Monday, October 27, 2008

Burnaby Update

What's happened since we've been here? Well, here's a picture of Terry at our picnic site in Stanley Park, after our run along the seawall today.

Fabulous day for a run - warm, sunny weather and the perfect backdrop of the scenic park against the ocean.

What a fascinating city Vancouver is - the ultimate paradox. You drive down East Hastings and see Ferraris parked on the side of the road, while just up the street you see the full cast from Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video - really!

I was dying to take a picture of the homeless folks along East Hastings, but too scared to poke my head out the window and snap the shot. And that was in the middle of the day - apparently the real interesting sights come out after dark. Night of the living dead stuff.

PLUS we drove by the official headquarters of the Marijuana Party! They have the 'New Amsterdam Cafe', which would have been a hoot (literally) to have visited. Will save that one for another day.

We've been doing a lot of visiting with my brothers, and on Thursday Tammy and Tom took the ferry over from the island for a visit.

Terry, Tammy and I walked the seawall on Friday. It was an overcast, typical west coast winter day, but still beautiful.
Everything is still so green here, and the leaves are in full colour.

Here's the famous totem poles in Stanley Park.

While we were checking them out Terry spotted Joey Moss, equipment manager for the Edmonton Oilers (in town taking on the Canucks).

Terry and I fit in a golf game at the Burnaby Mountain Golf Course last Wednesday. Again, it was another beautiful day - not a breath of wind and hot! Nice course.

We've taken a few walks down to the creek trail beside the RV Park, and the salmon are really starting to show up in numbers.

We saw many dog salmon making their way up the Brunette River to spawn.

To my running buddies, we did an 11 km run through the Burnaby Lake trails, and a 10 km run along the seawall. We plan on a couple more runs before we leave Burnaby for points south.
We're planning on crossing the border on Sunday, November 2nd. Before we go, we want to explore the Burnaby Mountain Urban trails on our bikes, and are toying with the idea of attempting the 'Grouse Grind' hike, and possibly a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
For those interested, gas is 111.9 right now. I saw it at 107.9 two nights ago, but it appears to have rebounded.
Till next time.

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