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chance discoveries

i was inspired by this post to make this post.

i may have mentioned this before, but i know i didn't post the pictures.
when i visited portland in february of 2009, and discovered the city of books that is powell's, i picked up a copy of flann o'brien's the dalkey archive which, to my delight, had an abandoned bookmark. (i noticed whilst in the store, which isn't always the case with these). it was a photograph (undated, but it seems to me to be 70s-ish):

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luckily for me, there was a handwritten caption on the reverse, in cursive, even (hurrah!), noting that it depicted the entrance to the wine glass ranch, off of highway 20.

a search of the internets revealed that this ranch is located in riske creek, british columbia, more than 9 hours north of vancouver (as the car drives, not the crow), and google books gave me an excerpt from irene stangoe's history and happenings in the cariboo-chilcotin: pioneer memories which gave me to know that wine glass cattle ranch had been around for more than 100 years (as of 1994), owned and operated by the durrell family for the duration. the ranch appears to be still in business, though i couldn't find certain proof.

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