Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 343: Vancouver, BC – Mt Seymour Hike

Early Wake Up (For a Saturday)

We woke up at 09:00, which is early for us on a Saturday, and we got up and got ready for the long day!

We had french toast for breakfast with cheese!

Hiking!

We drove for 45 minutes up to Mt Seymour. The drive was super easy and there wasn’t much traffic.

We got parked up and the weather became very cold, as we were on a mountain, of course.

We walked to the first trail, which was to head to Mystery Lake. This was an easy hike, but with some good elevation!

We got to the lake after about an hour and sat down, just relaxing and looking at the scenery, which was a beautiful big lake!

We left here and walked up further, eventually hitting the top of a mountain! The views were stunning and we sat and had some lunch here. We had a sandwich we bought this morning from our favourite coffee shop. We managed to find snow on the way up too!

We walked down once we were done with lunch and found a small trail to go up which ended up joining the main trail. We then found out that it was a much, much longer hike to where we wanted to go, so we just hiked all the way back down to the car.

We were out for a long while, and we drove home, very warm and sweaty, but feeling accomplished.

We showered and relaxed when we got home, which was much needed!

We went up to the drug store and liquor store to get some things we needed and some drinks.

Dinner & Fire Trucks?

We put our dinner on (baked potatoes) when we got home and sat on the balcony with a beer!

We had a really nice time just relaxing outside, but it started to get a bit windy and cold, so we came back in and luckily, dinner was ready. We ate dinner and watched some TV and then for some reason, there were 4 fire trucks outside as well as 3 fire car things.

We aren’t sure what it was for as it seemed nothing really happened, but a little entertainment for us and it seemed that no-one got hurt which was good!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 245: Vancouver, BC – Cinnamon Buns!

We woke up and we made some cinnamon buns!

They weren’t homemade, but from a tube. They were actually pretty good, and didn’t take very long either. We had that with some banana and strawberries on the side.

After breakfast, we both got ready for the day, slowly, and then went out for a drive!

We drove up north to Horseshoe Bay, but didn’t get out of the car, of course, and just drove right back home.

It was only a 1 hour trip, but it was nice to get out and the weather was stunning.

We got back home and made dinner.

We had breakfast for dinner, eggs, toast, an English nuffin, beans, hash browns and mushrooms. Delicious!

Once we finished dinner, we watched the film I Am Mother which was actually pretty good.

I Am Mother

Our Rating: 8/10

After the film, we watched the last two episodes of Safe which were very good!

We played some games and VR and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 239: Vancouver, BC – Rice Krispie Nests! 🐣

Families!

We started the day having the same breakfast as yesterday and then we spoke with Curtis’ family for an hour!

After this, we spoke with Kim’s family for a while, too!

Drive

We went out for a drive as the weather was excellent but we didn’t want to go for a walk as there are usually too many people out and about on weekends now.

We drove for about an hour. We went down to the beach and just drove past to look at it, almost to long for it.

Rice Krispie Nests

We made some rice Krispie nests when we got back, mostly just for fun but also to have as snacks!

We spent some time making these and then just watched some TV and played mini sticks.

Onward

We then made dinner, which was chicken sausages for Kim and Swedish meatballs for Curtis, with a nice sauce/gravy, mashed potatoes and peas.

We watched the film Onward and Kim really enjoyed it but Curtis thought it wasn’t as good as he had heard.

We then played a bit of Need For Speed and watched some more TV before heading to bed.

Kim doesn’t have work tomorrow but Curtis does!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 220: Vancouver, BC – The Day Went Fast!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got working and whilst the day started slow, it certainly picked up!

Curtis did some tickets in the morning and then at 11:00 (ish) we went for a walk together up to the shop, to kill two birds with one stone, getting a walk in and getting some things from the shop.

After that, Curtis’ day got very busy, with many people messaging him and a lot of new tickets coming in!

He got a lot done, but then also had 1:1 meeting after lunch, followed by another project related interview meeting.

After that, Curtis spent the rest of the afternoon sorting out some folders which had duplicates, so he had to compare both, check which was the right one and delete the other.

All in all, that took a couple of hours but the time went super fast!

Kim’s Day

Kim joined the company wide meeting to start her day and then spent some time looking into how things will work with couriers at the moment!

She then worked on sending out invites for social things happening soon, a cello recital and company wide social catch up on Wednesdays!

After lunch Kim wrote down plans for other mini games. She wrote up the blurb and ‘rules’ for the games to save her time when it comes to sending out invites!

Kim then had a quick call to practise how she can make break out rooms on Zoom and said a nice hello to other people in her team which was nice!

More Working Out

We took the bins out, emptied the dishwasher and then did more working out!

