Jul 26, 2016

wenatchee, phố núi cao


Image result for kayaking on lake chelanWenatchee. Phố núi cao phố núi trời gần phố núi không xa nên phố tình thân (thơ Vũ Hữu Định). Wenatchee là thành phố nhỏ, chung quanh núi đá. Phố như trong lòng cái chén núi dựng. Nhưng Wenatchee nhờ con sông rộng nước chảy xiết. Gió. Gió khá mạnh. Thành thử thị trấn lòng chảo, ấm, nhưng không khó chịu. Con sông lớn cũng là nguồn nước dồi dào cho nhà nông thành lập nhiều vườn trái cây orchards bạt ngàn sơn cước. Trái lê núi pear, trái cherry đỏ tím vàng, và quả táo Red Apple trứ danh. Thường, cây ăn trái cũng là cây ra hoa. Cả 3 loại cherry, apple và pear đều trổ hoa trắng vào ngày mùa xuân tháng Ba tháng Tư rất đẹp. Tôi chưa đến đây vào dịp này nhưng ai ai cũng khen nức nở mùa lễ hội Bạch Đào Hoa Sơn Trang như Tiên Giới. Tưởng tượng thôi đã thấy miền sơn trang diễm tuyệt.

Ngày thứ 2 ở Wenatchee, chúng tôi đi Leavenworth cách đó 22 miles về hướng Tây. Phố nhỏ xinh dựa núi kiến thiết sao y một ngôi làng người Nam Đức - Bavarian Village. Mùa Hạ, phố nhà gỗ treo đầy giỏ các loài hoa đương mùa. Đẹp rực rỡ sắc màu. cafe, soups, German burgers đầu bếp thứ thiệt. Giá tiền cũng hời thôi chứ không có cái dzụ dziệc thách, chém, du khách tứ xứ hâm mộ á khẩu. Ai thích tranh vẽ hay nghe nhạc Đức thì có cái park trồng cây liễu rũ cỏ xanh trưng bày hoạ phẩm cũng như live music phục vụ công chúng ngay tại con đường phố chính. Tay nào thuộc tửu hội chịu khó chi ra từ 5-8 đô vào quán rượu vang uống bi nhiêu loại vang hảo hạng cứ việc thử. Nói chung Leavenworth có cái dáng xinh đẹp của văn hoá và nhà ở bằng gỗ trang trí kiểu Đức. Ngày huy hoàng nhất trong năm ở đây là ngày Lễ Christmas. Người ta treo đèn kết hoa từ đầu ngõ đến cuối phố, dưới chân núi đêm Giáng Sinh của người Đức trên đất Mỹ ánh chói tầng Trời.

Tôi đến vùng này vào mùa Hạ thật ra là nhắm đến Lake Chelan. Nằm cách Wenatchee hướng Bắc 55 miles. Không biết sao tôi lại mê khí hậu mùa ấm ở vùng sông hồ. Trên nắng dưới mênh mông nước. Nó có cái gì thu hút quyến rủ kỳ lạ. Lake Chelan đẹp như tranh. Nó gợi nhớ tới Biển Hồ Pleiku của Việt Nam. Đến Lake Chelan mùa Hạ thì phải chơi các môn water sports mới hào hứng. Những môn như bơi thuyền kayaking, lái jet skiing, hay chống thuyền độc bản SUP. Tụi Mỹ chơi mạnh dạn hơn người Á, họ thích bay lượn với các loại dù hay diều kéo ván kitesurfing. Thuyền bơi kayaking cho mướn rất rẽ, 1 giờ 10 đô. Bọn tôi bơi thuyền ra giữa hồ bềnh bồng gần 2 tiếng, trở về cũng tính tiền 1 giờ thôi. Nước hồ Chelan ngọt, mát và rất sạch. Nó mát chứ không lạnh như như các hồ thông với biển. Ở giữa hồ, thả lỏng, nằm ngửa nhìn trời, 2 chân bỏ xuống nước, cảm giác mát dịu giữa trưa Hè nắng quái. Bất giác tôi nhớ câu chuyện truyền kỳ của người Da Đỏ rằng hồ nước rất sâu có con thuỷ quái. Rùng mình. Thì ra, núi có Tiên thì linh, sông có Rồng thì thiêng như người xưa từng nói thế.

democratic convention, philadelphia

Image result for Silenced by the DNCThe most important political moment of the night came when Sanders delivered the full-throated endorsement that the Clinton campaign had longed for.

"Any objective observer will conclude that -- based on her ideas and her leadership -- Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States," Sanders told delegates, spurring a cascade of cheers.
After a hard fought primary, he left no doubt about his position on the cusp of the general election.

But all day long, there were signs that many Sanders supporters were still experiencing feelings of anger and loss at the effective end of his "political revolution." Their fury was exacerbated by a leak of Democratic National Committee documents that showed party leaders discussing how to thwart him during the primary.
And even on the convention floor, signs of discord were everywhere. One Clinton supporter, for example, got embroiled in an argument with a woman supporting Sanders, who had blue tape over her mouth reading "Silenced by the DNC."

Source: CNN

Jul 22, 2016

ánh đèn màu






Eternally 1953
Music by Charles Chaplin
Lyrics by Geoffery Parsons
and John Turner


I’ll be loving you,
Eternally
With a love that’s true
Eternally,
From the start within my heart it seems I’ve always known
The sun would shine when you were mine and mine alone.

