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Vacation Wrap

Us at sunset VancouverOkay, so you’ve probably already figured out that Rob and I had a GREAT and very relaxing vacation to the Vancouver area in Canada. Have we ever looked so relaxed and happy?

Honestly, we didn’t do a ton of things. Rather we spent time seeing friends we’d made 2 years ago when we lived there for 3 1/2 months.

  • We stayed with the family who’s daughter was having the wedding. The wedding was wonderful.
  • We had coffee with all the people Rob worked with. It was fun to see them and go to our favorite coffee shop up there – The Wired Monk.
  • Had dinner with Leah and watched Big Brother with her at her new condo. Leah visited us for a week in May.
  • Met another couple for dinner. They are of Chinese descent and took us to an authentic Chinese restaurant. Dan’s sister-in-law owns it. The food was great! Although I must say I was a little scared when the fried duck skins came out. But they were really good. So no, it wasn’t like our American Chinese food.
  • Went to the wine region about 5 hours away. We enjoy good wine every so often. And we had great gourmet food!
  • Hung out in downtown Vancouver with Leah for a day.
  • Hung out with the Petersen family who we were staying with.
  • Went to one more wedding in Seattle the night before we flew home.

So I guess it sounds like we did a lot but it was a lot of relaxed hanging out with fun people, in a place with great weather and beautiful scenery. I don’t think we’ve had such a relaxing vacation in a long time.

Click here for some vacation photos.

Grapes and Wine

Originally uploaded by Patricia102696.

Today Rob and I went to 2 wineries in the Okanagan Valley. The Okanagan is Canada’s “Napa Valley”, and they make very good wines. They also make ice wine which is made from frozen grapes.

The first one we went to was Quails’ Gate and we had a very nice lunch on the terrace with a view of the vineyard and lake. Let me just tell you again, how good the food was! There’s nother better than gourmet food.

Afterwards we walked around the vineyard. It was a lot of fun for both of us. I loved seeing the vineyards full of dark and white grapes. So cool!

We then went to Mission Hill Winery and did the tour and did some tastings. So fun. Tomorrow, we’re hanging out in downtown Vancouver.

The Wedding

A&GOne reason we’re up here in beautiful British Columbia is for our good friends daughters wedding. How we know the Petersen family is a long story so I’ll save it for another post. It’s a good one, so you’ll want to read it when I get around to writing it.

Anyway, the wedding was yesterday at 3 pm in a beautiful garden. The ceremony was beautiful (I teared up with emotion) the bride was beautiful, the reception also beautiful. And it was FUN! The reception was probably the most fun second only to our wedding reception! Lots of dancing. And the best part about it was that it was so obvious how much this family lovesĀ  eachother. They are a very close family, the 2 sisters are best friends. Their little brother is a cutie and they are close to him too. The love shown was like none I’ve ever seen before.Us at Wedding

The only hard part was my high heels digging into the grass. I finally went barefoot, just like everyone else. Wanted to share some photos. We’re headed off to the Okanagan and won’t have internet for a few days.

Vacation Days

Space Needle Reflection

Yes, I’m actually blogging while on vacation. We’re staying with friends so I have some free time. The wedding we’re going to isn’t until 3pm Pacific time.

We love being back here. It’s like being at home. In 2004 we lived here for 3 months while working at CCC Canada headquarters. We loved it back then and we love it now. We don’t want to come home. (Don’t worry, we will.)

Since we flew in early we had a few hours in Seattle and we finally got to go up the Space Needle on Thursday. Rob took this photo of our reflection in the glass. Kinda cool!

We’ve been visiting friends and having a great time. Today is the wedding. I need to start getting ready soon. Tommorrow we’re going to the Okanagan for a couple of nights. That’s wine country up here and we didn’t have the chance to do that before.

This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been. One of my favourite places. Spain is still my #1, but Vancouver is a close 2nd.

Hurricane Ernesto

Well, it looks like it’ll be near central Florida tomorrow morning. Our flight out of here leaves at 1 pm. Hopefully we’ll make it out.

I have a feeling we’ll be delayed or cancelled! Curse these stupid hurricanes!

We decided to leave tonight instead of wait it out tomorrow. So long my blogging buddies. I’m off to pack and do everything I need to do in 2 hours, instead of 10!

Hurricanes and Vancouver

Why is it that when Rob and I are set to fly out to get to British Columbian, there’s always a hurricane in the way? It happened to us in 2004. We had to delay our trip by 2 weeks because of hurricane after hurricane.

Will Ernesto once again delay a trip to British Columbia? Is this God’s way of telling us that we shouldn’t be going to one of the most beautiful places in the world? I don’t think so.

Saturday in North Van

It was supposed to rain all day yesterday, but God decided to let the sun shine instead! Rob and I were out most of the day seeing the beauty of North Vancouver. Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted all the photos we took yesterday with our digital camera before downloading them. I was very upset about it and I won’t make that mistake again, trust me. So I can’t show you our photos. But I did find photos online to share!

We started out going to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, then to the Capilano Salmon Hatchery, Cleveland Dam and ended the day with Starbucks coffee at Lonsdale Quay before heading home for dinner.

Above is a picture of the Suspenstion Bridge and it wasn’t as scary as I thought. The bridge is 450 feet long and 230 feet about the canyon floor. And it sways and bounces as you walk across! The views of the canyon were amazing. The trees on the other side were huge! Rob took a picture of me hugging a huge tree (as strangers laughed at me), to show how big it was.There were walkways in the treetops so we could walk around even higher up. It reminded me of the Ewok village in Return of the Jedi (which I’ve always wanted to visit)!

The salmon hatchery was cool. We saw salmon trying to jump over the falls against the current. They’ve gotta get tired. Rob took a great picture of one in mid-air! You’ll just have to trust me on that. Salmon are much bigger than I thought, and they are actually quite ugly. Ugh. But they taste good so I can’t complain.

Next we went to Cleveland Dam. Here’s a picture of what we saw. Not so much snow on the mountains in the back though, just a little on top:

We ended our afternoon with a coffee at Vancouver’s favourite cafe, Starbucks, at Lonsdale Quay. The Quay reminded me of a small version of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. We would have had a great view of downtown Vancouver if there hadn’t been a tanker/ship/big boat/whatever they are called in the bay right in front of Canada Place. That’s one picture I didn’t lose because we didn’t take it. Go to this site, it has a few pictures of what we saw yesterday.


I spent $35 filling up the car with gas today. It’s better than last week, when I spent $41 filling it up. Gas is expensive. This week it’s about $3 a gallon. The good thing is that if I go to the Save On Foods gas station, I’ll get a coupon for a food purchase. So I got a coupon for $1.60 off my next purchase today. It helps a little.