Sunday, May 25, 2014


I love a road trip.  The kind where you throw a few clothes in a bag, jump in the car and go.  We were lucky enough to do just that last weekend.  Friends invited us up to their cabin on Little Shuswap Lake and we were out the door the next morning.

We decided to take the slow and scenic route through this fair province of ours to reach our destination.   It even involved a sleepover at my youngest sister's home and a visit with an old friend.  We stopped all along the way; going for walks, snapping photos, eating at old hotel restaurants in small towns.  Like I said, I love a road trip.

Green Lake and Whistler Mountain.

Mount Currie, Pemberton, B.C.

We stopped at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park to hike in to see the glacier.  We were surprised to see so much snow!  I only fell once on the icy trail.

Lower Joffre Lake and the glacier.

Duffy Lake and Mount Rohr

Seton Lake, Lillooet, B.C.

What is it about toasted white bread sandwiches eaten in roadside cafes that make them so damn delicious?

An overnight visit with some of my favourite people.

I hadn't seen this beauty in quite a while.  It is so great to connect with old friends!

And then there's this guy.  My nephew Fred.

Our weekend abode on Little Shuswap Lake.

Patio lanterns.



Beer tasting with hooded bottles.

First time kayaker.

Tile rummy.  I lost every game.

Good-bye Little Shuswap Lake.  Until we meet again.

And in other breaking news, many trees in my garden are blooming.

Tree peony.

Weeping Robinia tree.

Laburnum tree. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

This Is Where I Live!

The Sea-to-Sky Gondola opened last week.  I am so happy!  It is a world class destination in Squamish and I am very excited to take my friends and family up there.

Joe and I bought season's passes last November and we could hardly wait to go up the mountain to enjoy the beautiful hikes and spectacular scenery.  Last Saturday was the day.  The first of many.

We went up in the morning.  The skies were cloudy in town, but as we reached the top we were enshrouded in the clouds!  No matter.  We walked the trails and enjoyed the silence.  Even in the fog it was beautiful.

Into the fog...

Reflections of Western Red Cedar trees

The Stawamus Chief viewing platform in the fog

We decided to return later in the day if and when the sun came out.  The sun did not disappoint.

Big Daddy rides the gondola

The suspension bridge

Beautiful Howe Sound

The Stawamus Chief viewing platform in the sun

Looking down on the Stawamus Chief and up the Squamish Valley.  I can see my house from here!

Sky Pilot and Co-Pilot mountains

Half of Squamish was on the patio at the end of the day enjoying a beer in the sunshine.  Here's Joe talking to the fire chief about his as-yet-to-be-built wood fired pizza oven.

Open Invitation to family and friends:  Please come up and enjoy this experience with us!

And in other breaking news:

Joe's newest project involves over-seeding the field behind our house.