Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 409: Vancouver, BC – Shannon Falls & Porteau Cove Beach

Shannon Falls

We got up and Kim made some breakfast, and we relaxed for a short time whilst we ate this.

We got ourselves ready and hopped in the car for a 1 hour drive.

We drove up to Shannon Falls, which is almost in Whistler!

We got there and it seemed a little smokey again, which was unfortunate, but we continued anyway.

We saw the falls from the floor and from a small viewpoint and they were certainly pretty!

We continued walking towards a hiking trail, only to be stopped by a fence as the trail is closed for gondola repairs! We were going to do a nice hike, but due to this, we just left instead.

Some Beach Somewhere

Kim found a beach fairly close, so we drove onward to that as there are apparently seals there!

It took us down a strange gravel road which lead to a ‘beach’ right by some construction and logging sites!

It really wasn’t interesting at all, so we got back in the car and drove onward to another location.

Porteau Cove Beach

We drove to Porteau Cove which has a beach and a little pier. It’s mostly for people boating, but there is a beach which you can walk on.

The beach wasn’t sandy, it was just a lot of fallen trees and some rocks, but we made the most of it by walking up and down this for a very long time!

Kim climbed a large rock, only to get worried about getting down which was some entertainment for a bit, whilst she tried to get down safely (which she did!).

We got tired, hungry and thirsty, so we slowly made our way up to the car.

We drove back home and when we got back, we had some pizza and watched the film Brave.

We played some Crash Bandicoot and watched some more TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 391: Vancouver, BC – Bao & Taiwanese Food

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started his day having a discussion with his team about some software that the team supports but doesn’t know much about. He had to reach out to someone and setup a meeting to ensure they know how to use this software and help with any questions.

Curtis did a lot of tickets and was meant to have a meeting about a possible new piece of software but that meeting was rescheduled.

After lunch, Curtis had a long team meeting which was regarding project work and what has been done over the last few weeks, what needs to be done and what can be improved.

Kim’s Day

Kim hosted one of the social calls in the morning from home and then she went into the office. She spent a lot of her day working on and improving her emails that she will be sending out. As she is away for most of next week Kim wants to make sure she has as little to worry about as possible when she gets back. She also arranged a couple of returning laptops too.

In the afternoon Kim hosted the east coast coast call, which was good fun. She quickly had some lunch before a 1-1 with her manager. It went well! Kim updated her with the progress of changing the office layout and went over a few things she will be doing over the next couple of days.

Before the last social call of the day Kim went over her emails with her colleague, just to be sure she hasn’t missed anything. Then they also discussed the plan for the next couple of days and started to build a timeline of how the work will be done when Kim gets back from her leave.

To finish the day Kim joined the west coast social call and had a great chat with from loads of places, it was so lovely. Kim then wrote up the notes from her chat in the afternoon and headed home.

Bao & Taiwanese Food

We had Taiwanese food for dinner once Kim got home.

We ordered from Jingle Bao which, as you would assume, specialises in Bao.
Curtis got some pork based bao and we got some orange chicken, salt and pepper chicken and rice to share.

The bao were terrific but the rest of the food wasn’t great.

We watched the film The Nigerian Prince which was actually pretty good but the ending was not great.

We then watched some more TV and played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 385: Vancouver, BC – Grouse Grind, Bears & Dead Battery!

Grouse Grind

We were up at 08:30 and had some egg on toast for breakfast.

After breakfast, we got ready and then Curtis went down to the drug store to get Mars bars and Red Bull.

We then left the apartment and went down to the car to drive up to Grouse Mountain!

We got to the mountain and started making our way up. The Grouse Grind is notorious for being pretty tough, with its 2000+ stairs (plus rocks to climb up etc) & 2 hour completion time!

We started the hike and saw a squirrel right away, which was a great start!

The further up we got, the more challenging it became and we did have to stop quite a few times to regain our breath and stamina.

Towards the end, we got into the clouds and could even see them moving around us.

We eventually got to the top in just 1 hour 20 minutes, which we were very happy with!

Bears!

At the top, there are a few things to do, such as food, drink, disc golf and a bear enclosure!

We obviously had to go and see the bears, so we did just that.

We spent a while looking at the bears and they were pretty active. One of them even had a bath!

Once we were done with the bears, we walked to grab a quick beer before heading down on the gondola!

The beer was perfectly refreshing and just what we needed.

After such as awesome day, we got in the distanced gondola and made our way to the bottom of the mountain.

Once we got there, there was a Starbucks, so we grabbed a coffee and went to the car.

Dead Battery

Once we got in the car, we tried to start it and nothing happened!

Turns out, the battery had died, but we hadn’t left anything on so it must have been it’s time.

We eventually found a tow company that could come and help us, but after we scheduled with them, a couple said they would help jump start us and that worked perfectly, so we cancelled the tow truck and drove to Canadian Tire to get the battery changed!

We got that booked in and had to wait about 30/40 minutes for that to be swapped over, so we did a bit of shopping.

We got a wok which we’ve wanted for a while and then went to the liquor store to get some beer for tonight, which we needed for sure!

