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With weather almost as good as summer!


Taiwanese Festival

Kids In Fake Jeepnee

The labour day long weekend has traditionally been a camping weekend but Helen is working this weekend.  The first day of school is only an hour long (basically attendance and an assembly) so having a parent with Tuesday off is really handy.  That said, it meant I had the kids for the weekend.


The Taiwanese festival was running downtown.  The Taiwanese festival is really known for the food stalls, but there are some booths setup for non food items - temples, community organizations, Taiwanese fruit sellers and more.  The kids found a stall for a dance company that had their masks out.  The kids got a real kick out of trying on the masks.

Claira With Full Face MaskClaira With Feathers MaskClaira With Smaller MaskNara With Butterfly Mask

We went to the food market - it's tricky to get food, feed kids and take photos all at the same time. 

Riding Escalator Up
The Vancouver Art Gallery had a temporary show on about Cabins and their impact on Canadians.  I figured it was worth trying the kids to see if we could safely spend time in a gallery.  The kids did really well - they were interesting in the models and exhibits and they really wanted to see the Emily Carr exhibit on the top floor.

Kids Toy CabinsNara Claira With Cabin Model

Of course more hands on playing would have been appreciated, but the Vancouver Art Gallery doesn't really target kids.

Locarno Beach

The difference between August 31st and September 1st is mostly in your mind - it doesn't suddenly get colder.  I thought it would be fun to take the kids to the beach for one last run on the sand.  I messed up reading the tide table (got high instead of low), but the kids had fun making sand houses.

Ring Billed Gull Flying Over JuvenilePlaying On SandClaira Filling Sand Swimming Pool

I was really surprised how the beach was completely empty even though it was actually pretty nice (but not hot) out. 

Locamo Beach Day

Renfrew Ravine Festival


Claira And Nara At Start Of WalkWalking Down Lit Stairs I have a soft spot for the Renfrew Ravine Festival.  The Lanterns make great photo subjects and the timing (September) is a great reminder that just because the summer is over, doesn't mean the fun is over.  We usually have Chinese class on Saturday nights so we get out of class, eat a quick dinner and then drive over to catch sunset and the lanterns.

Lanterns Under Cedar Tree As the sun sets, the lanterns take over as the primary light source and the tripod becomes a critical tool.  The ravine is lit up with a number of "installations" - perhaps a lit tree with a performer or a small cove next to the path with a number of related lanterns.  You can hear the music and drumming of the lantern procession as it walks down the trail through the ravine.

Kids At Message TableStream Of Glass Lanterns
  Lanterns Carried Behind People Previous years I have seen beautiful hand made lanterns.  One year there was quite a focus on the return of the spawning salmon.   This year there was a focus on birds.

Salmon Lanterns Over Still Creek

After the ravine, there is a performance.  The performance generally has projection screens show basically shadow puppets and the live performers in front.  There is usually a fire component and the evening finishes with fireworks.

Crows Rush InGreat Pair Of WingsSmall Birds With Stilted Crows

Turkey Vulture Cleaning UpFire At StartFire Performers
 
Fireworks Over Screen
The fireworks this year were particularly impressive in both duration and quantity.  Their sponsorship must have been really good this year!

Rock and Mineral Show at Richmond Nature House

Nara Rolling Dice For PrizeClaira Looking At Wire Tree
We did a rock hunting trip in the summer so we are now trying to do something with the rocks we collected.  The Richmond Nature house puts on a small "Rock and Mineral" show in cooperation with the Richmond Gem and Mineral Society.  They had some "cool rocks" and some people making art with rocks and the kids did really gravitate to the projects made with rocks.


Claira Climbing Playground BallsClaira On Swing Bridge
We have seen the Richmond Nature Park has been building a new playground for a while and this visit happened to be the first that the playground is open!  The kids were really excited to go play.  The playground has a lot natural wood and climbing places.

Nara Jumping Off Log
 
 
Claira Shaping Stones With Sandpaper
When we got home Claira wanted to work on her rock tree project.  We are using sandpaper to round out rocks - it's safe for the kids and with really soft rocks (we have fluorite - hardness 4) they do make good progress.

