Monday, October 20, 2008

Here in Burnaby, B.C.

We left Vernon on Saturday around 9:30 a.m. via the scenic Highway 95 route.

The picture to the left was shot at Monte Lake. The water was so calm that you could see a mirror image of the countryside surrounding the lake.

We had made arrangements to meet my stepsister Mara-Lee for lunch in Merritt. It has been 20+ years since we last saw each other. Needless to say we had a lot of catching up to do.

This was the first opportunity for Terry to meet Mara-Lee, and for the both of us to meet Mara-Lee's fella Dave. It was great - we reminisced about our shared unconventional childhood, and brought each other up to date on our current status. This is a picture of the reunited sisters!

After lunch we carried on to our next destination - Burnaby. We're staying at the B.C. (Burnaby Cariboo) RV Park, which is literally a 5-minute walk to my brother Barry's place. Perfect!

The park has a few nice amenities as well - pool, hot tub, workout room, store, etc.

For my running buddies, the location is a runner's dream. It is across the street from Burnaby Lake Regional Park, which has miles of beautiful walking trails, and beside another trail that runs along Brunette River.

Terry and I went for a run on the Burnaby Lake trails on Sunday, and took a long walk along the creek trail today.

The day started out with a lot of 'liquid sunshine', but cleared up around noon, so we took advantage of the sun and went exploring.

The area around the river is very rugged; old growth, ferns and blackberry bushes. As we were walking along we spotted a coyote across the river from us.

The salmon were spawning, so we were hoping to see them making their way up the river.

We had to go off the trail to see them, but found a spot where there were quite a few large salmon.

In addition to the wildlife, we were treated to some amazing work of graffiti artists that used the bridge supports in the area as their canvas.

Tammy & Tom are coming over from Victoria, so will be meeting up with us on Thursday.

In the meantime, we are planning a trip to Stanley Park to jog the seawall and visit the baby beluga whale at the aquarium, maybe attempting the 'Grouse Grind' hike up Grouse Mountain, and trekking the Capilano suspension bridge.

Till next time!

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