I’ll be loving you,
Eternally
There’ll be no-one new, my dear, for me.
Though the sky should fall remember I shall always be
Forever true and loving you
Eternally,

Lời Việt: Nguyễn Xuân Mỹ, 1965

1. [D] Đời ca hát ngày [A7] tháng cho người mua [Em] vui
[A] Đời son phấn làm mất bao ngày thơ [D] ngây
[Bm] Cùng bên ánh màu sắc lạc [D] lõng trong tiếng đàn [F#m] hát đêm khuya
[Bm] Rồi bao nếp [Em] nhăn về với tháng [A] năm đời lãng quên [D] rồi

2. [D] Cười trong ánh đèn [A7] sáng cho người mua [Em] vui
[A] Buồn trong tiếng nhạc lắng cho đời mê [D] say
[Bm] Rồi khi ánh đèn tắt lặng [D7] lẽ cô [G] đơn
Chìm trong bóng [E] đêm người ta lãng [A] quên bẽ [D] bàng

Charlie Chaplin music,  Limelight - Ánh Đèn Màu

ivanka, the trumps' hiding power


The majority of viewers who watched Donald Trump’s speech to the Republican National Convention on Thursday night said it made them more likely to vote for him in November, according to a CNN/ORC instant poll.

The poll found that 56% of speech viewers were more likely to vote for the New York businessman after seeing him formally accept the Republican nomination.

32% of viewers said his speech had little effect on them, and 10% said it made them less likely to cast their vote for Trump in November.

Overall, 57% of viewers said they had a “very positive” reaction to Trump’s speech. Meanwhile, 18% said they were “somewhat positive” and 24% said it had a “negative effect.”

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5%.

leavenworth

Leavenworth 1 làng người  Đức  ở  Tây Bắc Mỹ

Early Pioneer Settlement

Image result for leavenworthThe area was eventually settled by pioneers in search of gold, furs, and fertile farmland. Stakes were claimed, land was tracked, and the Leavenworth area was soon bustling with settlers. By 1890, the original town was built on the Icicle Flats.

It wasn’t until the end of the century that the town began to blossom with the arrival of the rail line. The Great Northern Railway Company’s tracks through Leavenworth brought with them opportunities for work, commerce, and a new economy.

Plan for Rebirth

But in the early 1960’s, everything changed. In a last-chance effort to turn their precarious situation around, the leaders of the community decided to change Leavenworth’s appearance, hoping to bring tourism into the area. Using the beautiful backdrop of the surrounding Alpine hills to their advantage, the town agreed to remodel their hamlet in the form of a Bavarian village.

Hoping to create more than a mere facelift, the entire community rallied to create the illusion of Bavaria in the middle of Washington State. Besides the complete renovation of the downtown area, community members worked to begin a series of festivals. The Autumn Leaf Festival, Maifest, and the extremely popular Christmas Lighting Ceremony were the first of many attractions Leavenworth offered to passers-by.

Leavenworth, the Bavarian Village

The new plan worked. Ever since the change to a Bavarian motif, Leavenworth has become a pillar of the tourism industry in the Pacific Northwest. Today, close to two million tourists come to Leavenworth each year, each visitor finding their own individual love affair with the community. The story is a landmark case of human spirit: The people of Leavenworth not only survived their most critical hour, they endured.

Source: Leavenworth

Jul 20, 2016

wenatchee

We are a small town to some and big city to others.

Image result for wenatcheeWe are at a confluence of two rivers, the rushing Wenatchee and the mighty Columbia in a land enveloped by the foothills and towering peaks of the Cascades.  We are a place where the earth’s geology is ever present.  We have harnessed the power of our waters to power the west and cultivated our valley to give the world fruits from our orchards and wine from our vineyards.

The spirit of our people is the result of a place that knows how to produce.  We put faith in the land to make the harvest each year and have innovated ways to share our bounty across this nation and world.  Our innovation does not stop with the land; we invest in our children and believe that education is the key to our future success.

We live a life of abundant choices.  Underneath sunny skies we take to the slopes, the rivers, the trails, and the loop to ski, kayak, hike, and bike.  Our streets and trails are filled with sculpture bringing art to our people.  We are a small town to some and big city to others.  But to all, whether visitor or local, we provide a way to escape from everyday routines.

We are a place where a choice made history on the first transpacific flight.  We are a place where a community chose to rally behind a vision to build a dam that would free the west.  We have made a choice to embrace the future through our past in a building twice scrapped that will emerge as a market that will bring us together.  The choices here are as plentiful as the orchards are fruitful.

Source: wenatchee

Jul 19, 2016

lake chelan



The Lake Chelan Valley is a great place to visit and an even better place to call home. The Valley offers four seasons of recreation, charming shopping districts, and bountiful agriculture including an emerging wine industry. Centrally located, full-time and part-time residents find it an ideal location for telecommuting with quality infrastructure and easy access to destinations across the state. The Lake Chelan Valley encompasses the communities of Chelan, Manson and Stehekin.

With ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, a thriving art scene, and a superior community hospital, residents of the Lake Chelan Valley pride themselves on having a high quality of life. The Lake Chelan Valley maintains the strong sense of community rich in small towns. Residents greet each other by name and community service is alive and well, apparent in strong participation among the community’s civic groups. The Valley’s natural beauty, coupled with abundant amenities, make it an excellent place to live.
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History

Glacier Creation

Lake Chelan formed gradually over millions of years with the rise of the Cascade Mountains. Today about 100 glaciers are liberally sprinkled on the peaks draining into Lake Chelan. These glaciers store water through the summer, which helps irrigate the productive fruit orchards in the lowlands.

Native Americans

Native Americans probably inhabited the lower Lake Chelan Valley for thousands of years prior to its “discovery” by pioneer trappers, explorers, and prospectors in the 1800s. The Native Americans were called the “Tsillane,” later spelled Chelan, meaning ‘deep water.’

Source: lake chelan