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You will, no doubt, agonizingly recall my camera dilemma when contemplating the recent trip to Vancouver: whether to take the DSLR along with the point and shoot or not, and whether to upgrade the point and shoot. You may also recall my decision: to just take the point and shoot and not upgrade. Take it we did and have more than 500 photos to show for our troubles.

Here is one that I liked, taken on our first morning whilst walking along the Seawall by English Bay: a seagull seemingly between two ships anchored offshore (as they could hardly be anchored onshore). The original (albeit somewhat post-processed) photo comes first, followed by two of my feeble attempts at creativity. In the first attempt at artistry (second photo, below), I try to make it look more like a painting. What kind, I know not. The final image is a more outlandish take.

I know that I am not posting about itinerary or events yet. I may or may not; you must wait with bated breath see how the spirit moves ole AC. In the event, Cuppa has begun to post our doings over at her blog space. She has written three posts so far: our arrival (in a post entitled Nice to be Home), our first walk along the Seawall (After Dinner Stroll), and our second stroll along the Seawall (Early Morning Coffee).

Meanwhile D1, Thesha, also has travel plans; she’s making a similar pilgrimage to the left coast in a few weeks. She has purchased a new camera. We’re definitely a camera-obsessed family, but she really needed one. Really.

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We arrived safe and sound around noon after a most pleasant flight Wednesday morning. We both managed to get aisle seats and had empty seats beside us too, so we had lots of room and were more than comfy for the five hour flight.

The drive in from the airport was filled with oohs and aahs over the vegetation. The huge flowering bushes and massive trees astounded me. Some hedges were taller than the houses and entrance ways were cut in them to allow access to the front door.   The camera was in the trunk so I didn’t get any pics, but will try on our next drive through town.

We found the girls apartment without any trouble and a perfect parking spot was nabbed about a block away. Our first stop was a Starbucks for a large coffee and then we walked across the street from the coffee shop to Stanley Park. Yes, the girls are only two minutes away from the entrance to the park. As you can see from the first picture, this sign marks the entrance to the park, and the girls apt building is the tallest one on the right.

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We sauntered along this path and stopped now and again at one of the many benches along the way to relax and enjoy the view of English Bay. You can see the girl’s building just to the right of AC’s head, but I mainly took this pic to show you the building with the tree on the roof. You might not be able to tell from this pic, but it is a huge tree!

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It was low tide when we were walking along, so lots of the ocean floor was exposed. I noticed some markings on one of the rocks that would be under the water at high tide, so moved in to get a closer look. I was quite surprised to find that the ocean hadn’t make those markings, but an adventurous artist had.

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This pic gives you an idea of the walking path along the water and the size of the jumble of rocks where I found the paintings. I could have easily missed them.

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Once the girls got home, we shared hugs all around the then went out for dinner at a charming cafe with a marvelous view of the ocean.  More love was spread around while we waited for our drinks to arrive.

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After dinner we walked along the beach in the other direction from Stanley Park and decided to join the Inukshuk, and help him give directions to fellow travelers.


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It was a marvelously, glorious, wonderful, fabulous day! Total fun.   I am still trying to adjust to the time change, but should have my clock turned around in a day or so.

Yesterday we did a walking tour of this area, and I think AC is posting some pics of that adventure.   Must run now and get ready to face this day.

Hope you find Inukshuks to point you in the right direction all along your path of life today. Enjoy the journey wherever it takes you.

(Note – I tried to post this yesterday and it disappeared, or so I thought. I opened the program this morning to try again and pics and text are back! Obviously I am not quite used to this program yet. Let me try again.  Can’t figure out how to set the time and date so let me add that it is now 9am Saturday morning)

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Day dawned dully but by noon the threat of rain seemed to be over, so we headed out for a walk. Our guidebook suggests three different walking tours in Vancouver, and this area, the West End is on one of them, so we were able to pick up a portion of the stroll quite easily. The vegetation is quite lush. The trees are tall, and the flowers are blooming.


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We ended up downtown sipping coffee and gazing at Coal Harbour with North Vancouver in the background.

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In the evening as Althegal and Puff put in extra hours working, Cuppa and I headed out for another walk along English Bay. The sun put in a bit of an appearance as it was going down, and the bay looked quite lovely.

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For a while, we sat on a large log exposed by low tide enjoying the view.

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And we were quite taken by a heron that kept flying around and landing outside of decent camera range, but we took pictures regardless, thus concluding a good day.

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Please be patient with Cuppa. She had an update ready to roll but lost her typing in one of those inexplicable computer malfunctions and decided to let it go for now and get herself ready to begin today’s adventures.

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To state the obvious, just because I am very good at that sort of thing, we’re here in Vancouver. In fact, it’s late afternoon of day two, so let me try to catch you up a bit on day one, the problem with these kinds of topics being how to say enough but not too much. If we say too much, I’m sure you’re adept at quick-scanning as you head on your merry ways. Which is good.

So, the flight went well. We both scored aisle seats and empty adjacent seats. What luck! I could shift this way and that and remain in relative comfort as I also switched from TV, to book, to iPod, to occasional converse.

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The drive from the airport to the West End wasn’t harrowing. The girls live in a very urban area, but the sea and beach are just a block away. That’s English Bay, above, as seen in early evening of a cool and cloudy day. First, we hit Starbucks (this being a city of many cafés but few Tims), we walked along the bay and into the outer fringes of the famous Stanley Park. If it isn’t famous to you, I will tell you that the tourist guidebook declares that it is the second largest urban park in North America.

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After dinner at Bayside Lounge, the four of us strode along English Bay in the other direction before heading back to rest in the 18th floor apartment. That’s Althegal and AC, himself, above and Cuppa by the same window, below. You can’t see a lot in these photos, but you can see that there are apartment buildings all around and mountains in the background (to the north).

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If you hover over any photo, you should be able to connect to my Flickr page with even more photos, but I think that Cuppa will probably get around to posting more photos, probably with more prose than this, later on.

I don’t know how well we’ll do at keeping up with this blog or how thorough we’ll manage to be. Time will tell.

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