A month of beautiful weather
I got home after work and heard a plane
closer to the house than I normally hear. We are on the
flight path for the hospital so I thought maybe they got a new
helicopter, but I was surprised to see the Snowbirds flying
overhead. I grabbed my camera and took some photos as they
I haven't seen the Snowbirds in years and
this is the first time I've seen them over a large city. It
really does emphasis how small of the valley we are in less than a
minute they go from Howe Sound to behind me over the city.
After putting the kids to bed, I went to see the fireworks.
This time, I went to Jericho beach to see the fireworks over the
city. I arrived about half an hour before the fireworks and
there were already 30 tripods setup on the pier. It's nice
to see the fireworks with the city behind.
Mount Washington, Paradise Meadows
My grandmother passed away in
January. She didn't want a service so it was a rather muted
event. My sister organized an event in Courtney so everyone
could get together to celebrate her life. We took the day
off on Friday to get a bit of time in town. One of my
favorite spots in Courtney is the Paradise Meadows Boardwalk at
Mount Washington. I have visited in July 2016 (Morning)
June 2015 with my
, July 2003 with
, and even further back before I had a camera.
The meadow is well knows for it's flowers, but by Mid August
things have started to go to the see stage. There are still
flowers out, but they are more sparse and less diverse.
Grandmothers Celebration of Life
Vancouver Aquarium, Saturday Morning
We have a pass to the Aquarium and the kids
still get excited by the prospect of a visit. The most
expensive part for us now is parking so we double up - Helen drops
us off for the morning and goes shopping and then picks us up
The last time we visited, there was an algae bloom in the Sea Lion
enclosure so we didn't see much. This time, the water was
mostly clear so we could see the sea lions gliding around the
The kids have a short list of things they
want to see every trip. For some reason, they really like
the bat enclosure. They like the sea horses - both the local
bay pipefish and the exotic sea horses in a smaller
aquarium. They like to see Helen the pacific white sided
This time, the day ended with hard feeling - Claira wanted to go
shopping the gift shop and she forgot her money.
VanDusen Sunday Social
Vancouver Aquarium, Monday Night
Grandma was coming over for a visit so
the kids wanted to take her to the aquarium. What they
actually wanted to do was to bring their money and go to the gift
shop. The Aquarium is open late on Mondays for the Summer
only so we were able to visit after work. It was a bit
abnormal for us - the crowds were small and the kids were
interested in new things.
One of the exhibits we haven't really
explored before is the touching tank. It was just our kids
and volunteer so she was able to spend more time showing us the
sea urchins. She placed them in the kids hands we saw the
feet come out so the urchin could find it's way back into deeper
The girls bought themselves watches in the gift store.
Different watches thankfully so we won't have to worry about
"That's my watch" arguments. There weren't any tears when we
Richmond Night Market
We went to the Richmond Night Market earlier
in the year and had a good time. The kids told grandma and
we wanted something to do for a Sunday night so we braved the
parking and went again. We couldn't get my mother to eat
anything from a stall, but I think she still had a good time.
Granville Island Wooden Boat Festival
Last year we discovered
the wooden boat festival at Granville Island - the kids spent more
than an hour building their own wood boats. They enjoyed it so
much we made this years festival a "must attend event".
Claira tried a new thing - she tried to build a house on top of her
boat. Unfortunately, there isn't a "try out" pond here so we
couldn't test the prototype until it was all glued together.
Wood does float well, but there are limits to how high you can build
on top. Claira's boat flips over when we got it in the bath
tub at home.
The kids really enjoyed the PNE last year so when we had a free day
we decided to go. We arrived before the rope drop so we could
get parking close by and then raced right to the horse riding ring.
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People: Claira(15), Nara(12), Kaylee(4), Marcus(3), James(3), Helen(2)
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