Trying to keep that Social Distance
Riding the Stanley Park Railway
For Claira's birthday this year we rented
the shelter close to the Stanely Park Railway and the kids rode
the rails! You can buy 10 kids rides at discount and we had
two kids rides unused after the birthday. The passes ended
at the end of the season (just before school started) so to get
our $4.40 worth, we went down to use up our last two passes.
The kids like to sit near the rear of the train which gives some
nice views as the train goes around curves. The ride itself
is something like 12 minutes and even though the kids rode in
April, the certainly enjoyed their time on the train.
The math doesn't really work out. We saved $4.40 on the kids
passes, but I needed an adult ride ($4) and we needed to park ($4
and change). Either way, it was a fun little ride.
Light Up Chinatown
There have been a few great "Light Up"
events in Vancouver like "Lumiere (2018
)" or Illuminate
Chinatown announced a new event and being outdoors we thought we
would give it a try. Sadly, there were no actual lights, but
lots of lanterns and Chinatown is generally awesome! We had
dinner at our favorite Hong Kong style diner and the hit the
They had live music and some venues were super busy, but other
than the balloons, not a lot for kids. We circled back and
picked up an ice cream cone before heading home.
Walking Along West Dyke Trail
days in September are precious - you really feel the need to make
the most of them. Wanting to fill in red dots on the map, I
decided we should take walk along the West Dyke Trail in Richmond.
You can follow this trail all the way down to Steveston - about
5km. Claira didn't want to walk anything like that kind of
distance so we decided to go with about a 3km round trip - out to a
nice view point and back.
kids are good at keeping themselves entertained. They found
Dandelions were plentiful so every few steps they picked a new head
and started blowing. I think it helped them pass the time.
Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival 2021
The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival has
been a "Go To" event for us for years - I have photos from
). This year Claira and I worked on making her her
own lantern - butterfly wings with built in lights.
Over the course of a week we used reed to make a frame,
put in LED lights and then covered the frame with tissue
paper. I sewed together some straps and she was
ready for a lantern festival!
Unfortunately, as we drove over to Renfrew, the rain
started and got stronger by the minute. By the time
we arrived it was pouring and there was little we could
about it. We didn't want to stand around in the rain
waiting for the dark so we went in at twilight.
The lanterns are a mix of new and old - some lanterns like
the fish or the golden pig I've seen in previous years while
quite a few were new this year. Many of the
little displays had tents or plastic over them so the
lanterns wouldn't turn to mush before the night was
out. I quite enjoyed the central display of large
crystal like lanterns hanging from a tree. There
seemed to be quite a few mobiles this year - lanterns slowly
rotating in the wind.
There are musicians or live performers spread around the
park. You don't have to go far to see something new.
Finding a good photo spot is always a bit of a
challenge. Being dark, you want a place where the
lanterns throw some light on peoples faces, but not so much
that the mood is ruined. You don't want to over-expose
so that the lantern light is blown out, but you also need
the exposure to be short enough that the motion blur is in
I know it's a challenge to run a festival like this in COVID
times. I'm really glad they did run it because it was
great to get outside and see something amazing!
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People: Claira(6), Nara(4), Helen(2)
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