Monday, January 23, 2017

Women’s Rally - South FloridaWomen’s March on Palm Beach

People take part in the Women’s March on Palm Beach at the Meyer Amphitheater in West Palm Beach on Saturday afternoon,

What started as a Facebook protest, went viral.
   A worldwide movement.  

I attended the Woman's March in West Palm Beach Saturday.  When I arrived there were maybe 200 and I said, OK this is a statement. Within an hour the crowd had grown to an estimated group of at least 7,000. (Personally, I believe much more.) I have attended many events in this beautiful city-park / amphitheater by the water and this was by far, the largest group I have ever seen there. Many signs all speaking to President Trump. Some funny - some serious. All carrying the same theme. Don't mess with us.  

This has been a week of challenging political events culmination Friday in the inauguration. Saturday, for me, being in such a large and diverse group made me feel comforted. As a group, we speak with a strong voice. As a nation, we all speak loudly.  President Trump, are you listening?  Never underestimate us.  

“This is not a one-day event, we’re fighting for our lives,” one speaker said.

Here is how CNN reported the Washington event:

Streets in the monumental core of downtown Washington were brought to a standstill Saturday as droves of women marched to protest Donald Trump's presidency and his history of derogatory comments about women.

Protesters filled Pennsylvania Avenue, the same iconic street Trump walked down a day before during his inaugural parade, as they moved in the direction of the White House.

The large turnout wasn't limited to Washington. Similar protests unfolded throughout the day in cities such as New York, where crowds spilled across Fifth Avenue. Boston Police Chief William Cross said the crowd there was too big for the march route and could not proceed because "it would be like a snake eating its tail." In Los Angeles, some protesters eventually moved to streets parallel to the march so they could move and still feel like they were participating.

Women’s March on Palm Beach

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday Funnies - 1/22

Source: serialthriller.com

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday!


My up coming trips:

Chicago IL, Jan31 - February 2
Cornwall (Montreal),ON  - February 13-18
Brainerd, MN - February 19-21

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The 45th President

The unimaginable has happened—Donald Trump, fool, oaf, bully, and sociopathic liar has become the 45 President of the United States – POTUS.  I was shocked at the election returns of November 8 and had hopes that time would make my distrust wain.  It has not. I hoped that he would choose a cabinet that would be conciliatory. Instead, we has embraced billionaires, incompetents, Wall Street insiders, lobbyist and extremist. A far cry from what was promised.  

I am afraid he is going to roll back progress on many fronts. The environment, banking regulations, woman’s issues, health care, and GLBT acceptance. Do not forget we are the “T” in that equation.  

Although President Trump is a political unknown, we can derive insight from those in his orbit. 

Why should we be concerned? President Trump picked Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, to deliver his pre-inauguration sermon. This is what Jeffress has said in the past about us. 

"Gender identity confusion is an emotional disorder, that should be treated… Gender identity confusion should not be exploited by social activists like those in the [President Barack] Obama administration who want to deny the God-given distinction between the sexes. This is a rebellion against God's plan," he added.

Former Indiana Governor Mike Pence, President Trump’s Vice President, attracted national attention in 2015 when he signed a religious freedom law that members of the LGBT community said could worsen discrimination. He only backed down when the economic pressure became enormous.  

Further, Pence writes, "Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior." Politifact had indicated this to mean Pence advocated spending on institutions providing conversion therapy, which is something LGBTQ advocates say is clear from the statement. 

On the 2000 campaign website Pence wrote: "Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexuals as a discreet and insular minority, entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities." 

Understand that normal is going to drift and shift in ways we are unaccustomed. Trump has normalized so many once-outrageous attitudes, from open racism to blatant lying.  In his inaugural speak he preached selfishness. President Trump's statement: "Going forward, It is going to be only America first." An policy modern America has never demonstrated to the rest of the world.       

We need to be aware and provide insight where ignorance and hate may become prominent. The haters feel empowered. Now at the local level, we need to be diligent and oppose hate. Speak up. Help the world to understand us. Support local officials that support us. Resist giving up the rights and acceptance we have gained thus far.   

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friend's Friday - 1,000,000 Views

We interrupt this blog for a
special announcement!