We did the next day of our 14 day workout followed by some stretching.

Kim did some more whilst Curtis tapped out and played games instead.

We then had vegetarian chilli for dinner and then Kim went out to work to pickup a couple of things she needs from there.

We watched some TV and played some more games when Kim got back and that was our day, which was a super fast one!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Comox,BC

Place 86 – Day 3: Comox, BC – Snowboarding & Spare Tyre!

Snowboarding

We were up at 07:00 to get up to the mountain at a good time.

Brody drove up to Mount Washington and there wasn’t too many people there when we arrived.

We got our snow gear on and walked up to the slopes!

Neither of us have done skiing or snowboarding before, so we were in new territory.

The slopes were 50% off for the day and we just needed a pass for the easy slopes. We got a half day pass each, which cost us around $15 each…Crazy cheap!

We got started but not very well. Brody was patient with us and taught us well, but it took us some time to get used to it.

We eventually got down the first bit of the mountain which is basically the ‘highway’ to get to a bunch of different slopes.

We went down there and headed into the easy slopes. These take you up on a conveyor, which makes things a lot easier than a ski lift!

We got to the top of the mountain and had some terrific views. The weather was impeccable today, with no cloud whatsoever!

We got to about halfway down, very slowly, but Kim had started figuring out some good techniques.

We got up to the next section and decided we would just stick with that short section of the mountain, which was also great as there wasn’t many people there.

We headed back to the main area, but you have to snowboard down on a fairly flat trail, which crossed over some of the mountain, so people were flying around at all directions.

Curtis got stuck and couldn’t get moving again on the flat part, so had to shimmy his way to the end.

At the end, there’s a large hill that you have to go down. Kim got down fairly easy, but Curtis did struggle a little, taking quite a while and getting a little frustrated.

We bought a drink and ditched some clothes and then went right back up to our preferred part of the mountain.

Kim started to really get the hang of it and gave Curtis some good pointers which helped him and before we knew it we were both doing pretty well.

Kim did a couple of runs from the top of the mountain all the way to the bottom which she felt great about.

We ended up spending way more time than the 1\2 day there, pretty much going non stop from 08:45 to 14:30!

We were tired and hurting but had a great time. We feel like we’d really like to go again and improve some more.

Light Snack

We got a light snack at a pub with Brody and some of his friends and Curtis got a well deserved beer too.

We then headed back to Brody’s place and got showered and changed before hitting the road to leave!

Puncture!

We made it a bit down the road and the tyre pressure light came on and it turned out we had a very flat tyre! We had filled it with air last night so we knew it must have an issue.

We started to get the spare tyre and jack from the back of the car but the jack was very rusted on so the gas station we were at gave us a few things to get it out.

The guy was really nice and gave us a bit of help with it and we were able to get that changed fairly quick (it was mostly Kim).

Back to Vancouver

We headed down to Nanaimo to catch the ferry, after our quick pitstop to change our tyre! We took it slow and made it with plenty of time.

We went for a walk and got some food and then headed back to the car and got onto the ferry.

The sailing was easy and then we got to the other side and drove back to Vancouver, which didn’t take long.

It was an amazing weekend but it’ll be nice to be home and back in our own bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 174: Vancouver, BC – Amazing Training & 2 Goals!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was pretty busy with tickets all morning and each of them was a little different so time flew by! He setup a tablet at reception to be used as the sign in sheet instead of the paper being used before.

After lunch, Curtis tried to get some training done, and got about 30 minutes in before people asked for things to be done!

Curtis finished the day ordering some things which he got approved to buy and then went to meet Kim to walk home.

Kim’s Day

Kim collected up and organised some hoodies to send out and then went into two back t back meetings! The first meeting was a very productive 1-1 with a colleague and then a group meeting to go over the plans going forward for large scale meetings.

After the meetings Kim set up the package of hoodies to be sent out with another item to go. She worked out the price of shipping to include the hoodies in the shipment but it came to an additional $500 so Kim decided against sending the large shipment and just sent the one smaller item.

For lunch Kim popped over to the supermarket and had a nice little sit down.

For the afternoon Kim looked at a few different catering options and drew up a menu that she thinks she will order.

Kim also coordinated with a couple of youth centres in regards to a potential donation of things, and she found one that would like all the items.

As a result Kim has opened the floor to people in the company to bring in things for donation to go to the Youth Centre. She popped out an email and set up a table in the kitchen to make it easy for people to donate!

Amazing Training & 2 Goals!

Kim loved her pole lesson today! It was a great recap session of some of the other lessons and Kim was able to get a move from a couple of weeks ago that she hadn’t managed back then. It was a great success.

