And some clever quip...
Sunrise right now is roughly when
we are getting the kids ready for school so we can sometimes see the
sunrise light fall on the city. I decided to get up early and watch
the sunrise from the bridge.
A bridge isn't always a perfect vantage point. When big buses
went over the strain release joints it would send a shock through
the bridge deck a small shake. While still dark, the car
lights tend to cause flair in the lens. I also made some
mistakes - I didn't adjust the shutter speed fast enough and wound
up over exposing some of the frames. Most of these issues can
be fixed in post.The kids didn't really want to go
outside (it was raining a bit) but when a bakery is on offer,
their attitude warmed up. We got on our bikes (first time
since last summer) and biked over to the Olympic village to get a
few treats. The kids did really well and the rain let off
The day turned out quite nice so we
drove over Iona Beach for a brief walk. It's still cold and
windy, but you can see some birds are starting to come back.
In a few more months this will be a busy place!
Back in December 2020, I took the kids to Whyte Cliff Park. At the time we saw Whyte Island
with it's rocky land bridge but the tide was high and we couldn't
safely cross over. I've been watching the tide tables and
most low low tides in January were at night. It just so
happened that we got a low tide late on a Sunday afternoon so we
packed up and went for an afternoon hike.
The land bridge is high above the waterline and I checked to ensure
the tide was going to continue to recede even hours after we
left. The kids of course still needed to walk as high up on
the rocks as possible. Being covered by ocean much of the day,
the beach level route was slippery but safer than jumping stone to
Whyte Island is considerable larger than it appears when you look at
it end on. The Island is probably three times as long as
it is wide and where you start you can't see the Island's
length. We walked up the cliff face and found the top of the
island to get a view.
From the top of the Island there is a nice view out into the
straight of Georgia. On the left is the UBC Endowment Lands,
the Island in the middle is Passage Island the nearest land on the
right is Bowen Island.
Of course the kids had to go the near
the end of the Island. There is a big shore pine tree out
there which owns the soil in small flat space.
The down side of late afternoon hiking is that sunset does put you
on a clock. As the sun set on the horizon the fancy homes in
West Vancouver started to glow as they reflected the setting sun.
The kids had a great time. I was
a little anxious over all of the opportunities to fall
down. We did just fine.
Happy Chinese New Years!
Normal Chinese New Years for us is
going to an overloaded Chinese restaurant with family and having a
bunch of a typical and special dishes. With COVID we had to
make due - Helen was able to get take out from a restaurant and
added a few of her own dishes and we made it a special event.
Snowshoeing at Cypress Mountain
problem 1 - stay away from other people. You can go outside,
but long line ups at ski hills is not a good plan. COVID
problem 2 - imports of a lot of things like sports equipment has
been hit hard. MEC (which recently went from a co-op to
American ownership) has very little in stock. I figured
snowshoeing would be fun, but I didn't want a lineup for snowshoe
rentals and I couldn't find them in stock in any store.
Solution - Craigslist! It took about a week but I found used
sets for everyone!
Helen and I went snowshoeing in December 2005 at Cypress and my
snowshoes have been in storage tote ever since. The kids
have never been. We got up to Cypress at 10am and got
overflow parking on main road. We walked up, found a bench,
Helen turned the online purchased tickets into tags and we were
good to go. The kids learned very quickly and liked that you
could go up or down as you pleased.
We hiked about an hour to get to the
Hollyburn Lodge, but that was mostly because of some
complaining. We had our packed snacks and then started to
The hike back was more downhill and it
went fast - probably 30 minutes. Because it was downhill and
fast, the kids were in a better mood which made it faster still.
The kids seemed to enjoy themselves and
we now own snowshoes so we might try this again!
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