November is a hard month for
photography. You are generally mourning the passing of long
summer days and the days of endless rain. In reality,
sunsets just happen sooner and the water provides no end of
reflections and mood. This year I found "Lumiere Vancouver"
- a downtown event happening three nights. The first two
nights had hard rain so we decided to go on Sunday night after a
quick dinner at Red Robin.
Lumiere is actually at three different sites downtown but we only
visited the art gallery location because the kids had to get to
bed. The plaza had a number of different displays, most of
which were interactive. The mushrooms had a game going
behind but the kids enjoyed being dwarfed by the changing lights.
Of course every kids enjoys fire! One display was a ride on
dragon which would blow fire (from a propane tank) when the kids
pulled on a leaver.
Other light stations were more "do it
yourself". The colours changed and the kids danced.
The last station we visited was basically a crazy Instagram filter
photo station. You crawl in and let the mirrors and lasers
make an image from a rock and roll album in the 70's. It had
the longest lineup of all the stations at the Art Gallery Plaza.
Victoria for the Remembrance Day Weekend
Remembrance Day fell on a weekend this
year so we had a long weekend. My mom had already agreed to
have James over this weekend (Marcus had a hockey tournament in
Vancouver), but everyone agreed it was okay if we joined the
weekend. Amazingly, I lived in Victoria for 5 years
and never went to Fort Rodd Hill. We decided to go for an
afternoon and check it out!
Fort Rodd Hill is a retired military site built up before world
war 2. It has two massive gun emplacements to defend the
entrance to the harbour and generally keep hostile ships well
away. The fort is set just behind a hill so it would be
quite hard to spot from the ocean. The original military
hardware is long since gone but they did have mobile anti aircraft
gun that the kids could play on.
Fort Rodd is really a two in one activity. Once you get past
the fort, you find Fisguard Lighthouse at the end of spit of
land. It's so improbable that you feel compelled to go
The lighthouse is in great shape - nicely
painted and the adjoining house has exhibits showing ships and why
the lighthouse was built. You can't walk up to the top
of the lighthouse, but you get a pretty good sense of what it
would have been like to be a lighthouse keeper on a small island.
Hiking to Mystic Beach
The trail has two parts - a twisty trail that joins an old
road. Once you are on the road it's a pretty straight shot
until you get to the cliff tops overlooking the beach.
The beach has a waterfall crashing over a cliff into the ocean.
East Side Culture Crawl
I've really grown attached to the East Side
Culture crawl. There are so many locations that even though
I have been going for years, every year I find new spaces and
Claira Learning To Fly
Claira really surprises me some days.
She just started cutting and taping paper and she made herself a
wing. When it fit, she made a second one. Then she
tried it out with a test flight. She was obviously quite
proud of herself.
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