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One week ago, we were on our way to the airport. This morning I am sitting in the quiet at 5:30 PDT and typing in the dark. The girls remain sleeping on the air mattress (bless their hearts for giving up their bed) on the other side of the couch, and I sit computing in the dark. I can do that with Pufferpoo’s lighted Mac keyboard. Cool, eh?

We’ve been busy, even when we’ve been not busy. To wit: yesterday was an unplanned day as both girls had to work and study all day. That left Cuppa and I to our own devices, and we opted to walk the circumference of Stanley Park — around the seawall. We ambled around for much of the day, timing our return to coincide with sunset.

At sunset, we’ve more than once found ourselves sitting on, oddly enough, Sunset Beach, which is just outside their front door. We watch as Old Sol quenches his light into the cool Pacific. Of course, we’ve taken photos of this and everything else, but I won’t be posting be posting any until I get home. However, I couldn’t resist popping in to talk to y’all for a minute since I am up early this morn.

What I really wanted to focus on, although it’s taken me three paragraphs to get here, is yesterdays rather unnerving encounter with the local raccoons.

Cuppa and I had been enjoying a snack at Prospect Point in Stanley Park around supper time yesterday. We had finished our munchies and remained in place for some time looking out at the ocean and across to the mountains. When it was time to get up to begin the long trek back to the apartment, we decided to remove some left over food items from our bag to deposit into the nearby trash container.

That was when were were swarmed by four, yes four, bold and frightening raccoons who were desperate to snatch our leavings. Their movements were incredibly bold and more than a touch alarming, let me tell you, especially in light of our experience on the previous night.

We had been sitting in the living room conversing about nothing of consequence when we heard a dog yelping a rather frantic and continuous yelp. When we sprang to the window in alarm, we beheld a large raccoon chasing a woman and her small dog. Really. She fell in the street and was in danger of being struck by a car, but the raccoon was relentless in his aggressive pursuit. Fortunately, she and her dog were able to escape into the apartment building, and the raccoon disappeared into the bushes.

So, you see, when we were swarmed by four of the blighters the very next day, we had every reason to be just a tad alarmed. In retrospect, I don’t think they would have actually assaulted us, but I assure you that we were in no frame of mind to test that theory, and we both made haste to leave the rascals behind.

For those who haven’t seen it, I leave you with our raccoon encounter of two years past when we last visited Vancouver and Stanley Park. While I’m sure that most locals live here for years without such encounters, we short term visitors seem to attract the blighters. I wonder if anyone captured this latest episode, for there seemed to be some cameras trained on us? In fact, bystanders seemed to think it was pretty funny.

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Day 20

On our last day in Vancouver, we took a final walk in Stanley Park. On the previous evening, Althegal had mentioned that The Lost Lagoon was a pretty place and wondered if we had seen it yet. She had given us an idea of its general location, so we set off to find it. As it turned out, the lagoon was, indeed, a little bit lost because we had some trouble finding it. Even after obtaining directions from a passing cyclist, we were thwarted by various access paths being temporarily fenced off. On good days, I have a bit of a nose for directions, so I kept on heading where I thought it might be, and I eventually saw it off to my left and exclaimed to Cuppa that we had found The Lost Lagoon.

Unfortunately, even on her very best day, Cuppa has no sense of direction. In point of fact, I have never come across any mortal with a worse sense of direction. So, when I pointed out that the lagoon was no longer lost, she wailed rather desperately, “Yes, but where are we?” You see, because of her lack of directional sense, she becomes a trifle rattled when she doesn’t know exactly where she is and how to get home from there. Did I say “trifle rattled?” That, my friend is a trifle of an understatement.

But I did get her there, and we sat at this lovely spot for a while and looked at the fountain, the geese and ducks (see top photo), and even two swans that paddled by (see next photo).

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As lovely as it was, however, the apprehensive lady was not really enjoying herself (see her anxious posture below).

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So, I didn’t keep her there very long before beginning to guide her back home: except I took a route other than the one we came in on, along interior streets rather than the familiar path by the bay. This did not assuage her perturbed state in the least, for she became more lost than ever. It didn’t help too much that I was reasonably sure of our position because unwilling was I to state it categorically with 100% assuredness. There were times when she was rather desperate to ask someone of our whereabouts, but I refused. I am a male and have some pride after all.

Well, it turned out that I did know where we were and was able to escort her ladyship back to the safe confines of the apartment. It was all quite straightforward really.The next day, however, when we arrived in Ottawa after a long flight which included a transfer in Toronto, we discovered that one of our pieces of luggage didn’t make the transfer and was headed to Halifax. It was my luggage as a matter of fact.

The triumvirate was complete: Lost Lagoon, Lost Lady, and Lost Luggage.

Cross posted to Raindrops.

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AC has been doing a great job at keeping you updated on our Ramblings and Rovings – thank goodness. I am still struggling with the time change and find myself falling into bed at night without any energy to write a word. Let me try to catch up a bit this morning.

We spent Monday roaming around Stanley Park and thoroughly enjoyed the day. We have walked into it many times from the girls apt, but Monday we took the car to explore all the beaches, coves, look-out points and of course the gift shops!!!

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If you look closely you can see me standing at the base of this huge tree in Stanley Park. The camera just doesn’t capture the size and grandeur of what we are seeing, but we keep trying.

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Here I am standing inside the hollow trunk of one of the old Ents trying to capture the experience on film, but couldn’t do it.

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Now I am on the outside of the same tree. Wow!

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Every tree, bush and flower is enormous and makes the ones at home look like tiny imitations of the real thing.

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Just LOOK at this bush!!

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I tried to get AC and the top of this tree in the same pic, but couldn’t get far enough back to do it.

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Time to stop and admire some native art and visit the gift shop. AC bought this beautiful pendant for me at this spot. It is Medicine Stone jewellery, consisting of a large shell disc, carved and painted bone beads, sterling silver feathers and amethyst stone.

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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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