I began my blog on July 16, 2015; A short 18 months ago. Why - "Because I love being a girl". That was my very first post. Much to my amazement Tuesday, I went over 1,000,000 views. This is an amazing achievement, I never dreamed would happen.  

I saved this post for Friend's Friday because, you, "my friends", made this possible.   

I never considered myself a writer and your tolerance of my dyslexic enhanced adventures is more than kind. In fact, your comments have been positive and encouraging.  I have drawn from your positive feedback and will continue to do so. Those that comment regularly, thank you.

I escaped and decided to live a full transgender life many years ago. As you well know, I am not on a transition path, but find much delight in my extended visits to the land of femininity. Who knows - maybe a full-time resident someday, but for now, I enjoy my dual passport status. I know that being transgender will always be a integral part of me.  

It is not only part of me - It defines my nature.  The positive experiences and downright enjoyment of being transgender has enhanced my life. I unnecessary wasted years fearing what others would think or perceive. Once I orchestrated my escape, I have not looked back.

In some small way, I hope to have influenced your escape. Live your life to the full. Be kind. Be loving. Be yourself!  Escape.

To my loyal readers, thank you. Let us look forward to 2,000,000.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fashion Layout - Brighton

Brighton is a fun place to shop.  Likely you have one in a mall near you or have a store that sells the items as accessories. Many airports even have Brighton stores so with time to kill, it is a fun stop. They have grown from a just handbag and belt company to a full line of attractive and reasonably priced jewelry.

Vintage Brighton
Just the right accessories can make or break an outfit and I have always found tasteful accessories at Brighton. I first saw Brighton at a local Jacobson's over 20 years ago. The red bag shown, I purchased then and still have. For those in the Brighton know, it attacks a lot of attention. 

Brighton seems to keep their store and products fresh. I love the yellow purse above and it is on my wish list for a little later in the spring. Their "Tassel Fobs" are a fun way to dress up a purse and they have little mini-scarfs to add color and style.  

I purchased the Tassel Necklace as a signature piece. I wear black and white a lot and I have noticed many women wearing tassel jeweler this season.  This looked like a good addition and have seen similar pieces on other fashion blogs.       

The ring above is also a fun item. The stones snaps in and out and come in a variety of colors. Also Brighton a good selection of larger sizes. I have only shown a few of the available stones and the stones can be used in bracelets and earrings. Best of all, reasonably priced.  

So if Brighton is not on your list of "Girly" shopping places, add it.  You will not be disappointed.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Business Group Volunteer

Rhonda Working Check In.

I belong to the Palm Beach Business Group.  We have monthly breakfast meetings with important speakers that address relevant business subjects. Also we host a monthly cocktail reception and a monthly business forum for emerging businesses. (think shark tank). 

This past Friday morning we held our annual business summit.  This year's subject, "Age Reversal - Medical Breakthroughs".  It was held at the famous Palm Beach Breakers Resort.

I volunteered to help and worked the registration / check-in table.  We had an outstanding attendance of about 75 and local press coverage. Featured were many world renowned medical and business speakers. I was proud to help and be there. 

All dressed up and somewhere to go..... 

Palm Beach Business Group - 2017 Age Reversal Breakfast

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Feminine Differential - Turf Refugee

Last weekend I learned just how difficult heels can be when take out of their natural element - if there is a "natural element". My high heel Waterloo moment - outdoors and on grass. As your heels are slowly sinking into the turf, any semblance of being graceful is near impossible.

As I was getting a glass of wine at an outdoor bar, I must have looked like the incredible shrinking woman. "Weren't you taller when you order that Merlot?"  

I could not help but think of the role of Clair in the 2015 movie Jurassic World

The movie came under fire for its 'sexist' portrayal of heroine Bryce Dallas Howard who wore throughout the whole movie beautiful nude/creme heels. When I say heels, I don’t mean a hipster platform-sandal, summer wedge or a sensible low-lying kitten. These are the kind of stilettos you’d see a businesswoman wearing on a 90's made-for-TV movie (think Dynasty). Not the sort you'd see a woman running for her life in. Plus Howard does it all while wearing a cream outfit that stays remarkably blood-free, along with the matching high heels. Source - The Telegraph

I am good in heels - Real good. A natural. But I failed and knew that the outdoor bar was to close to a pool. I was not going to be the one to be on the "YouTube" viral list of the week. I kept my new beautiful heels dry and indoors. I stayed near the Hors d'oeuvre tables and had my wine deliverer, as needed - thank you. I was not alone. There were other women with me - all of us "turf refugees". 

