Enjoying the good life near Vancouver

Gastown in downtown Vancouver

Gastown in downtown Vancouver

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.  

Canada Place and cruise ship port in downtown Vancouver

Canada Place and cruise ship port in downtown Vancouver

Rolley Lake evening swim

Rolley Lake for an evening swim

'The Falls' golf course near Chilliwack

‘The Falls’ golf course near Chilliwack

Tap-In 18 hole putting course at Cultus Lake

‘Tap-In’ – a 18 hole putting course at Cultus Lake

Buried in the plum tree

Buried in the plum tree

Rob's Landcruiser at Mt Cheam

Rob’s Landcruiser at Mt Cheam

Mt Cheam

Mt Cheam

Othello Tunnel at Cocquihalla Provincial Park

Othello Tunnel at Coquihalla Provincial Park

Coquihalla River

Coquihalla River

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

Logan, Darcy and Laia playing ball

Logan, Darcy and Laia playing ball

Leonard entertaining the crowd

Leonard entertaining the crowd

Finn's TR7 in his first Classic car show

Finn’s TR7 in his first Classic car show

How many people can you fit under one umbrella?

How many people can you fit under one umbrella?

What a lucky girl I am!

What a lucky girl I am!

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.

9 responses to “Enjoying the good life near Vancouver

  1. Yay! Now, repeat after me… forgive me, Clay, it has been two weeks plus since my last blog… I am glad to see you had a wonderful time with your folks… falls, fruit, fun! And, I am looking forward to reading of your return trip adventures. Chhers!

    • sunandsandtravelers

      I’m on my knees begging for your forgiveness, but we had a good excuse – too much fun and then rugged terrain with no internet. We promise to be more diligent.

  2. Lawn is mowed and divets filled in. Almost like Trixie wasn’t here at all. :o(

  3. Rob will love the banner!

  4. Some contraband lime and black pepper chips left our house in Abby for you, Clay, just sayin’ that we were thinking of you.

  5. Abby, Pamster and Rob – Yumm! and Thanks! Miss Vickie’s chips were down in one go. Although unnecessary (and perfectly understandable), all is forgiven. We share a compulsion. Cheers.

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