And some clever quip...
Skiing at Cypress
If you look up "Herculean Effort" in the
dictionary, you should find a picture of dad trying to teach his
kids to ski. Nara is five now and we are considering (next
year) going to a ski mountain for a vacation. Before we
committed to a weekend, we though we would get some idea what we
were in for. I tried going up to Cypress over the Christmas
break (big mistake) so we came prepared - we rented skis off the
mountain and picked them up Friday night, we left the house at
7:15 so we got a decent parking spot and we didn't go up on a
holiday. So far, so good!
Teaching your kids to ski at Cypress isn't easy. There isn't
a bunny hill really - the easy rider run is quite steep and in the
dust over ice conditions we got, quite challenging. Cypress
does have a smaller hill and a magic carpet but it's only
available to kids in classes which were booked up months
ago. Don't get me started on how much effort is involved
with getting a three and a five year old from the car to the
bottom of something ski-able. It's isn't easy for the kids
either - getting started generally means a slog stepping up a
small hill followed by very brief slide down the slope where they
try in vain to not fall down.
For Nara I found some success with her doing pizza down the slop
holding onto a pole that I was also holding while I skied
backwards in front of here (reverse pizza). It's not super
easy to do, but it did give Nara a sense of balance and the
sensation of turning. Considering she only skied for a few
hours, she did make some good progress. Claira was harder -
I tied skiing with her between my legs (again sharing a pole) but
she often went limp noodle when things were hard. The
difference in skill between a three year old and a five year old
is night and day.
With both kids, I did ski them down the
hill carrying them so they could get a sensation of skiing down a
hill and why it's fun. Both really liked that part.
Helen spent a lot of the day hanging out with the resting kid at
the bottom of the mountain. She did get a run to herself
which she obviously enjoyed. We started skiing just before
9am and ended the day at 12:30 - longer than I thought we would
go. We asked Nara - next time she wants lessons.
James' 5th Birthday Party
My sister organized a birthday party for
James just down the street from where she used to Live in
Surrey. The gym was pretty good, but the staff were amazing
- in very short order they had all the kids names memorized and
had no problem holding the kids attention for structured
activities. The layout naturally lent itself to parents on
one side (chatting) and kids on the other side playing.
The last 15 minutes was reserved for birthday songs, blowing out
the candles and eating cake.
Richmond Nature Park
Nara has Chinese class on Sunday mornings so we often try to fill in
the time with a walk outside. I like the Richmond Nature Park
so we stopped in. I was hoping to see a hummingbird up close
or a bird I haven't seen before, but no luck. Still, it's nice
to see the wide variety of birds their feeders attract.
So as we left the park and passed the empty lot next door I was
surprised to see Coyotes walking by. I have seen Coyotes
before in Richmond but that was at dusk and fairly deep grass - not
at 10am in a very exposed field. I pulled over and took a few
photos as the animal slowly walked away.
I looked it up when I got home a few pieces fell into place.
First, this Coyote has mange. You can see his tail is nearly
bald and his coat is pretty splotchy. Apparently, if you see
an animal walking around during the day, it is most likely
sick. The combination of increased heat loss from a poor coat
and poor overall health means it has probably been push off of prime
locations and has to eat in "sub-prime" conditions.
Photowalk - Five Cliche's Every Tourist to Vancouver Has
At the start of Febuary Bob asked if anyone
wanted to do a photoclub meeting. No one had work to show so
we thought of doing a photo walk instead. Product deadlines
and weather didn't really agree so we (Galo and I) wound up going
on a rainy Friday night at the end of February:
The original plan was to hit 5 targets
after work. We started with Gassy Jack in gastown, then the
sails of Canada Place and then some of the locations in Stanley
Park. Unfortunatly for us, the weather go worse and worse so
we cut the night early and omitted the last stop - Science World.
Tags: skiing(5), Cypress Mountain(4), gymnastics(2), trampoline(2), Richmond Nature Park(2), missing boot(1)
People: Nara(4), Claira(3), James(3), Helen(1), Marcus(1)
From: John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2020 to 2005 > February 2016
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