What a wonderful few weeks we’ve had visiting with my family and friends and enjoying a small bit of what the area outside of Vancouver has to offer. We were lucky enough once again to be able to camp in the best campgrounds available; the yards of family. They must feel they can never get away from us! Lucky for us but not so good for the front lawn of my cousin which may never lose the big dents from Trixie’s wheels.
We visited my brother and sister-in-law and ate at our old favorite restaurants. We took the skytrain into downtown Vancouver and visited Chinatown, Gastown and Canada Place. The weather was unseasonably warm, at one point as warm as Florida but without the humidity, and evening swims in a nearby mountain lake were called for.
Leonard entered the Jeep in a 4 WD Show and Shine with Rob who entered his Landcruiser and was the coordinator of the event. We drove out to Othello Tunnels, an old rail bed located in a canyon that has been turned into a walking trail, and stopped by Bridal Veil Falls on our return. We went 4 wheeling one day with Rob and Andrew up Mt Cheam and another day played golf at a gorgeous 18 hole putting green . Leonard also played golf with my uncle on a mountain course that they thought more appropriate for mountain goats due to its 500 ft elevation change. Another day we all visited my uncle who had entered his very first Classic Car show.
The region is incredibly fertile with orchards, farms and berry patches everywhere and we thoroughly enjoyed the bounties that summer has to offer. We ate daily fresh picked corn that we got from the local drive up corn hut, raspberries, cherries, strawberries and blueberries right from the farmers driveway and plums off my cousin’s tree. We even helped with canning cherries, which was a first for Leonard.
I was even given an early birthday party and surprised by not one but 2 cakes. It was hard to cut the cakes from all the tears in my eyes.
Thanks to all for a wonderful time that we will never forget.