Another item scratched off the bucket list! Went hiking out in the Pacific Northwest. I flew in to Vancouver and arrived at noon. Picked up my rental car; was pleasantly surprised due to the free upgrade to a Dodge Charger. (Yay to responsible spirited driving on mountain roads!) Drove right back across the border to the USA, made a quick stop to buy snacks and essentials before heading out on the hike. The drive was great!
The hike on the first day was beautiful despite the pouring rain. Didn’t quite get satisfied with how much shooting time I got as everything was getting soaked within a matter of seconds, so I slept in the car in a gas station in the tiny town.
I set off hiking again at around 5am of the next day as I wanted to be there before the sunrise at 7:30am. The second day was absolutely perfect. Hiked the Chain Lakes trail and I’ll let the photos speak for themselves; basically it was absolutely breathtaking, surreal, and the scenes were otherworldly. I was hiking / shooting all the way to around 11am and then I had to turn around and head back to the start of the trail where my car was as I had to drive back to Vancouver to meet up with my mom who was flying in.
It was an experience to remember and cherish and I look forward to heading back up there. More photos to come as I process them! (That includes the scenes from Vancouver!)
Warren said toward the end of her allotted time to question
Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf
“Here’s what really gets me about this, Mr. Stumpf. If one of your tellers took a handful of $20 bills out of the crash drawer, they’d probably be looking at criminal charges for theft. They could end up in prison.
"But you squeezed your employees to the breaking point so they would cheat customers and you could drive up the value of your stock and put hundreds of millions of dollars in your own pocket.
"And when it all blew up, you kept your job, you kept your multi-multimillion-dollar bonuses, and you went on television to blame thousands of $12-an-hour employees who were just trying to meet cross-sell quotas that made you rich.
"This is about accountability. You should resign. You should give back the money that you took while this scam was going on, and you should be criminally investigated by both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. This just isn’t right."
I’ll just end by suggesting that for every big-money crook we put behind bars, we can release a few thousand nonviolent prisoners convicted of pot possession. That would be a good and decent trade-off.