We got our car and headed back home.

First Ever Poutine!

We showered when we got home and then ordered some food.

We wanted to try poutine for the first time, so we ordered a burger each with a side ceasar salad each and a side of poutine and some sweet potato fries.

We watched the film ‘love Guaranteed’ which wasn’t great, but was something to watch.

We played some more Tony Hawk Skateboarding and watched a bit more TV but we were very tired after our long hike!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 378: Vancouver, BC – Capilano River Regional Park

We got up later than expected today, around 12:00, and had a great breakfast consisting of egg, hash browns, beans & cheese on toast.

We then got ourselves ready for the day, and headed out to get a coffee.

We got our coffee and went back to the car to drive up to North Vancouver.

We got to Capilano River Regional Park, after a slight wrong turn into a cemetery, and began our walk!

We walked through the trees and eventually hit the river. We got to see it from a few different angles and then we walked further into the trees!

We got to a bridge and Curtis realised that his boss was there, so we said hi to her and she gave us some tips on where to walk to.

We walked up to a viewpoint of the Cleveland Dam (which wasn’t as impressive as the Hoover Dam, which we’ve been to, by the way!) and then after that we walked through the great fur trail, which has some very old fur trees around it!

We left this area and walked up to the top of the dam, where we could see the long way down to the river and also some mountains behind the dam, which were beautiful!

We did a bit more walking and then made our way back up to the car, which was up a very steep hill!

We eventually got to the car, had a well earned drink and drove back home again.

Dinner & A Movie

Once we got home, it was food time!

We had our leftovers from yesterday, but Kim made hers a little less spicy which made it taste much better.

We watched the film Hunt For The Wilderpeople which took us back to living in New Zealand, which was awesome, and then we watched an episode of Lucifer, followed by some YouTube.

Kim had a fun thing to do tomorrow and that’s about it!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 376: Vancouver, BC – The Final Fun-Day!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets and then had a meeting to discuss some project work which lasted for about an hour.

He then had to ensure that users couldn’t change some certain settings on SharePoint, which took some time.

After lunch, Curtis helped with some more tickets and questions and then his team released a new security product, which people had a lot of questions about so Curtis spent time fielding those questions.

He did some more tickets in the late afternoon and then was done for today!

Kim’s Day

Today is the final summer party! Kim added the answers and media to the final quiz and then had a meeting with her colleague to triple check it and make some edits.

An hour before the party a friend and vendor popped by to water and look after the plants for the last time and handing over to her replacement. It was great to say hello, and Kim had to explain that she collected up the plants as backgrounds for the summer parties and that they are usually spread around the office a bit more!

Then it was time for the final party. Kim collected the few things she needed and then they got started. It went so well! They had someone host the cocktail masterclass, then Kim did the quiz and at the end everyone played a few rounds of Jackbox and it was so much fun!

After the party finished Kim and her colleague went to a rooftop patio to have a little snack and another cocktail, a nice little celebration to end the summer parties.

Evening

Kim was home at a good time today and we played some mini golf, followed by some other games whilst dinner was cooking.

We had a ceasar salad with some corn on the cob on the side, as well as some homemade potato salad.

We watched Lucifer and then some YouTube videos.

We watched some more TV and went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 371: Vancouver, BC – Short Trout Lake Walk

Trout Lake

We woke up a lot later than we planned to, around 12:00!

We had some grilled cheese for breakfast and watched a bit of TV before we lazily got ready for the day.

Eventually, around 15:00, we left the apartment and drove up to Trout Lake, which is back where we lived briefly.

We got there and parked up before heading to Starbucks for a coffee.

We got our coffee and walked to Trout Lake Park.

There were quite a few people, but most were stationary so it was easy to walk around.

We walked around and just enjoyed the sun and the fresh air, talking about our weeks and a variety of other things.

Shopping

We headed home after our walk and stopped in at the supermarket to do some shopping.

Once we did our shopping, we went back home and chilled out.

Brick & Cheese

We got hungry so we ordered some food for Brick & Cheese. This place sells large grilled tortillas Stuffed with different things!

We got one each, which was a mistake as they were huge and very filling! The had fries inside them, which didn’t help!

We ate those and watched Bad Boys For Life which we enjoyed, though it’s not the greatest film.

We watched some more TV and just relaxed with no plans tomorrow, either, which we are excited for!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 364: Vancouver, BC – Crystal Falls

Breakfast

We woke up at 11:00 and then had some breakfast.

Curtis had lemon curd on toast and Kim had condensed milk on toast, just like she did in Thailand!

Crystal Falls

We got ready and headed out in the car to Coquitlam to go to Crystal Falls!

It took us about 40 minutes to drive to the place, but we got there and it didn’t look entirely right.

We walked around for a while, in an area that was right by a large mining/industrial area, and found no sign of the trail we were looking for.

Eventually, we were able to get some mobile data and saw they had moved the trail entrance, so we had to drive to a slightly different area.

We got to the entrance of the trail and off we went!

The walk/hike in general was very easy, and took us about an hour to get to the waterfall.

