We had Ethan and Addison stay with us last weekend, which was fun as always. We packed quite a bit into a couple of days, including a short walk down at Boundary Bay.Read More
For Justine’s birthday, we spent the Remembrance Day long weekend on Galiano. We rented a small cabin right on the water, and spent the weekend working on the property (OK well not much), hiking, bird watching and generally enjoying ourselves. We also managed to finally get to Pilgrimme for Justine’s birthday dinner.Read More
Another catch-up post as I finally get through some older photos. We had another nice weekend day, so we headed down to Reifel to see what was going on. The snow geese were back, which always makes for a fun day.Read More
We have had an amazing start to the fall season. All this week the weather has been amazing - warm, sunny and not a hint of the normal rain we get this time of year. As I was on my own on Sunday, with Justine in Australia, I decided to go for a walk along the sea wall and take some pictures.Read More
My friend Bill and I spent an amazing Saturday hiking up the Heliotrope Ridge Trail on Mount Baker. It was a spectacular fall day, and we were afforded some amazing views.Read More
I am over a month behind on posts. This one, like many of the recent ones will not have much more than some (hopefully) nice photos from an afternoon walk around Reifel.Read More
Back at the end of September, we went over to Galiano with some friends for the weekend. I completely lost track of this one and getting it up on the website.Read More
A long overdue post on Lisa and Ethan’s last day with us from the end of the summer.Read More
In spending some time with Lisa and Ethan while they were in town this week, I took them over to the North Shore to explore a bit. We spent some time in Lynn Canyon, then drove over to West Van to Lighthouse Park to explore and swim. Was a great day!Read More
While Lisa and Ethan were in town, we booked a whale watching trip so they could (hopefully) see some orcas. Not only did we see them, the boat ride was less than 5 minutes as they were in English Bay, right off the beach near Spanish Banks!Read More
A quick post with some pictures I took before we left on vacation. Every year, Vancouver has a 3-day Celebration of Light fireworks show. Most years, there are some added features, and this year there was an aerial display. I got a few pics from the roof of our place as they went by.Read More
Wednesday was our last full day in Hood River, as we had decided to make the drive home on Thursday. We wanted to get one more road ride in, and decided on our other usual route, the "Fruit Loop" We followed up our ride with some great food and relaxing in a few of the breweries down near the water in Hood River.Read More
On Tuesday we took a short break from road riding and decided to do a hike instead. We picked the Cooper Spur trail up Mount Hood, as the smoke from all the forest fires started to roll in. It ended up being the last view of any mountain that we had this trip.Read More
Our first day camping was focused on road riding and a dip in the Columbia River, before checking out some breweries and relaxing at the camp site.
Sunday morning we had to pick up and head out of Portland. Our plan was to head to Hood River and spend the remaining few days of our vacation camping in the heat.
The main reason we had come to Portland (besides the fact that we really like it there) was to attend the Whitecaps game against the Portland Timbers. This will have been 3 out of 4 years for me (we missed last year), and it’s always a good time. The game was a later start (8:00), so we had the whole day to explore. It ended up being a markets day, which was a lot of fun.
Friday we made the short drive from McMinnville to Portland (about an hour normally), with a couple of stops along the way at the Evergreen Air and Space Museum to see the Spruce Goose, and at our favourite Willamette Valley winery, Brooks.
Our second day took us from near the Seattle airport to McMinnville Oregon, where we were staying at the McMenamins Hotel Oregon. Along the way, we stoppped for a few hours at the Northwest Trek Nature Park, to check out the wildlife and take some pictures.
Pretty much every year since we’ve been together, Justine and I have done a road trip down to Washington State and Oregon. This year was no different, except that we managed to arrange the trip around a couple of major events - Pearl Jam playing a live show at home at Safeco Field, and the Whitecaps playing their annual away game in Portland. So we decided to take those two events and add a stop in Hood River for a few days of camping and road riding.
Each summer, we like to head down to Vanier Park and attend at least one of the Bard at the Beach plays. It’s always a good evening out, and this season they have 3 plays going that I want to see. Our first one was Timon of Athens, which was a play I had not seen previously.