So for next summer, file this away for future reference. if you are invited to an outdoor wedding, fashion show, pool party or beach soirée, think shoe practical.  

Monday, January 16, 2017

Event Season 2017 - Photos

New Friends 

Saturday, I did attend the Palm Beach HRC Winter Fête. it was held at a private residence in Wellington about 25 miles west of Palm Beach. There was somewhere around 150 in attendance. When I looked up the address on Google maps I thought at first this must be a country club based on the size of the building. However it was a home. Beautiful, new, elegant and located in the private Polo community that thrives in the Wellington area. The couple must have just opened the Frontgate catalog and said, yes. Very tasteful.   

There was food everywhere, and horderves were constantly being passed. There were even waiters that would retrieve drinks for you as you sat and talked.  Nice touch. A large logo wall was sat up as you entered and your photo was taken by professional photographer upon arrival. The South Florida weather cooperated beautifully with the temp in the mid 70's, so the party was both inside and out with a near full moon - perfect.      

There was a great mix of people. Many Local politicians, mayors, current and former house representatives, attorneys, and  polo players. For a good part of the evening I talked to a wonderful group of women. The outside, around the pool, was the main gathering place with high top tables, a DJ, dance floor, and two bars. The only problem was the area around the pool was grass (as in a golf course green). My heels kept sinking in so walking, even standing, in this are was a little precarious. Note to self - Next time, wedge heels.  

I received complements on my outfit and I was not over or under dressed. On the invitation, dress was listed as "Palm Beach Chic". What I wore, although a little over kill still looked elegant and I fit in. I made wonderful new friends (the group above) and connected with many old friends (photo below). 

Yes, the two women on either side of are twins.  Beautiful, elegant, intelligent, and fun.  I hope we get to connect again.  Among all four of us we had a great conversation.  

I loved my evening escape.  

Wonderful friends - Charlie and John. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Funnies (not) - 1/15

Bill Clinton 1998

Many of you love our soon to be x-president Barack Obama.  Many feal less so. As a person that grew up in the segregated rural south, one of my most proud political moments, was the day the United States of America elected a black man, Barack Obama. 

I voted for Mr. Obama with pride and still feel proud of how he served our country. I feel much more could have been accomplished had there not been such a deep political bias. Sad – I believe he only had the best interest of the county in his heart   

There is one major accomplishment that did occur in the past eight years. This was highlighted when President Obama sat down with Steve Kroft on "60 Minutes" for his final network television appearance.  Here in part is what was ask and said: 

 You didn’t change Washington, Kroft said to the president.

"I changed those things that were in my direct control," Obama said. "And I mean, look, I’m proud of the fact with two weeks to go, we are probably the first administration in modern history that hasn't had a major scandal in the White House."
"In that sense, we changed some things."

Thank you Mr. President. We are in the last week of President Obama's presidency and next week we move into uncharted territory.  Scandals are already swirling. 

Michelle Obama: "When they go low, we go high."


My up coming trips in starting in early February are :

Joliet, IL
Cornwall, ON
Brainerd, MN

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Event Season 2017

Saturday I plan on attending an elegant event thus the fashion lay out.  I purchased the black off the shoulder cocktail dress hoping an event would come along. The shoes are equally elegant and I hope to make an entrance/statement. The event, Palm Beach HRC's Winter Fête. I want HRC Palm Beach to know that, we the transgender, are a force to reckon with. 

I have had a love/hate relationship with HRC. In case you do not know this alphabetic soup acronym, it stands for the Human Rights Campaign. HRC describes itself this way:

The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

What is not to love?  However, they have not always supported the transgender community and have been willing to throw us under the bus when the going got political. This goes back to 2007 when HRC took a stance on a version of Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which at the time included sexual orientation as a protected category but not gender identity or expression. HRC stood virtually alone among LGBT civil rights organizations in not denouncing a non-inclusive version of ENDA. Source Wikipedia.  

