It is Victoria Day Weekend in Canada: the first long weekend that officially kicks off the summer. Regardless of the weather.
We tossed around a few possibilities for an activity and ruled out a road trip. We thought of going to Saltspring Island for the Saturday market but, from here, it is a 3 hour ferry ride each way. And we decided we wanted a movement kind of weekend – not a sit-down event.
So we decided to cross off a couple of hikes we haven’t done in Vancouver yet – in North Vancouver. On Saturday we went to Lynn Canyon Park where a suspension bridge crosses the ravine. Impressions: tall trees, fragrant air, and stairs. Hundreds of them. And a ravine with emerald-green water.
After we got back to the car, we went further back down the road to Deep Cove where we immediately thought about staying. Forever. It is just that pretty.
Looking for a spot for a nibble, I jokingly said we should ask for the raw, vegan, gluten-free place in town and on the next block we found just that. They make gluten-free crepes with so many delicious choices it was hard to choose. I had Nutella and banana crepe – for the magnesium in the banana you understand.
On Sunday we decided to head out to North Vancouver in the opposite direction and go Squamish, to the Sea to Sky Gondola to take us up to wondrous views of Howe Sound and the surrounding mountains.
Two days of fresh mountain air, scented with pines and cedars, and being active. We had to drive to get to both of these places of course, but so much less of a drive (and no waiting in line) as we would have had we gone to one of the Islands or across the border. And the best thing is that we didn’t buy any stuff.
It’s been awhile! I am just getting my feet back on the ground after a whirlwind of changes in 2015. First I started a job the first week of January (which was supposed to be a temporary help-out-a-friend-situation, but turned into a part-time regular thing), then we moved to a larger apartment the first of February. Just one floor down, but a corner apartment with a lovely garden view. In March I came down with a dreadful cold which seemed, at the time, to take forever to clear up.
And I have very busy designing some new programs: Renew and Restore. I am putting the finishing touches on each program and will be very soon promoting them. Exciting!
In the meantime, I am enjoying my early morning photo opportunities as I walk to work. I hope you enjoy these Spring photographs.
On Sunday we went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. It was our second visit and like the first time, I didn’t take any photos on the suspension bridge, impressive as it is. Mostly because I am not a huge fan of heights, especially when they are rocking and swaying. My goal was to get over the bridge as quickly as possible and camera only came out once the surface underneath me stopped movin
When we finished up in the park we drove further up the road to check out Grouse Mountain. It was cloudy at the top so we had no intention of taking the gondola to the top (also the height thing) but I wanted to at least see where it was. Along the way we saw a sign for the Cleveland Dam where Vancouver gets the bulk of its water supply. It looks like a place for a great hike so we plan to go back, but in the meantime it was a beautiful spot to sit for a few minutes and look at the scenery.
Vancouver Water Supply
I’ve been travelling – a week in Victoria – and not posting updates, but I’ve been walking and here is some proof! Ogden Point was one of my favourite places to walk in Victoria, but I only walked it a few times at dusk. This trip was especially fine because of the gorgeous weather and sunset.
Back in Vancouver, I finally walked all around Stanley Park (it’s 8.8 km) and saw this statue which is perched on a rock in the ocean. People seem to think she is a mermaid, but she’s a diver. And, while the leaves are starting to come down with the first of the fall rainy weather, there are still blossoms around. This Rhododendron is, I think, from a variety that blooms more than once a year. I’ve seen a few of them on my walks. Peace.
While I am away in Minnesota doing my Restorative Exercise™ course I set this up to publish while I am away. Warmth and sunshine prevails and while the grass is turning amber, there is plenty of colour. I went on one park-walk and at least a half a dozen city walks. The dragonfly was my most exciting shot because it is one of my totems. When I had my wooden kayak I painted a large dragonfly on the bow.
A walk around the Lost Lagoon and a very patient dragonfly. Note the transparent wings
Also seen on our walk around the Lost Lagoon, this Heron
Blue hydrangeas are everywhere, but this week I also spotted pink hydrangeas.
And purple Hydrangeas
The old-fashion Primroses are in bloom now.
As well as these wonderful Black Eyes Susans!
Speaking of new objects bought, Thoreau said something along the lines of ‘beware of any occasions which require new clothing’. Rubbish! Occasions are opportunities to get things right. I was coveting this merino wool yoga top from Icebreaker. I snapped it up when it went on sale. (If Icebreaker had an affiliate program I’d be rich.) Really, I wear my wood Icebreaker clothes year ’round. My summer tank tops are my winter undershirts.
So anyway, this Spirit Tank is one of a handful of tops I have with me this week at RES. I’ve tried lots of built-in bra work-out tops and have had to make alterations to every other one. This one works, no alternations needed and is it really lovely too.
It was rainy and a bit chilly, which really meant the beaches along the English Bay seawall were relatively deserted: all the better to enjoy my quiet walks. These are some of the things that made this week special:
This shimmering shell which I left for someone else to admire.
A Blue Heron atop a tree just outside of the Cactus Club restaurant.
Moody skies and the silhouette of seagull coming in for a landing.
This view, which is beginning to feel like ‘my’ beach.