were rad enough to let us be savages in their newly renovated cabin. Thanks again Fam!
I had a great time at the NY Empire State Tattoo Convention this past July. I got to tattoo next to some rad dudes from Reverent Tattoo as well as some extended family from around the country. The energy was high non stop and the trip changed my fucked up ideas about New York I made up in my mind. Thank yous to all the people i tattooed there, i had a blast!