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A Trip to Victoria


Grandma's house for Thanksgiving

We are planning a bit vacation to Asia leaving at the end of the month and the planning for that eclipsed all other short term planning.  Only a few weeks before thanksgiving did my Mom ask if we had plans and we decided we should try to get out of town. 

Claira Laughing On The Deck Nara On ABike
We made reservations for the 8pm ferry (Nara and Claira are often in bed by 8:30) and left home at 6:15 to try and hit our reservations honored window.  When we got to the ferry terminal, we found out or 8pm ferry which normally boards at 7:45 wouldn't actually arrive until 8:45.  The kids were fine (they seem to really enjoy being new places) but it does seem bizarre to see them awake at 10pm.  We got my parents house by 11pm and amazingly the kids were still awake.  The next morning they didn't even sleep in that late.  They really enjoy going out on the deck and playing with the bikes - even if everything was recently doused in rain.


Swan Lake

Claira Running Toward Dad
A few months ago, Nara went to Swan lake to get a hands on course on snakes.  It was the first time I actually made it inside the nature house (often closed on holidays) and I was impressed with the number of live animals they had on display.  We made plans to walk around on Saturday when the house would be open.

Nara And Claira On The BridgeFour House Sparrows Eating Late Blackberries

 
  Nara Near The Top Of The Climbing Gym Claira On Big Girl Swing
 

Beacon Hill Park

Nara On AClimbing TreeFamily Portrait At The Petting Zoo
The petting zoo at Beacon Hill Park is open later in the year than some of the petting zoo's in Vancouver so it's nice to be able drop in for one last visit before the winter closure.  Nara is now pretty comfortable with the goats and Claira is okay as long as the goat doesn't move.

Claira Happy About The Goat
 
Helen And Claira Petting AGoat Nara And Claira Standing On The Stumps
The kids sometimes use the goat as role models - running around where they do.  Other times they are content to brush the goats.  They never really lost their fear of the goats - if a goat moved suddenly, our kids would get stressed out.

Grandma And Nara With AGoat
 
 
Nara And Her Art Project
Life at Grandma's house is pretty easy.  Lots of new toys, some fancy breakfasts and treats - what more could a kid ask for?

Claira Mixing Waffle Batter
Nara Licking Off Whipped CreamNara Looking At ABeater
 

Outerbridge Park

Nara Pulling The Wagon In Front Of Fall Colours
Outerbridge park is a short walk from my parents house and makes for a nice walk before the long wait at the ferry.  Caitlin came over for waffle breakfast and after things were cleaned up we walked over (Nara rode her bike).  Nara got a surprise when her bike started going faster and faster down hill - she is used to hand brakes and this bike is a coaster - pedal backwards to stop.  Caitlin caught up to here and Nara put it into the grass to slow down - it all worked out.
 


Wild Carrot Gone To Seed
Late fall doesn't have a lot of flowers, but there is still lots to look at.  A field of wild carrot has gone to seed with it's "nest" shaped heads full of macro detail.  We saw mushrooms pushing up through recently disturbed soil.  I think I even saw a dragonfly or two oblivious to the time of year. 

Shaggy Mane Family

Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Chickadee Pulling The Stuffing From A Cattail Claira With A Hand Full Of Seeds
I quiet enjoy a walk around the bird sanctuary - you never know what you will run into.  I had the girls by myself for a day and given enough bird seed, they are basically self entertaining.  Sadly, I can only carry so much bird seed.

Long-Billed Dowitcher
 

Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment

Claira On The Disk Swing
This summer Richmond built a great playground with equipment targeting older kids. Everything is larger - bigger slides, bigger swings and bigger climbing surfaces.  It has two zip lines so there isn't much of a wait and ton of parking.  Even better, once you are done playing, you can watch the planes taking off and landing at YVR and the small float planes often fly low near to the park.  The kids love this place.


Grandma At The Top Of The Hillside SlideGrandma And Nara At The BottomNara Hanging Onto The Zip Line
 



Grandma At The Top Of The Hillside Slide
Tags: slide, Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment
Claira On Big Girl Swing
Person: Claira
Nara Pulling The Wagon
Person: Nara
Tags: Outerbridge Park, wagon
Family Portrait At The Petting Zoo
Person: Claira, Nara, Helen, John
Tags: petting zoo
Nara Near The Top Of The Climbing Gym
Nara On ABike
Person: Nara
Tags: biking
Long-Billed Dowitcher
Species: Limnodromus scolopaceus (Long-billed Dowitcher)
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Claira Mixing Waffle Batter
Person: Claira, Nara
Claira Running Toward Dad
Person: Claira
Four House Sparrows Eating Late Blackberries
Species: Passer domesticus (House Sparrow)
Tags: Swan Lake
Nara Looking At ABeater
Person: Nara
Chickadee Pulling The Stuffing From A Cattail
Species: Poecile atricapillus (Black-capped Chickadee), Typha latifolia (broadleaf cattail)
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
In Front Of Fall Colours
Person: Caitlin, Claira, Helen, Nara
Tags: fall colour, Outerbridge Park
Shaggy Mane Family
Species: Coprinus comatus (shaggy ink cap, shaggy mane)
Nara And Claira On The Bridge
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 148m (485 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: bridge, holding hands, Swan Lake
Claira Laughing On The Deck
Person: Claira
Helen And Claira Petting AGoat
Person: Claira
Tags: petting zoo
Claira On The Disk Swing
Person: Claira
Tags: swing, Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment
Claira Happy About The Goat
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: Beacon Hill Children's Farm, petting zoo
Grandma And Nara With AGoat
Person: Janet, Nara
Tags: petting zoo
Wild Carrot Gone To Seed
Species: Daucus carota (wild carrot, Queen Anne's lace, bird's nest)
Tags: Outerbridge Park, plant
Nara And Her Art Project
Grandma And Nara At The Bottom
Person: Janet, Nara
Tags: playground, slide, Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment
Nara Licking Off Whipped Cream
Person: Nara
Claira With A Hand Full Of Seeds
Person: Claira
Nara On AClimbing Tree
Person: Nara
Nara Hanging Onto The Zip Line
Person: Nara
Tags: Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment, zipline
Nara And Claira Standing On The Stumps
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: Beacon Hill Children's Farm, petting zoo
Tags: petting zoo(5), Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment(4), Outerbridge Park(3), Swan Lake(2), Beacon Hill Children's Farm(2), slide(2)
People: Nara(14), Claira(12), Helen(2), Janet(2), John(1), Caitlin(1)
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