I really shouldn't work so much
Really - this all started as my girl friend's
idea. Helen is cross county skiing a few times a week so she
wasn't so keen on adding another day just after a day of lessons.
I just wanted to get outside (it's crazy time at work - 6 days a week
of >12 hours). I own snow shoes, Helen rented ($20 for
snowshoes that probably cost less than $100 - Cypress must be making a
killing) and we went for a short hike on the Howe Sound Crest Trail.
The views (girlfriend and nature) really are
terrific. Much of this area has been logged so there are a few
good view windows along the way.
The snow was surprising - There was about 1meter
of snow on the ground
at the alpine area and some areas of hiking had what appeared to be a
meter of snow. Other areas (in the lee of the hill, in trees was
exposed earth with ice covering patches. Some sections were
easier covered in just winter boots rather than snow shoes.
We had a short day (perhaps 6 or 7 km of
hiking). We came home and
Helen made dinner. How cool is that.
Seattle For New Years
Christmas is always a crazy time and this year was no
exception - a trip to Victoria and up Island and then after return to
Vancouver, a quick trip down to Seattle for shopping, New Years and
I love Seattle because it is so much a Twin to
Vancouver - We have a great Market (Granville Island) they have a great
Market (Pike Place). We have water - they have water. We
have a Volcano looking over us (Mt Baker) they have a Volcano (Mt
Raineer). We have MEC, they have REI. I can't imagine any
other pair of cities paired over a border with so many
The last time I was at the
it was summer and full of tourists. This time it was
winter (the light was so different) and much of the public space was
unused. The selection of fruit this time was limited to imports -
very little seemed local.
New Years was lots of fun. We had a great hot pot (thank to
everyone who helped put it on) for dinner and played Taboo on the
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