Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Goodbye USA, Hello Canada!

Burnaby Cariboo RV Resort
April 18th - 25th

It is with very mixed feelings that we left the USA and crossed back into Canada, Sad to leave because of all the amazing places, people and things we have seen, yet happy to be back in Canada where we still have so many places to see before we get back to our home base in Stouffville, Ontario.

We took the truck route at the border and we were through in less than 3 minutes. Easiest border crossing ever. We had booked into the campground in Burnaby from Wednesday and we got a great site at the back of the park, away from the road. Most of the sites were too small to park an RV and a tow vehicle, but we had space for both and we were right near the pet walk. 

Great campground with nice facilities, clean bathrooms and an indoor pool and spa. It is also walking distance to the Sky Train into Vancouver.

Our first day it was grocery shopping, laundry and a trip to the Drug Store to top up our medications. The weather was not great so we were happy to just get used to our surroundings and get settled. This park was the most expensive that we stayed in the whole winter at $345 for a week.

We have friends who live in the Vancouver area and arranged to spend some time with them. The first couple was Darrell and Adrienne. Adrienne's father and my father had been big buddies in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) since long before we were born so she is the person I have known the longest. Even longer than some relatives!! It was great to see them again. The last time was in Pickering when my father was still living with us about 10 years ago.

Darrell and Adrienne took us under their wing and wined and dined us and took us on some wonderful adventures in this beautiful city.

Arriving at Lynn Canyon

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

Waterfall next to the bridge

Adrienne, Timmy and Michael

Forest in Lynn Canyon

Panorama from Cypress Mountain

Vancouver from Cypress Mountain

Big tanker in English Bay

Totem in Stanley Park

Stanley Park

View from Cypress Mountain

Up on Cypress Mountain

Adrienne and Dee

Such a beautiful city

Ferry Terminal at Horseshoe Bay

Michael at Stanley Park

Another pic of the totem

Lions Gate Bridge

Sea to Sky Highway

Lunch at Furry Creek Golf Course

Waterfall at Furry Creek Golf Course

Our view from the golf club

Mount Garibaldi

Stawamus Chief

Adrienne and Darrell at Shannon Falls

Shannon Falls

Below Shannon Falls

Mt Garibaldi. A volcano which has not erupted in 8000 years

Howe Sound
Stawamus Chief is a very popular rock climbing area on the Sea to Sky Highway near Squamish. We tried to spot some climbers but could not see any. Here is the Wikipedia blurb about the rock.
Stawamus Chief

Stawamus Chief
A quick stop at Porteau Cove for a few photos,  on our way back from Squamish

Porteau Cove

Thursday, May 25, 2017

We went on a Cruise!!

San Juan Islands, Washington
April 18th, 2017

A friend had suggested that we take the ferry from Anacortes, WA around the San Juan Islands. We found out that, as seniors, we could ride all day for $6 each. And we could take Timmy. BONUS!! A sunny day was forecast, so we packed up a picnic lunch and got on the ferry around 10.30 am and our first leg was across to Lopez Island - such a beautiful island. Check the web site, then Shaw Island. We did not get off at those two stops as there is nothing to see without transport further onto the islands. Then on to Orcas Island where we got off and had our picnic lunch while we waited for the ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. We wandered around Friday Harbor for a couple of hours, had a good cup of coffee and chatted to some people as we waited for the ferry to go back to Anacortes.  We discovered that there is a Lavender Farm on San Juan Island called Pelindaba Lavender...and yes, South African friends, it is founded and owned by a South African! We had seen a Pelindaba store in La Conner and wondered if they were South African. You can read the history of Pelindaba HERE

A good day was had by us two. Timmy was not too happy with the movement and the vibration of the ferry. We could also have gone on to Sidney, Vancouver Island, Canada for just $9 each. What a deal!

Enjoy our Photos.

Setting out from Anacortes

The wind and choppiness didn't stop the sail boat

Loading the ferry with cars

Very comfortable inside


Michael and Timmy on the front deck

Our wake

A perfect day to go cruising

Hoping to see some wildlife. I saw one seal and that was all.

Coming in to Orcas Island

Our lunch spot

View from the picnic table

Pelindaba Lavender store in La Conner

Good usage of old Bank stone

Loading for Friday Harbor

Ferry Terminal

Michael and Timmy taking shelter from the wind

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Store on Friday Harbor

Africa Sailing Adventure?

Mural on the outside of the Whale Museum.


Marina on Friday Harbor

Marina boardwalk

Seal Sculpture

Nice condos on the waterfront

Park near the marina

Indian stuff

Plaque about the coastal Native People

Rain moving in as we head home.
What a wonderful day we had. Thanks for coming along on our adventure.