Sun Peaks to White Rock and Vancouver

Trip Start Apr 28, 2007
Trip End Oct 26, 2007

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

We spent the week back at Sun Peaks - hiked (which is what you do in North America, rather than "walk") for up to two hours a day, spent time on stock chart tech analysis, and trading strategies. Brian placed his first  trades, and vows to quit if the kitty gets reduced to 50%, but of course hopes to make just a few dollars (enough to buy the Aston Martin DB9 that we lust after We enjoyed hospitality from wonderful locals.  Dinner with Rae and Lloyd introduced us to other kiwis living in Kamloops - of the 8 of us round the table, only Rae and Lloyd were Canadians.  Dinner at Shelley and Randy's was another great night out. Thank you all!
Left Sun Peaks for White Rock, just south of Vancouver, and stayed with Donna and Glenn and their two sons, who own an adjacent condo at Sun Peaks. Their last Kiwi guests were billets from the St Kentigern's rugby team from Auckland, on their recent tour to Canada. We didn't offer to perform the haka as this team did but we arrived in time to see both Cameron and Clayton perform key parts in a wonderful production.  The introduction to the play offered the thought that "it's not whether the story is true, but the truths that we take from the story" and the production offered a feast of thoughts, music and eclectic personalities taking a journey into Life.
Next day Donna and Glenn showed us the panorama that is greater Vancouver from the hill on which Simon Fraser University sits, and we went on to swing out over the Capilano Canyon on the Capilano Suspension Bridge built in the early 1900's. It's an impressive spot - the bridge swings convincingly and elicits comments from the punters like "oooohh - is it meant to move?"  Makes you wonder what their perspective is on a suspension bridge before they step on to it. The most intriguing exchange was between Brian and a British Airforce pilot who hung on to the wire guardrail, unable to look down along the length of the suspension bridge - the bridge un-nerved him because his jet was "solid" underfoot. Guess we all have our own paradigms.....
After crossing to the far flung other side you have the chance to walk a trail through the woods, but at birds eye level.  A suspended trail has been built between tree houses in the sky, which of course caters for all the boys at heart....
Lunch in West Vancouver hinted at a city with real wealth - imagine having a business called Doggy Doos come in and pick up after your dog! and feeding that business with organic dog food!
From the beach at White Rock we saw a remnant of the United States at the end of a peninsular, a few acres just below the 49th parallel encircled by water and Canadian territory.  The kids get bused down through Canada each day to school in the mainland United States.  Mind boggles really as to why.
We had a wonderful weekend - thank you Donna, Glenn and boys.
Monday took us into Vancouver City to stay with a long time friend of Brian, Sam Broome.  Sam and Brian were buddies way back in Med School.  Sam took us for a walk around Stanley Park where we saw Canadian geese and their goslings, and a very flashy woodpecker with brilliant red head gear. We also saw the devastation that the winds caused in the park at the end of last year - huge swathes of big Douglas fir uprooted and tossed aside.  Dinner with Sam and Victoria at the tennis club gave us great sunset views of the seascape off Vancouver.  Next day we explored Granville Island which has an indoor market with hundreds of food stalls, selling exotic fruits, cheeses,  meats and pastries.  Naturally we bought lunch there.  Granville Isand is full of arty and artisan stores, and was a great neighbourhood to explore.  Then Jen dragged Brian on up to look for a bikini - (Splish Spash is great shop thanks Donna, and just within walking distance, if you have all day as we did).  Another good night out with Victoria and Sam at a local Italian restaurant, and next day we were leaving Canada for San Fran. Thanks Sam and Victoria for making us so at home - giving up your room for us is the ultimate "at home"!

Vancouver is a spectacular location with sea & mountains, and we enjoyed great spring weather. Next we head south where you might expect a warmer climate , but the pilot is not very encouraging reporting 16`C at 2pm in San Francisco.
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justinep on

Where's the photo of Brian in his bikini? :-)

will_share on

Re: Bikini
Brian says there is a cost for that and whatever you offer will be unlikely to be persuasive!! :)

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