I'm leaving this town in the morning...


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A long way from where I started
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 8, 2018 - 06:50pm PT
Seventeen years in Seattle will end tomorrow morning, when we get in the car and drive north. Across the border, board two ferries, and then spend the first night in our new home.

Oh, sure, there’ll be more back-and-forth as we finish prepping our Seattle house for sale and move loads north, but, as the song says:

We'll be leaving this town in the morning,
tomorrow we'll be able to see.
I've had me enough of this city,
and she's had enough out of me.

Seattle has felt more like home than any other place I’ve lived – a far better place than Vancouver, just across the border – but the time has come. Retirement beckons, and where better to spend it than this:

Say if I climbed to the mountain,
would you still follow me there?
Steal me away in an echo…
…the mountain will always be there.

Yes, the mountains will always be there. And the rock walls (far beyond anything in Yosemite), and the cliffs, and the boulders… And the ocean, and the biking, and all kinds of other stuff I’d be all over if I were fifty years younger. But which I still might have it in me to at least sample.

And if my aging mind and body rebel against sampling the good stuff in the hills and on the water, well, there is always the good stuff in the local Belgian brew pub.

Well I'm turning my sights on the country,
I sold everything that I own.
Heading away from the bright lights,
looking for where the wind blows.

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Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Oct 8, 2018 - 06:53pm PT
Geographical fixes rarely solve personal problems...

Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Oct 8, 2018 - 06:53pm PT
Best of luck in this new life. It sounds like a wonderful choice.
the Fet

Oct 8, 2018 - 06:55pm PT
Congrats. Two ferries back to Squamish?

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 8, 2018 - 06:56pm PT
Well, RJ, that all depends on yer navigation skills. I’m sure Ghost will be sailing large
and fetching up in a very tidy well watered anchorage.

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Oct 8, 2018 - 06:56pm PT
And....Best of luck...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 8, 2018 - 06:57pm PT
Home's where your peppers are growin'.

Best to ya!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Oct 8, 2018 - 07:10pm PT
Totally Awesome, Ghost! Godspeed! lynnie

Trad climber
Little Rock and Loving It
Oct 8, 2018 - 07:18pm PT
Powell River looks really nice. Stay in touch and let us know how things move along.

Social climber
Location: It's a MisterE
Oct 8, 2018 - 07:21pm PT
I chose the other direction, but the "climate" calls us all in different ways.

Plus it's like a home-coming, right?

Congrats - and a good time to leave the states, if I say so myself...


Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Oct 8, 2018 - 07:32pm PT
Bon voyage on this next chapter. May you find opportunity, rest, new friends and grand adventure wherever you may land.

John M

Oct 8, 2018 - 08:03pm PT
Say Hi to Tami on your way north for us. Please!

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Oct 8, 2018 - 08:29pm PT
Best of luck, Ghost!

Tom Patterson

Trad climber
Oct 8, 2018 - 08:36pm PT
Man, David...I'm really going to miss you. Still counting one more hangout with the fam before you guys are gone to the great white/green north fer good.

I have to say that you are one of the coolest, and most interesting people I've ever roped up with--and don't argue with me. (On top of that, you wrote a damn good climbing novel!!)

Here's a pic of David (Ghost) I took at an area called The Railyard that he and Mari developed:


Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Oct 8, 2018 - 08:43pm PT
Geographical fixes rarely solve personal problems...

Maybe if you are running away from something... but not when you are running toward something.

Retirement seems like a beautiful time to pick a new set of priorities and remove some constraints. I wouldn't mind enjoying ample down time, staring out at those snowy ridges across the water. Looks like you picked a good spot Ghost!

Straight outta Squampton
Oct 8, 2018 - 10:45pm PT
Maybe you and Bruce Kay can get into some trouble together up in PR

Mountain climber
Colorado & Nepal
Oct 8, 2018 - 10:53pm PT
They have internet in Canada you know.

Oct 9, 2018 - 12:21am PT
Cool and congratulations! You couldn’t have picked a better time to sell property in Seattle!

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 9, 2018 - 02:03am PT
what is the novel???

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Oct 9, 2018 - 02:34am PT
Good Luck Ghost,Canada is a great place as well.

I will be on Vashon Island at my good friend Skates house late winter,and enjoying some time in Seattle.

Wishbone Ash’s Live Dates long play is still in my personal rotation.

Enjoy your retirement.
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