VanDusen Rock Bridges

Flowers Outside Maze
We have a seasons pass to VanDusen so it's easy for us to stop in for an hour to play in the maze and go find good places to jump. The kids ran through the maze about 6 times, smiling more every time they finished.


Walking Over Stone BridgeNara Floating Over Creek
Nara and Claira saw some previous picture of them floating over a bridge and decided they wanted to do it again.  Any rock that had water under it they wanted to play on.

Nara Floating Over Stone Bridge

Cruise Ships in Port

The news was going on about the largest cruise ship to ever dock in Vancouver being in Vancouver.  The Norwegian Bliss is the ship.  The kids haven't seen a lot of cruise ships and I thought it would be fun to go down and look around.

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Ship In Port

Noordam And Wester Dam Back To Back

There were actually three cruise ships tied up to Canada Place and there wasn't a great spot to get a view of the Norwegian Bliss.  The two Holland America ships were tied up on the accessible side so it was easy to walk around and see the ships.  Sadly, none of the ships had an open house so we couldn't see on board.  We did see the waiting/process room for embarkation - there must have been one thousand folding chairs in neat rows for people to wait in.



Claira With Full Face Mask
Person: Claira
Tags: mask
Claira On Swing Bridge
Person: Claira
Tags: bridge, playground, Richmond Nature Park, swing
Fireworks Over Screen
Tags: fireworks, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Nara With Butterfly Mask
Person: Nara
Altitude: 163m (534 feet)
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Tags: mask
Nara Jumping Off Log
Person: Nara
Tags: multiple frame image, playground, Richmond Nature Park
Nara Claira With Cabin Model
Tags: cabin, model
Claira Filling Sand Swimming Pool
Person: Claira, Nara
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Tags: beach
Claira Climbing Playground Balls
Person: Claira
Tags: ball, playground, Richmond Nature Park
Walking Over Stone Bridge
Tags: bridge, rock, VanDusen
Small Birds With Stilted Crows
Tags: performance, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Claira With Feathers Mask
Person: Claira
Altitude: 163m (534 feet)
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Tags: mask
Claira And Nara At Start Of Walk
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 77m (252 feet)
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Tags: lantern, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Kids At Message Table
Altitude: 53m (173 feet)
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Fire Performers
Tags: fire, performance, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Fire At Start
Tags: fire, performance, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Crows Rush In
Tags: performance, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, stilt
Kids In Fake Jeepnee
Person: Nara, Claira
Altitude: 79m (259 feet)
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Tags: bus
Claira With Smaller Mask
Person: Claira
Altitude: 161m (528 feet)
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Tags: mask
Kids Toy Cabins
Tags: cabin, toy
Flowers Outside Maze
Lanterns Under Cedar Tree
Altitude: 58m (190 feet)
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Tags: lantern, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, tree
Noordam And Wester Dam Back To Back
Altitude: 14m (45 feet)
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Tags: cruise ship
Great Pair Of Wings
Norwegian Bliss Cruise Ship In Port
Altitude: 34m (111 feet)
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Tags: cruise ship, ship, Vancouver
Locamo Beach Day
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
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Tags: beach, Vancouver
Nara Floating Over Stone Bridge
Person: Nara
Tags: bridge, levitating, rock, VanDusen
Claira Shaping Stones With Sandpaper
Person: Claira
Claira Looking At Wire Tree
Person: Claira
Tags: art, Richmond Nature Park, tree
Ring Billed Gull Flying Over Juvenile
Species: Larus delawarensis (Ring-billed Gull)
Lanterns Carried Behind People
Altitude: 58m (190 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: lantern
Stream Of Glass Lanterns
Altitude: 55m (180 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: lantern, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Riding Escalator Up
Tags: escalator
Turkey Vulture Cleaning Up
Nara Floating Over Creek
Person: Nara
Tags: levitating, VanDusen
Walking Down Lit Stairs
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 57m (187 feet)
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Tags: lantern, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, stairs
Salmon Lanterns Over Still Creek
Altitude: 60m (196 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: lantern
Nara Rolling Dice For Prize
Person: Nara
Tags: game, Richmond Nature Park
Playing On Sand
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival(9), lantern(6), Richmond Nature Park(5), performance(4), mask(4), playground(3)
People: Claira(11), Nara(9)
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