I was at the 2007 Southern Comfort Convention (SCC) when Joe Solmonese, then president of HRC, spoke before a crowd of approximately 900 trans people.  He promised, "Going forward, HRC would support only trans-inclusive legislation". The promise did not hold up long.  Ten days later HRC went weak again in neither supporting nor opposing the non-inclusive version of ENDA, being promoted in Congress by then Rep. Barney Frank. Transgender folks lost an ally in a battle already lost, when support would have gone far. 

HRC does seem to have progressed past this misstep. There is much on their web site that gives us lip service. There is no question that we are all going to face challenges for the next four years. The in-coming administration is hell bent of rolling back progress and we are going to need all the support we can find.  

HRC prove yourself.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chamber Music Concert

I love chamber and classical music. Tuesday evening I attended the first of the Flagler Museum's 2017 Music Series concerts.  I have been attending these elegant events since 1999, their first year.  Here is a description of the Flagler Museum:
When it was completed in 1902, the New York Herald proclaimed that Whitehall, Henry Flagler's Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was "more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world." Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring guided tours, changing exhibits, and special programs. 

Wearing Lauren white sweater
Escada Pink Suit
The concert was special indeed.  It featured The Dover Quartet.  The Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world.  I attended one of their concerts in Santa Fe a few year back, so was familiar with their work.  What a treat.

I love chamber music but sometime it can be dry and slow. This was anything but that. We saw emotion in the faces of the group as they played lively and stirring music. 

Featured this evening by The Dove Quartet was Mozart, Beethoven, and a lesser played piece by Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884 Czech Republic). The last piece I had never heard and had a unique emotional sound.  

I attended the concert this evening with a very close friend that is the underwriter for both last year's season and this year's season. To start our evening we had dinner at one of my favorite Palm Beach restaurants.  When we arrived at the museum we had designated seats and received special attention before and after from the Museum's executive director. Above is our photo taken by the event photographer at the after champagne reception.  

What a wonderful evening.

This photo is from a concert in 2010 
it is printed in the 2017 Season Guide
Yes, I am somewhere in the middle. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Super Shopping On A Cold Day

Last Sunday, even by South Florida standards, it was cool - Mid 60's.  A sweater was required for my mission shopping in Palm Beach.  I have an event coming up that will require something elegant. With an event in mind I had purchased a lovely off-the-shoulder LBD a few weeks back. So far, so good. However, now I need just the right shoes.  

Silk Ricky Drawstring Bag
Celia Baroque Jacquard Pumps
At the Ralph Lauren site were the shoes shown here. The shoe, a Celia Baroque Jacquard Pump. Last week fifty percent off and an addition 30%. The outfit was tastefully coming together. The heels are 100mm or 4" so I am throwing comfort to the curb to look stylish. Don't roll you eyes - You have done it too.  

So shopping Saturday on Worth Avenue Palm Beach, I saw the perfect match "Silk Ricky Drawstring Bag". Great size, and it too screams, elegant. For $1,850.00 it should - Yes you read it right. For this girl that is the no-fly-zone. But it does get better.  Fifty Percent off and then another thirty percent. I could not make the commitment on Saturday but did go back on Sunday. So for the perfect match, elegant combo, I went ahead. I will do a fashion layout later this week and hopefully will have photos from the event to post next week. 

The photo above was taken by Jaime at the Ralph Lauren Store Worth Avenue, Palm Beach. I had called ahead and had the purse put on hold. Jaime was super helpful and friendly.  Thank you so much.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

If You Build It, They Will Come

I encouraged all of you to look into meetup groups. You can find any number of groups, all providing varying interest from cannoning to travel to business networking.  I belong to several. One of which is the professional group listed above. This group is for business and social networking.  Always fun.   

Most cities have Meetup Groups, so take a look what is available in you area. Plus anyone can start one. Choose your interest and and see who signs up.  As they said in Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come".  

Monday, January 9, 2017

More Miss Adventure

Pretty up for holiday parties with the newest collection,
including some of the fabulous Miss Piggy's favorites.

Nordstrom has gotten in the "Missadventure" Kate Spade Piggy promotion.

