And Summer Begins!
Inter tidal Walk at Stanley Park
Nara did an intertidal
exploration at Centennial Beach
back in 2016. Nara wasn't
feeling well so Claira and I drove down to Stanley Park to take
advantage of beach walk organized by Nature Vancouver to coincide
with a very low tide. Parking was nutso, but we did get to
the event on time.
Claira Graduates Chinese Class Kindergarten
Fishing at Berry's Bait and Tackle
Happy Birthday Claira!
This year Claira
wanted to have her birthday at the Play Palace in Kerisdale.
We had it a few days early because the next weekend was a long
weekend and hard to get everyone together.
Overnight at Fort Langley
Last year, Jin visited Fort Langley and
found out that overnight camping in the fort is an option.
Fort Langley has 5 "oTENTic" semi-permanent tents where you bring
a sleeping bag and food for an overnight stay but almost
everything else is provided - BBQ, cutlery, washrooms and
lights. Of course they are popular and you have to book them
the day they become available. We failed to get
reservations, but David was able to get two night and Jin got two
nights. We were kindly invited to come out and join the
BBQ cooked food has some limits, but the
kids love hot dogs. We didn't do too much planning, but
there is a grocery story just outside the fort and you are free to
come and go as you please.
Of course the kids are here for the
campfire and the roasted marshmallows. There is one central
fire pit that all the families share and there is campfire wood on
site you pay for as you use. As soon as the kids saw fire,
they wanted the ingredients for smores.
Kids eating smores makes for a fun time
taking photos. David has an APS format camera that makes his
50mm closer to a 75 and he took some very nice portraits.
I only bring one camera to these kinds of things so I left mine on
a tripod taking pictures of the fire pit during sunset. This
can turn a bit tricky in post (for some reason, my camera does a
poor job auto exposing dark blue skies consistency) but with
enough time you get something acceptable.
The next morning, you are still in the
fort! During the day you rarely hear the trains but at night
you find they are running just outside the walls. I was up
early enough to see sunrise. The kids woke up not that much
The fort has a sample garden - the real
for had a 2000 acre farm outside the walls. The fort also
has a small collection of animals - goats, sheep, rabbits and
chickens. In the morning the and the animals have each other
and not much distraction.
During the day you can buy bags of feed by
donation. After hour that isn't there, but the kids find the
grain that other kids dropped and the goats are happy to eat
Considering it's a walled fort, you wouldn't expect much
wildlife. We did find racoons living under one of the
decks. A Northern Flicker parent and child stopped by one
morning to eat bugs. The crows were pretty much constantly
around looking for unattended food.
The kids played with each other most of the time which gives a
little rest to the parents. Of course the kids get tired out
and the behaviour degrades, but everyone had a good weekend.
When the kids got home they had an afternoon nap - the first in
probably 6 months. Thanks David for sharing your oTentnic
with us and Jin for the idea!
Tags: intertidal(5), fire(5), Kerrisdale Play Palace(5), Stanley Park(4), fort(4), s'more(3)
People: Claira(11), Nara(6), Abby(3), Haley(3), David(3), Loren(3)
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