Category Archives: Travel

Air Travel Piling Up this Year, Guilty Feelings, Too

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.

Yup.

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. . .

Sunshine, Snow on North Vancouver Ramble

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!

vancouver lonsdale seabus


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.

Skytrain & Seabus Xmas Ramble

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.

windfall tree Byrne trail
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!

cormorants
The usual gang of cormorants at Lonsdale Quay had an interloper.

mountain woman
Mountain woman! Reflection on Seabus terminal window.

yumi toy helicopter ride
Yumi squeezed into this kids ride at the quay. I should have dropped a coin in : – ).

paul unclaimed throne
And I found an empty throne and claimed it. . .

vancouver youth philharmonic
We enjoyed a few pieces by the Vancouver Youth Philharmonic at the Aberdeen Centre.

xmas tree aberdeen centre

canada place christmas colors
Canada Place sails in holiday colours.

Adams River Salute to the Sockeye 2018

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.

sockeye salmon adams river

Snippets From Vancouver Travels

A few shots from my travels around Vancouver today.

hitchhiking spider
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.

window strike goldfinch
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.

stop harper sign
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 : -).

Beasts Enjoy White Rock Sunrise

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

heron gull seal white rock


Looking back up the pier

White Rock sunrsie
The view to the west


The view to the east


Crescent Beach


Looking north from Crescent Beach toward Vancouver