This video is so cute.....  

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Funnies - 1/8


I hope everyone is having a nice winter weekend.

I do not have any upcoming trips. I will keep you posted. Stay tuned.  

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

Life Lessons Learned

There are many “First Times” we all experience.   Something I never hope to exhaust.  These are called “Life Lessons Learned”. 

Example: Remember your first car? Remember the first day at a paying job? Remember your first kiss?

Accepting our transgender nature later in life has granted us many first along the way. Experiences we remember well. To make it a life lesson, it has to be a first, important enough to make a lasting impression and different from the day-to-day.

Remember: First time getting out. First shopping experience. First dinner out. First group meeting. First item you purchased at a department store for you feminine person. First person you came out to.  All of these; “Life’s Lessons Learned”.

This morning as I was putting on my heels to go out, I slipped my feet in and stood up. Everyone who wears heels knows the feeling.  As you rise, instantaneously you feel different.  Taller, your center of gravity has shifted and you are a little unsteady at first as your body adjust.  As an adult, I remember the first time I was dressed as Rhonda and stood in heels.  A feeling I will never forget.  The exhilaration - Both fear and joy that overwhelmed for an instant   I knew this would not be my only time.

I remember the first time I put on mascara.  Prior I had several makeovers performed by professional. Afterwards I came away with diagrams with detail instructions and lots of little bottles. However, the first time I did my makeup myself and then applied mascara, I literally became weak in the knees. Again, I recognized this to be a life lesson.  To be repeated often.  
Never overlook the importance of being in the moment - Creating "Life Lessons".  We call it life because it is the opposite of the other thing. However to experience life one must be aware and conscious of what is happening. Like a kid looking under the Christmas tree and seeing all all the gifts - know that every day is just such a gift. What "Life Lessons" are in store for you today? Live life – Escape.  

Please share one of your life lesson with us.   

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Wonderful Dad

Will Smith Reveals What He Really Thinks About Son Jaden Wearing Dresses

Source TheStir - (Tanvier Peart) All a parent wants is for his or her children to thrive and be the best version of themselves. And sometimes, that means allowing them to be who they are. The fact that Will Smith supports his son Jaden's wearing "women's clothing" shouldn't come as a shock, as the 48-year-old dad is a proud papa who wants his children to relish in every aspect of who they are.

Smith caught up with BET to discuss his movie Collateral Beauty, and opened up about allowing his kids (Will has two children, Jaden, 18, and Willow, 16, with wife Jada and son Trey, 24, from a previous marriage) to explore who they are -- specifically Jaden, who has worn dresses and feminine clothing on numerous occasions -- regardless of the gender labels society tries to enforce.

"I feel that the greatest gift that I can give my children is the freedom to be who they are," Will tells BET.com. He continues:
I feel like a lot of times, when I was growing up, I would see parents force a child to be who you want them to be. As a parent, if it's an oak tree, I want it to grow as an oak tree. I'm not going to try and force it to be an apple tree.

Jada and I are very serious about finding what they [Smith's children] are and encouraging them to be what they are, because you can never be happy being what you're not. We encourage our kids to experiment and seek who they are more than who we want them to be.

Regardless of how you feel -- or where you stand -- on boys' "dressing" like girls and vice versa, it's great to hear Will is being a supportive parent to his children. No one knows if Jaden is going through a phase, or if defying societal and gender norms is his thing. 

... And honestly, it's really none of our business.

Right on, Will. Right on.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Support - Thank you


I want to thank all of my friends that supported my effort to fund-raise for the Ward Burton Wild Life Foundation.  A few of you honored my request and contributed. Thank you. I will be sure to mention all of you when I meet with the organization in the spring.  

I believe the opportunity sill exist and they are just a few dollars short of their total goal. So please consider it as a favor to me and The "Rhonda's Escape" Blog.   

Take a look at the original post and any support for this worthwhile cause will be appreciated.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Alexis Arquette (1969-2016)

In year where we lost way too many I missed this one. CNN had a recap of the year's losses and just in case you missed this one like I did, here are the details on Alexis:

Alexis Arquette dies at 47: Actress and transgender activist

(CNN) Alexis Arquette, an actress and transgender activist, died Sunday while surrounded by members of Hollywood's famous Arquette family.

