A Trip to Victoria
Grandma's house for Thanksgiving
We are planning a bit vacation to Asia
leaving at the end of the month and the planning for that eclipsed
all other short term planning. Only a few weeks before
thanksgiving did my Mom ask if we had plans and we decided we
should try to get out of town.
We made reservations for the 8pm ferry
(Nara and Claira are often in bed by 8:30) and left home at 6:15
to try and hit our reservations honored window. When we got
to the ferry terminal, we found out or 8pm ferry which normally
boards at 7:45 wouldn't actually arrive until 8:45. The kids
were fine (they seem to really enjoy being new places) but it does
seem bizarre to see them awake at 10pm. We got my parents
house by 11pm and amazingly the kids were still awake. The
next morning they didn't even sleep in that late. They
really enjoy going out on the deck and playing with the bikes -
even if everything was recently doused in rain.
A few months ago, Nara went to Swan lake
to get a hands on course on snakes. It was the first time I
actually made it inside the nature house (often closed on
holidays) and I was impressed with the number of live animals they
had on display. We made plans to walk around on Saturday
when the house would be open.
Beacon Hill Park
The petting zoo at Beacon Hill Park is
open later in the year than some of the petting zoo's in Vancouver
so it's nice to be able drop in for one last visit before the
winter closure. Nara is now pretty comfortable with the
goats and Claira is okay as long as the goat doesn't move.
The kids sometimes use the goat as role
models - running around where they do. Other times they are
content to brush the goats. They never really lost their
fear of the goats - if a goat moved suddenly, our kids would get
Life at Grandma's house is pretty
easy. Lots of new toys, some fancy breakfasts and treats -
what more could a kid ask for?
Outerbridge park is a short walk from my
parents house and makes for a nice walk before the long wait at
the ferry. Caitlin came over for waffle breakfast and after
things were cleaned up we walked over (Nara rode her bike).
Nara got a surprise when her bike started going faster and faster
down hill - she is used to hand brakes and this bike is a coaster
- pedal backwards to stop. Caitlin caught up to here and
Nara put it into the grass to slow down - it all worked out.
Late fall doesn't have a lot of flowers,
but there is still lots to look at. A field of wild carrot
has gone to seed with it's "nest" shaped heads full of macro
detail. We saw mushrooms pushing up through recently
disturbed soil. I think I even saw a dragonfly or two
oblivious to the time of year.
Reifel Bird Sanctuary
I quiet enjoy a walk around the bird
sanctuary - you never know what you will run into. I had the
girls by myself for a day and given enough bird seed, they are
basically self entertaining. Sadly, I can only carry so much
Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment
This summer Richmond built a great
playground with equipment targeting older kids. Everything is
larger - bigger slides, bigger swings and bigger climbing
surfaces. It has two zip lines so there isn't much of a wait
and ton of parking. Even better, once you are done playing,
you can watch the planes taking off and landing at YVR and the
small float planes often fly low near to the park. The kids
love this place.
Tags: petting zoo(5), Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment(4), Outerbridge Park(3), Swan Lake(2), Beacon Hill Children's Farm(2), slide(2)
People: Nara(14), Claira(12), Helen(2), Janet(2), John(1), Caitlin(1)
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