Curtis had a hockey game and Kim had the car, so Curtis got a lift with 2 teammates. He met them at the train station car park just up the road.

Curtis had just 5-10 minutes to get changed but made it in time!

Curtis had a great game, getting 2 goals, being on for 3 of his team’s goals and winning 7-2! Big game and really enjoyable!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 171: Vancouver, BC – Ramen With A Friend

Chill Morning

We had a chill morning and had some cereal for breakfast.

Kim was going to go out for lunch with a friend, but they decided to have dinner together instead, so Kim didn’t have to rush!

Kim got ready to go out and got in the car to drive up to North Vancouver to pick up a board game.

Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim was out.

Board Game Pickup, Shopping & Lunch!

The first thing Kim did was head out to get the game Taboo from someone selling it on Facebook.

After this she headed to Burnaby to meet a friend for dinner and do a little shopping.

They started by wondering around some shops, then went for a lovely Ramen.

Kim went for chicken ramen and her friend went for creamy vegan! They loved them.

After dinner they spent time walking around the shopping centre and having a great catch up.

We continued to watch the show Sex Education in the evening after Kim got back and we had some snacks and relaxed.

We booked a hotel somewhere for a couple of nights, too! Kim booked the wrong dates but luckily she was able to change it!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 157: Vancouver, BC – The Rain’s Back!

Rain!

We got up lazily and had some breakfast whilst watching some TV.

Once we could be bothered, we went out in the rain (which is now back, for at least the next 10 days) to get a coffee, as well as go to the pharmacy to get something.

We came right back home and Curtis watched the Leafs game whilst Kim went out to get some perfect shoes for work.

After that, we chilled out and did nothing whilst we ordered a curry for dinner!

We watched Once Upon a Time In…Hollywood. We didn’t enjoy it that much as we didn’t really understand the whole point of it. It was all over the place and a little odd.

Either way, we watched a bit more TV and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 137: Vancouver, BC – Bad Day For Shopping

Shopping

We chose that today would be the day we do some shopping…

We had some scrambled eggs for breakfast and then we got ready and drove up to Metropolis.

When we arrived, we shortly realised how crazy busy it was, as of course, it’s the Boxing Day sales on this weekend.

There was a couple of shops we planned to go in and the first was horribly busy, smelly and cramped, so we weren’t there too long.

We then went to the likes of Sportchek, Winners & H&M, mostly looking for snow trousers of some sort, and jackets.

We came out empty handed and decided to get out of the shopping mall and go to a Starbucks down the road for a coffee. It was a lot quieter there.

We went to Walmart, which was busy, and got a few things we needed for the week.

Leftover Indian Food

We got home and had our leftover Indian food, as well as some popodoms and Naan bread.

We watched some TV throughout the evening, did some online shopping and looked at houses in the place we want to live in.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Las Vegas,NV

Place 77 – Day 12: Las Vegas , NV – Downtown Vegas & Incredible Steak

A Perfect Night

We had an incredible night last night.

We pulled up in a campsite in the Valley of Fire, with no electricity, and it was great!

There were a couple of big dogs next to us, huge wolf like dogs, that kept howling which was amazing.

We had a bit of a chat with the guy next to us and had a walk around the place.

We had an incredible night sleep, after we also had a big walk at night time, in the silence, taking in the night stars.

Back to Vegas

We got up and got on the road back out to Vegas.

We had to drop off the bike that Tom rented, as well as the RV.

We stopped at a dump site and had the fun of dumping the waste from the RV!

We did all ot that successfully and then drove onward.

The trip was pretty uneventful.

We stopped in and got breakfast at a bar next to where we dropped the bike off. The breakfast was huge, but just what we needed.

We left the breakfast spot and headed on.

We had a good run and then a tire on a truck next to us exploded, which was scary but nothing bad happened!

We dropped off the RV and took an uber to downtown.

Downtown

We are staying in downtown for just one night, so we took Tom to the hotel we stayed at before which we really enjoy.

We had a relax for a bit and then walked out and down Fremont St with Tom.

We showed Tom the sites and then did a little bit of gambling, just you have to! We won $10, too. We went back and watched a bit of TV before getting ready to go out.

Andiamo Steakhouse

We had to take Tom to the steakhouse we went to here before, so we took him there and ate far too much..we each had a steak as well as steak tips for a starter to share, 2 sides and they give you a couple of free meals too, for some reason, soiit’s incredibly filling!

We walked off the food and did a bit more gambling and won some more money!

TV Relax

We watched a bit of TV together and just relaxed, enjoying some electricity!

We leave tomorrow, as does Tom, so the trip is coming to an end, though it was incredibly fun!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale