Monday, 1 January 2018

Merriest of Times!

Merry Christmas and Happy upcoming New Year to everyone!

It seems that the month of December flew past us. Not sure if anyone else found the same thing as well? It always comes as a surprise when Christmas Day rolls around, but it does occur on the SAME day every year. Maybe it's time to NOT be surprised!!

Here is just a little snippet of what we had on the go......

Beach time after school for someone who turned 5!!


Gotta love our West Coast December days!!

 
Cookie making.....
 
A little snippet into our Christmas...




Someone was thinking of us and the little trailer!
(Thanks Shannon, Brandur & Ivy!)

 
Christmas morning at the kids' place....
 
Our beautiful Kootneay family!!
Always miss them but even more at these special times.
 
Our beautiful little Rudy.....
 
Like his momma, Rudy loves his Richard Scarry book!!
 
Our great friends, Mark & Patty from Minnesota. They were in town visiting family & grandkids too! Merry Christmas & Happy Hannukah to you all!! 
 
We were so lucky to have such a gorgeous day for New Years Eve. What a wonderful way to wrap up 2017. Somehow getting out to walk around and enjoy our family (most of them anyway) and the beautiful area we live in really revitalizes your soul.
 
Come on along....
 
Crescent Beach

I love this lady.....

...and this dude!
 
...and this little guy too!!!!
 
Think I will keep these two as well....

 
Looking back towards the Vancouver mountains, across Mud Bay
 
Ahhh....family pictures!!


After this, it was off to North Vancouver to spend the evening and overnight with my Mom. Always some good conversation, great food & great drinks!! Couldn't be luckier!
 
We went up to the rooftop deck to watch the fireworks that were going off
at Canada Place in Vancouver. Unfortunately, the fog had other plans. It stubbornly lay across Burrard Inlet, obscuring the fireworks, even though we are pretty high up .....oh well! Can't argue with Mother Nature.


A little blurry, but somewhere straight across there is downtown Vancouver!
 
Well, that is it. The end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. We wish for a great year for everyone. Full of good health, happy times with friends & family, near & far. Dreams fulfilled. New places visited. New goals set out to be tackled.  We couldn't be luckier and we are fortunate to have an amazing family and fabulous friends. We are thankful for each and everyone of you. Thanks for "riding" along with us even if we didn't "ride" very far this year. Thanks for sticking with us anyway.....we appreciate it!
 
The countdown is on now for our departure to Mexico for the end of this year. In fact, it's exactly 360 days away.....imagine the possibilities!!!!
 
For now, it's off to work (for which we are thankful for such great jobs too.).
 
Peace out.....
 
Thought for the Day....I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again. 

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Yes, we are still alive!

Wow, not sure how it happened that the last post was the end of our road trip!! Again, as I've said before, it's hard to keep writing when you go to work each day, head home, go to bed and get up in the morning and repeat the process. Sheesh........

Anyway, what have we been up to, besides the aforementioned. First, we had an amazing camping trip to Golden Ears Provincial Park for Thanksgiving. Let me brief you first that the weather was terrible on the Friday night. We arrived as early as we could but it was still well after dark and POURING. The funny thing was (well, it wasn't so funny at the time) that almost the entire campground was full!! Now, that really is fantastic for BC Parks, but not good for those of us arriving late. Last year it was about 1/2 full only so you had pretty much your pick of sites. Anyway, it took a little effort to get our Bigfoot into the single site with Josh  Kathy's trailer but we did it. Oh, and it continued to POUR all night long. That fire ring sure felt good by the time we got all set up.

Always stickers, crayons & glue (...gotta have glue)
in Grandma & Grandpa's trailer!
 
Some extra friends of Gus & Jasper's were camping for the weekend too...  

Finally some let up in the rain. Still, we stayed under our canopy...
 
Lots of hill riding for the kids!
 
 
 
We did our big Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday. We had 14 people in total. It was amazing! Turkey cooking in the trailer, with the smells wafting out, was delightful.


There was LOTS of food. It's always so nice, combining everyone's ideas
and having a fantastic dinner.....now, that's something to be thankful for.
 
Grandma & Jasper......

Our local kitchen clean-up help.

Nothing like a little pancake batter on one's head....

Loads of walking trails around Golden Ears Prov Park...

Grandpa & Gus....love these dudes!

Always a great walk down to Aloutte Lake.
 
Originally only 2 km in length, the lake was considerably expanded by the 1928 construction of the Alouette Dam  which is 11.5 km (7 mi) along the upper reaches of the South Alouette River. A 1,067 m (3,501 ft) long tunnel connects Alouette Lake and Stave Lake. At the end of the tunnel is a penstock which feeds the small Alouette Powerhouse, an 8 MW power station operated by BC Hydro, which lies midway along the west shore of Stave Lake. There is no powerhouse at the dam, however, as the point of the reservoir is to feed the tunnel through the flank of the ridge between Mounts Crickmer and Robie Reid. A former railway grade leading to the dam along the river was also
used as a logging railway.
 


We have never, never seen this lake so low. We were absolutely shocked. Where they are standing, in the summer, would be probably 10 to 20 feet deep. It was a bit like a moon scape.

 


You never normally see these rocks...


 
See, very moon-scape like!


 
Some of those railway tie remnants they were talking about.
 

....and day is done!
 
Sorry for the absence everyone. I haven't forgotten you all so I hope you haven't forgotten us!! Yes, I am still far behind in posts but I will get them all caught up!
 
Peace....
 
Thought for the Day: It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.