Family Time

We have spent most of the past week hanging out at hubby’s sisters place in Abbotsford. We had a great time and really enjoyed our evenings chatting with them while sitting around the fire (a propane fire since BC has a province wide fire ban on right now).

We had a very pretty parking spot under the trees on hubby’s sisters acreage.

We had a very pretty parking spot under the trees on hubby’s sisters acreage.

The main purpose of our trip was to attend a get together with hubby’s siblings, their families, and his mother. Unfortunately our oldest two children and their families were unable to attend due to work commitments but our youngest son and his wife flew out from Edmonton for the weekend. Saturday brought bright blue skies and warm temperatures so we were able to visit outside under the trees, it was a great party and really fun to catch up with everyone.

We spent Sunday wandering around downtown Vancouver with our son and daughter-in-law before we took them to the airport to catch their flight home. On Monday we had a great visit with hubby’s mom, did a little grocery shopping and then had dinner out with hubby’s sister and brother-in-law. Tuesday was a fun day spent riding our bikes around the Stanley Park Seawall.

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Stanley Park is a 1,001-acre public park that borders downtown Vancouver, British Columbia and is almost entirely surrounded by the waters of Vancouver Harbour and English Bay.

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The land was turned into Vancouver’s first park when the city incorporated in 1886. It was named after Lord Stanley, a British politician who had recently been appointed governor general. Most of the park is densely forested, as it was in the late 1800s, with about a half million trees, some of which stand as tall as 76 metres (249 ft) and are hundreds of years old.

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he Vancouver Seawall, which is nearing a century old, draws thousands of residents and visitors to the park every day.‪ Stanley Park also features forest trails, beaches, lakes, children’s play areas, and the Vancouver Aquarium, among many other attractions. On June 18, 2014 Stanley Park was named ‘top park in the entire world’ by TripAdvisor.‪

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We purchased 3 hours of parking at $3.25 an hour and headed out on our bikes. The weather was perfect for our ride, a little cool but no rain and we really enjoyed ourselves. The ride around the seawall was 12 km, 7.5 miles, and it took us about an hour with many stops to get the camera out and take pictures.

Lumberman’s Arch … When I was a kid this was a saltwater pool that used water from the ocean. Once a week the pool gates were opened at low tide to release the water back into the ocean before the next high tide brought in clean water. This was where I took the Vancouver Sun’s Learn to Swim Program.

Lumberman’s Arch … When I was a kid this was a saltwater pool that used water from the ocean. Once a week the pool gates were opened at low tide to release the water back into the ocean before the next high tide brought in clean water. This was where I took the Vancouver Sun’s Learn to Swim Program.

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On Wednesday we headed to Tunkwa Provincial Park near Lumby, BC for the night to visit again with hubby’s older brother and his wife.

We were parked right beside the lake and woke up to a gorgeous view this morning :-)

We were parked right beside the lake and woke up to a gorgeous view this morning 🙂

Today we headed back to our home in the driveway and tomorrow we will move into our daughter’s house to look after our four grandchildren while they enjoy a weekend away with friends.

Until next time …

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