Return to Richland

25 Oct

Humboldt_currentToday I discovered that writing a blog post with American pancakes on the side, is a lot better than not.

Travelling is a mixture of dull and exciting times…unless you are a fan of dullness when it just becomes one high octane trip for you.  My dull part was waking up half an hour into the flight from Heathrow, only to find we were still on the runway and my exciting bit, nay, exhilarating in fact was to fly through the rain clouds and enter a vast amphitheatre of cloud cathedral structures.  It is easy to imagine why people back in preflight days thought there were civilizations atop these fluffy white cotton wool boats of the sky.

Through searching the ‘net I came up with a an actual tribe that did (kind of) live on the clouds.  The Chachapoya people – also known as the Warriors of the Cloud, were an Andean culture, which were over run by the Incas just before the Spanish conquest began.  They were called Cloud warriors because they lived in so-called cloud forests, that have low-level cloud cover throughout the year.  and they fought a bit too. 

It’s nice to learn something random everyday I find.  Anyway digressions aside, it was interesting to note the lack of built up areas from the perspective of a bird (I’m back in the plane by the way, if that wasn’t clear), when all of us seem to suffer from the pent-up claustrophobia of being so close to the rest of the human race.  By instinct we clamour for others of our own race for safety whilst loathing – in some instances – the proximity with which we are.  Humans are strange creatures…he said with his detached viewpoint.

My trip took an amusing turn in Minneapolis, (special shout out to the passport control people for their sterling, albeit questionable methods of welcoming economy boosters to their country) when I came across a randomly strewn magazine discarded on a table cover down. Now being of a curious sort of nature and being bored from three hours of airport wandering.  I question why a magazine would be turned upside down, so I reverse the action to reveal the wonderfully informative cover ‘Our 9th annual best days of the rut: 21 expert strategies and tips for the top deer dates of 2013’.  To which I uttered the immortal words God Bless America.

Again, apologies for not hitting up your blogs as often as usual, normal service shall be resumed soon.  Thanks for reading post 198!


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29 responses to “Return to Richland

  1. Seyi sandra

    25/10/2013 at 17:40

    I love this dear friend, you have a way of taking your readers along. These Chachapoya people – could feature in a book, I guess. I always learn a lot when I visit your blog. I don’t blog as often as I used to, work, moving house, kids – the lot! A great article! Have a lovely weekend!
    Blessings. 🙂


    • Ste J

      25/10/2013 at 17:47

      Your words always make me smile…I tend to go on tangents quite a lot when I browse the ‘net so it’s always fun to share them. I hope the stress lessens for you with the house move…I’d offer a hand but now I have cunningly timed my holiday to coincide with house moving I sadly cannot..but I retain my awesomeness by offering nontheless!


      • Seyi sandra

        25/10/2013 at 19:33

        Thanks dear Ste! I appreciate it! Just have fun on your holiday and come back with a smile!!


  2. Al

    25/10/2013 at 18:30

    Sounds like the clouds were something spectacular to see.


    • Ste J

      25/10/2013 at 19:20

      They were uniquely awesome but for something that rare and for me flight is rare, except in my mind then it always is. I’m sure people could describe the cloud edifices(or edifi?) much better than I.


      • Al

        25/10/2013 at 19:34

        I think you described it quite well. Sounds like it was extraordinary to see


  3. angela

    26/10/2013 at 03:16

    Now see, if you had just dropped one state lower, we could have had a chat…that said, enjoy your adventures, hope you are able to find a few fab used book shops! ~ a


    • Ste J

      26/10/2013 at 19:16

      I have found three already in the local area and another one we haven’t hit yet. Portland is a possibility at some point. I have found recently that there are quite a few Oregon bloggers, or as I shall call you all now…locals!


  4. Claire 'Word by Word'

    26/10/2013 at 06:26

    You are in top form SteJ, I loved this post and imagining sailing on those cotton wool boats through the cloud cathedrals of the sky. America is clearly good for you and inspires your writing voice. 🙂


    • Ste J

      26/10/2013 at 19:08

      Haha, it certainly is a creative casa of musings. I do tend to find my creative thoughts are stimulated over here. That and nobody walks anywhere, that blows my mind.


  5. readinpleasure

    26/10/2013 at 12:07

    Are you not yet at Penny and Cristina’s? 🙂 There is nothing like pancakes Ste J, even if they are American. Ha ha ha! Thanks for that wonderful info on the cloud people. 🙂 Say hi to Penny and co for me!


    • Ste J

      26/10/2013 at 19:14

      I got there, just way behind on my musings…I (still) blame the change in time zones. American pancakes are extremely different to the pancakes over in England…still I do like to sample the differences in the two cultures and if that means eating loads then I am happy to make that sacrifice hehe.

      I love randomly finding out about different things from some tenuous link. Informative makes me happy as does surprises, bread just out of the oven and a Rubik’s Cube.


  6. anna amundsen

    26/10/2013 at 19:04

    Clouds are one of the most fascinating things on Earth. Have you ever seen these?: I once saw something similar – a gigantic cloud looking like a glacier turned upside down. Unbelievable..


    • Ste J

      26/10/2013 at 19:25

      Ooo, I hadn’t seen those before, they look absolutely amazing, one can only imagine what they look like from the top down. They look absolutely stunning. Thanks for the share, I shall be checking a bunch more of those out.


  7. LuAnn

    27/10/2013 at 15:12

    This post brought me back to our time traipsing through the Costa Rican cloud forests, a true delight. I love your musings Ste J. You can pull out the interesting in what most people might find mundane. 🙂


    • Ste J

      28/10/2013 at 17:27

      I used to assume that everybody thought as I do, so it is refreshing to know that I can find a new angle on things. I personally think that everything can be interesting and exciting if presented in the right way. I want to go to Costa Rica now, the travel bug has well and truly hit me now, I’m obviously not satisfied with the US lol.


      • LuAnn

        31/10/2013 at 21:32

        I am thinking you are quite satisfied with the US, since you returned once again. 😉


        • Ste J

          05/11/2013 at 04:26

          It is a country that is pleasing to mine eye and well being hehe, I do enjoy being here a lot.


          • LuAnn

            05/11/2013 at 20:23

            I am most thrilled for you! 😉


  8. RoSy

    28/10/2013 at 21:38

    So what are English pancakes like compared to American pancakes? Are they a lot different?

    Clouds…sometimes I live in the clouds.
    Then – I snap out of it & come back to reality. Well – if I don’t snap out of it on my own – other’s smack me upside the head & bring me back to reality.

    Ohhhhhh….Two more to go…I can’t wait!!!


    • Ste J

      05/11/2013 at 19:04

      English pancakes are thinner, bigger and rounder, cooked at an angle in the frying pan and they have a day devoted to them, Shrove Tuesday. Your American ones are more substantial or maybe I just ate to many…

      Reality is good for escaping and I am #happy to join you in your retreats, it’s so much more interesting to be in one’s – or someone else’s – imagination.


  9. Chelsea Brown19

    29/10/2013 at 22:44

    Sounds like you had one heck of a traveling experience.


  10. thejerseygal®™

    10/11/2013 at 20:11

    I see I missed this one. Anyhow, enjoy and safe travels!


    • Ste J

      11/11/2013 at 11:49

      Blogging is to hectic sometimes my friend.


      • thejerseygal®™

        11/11/2013 at 12:03

        It’s actually the wordpress app. It only shows me this or that of the blogs I follow. It’s really buggy.



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