We’ve kept our air travel down for many years, as it’s one of the most carbon-intensive ways to move around our suffering planet.
But we’ve got several trips lined up this year, and while I’m excited, I’m also feeling guilty.
We haven’t visited Yumi’s parents in Japan for many years, so that’s on the agenda.
We have a friend in the UK who will be travelling later in the year and who says we’re welcome to use her apartment. Wow.
And there’s a bunch of us in-laws hitting our sixties this year, so there’s another travel-intensive gathering planned. . .
And we have not one, but two, family weddings this year in eastern Canada, which shall require travel from here on the west coast.
I have an aunt who often laments the days of family all living in one village, within steps of each other.
Yeah, there are carbon offsets. And yeah, we are probably one of the most enviro-friendly families around.
But still . . . We’re gonna have a huge carbon smack this year. Sigh. . .
I had an errand to run on the north shore, so I took Skytrain and Seabus, and then walked about half an hour to my destination, and about half an hour back to Lonsdale Quay.
It was a gorgeous day for a stroll!
UFO over Canada Place : – )
UPDATE: 2/16 — I couldn’t bring myself to share on that day, but this north shore stroll was to pick up Choco’s cremated ashes.
As I was heading home, I got a text from Yumi as to how the pickup was going, and I said: “we’re just getting on the SeaBus to come home.”
I like that auto-thought. The reflexive “we.”
And Choco is home, in her little cedar box.
And we shall love her forever.
We covered a good chunk of the Skytrain system, heading up to Lonsdale Quay on the north shore, then all the way out to Aberdeen Centre in Richmond, back downtown for some lights, and then home to Burnaby. A long but fun day.
The recent strong winds brought this tree down across the trail behind our place. I made a good choice in not going for a ravine walk the other day!
The usual gang of cormorants at Lonsdale Quay had an interloper.
Mountain woman! Reflection on Seabus terminal window.
Yumi squeezed into this kids ride at the quay. I should have dropped a coin in : – ).
And I found an empty throne and claimed it. . .
We enjoyed a few pieces by the Vancouver Youth Philharmonic at the Aberdeen Centre.
Canada Place sails in holiday colours.
I shared photos of the amazing sockeye salmon run on the Adams River in British Columbia earlier, and here are some nature shots along the river.
Walking past this stump on the way out I thought it looked like a heart. Walking past it again on the way back it looked like a barn owl : – )
We spent a few days up at the Salute to the Sockeye festival the last few days at the former Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park.
The park was recently officially, and rightfully, renamed Tsútswecw Provincial Park. (I’ve read news reports that family of the late Haig-Brown — one of Canada’s most famous environmentalists and nature writers — supports the renaming).
This year is a dominant run, and though it’s been slow shaping up, it was still awesome. I think this is the third or fourth dominant run that we’ve taken in — they happen every four years, with slower runs in between.
I stopped by One Mile Lake near Pemberton, BC, today on my way home after camping overnight.
I did an overnight camping trip to Nairn Falls Provincial Park south of Pemberton, BC.
Gorgeous sunset last night!
A few shots from my travels around Vancouver today.
This wee arachnid managed to hang on to the side of the car for several kilometers and several stops. I finally took pity and eased it off and into some grass.
Sad to come across what was likely a window-strike goldfinch. It was so pretty I was tempted to take it home, but I’m no taxidermist. I moved it into some shrubbery.
I ran across several of these modified signs in a Vancouver ‘hood today. Seeing as they must have been tagged years ago, it’s interesting that city crews haven’t removed the additions : -).
A lovely stop coming home from Squamish on the Sea to Sky highway on BC’s beautiful coast.
I woke up at 4:30 this morning, and figured I might as well get out and enjoy the sunrise. But where? Thought the White Rock, BC, pier and Crescent Beach would be nice, and was rewarded for driving down.
There were several Great Blue Herons
Seal off the boat slip
Looking back up the pier
The view to the west
The view to the east
Looking north from Crescent Beach toward Vancouver