Arquette was 47. Brother Richmond Arquette and brother-in-law Todd Morgan confirmed the death to CNN.

Arquette was best known for film roles, including one in "The Wedding Singer" and another in "Pulp Fiction."

Born Robert, Arquette was the sibling of actors Rosanna, David and Patricia Arquette.

A 2007 film about her transition to becoming a woman, "Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother," was popular on the film festival circuit. "Our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis, passed this morning September 11, at 12:32 am," Richmond Arquette wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday.

In February, actor David Arquette reportedly said during an appearance on "Kocktails with Khloe" that Alexis no longer identified as transgender. "She was like, 'Yeah, sometimes I'll be a man, sometimes I'll be a woman. I like to refer to myself as gender suspicious,'" David Arquette said.

Richmond Arquette wrote that Alexis was with brothers, sisters, a niece and "several other loved ones" at the end. David Bowie's song "Starman" was playing. Richmond Arquette described Alexis to CNN as "a force" who "died as he lived, on his own terms" and said he was happy to have been "with him as he began his journey onward."

A cause of death was not specified.

Alexis Arquette began acting at an early age. Her first role was as a transvestite named Georgette in the 1989 film "Last Exit to Brooklyn."
She would go on to appear in dozens of roles from low-budget movies to television roles.

Arquette was one of the earliest high-profile advocates for transgender rights and said she identified with being a woman at a young age.

In 2009 she told Dr. Drew Pinksy during an interview on "Larry King Live" that she was born into "a pretty liberal family."

"I've worn makeup since I was 12," Arquette said. "They weren't in denial so much as their fear was that if I came out as transgender and live my life as a woman that might receive a lot of flak from people on the street.

More details here at US magazine.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Rhonda's Travels - Hiking in Heels

West Vancouver BC - Lighthouse Park  

Driving back to Vancouver BC from Whistler Village (last week's post) I made a stop at West Vancouver’s “Lighthouse Park”. First built in 1874, it is located on a rocky peninsula at the entrance to Burrard Inlet. I find lighthouse locations to be picturesque, quaint and many times off the beaten path. They are a maritime throwback that still serve a purpose. 

Their website describes “Lighthouse Park” this way:
Lighthouse Park located in West Vancouver British Columbia is one of the most amazing scenic parks you will see on the West Coast. Walk through acres of first-growth Douglas firs and stand next to trees that are considered to be giants.

A short 10 minute walk from the parking lot 
(a little longer in my estimationwill bring you to the Lighthouse Viewpoint. It’s all uphill coming back, (no kidding) so prepare for a brisk hike up steep terrain when you return. There are several other viewpoints throughout Lighthouse Park which can be found on various trails at different levels.
The walk from the parking area to the lighthouse on Google maps is shown to be 850 meters or a little over one-half mile. And that would be the distance one would walk taking the correct trail. I made a wrong turn and took another path that likely added about one-half mile (both ways) around what they called the East Beach Trail. So altogether I walked very near a mile and a half.

The path to the Lighthouse
Lighthouse Park is a beautiful spot to visit. I found huge 200 ft. Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock and Western Red Cedar trees. According to what I read, the non-protected surrounding areas have been almost completely logged of these natural beauties but the park grounds were set aside in 1881. The park is a true site to behold. The day I was there, it was raining, not the pour down, get you wet rain, but a Northwest mist that did give the feeling of being in a true rain forest

So that day I hiked in heels says the outdoorsy girl.  Yes, my 3” Pikolinos booties. To be a fashion statement was not part of the the original plan. Also I did not anticipate the walk from the parking area to the actual lighthouse to be so far. However, I managed. The “all uphill” walk back required a stop or two, to "take in the majestic beauty of the forest". However, I did made it back without falling, slipping or ankle injury. Somewhat of a miracle. 

If you get to the area, it is a must see for the beautiful forest, remote lighthouse and beach outlook with the City of Vancouver off in the distance. 

Next time - Hiking Shoes. 

Note:The photos and ones I took the day of the hike.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy 2017

Everyone have a happy, healthy, prosperous and fun New Year!

Don't forget to Escape!!!!