Errands and readying

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
Trip End Sep 01, 2012

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Zuckerman House
What I did
Tour of the City

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Monday, July 2, 2012

The plan for today was to take it easy around home and see if we could get the Heidmanns ready to go on the road again tomorrow. We have certainly enjoyed our time in Vancouver and in a house. This week long break has been exactly the tonic we needed in the wake of our first 60 odd days on the road. This is not to complain and say that we haven't had the time of our lives along the way, we certainly have. But it has also helped us to appreciate and recognize the value and merits of staying in one place. While the weather in Vancouver has been consistently cool and drizzly, the Heidmanns have not been complaining as we would much rather have the drizzle while in a house then when in our tent and on the road. Our time with Ben, Fiona, Lucas and Felix has been better than could have been imagined and they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to accommodate the Hurricane Heidmanns as they roared into Vancouver, and too soon a week later, they are preparing to whoosh out again. The time has gone incredibly quickly and, as we had hoped, the cousins have had a grand time playing and interacting all together. We are lucky indeed to have such a kind, caring, generous and giving family.
So, with the above said, what did we get up to today? We had another stunning breakfast, today it was French Toast and (not burned) bacon and after a wee play around the house, Jess, Tim and Ben took Eli, Lily and Felix out of the house in order to give Lucas some quiet time as he continued his recovery from yesterday's head knock. His face was still a bit swollen this morning, but not a single complaint came out of his mouth. So out we headed into the Vancouver drizzle around 10am and Ben gamely toured and errand-ed us around the city yet again. We filled Odie with petrol, bought some groceries for the road, filled the propane tank for the cooker, visited two different community gardens, had lunch at Whole Foods and stopped for a play at a local playground. We arrived home around 2pm and the kids played through the afternoon while the adults all took turns reading emails, napping and working on the final dinner which was a stunning combination of home cooked baby-back ribs, fresh coleslaw, corn on the cob and sourdough bread. The kids are now clean and settling into bed while we tidy the house and prepare for our nightcaps. Jess and I will do the last load of laundry and begin to pack Odie so we can get away in the morning and drive to Kamloops, British Columbia, halfway to Jasper and two nights in a campground with an electric fence.
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