Friday, August 26, 2016

Last Vancouver Day

These are a few random pictures from different days on our trip.  We spent time walking around downtown and looking at the different tourist shops and the cruise ships.  Bob kept reminding me every time we stopped to take pictures that I looked like a tourist.  I'm sure I did.  I was a tourist and I wanted to take pictures :)
One day for breakfast we stopped at the little diner.  It had good reviews online so we decided to go for it.  If we had just driven by we definitely would not have stopped.  It was kind of a grungy  whole in the wall type place.  We both ended up liking it.
Every time there was something on the menu I didn't recognize I ordered it.  I wanted to try the few local dishes they had.  You would think everything was the same because they are only a few hours north but there were quite a few differences.

This gelato was sooo good!  It won some sort of worldwide contest and was totally worth the hour long line.

I thought the money was kind of cool.  I haven't really seen money that was clear before.

We had fun on our short weekend trip up North.  It was especially great to just spend a couple days with Bob and no kids.  I can't remember the last time we did that.  Hopefully we won't go more than a year without a couple days alone again.
Goodby Canada!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Capilano Suspension Bridges

Our main reason for choosing Vancouver BC as our destination was the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  Everyone I talked to talked about how cool it was and it didn't disappoint.  The bridge was built in 1889, I think they said in 5 days, and is 450 feet long.
We went on a hot Saturday in August so it was pretty crowded.
The bridge was very wobbly as we walked across.  Neither Bob nor I was scared but we did see one Adult guy hunched over two handing the rope looking very scared.
This next picture shows how high up the bridge is.  I wasn't even at the bottom when I took the pic.

Once we got to the other side there were several bridges suspended between the trees.  These weren't as high or as long but it was cool how they were attached to the trees.  They have a way of doing it so it doesn't hurt the trees.  And they get higher and higher up as the trees grow.

It was hot outside the day we went, but it felt nice and cool in the trees.

After the trees we went out onto a ledge suspended out over nothing.  I think they call it a cliff walk.

The name Capilano came from Kia'palano which was the name of a great Squamish chief who lived in the area in the early part of the 1800s.  They had a short tour explaining the history and a few totem poles.

It was a pretty cool place that just gave me more reason to have a big yard with beautiful trees for the kids to climb and play on.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Stanley Park Vancouver BC

Stanley park in Vancouver BC is huge!  The first thing we did while there was ride this little train around.  Once we got on we realized that it was more for kids.  I saw a few other adults who were on it without kids but they probably felt weird about it too.  It was definitely a kiddy ride.    
After that we got on our roller blades and started going around.  I am not very good at using the breaks on the roller blades and we started out going down hill by the road.  I guess I was scaring Bob with my lack of being able to break without just going on the grass and he thought it best if we put our shoes back on and walked a bit.   Once we got back onto level or uphill ground it was fine.
 The park had an amazing view of downtown.

After rollerblading for a while we put our shoes on and ate dinner.  I forgot the restaurant name but it was one of the ones right in the park and I thought it was good.  The dessert was a bit of a disappointment but that is ok.  After dinner we walked around the park a little bit and then headed to the Theatre Under the Stars for West Side Story.
This was our first outdoor play and I loved it.  The weather was perfect and it was neat looking up and seeing the stars.  I thought I knew the story pretty well and I did.  But while watching it I realized I've never actually seen it before.  I studied it in one of my dance classes in college so I was pretty familiar with all the dances.  I also know the general story from Romeo and Juliet.  After about the first 15 minutes it was clear to me that I haven't actually seen the play or entire movie before.  I liked it.
 I pulled these pictures off their website.
While researching for this play I found out about the Kitsap outdoor theatre!  I heard whisperings of it before but never actually heard someone who's been to it or knows much about it.  I have no time to check it out this summer but hopefully next year I will be able to go.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

Vancouver Trip Grandville Island

While Bob's parents were here Bob and I celebrated our 10th anniversary and my birthday.  His parents we kind enough to babysit so we could go to Vancouver BC for a couple days.  I've been to Canada as a kid but I barely remember it.  I think this was Bob's first time.

Driving across the border itself was exciting.  Aside from the long wait and us getting the slowest line it was kind of exciting.  Are they going to ask for our registration because we can't find it?  Why are they talking so long to that motorcycle guy?  When we pulled up the guy quickly asked Bob questions about where we are from and what we have in the car.  I think Bob was surprised about the questions because he kind of froze and I had to answer a few questions from the passenger seat.
Welcome to CAMADA.  I have instantly have no idea how fast we should drive and what that street sign means.

We couldn't check into our hotel yet so we headed over to Grandville Island.  I few friends recommended this and I'm really glad we went.  It was one of our favorite activities.
Got food from the market and ate lunch on the water.  Well, half of lunch.  A seagull flew right up and grabbed a piece of my chicken off my plate.  It freaked me out so bad we had to go inside to eat... and I couldn't eat anything off that side of my plate, I was worried he got bird germs all over my food.
The market was pretty cool and very crowded.  At one point I was worried I wouldn't be able to find Bob.  He went to the bathroom, which was up ahead to the left and I said I would meet him there in a minute.  But when I walked over there was a sign on the bathroom saying it was closed.  Normally I wouldn't worry but we couldn't use our phones and I had no idea where he went.  I eventually found another bathroom and just waited there for about 5 minutes hoping he would come out.  He did :)

We both got a few treats.  Mine was delicious, Bob's granola was pretty good too.  After a about 45 minutes though I was starting to feel claustrophobic and wanted out of the public market building.
So we walked around and checked out the shops on the streets.  I thought this book looked funny.
These towers were pretty cool.  We only had one hour parking, but when we went back to our car at almost an hour we saw the guy coming.  But then we realized that he was only taking down the information for the first time, so we got away with another hour.  It saved us from trying to move our car to another spot.
I like watching street performers.  He was entertaining, although I wonder about how these people make their living.  I wouldn't be happy if my children grew up and told me they were street performers for a career.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cub Scout Camp

Ok, so cub scout camp was a few weeks ago and I'm just now getting around to posting about it.  That is what happens when your husband takes the pictures on his tablet and you don't know how to get them off the tablet and onto the computer :)

Tucker had a blast at cubscout camp!  He was so excited to go and I'm sure it lived up to his expectations.  Five days of outdoor activities with other 9-year-olds, what could be better?

They did crafts.
Shot BB guns

Built things.

Practiced archery, this was Tucker's favorite.
And did an obstacle course, I guess this was also Tucker's favorite.  He continuously got faster and faster times throughout the week which is what we told him to go for.

On the last day the families were invited for the awards and outdoor program.  I think we waited about 2 hours before it started, so the whole thing felt ridiculously long and boring for the kids.  But we were there to support Tucker and the other leaders.  

I'm thankful for all the work that people put into making this possible.  It takes a special kind of person to be a cub scout leader.