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Summer Fun!



I've heard Vancouver described as a great place for kids - just not so good for adults.  There is a Rock and Gem show at Kitsilano Arena (not far from our house) so we decided to bike over and check it out!
 
Starting Bike RideNara Showing Off TricksFilling Bag At Rock Show
Rock shows have an interesting mix of things.  Every vendors seems to be trying to find a diferent market - jewelry, or  "make jewelry" market, casual home decorations or Crystals affect your life, kids activites or adult level gems.  The show had 80 vendors so the kids had fun finding things. 

The next day, we took a bike + scooter ride down to Granville Island.  There is often something to do down there if you look for it.

Claira Riding Her BikeRiding Granville IslandNara On Her Scooter

The kids were reminded of the water park at Granville Island so the next week we came down with bathing suits to play on the slide and in the spray park:

Claira On SlideClaira Preparing For ColdClaira Done Ride

Nara With Water WallClaira With Hose
  The kids complained it was cold.

Downtown Movie Screen
Grandma kindly offered to take the kids for a few days this summer.  When the kids were gone, Helen and I could try out some summer activities!  Close to my work, the plaza in front of the art gallery hosts a summer movie.  We grabbed dinner and then watched a movie outside on the big screen.  The city as your theatre is a bit strange - the sirens of emergency vehicles can kind of clash with the film and it never really gets quite, but it was still a fun "try it out" activity.


Plaza Pano

Rockhounding Agate near Boston Bar

The kids were still over at my Mom's house so Helen and I had a free weekend.  I thought it would be fun to drive up near Boston Bar and try to find some agate listed in a BC Rock guide book.  The directions in the book weren't supper clear and I couldn't find anything else on the internet, but hey why not try?

View Over Valley

Crack Mined Out
The directions are basically "Turn on Ainslie Road North, follow the markers until you get to about km 36".  It seems really good for the first 15km or so as you watch prominent km markers slide by.  As you get further in, you find more forks in the road and the km markers become less frequent and eventually become markers for other roads.  We went by odometer in the car and did get to roughly where I figured it would be.  The view was great but finding agates was tricky.  I eventually found some part of a roadside cutting that had been worked.  We must be in the right place.


Zakwaski Mountain

The book suggested another stop a few km further down the road.  Again, the road markers are gone, but we did eventually find a road side rock face that had veins of Agate.  Some large areas had been mined out, but we found some areas that could still be broken into.  Helen isn't so much into breaking rocks but she was able to find rocks lying around that we thought might work in the rock tumbler.

Vein Of AgateSmall Pieces Of Agate With Chisels
This isn't the exciting agate you see online - the material is basically white without bands of color, patterns or gradients.  Helen found a dropped sphere than had crystals inside, but the crystals were all the same color and very plain.

Almost 40km from the highway, it's good to remember you really are in wild BC.  We had been mining for about an hour when Helen spotted a mother bear and two babies feeding at the side of the road.  The bears apparently didn't see us - when we closed the truck of the car, the startled and headed in the other direction.  There were lots of insects and road side flowers to see as well.

Bear Eating With YouthMormon Fritillary On Pearly EverlastingGrasshopper
 
FireweedRed ElderberryRoadside Oxeye Daisy

We set a "we are missing" time of 7pm with family because there is no cell phone coverage up here and I really didn't want to spend the night and the next day walking to the highway to get help.  We turned around and were back to civilization by 6:30.

Namesless Pond
 

Summer Playgrounds

Kids With Bunny Ears
We had some time between picking the kids up at the ferry and going out to dinner with family so we stopped in at the Richmond Nature Park for a bit of play. 


Nara likes photos of her flying.
 
  Nara On Swinging BridgeNara Flying HighNara Preparing For Landing
 
 
 


Kids With Bunny Ears
Person: Claira, Nara
Starting Bike Ride
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: biking
Downtown Movie Screen
Mormon Fritillary On Pearly Everlasting
Species: Speyeria mormonia (Mormon Fritillary), Anaphalis margaritacea (western pearly everlasting)
Altitude: 1564m (5131 feet)
Location: Go To...
Bear Eating With Youth
Species: Ursus americanus (American Black Bear)
Altitude: 1581m (5187 feet)
Location: Go To...
View Over Valley
Altitude: 1426m (4678 feet)
Location: Go To...
Namesless Pond
Altitude: 1280m (4199 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira On Slide
Person: Claira
Tags: Granville Island, slide, water park
Nara On Swinging Bridge
Person: Nara
Tags: playground, Richmond Nature Park
Nara Showing Off Tricks
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: biking
Roadside Oxeye Daisy
Species: Leucanthemum vulgare (Oxeye Daisy)
Altitude: 1539m (5049 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: invasive
Claira Preparing For Cold
Person: Claira
Tags: Granville Island, slide, water park
Claira With Hose
Person: Claira
Tags: Granville Island, water park
Zakwaski Mountain
Altitude: 1592m (5223 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: mountain, panorama
Filling Bag At Rock Show
Person: Nara
Tags: rock
Plaza Pano
Altitude: 57m (187 feet)
Location: Go To...
Fireweed
Species: Chamerion angustifolium (fireweed)
Altitude: 1564m (5131 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara Preparing For Landing
Person: Nara
Claira Riding Her Bike
Person: Claira
Crack Mined Out
Altitude: 1420m (4658 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: rockhounding
Nara Flying High
Person: Nara
Nara With Water Wall
Person: Nara
Tags: Granville Island, water park
Riding Granville Island
Tags: biking, Granville Island
Red Elderberry
Species: Sambucus racemosa (Red-berried Elder)
Altitude: 1564m (5131 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara On Her Scooter
Person: Nara
Claira Done Ride
Person: Claira
Tags: Granville Island, slide, water park
Vein Of Agate
Altitude: 1581m (5187 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: rockhounding
Grasshopper
Altitude: 1580m (5183 feet)
Location: Go To...
Small Pieces Of Agate With Chisels
Altitude: 1582m (5190 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: rockhounding, tool
Tags: Granville Island(6), water park(5), rockhounding(3), slide(3), biking(3), invasive(1)
People: Nara(9), Claira(8)
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