Once we got to the waterfall, we took a seat and relaxed, listening to the flowing water. Kim even dipped her feet into the brisk stream!

We then left here and made our way back down, which took about an hour also.

We got back in the incredibly hot car and drove to get a coffee.

Insurance & Coffee

We stopped at Starbucks but had just noticed that our insurance on the car had run out! We conveniently saw an insurance place right by the coffee shop, so we stopped in there to get the insurance renewed.

We got the Starbucks after and then drove to the supermarket near our house to get the shopping done.

Waiting

We finished the shopping and headed back home.

When we got home, we had to wait an incredibly long time for the elevator! We think that only one was working for a while, but we eventually got back to our apartment.

We then had some leftover curry for dinner, after we got showered.

We watched the film Late Night which we did enjoy.

We then played some games and watched some other, smaller, TV shows.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 363: Vancouver, BC – Both Working At Home Again

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was ask a few questions around an onboard right in the morning.

After answering those, Curtis did some admin and then blocked some phishing email addresses that people had reported in the last week.

Curtis then had his daily team meeting followed by helping someone with a password issue, which took about 45 minutes.

Once Curtis was finished with that, he had to purchase something for the Vancouver office and then did some more small tickets before lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a quick call to go over something with someone in his team and then had his bi-weekly team meeting to discuss project work over the last couple of weeks.

Kim’s Day

Kim was working from home today!

Kim started her day with the UK call and had a wonderful catch up with one of the people out there. She then spent most of the morning finishing the news UK quiz before testing it on her family. Unfortunately that call didnt go so well! Her parents connection kept dropping so Kim ran through the questions with her sister to check for timing and wording changes that need to be made.

Kim also did a little admin before and after the call. She reached out to someone who is leaving and made a payment for her colleague.

After the call with her sister Kim joined the east coast social call and had a great chat with those people. Then Kim had a quick lunch before making a few changes to the quiz she tested today. Once she had made the changes Kim started working on the our people quiz for the UK.

She ended her day with the west coat call and had a great time. We had a few new starters on the call and it was lovely!

Evening

We ordered an Indian from our favourite Indian place which we haven’t had in a while and it was delicious!

We watched some YouTube videos whilst we ate dinner and then we watched the film Desperados on Netflix which wasn’t great but wasn’t terrible.

We watched some more TV for the evening and played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 350: Vancouver, BC – Emancipation Day March

We woke up and had some breakfast and then got ourselves ready.

We walked down to Kim’s office where Kim planned to setup a camera to capture a timelapse of the Emancipation Day march.

Unfortunately, nothing seemed to happen for a while, which was odd, so we walked down to where it was meant to start to see what was happening.

There was a large group gathered with live music playing and some speaches. We hung out here for about 1 hour until the march started.

We then followed the march for a while, just a little bit back, but then it started to bunch up quite a bit and we were uncomfortable with this (we were distanced and wearing masks, but it got a little close). The march was very well done and moving, for sure. We were very happy to have attended.

We then left the march and grabbed a coffee.

We walked back home and relaxed for a bit.

Kim then went out to some shops to return some times and was even able to find some new clothes and shoes!

When Kim got back, we went out to the supermarket to get our shop done.

We came back home and had our leftover Korean chicken for dinner.

We then watched the film Disclosure which is about Trans representation in the media. It was very interesting and informative.

We then played some mini golf and watched a bit more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 342: Vancouver, BC – The IT Crowd

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a moderately busy day today.

Curtis started with admin as usual, and then some tickets came in so he took and completed those.

Curtis had a team meeting in the morning and then later in the morning, there was an office wide zoom call in which everyone got a colour from the pride flag and made a pride flag on zoom with everyone’s faces in it, which was awesome!

After that, Curtis had some lunch and then after lunch he did some teams building with his team, which was to watch The IT Crowd together, which was fitting for his team!

After that, Curtis wrapped up a few things and then was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim startes nice an early today as she had to move the social call earlier for a company wide Q&A from yesterday’s meeting. The social call was great, there were a fair few people on the call and they had a wonderful catch up. The meeting after was informative and interesting.

When Kim got into the office she sent a few emails chasing for information and direction. She also received the laptop that had been hard to ship back! Which was great news, it had been a headache!

Kim spent the last bit of her morning working on her credit card and the expenses. She did that right up until the next social call, where she waited for people to join but only one did! They had a little catch up. After the chat Kim finished her credit card expenses.

Late afternoon Kim popped out with a couple of friends to get ice cream! There is a great place just down the road so they got one there and enjoyed them back at the office.

Kim finished her day by joining the West Coast social call for a while. She jumped off to tidy up after a few deliveries and then went home!

Japanese Curry

Kim got home and we played some mini golf but then got hungry, so we ordered Japanese curry to have for dinner.

It was ok, not as good as in Japan of course, but it was fine.

We ate that and then Kim had a bath & relax whilst Curtis played some games.

We joined back together and watched a movie in the evening. It was an easy to watch movie called Overboard.

We then went to bed fairly early as we have a long big day tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale