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ROAD QUEEN of the Highway

Dear Michelle & Stacey:

Sending heartfelt appreciation for your steadfast “Pioneering” of Art Rural Route Blue!

As a mother of the road, my heart feels your testament-of-endurance in determination to forge beyond this mega road building process!  Thank you, Stacey for your phone call last evening to reassure me that I’m not forgotten along this (seemingly lost highway); and to you, Michelle for sending me the joys of motherhood that we mutually share on this journey of life.

You two “Sisters of The Road” remain bonded in Gold and sparkle brilliantly as “Golden Pioneers”, leaving a legacy enshrined in blue for Canada’s Mother Road!

Looking back in my rear view mirror, I am drawn to one of your “pioneering” presentation submissions (of 2014 Re. Heritage Highways & Byways for Open Road Learning) that states: “British Columbia & Canada becomes the [Bridge] from the USA {Route 66 to Alaska} by telling the stories of the historic First Nations trails of the past. 

Working with governance (Federal, Provincial, Local & International) is an endless undertaking, constantly holding you at the mercy of the “changing of the guards” for the powers that be who are on duty to oversee our economic & political well being.  This political obstacle course is difficult to navigate; and only the strong willed can survive the tempest of its decree.

Michelle & Stacey, Kudos to you two brave ‘way-finders’ for being such “Servant Leaders” (in the highest degree) to drive “Route Blue” into the soul of our society.

I’ve been touched by you!

Lorrie

“Everything will come to pass, victory or failure because life is just a moment in time” (Excerpt from the One Crystal Book)

ROUTE BLUE OVERVEW

Beyond our Braided Trails

Written by L. Fleming – February 2, 2018

Prologue:  

‘Route Blue’ speaks boldly to our rural communities, reinventing a sustainable society with a renewed sense of place, deeply rooted in Arts & Eco-Culture.

         Our Beautiful BC is poised to follow the lead of “The Mother Road” as a conduit for historic, cultural & conventional travelers to embark on the journey and perhaps ‘stay a while’ to savor the spell of the ‘North’!  There truly is ‘life’ beyond the city limits and the borders that divide us, waiting to be rediscovered.  Steeped in history, our social studies & geography lessons are learned through engagement in the experience of ‘being there’!  This gateway to discovery lies directly ahead (beyond all borders) . . . 

         The Route Blue Vision generates a unique subset etched into the landscape introducing a health & wellness life-style component into a tangible tourism & spinoff services that will drive small towns along the ‘97 Corridor’ into the core of economic growth.

         Through the lens of a seasoned traveler, a descriptive imprint of Route Blue is reflective of “an altruistic moral compass”, manifesting a socially, culturally, environmentally & ecologically viable linear community that supports a new age of consciousness to infuse a sense of permanence and well being into rural living.  This land of opportunity is sourced via an international “Cultural Highway”, an intrinsic connective conduit primed to showcase the merits of each townsite as a reciprocal & tangible entity.  Shall I say, “Route Blue puts us in the saddle”, moving travelers & homesteaders on a joyful journey, cultivating new relationships & cultural experiences by means of the Arts.

Goals that we set are ever changing, whereas, visible Art adorned in public view throughout each community leaves a permanent mark in the landscape of humanity.  A sense of place in perfect balance for every rural stakeholder is a priceless, viable and natural fit to stimulate local economies in the breadth of the ‘Route Blue’ initiative.

Braided Trail System:

  1. The Great Osage Trail:  The Osage first people and other tribes traveled among a variety of routes later named “Osage Trails” by white settlers.  The famous Route 66 through southern Missouri Ozarks follows the route of one such “Osage Trail”, which in 1825 became known as the first phase of the Santa Fe Trail.

Historical Significance & Monuments:  

US Boundary Commission:  In 1856, the USA formed a ‘boundary commission’ to mark the border; and Great Britain soon followed.  The two countries then arranged to work together in what became known as the International Boundary Commission to establish & mark what is now Washington State’s northern border with British Columbia.

The Oregon Treaty:  In June 1846, the US & Britain signed the Oregon Treaty, ending the Oregon boundary dispute, which made the 49th parallel the official boundary between the USA & British North America (it would not become known as Canada until 1867; and BC would not join the new country until 1871).  The treaty granted the Hudson’s Bay Company navigation rights on the Columbia River for supplying their fur posts; and left the British with good anchorages at Vancouver and Victoria.

The International Boundary Commission:  In June 1857, American & British commissioners met in Esquimalt Harbor to discuss commencing the work necessary to mark the boundary between the USA and what is then know as British North America along the 49th parallel (about 410 miles from the Strait of Georgia to the summit of the Rocky Mountains).

Peach Arch Monument:  Built by Sam Hill & dedicated in 1921, is situated near the westernmost point of the Canada-US border, between Blaine, WA and Surrey, BC.  Commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in 1814 and stands on the exact US-Canada boundary between I-5 & Highway 99 in the grass median between the northbound & southbound lanes.  The Arch has the flags of both countries mounted on its crown; and two inscriptions on both sides of its frieze.  The words on the US side reads: “Children of a common mother”; and the words on the Canadian side reads: “Brethren dwelling together in unity”.  Within the arch, each side has an iron gate mounted on either side of the border with inscriptions above each gate that reads: “May these gates never be closed” … 

“Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living”

Entrance to Weed, California with Mount Shasta in the background.  “Weed like to Welcome you” is their motto!  Situated at the Junction of Route 99 & 97 and touted as the Beginning of the Al-Can Highway… 

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