Beauteous Browsing Below the Border
Trip Start Oct 18, 2006
117Trip End ??? ??, 2008
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We stopped at Anacortes for lunch, and checked out the local dry-dock and bay. A nice view, but the refinery across the bay was a little imposing, threatening to spill its wares into the sea. The entire day has been beautiful, but I cannot get over the uneasy feeling I always have when going into the States. It is certainly not the fault of the people I meet, for they are friendly enough, but I think it is this media-induced impression I have of what stereotypical Americans are like. I keep bracing for their arrogance and rudeness to hit me, but it rarely comes. (Certainly not much more than in Canada). I really hope I can get over myself, because I hate to have an unwarranted disdain for people who never did anything wrong to me! I guess I haven't really probed into the supposedly "brash" minds much though, so how can I tell what their attitude towards the world is? Something to look forward to discovering.
Anyways, Anacortes is a lovely coast town/city with houses sprawled across the hilly coast. Many of the people are dry-dock workers, and many of the houses are old have a lot of character. The mix is cool - simple life on the ocean, mixes with some richer folks trying to have a 'posh' existence in this oil-shipping town.