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 194: Vancouver, BC – Fire! 🔥

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy morning!

A lot of tickets came in and he had a lot of replies on tickets, so he spent all morning sorting those.

He did also have a meeting to discuss some system administrator applications that the company has and how his team can use those.

There was a fire alarm around 13:00 and it was actually real! The fire department came and it turned out to be a burning fan coil causing a small fire 6 floors down from Curtis’ office!

After getting let back in, Curtis had lunch and then a meeting with regards to one of his Business Analysis projects.

Curtis did a couple more tickets and then finished the day off with some training.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim had a meeting with the cleaning company where they did a walk around. It was great to meet a new person from the team and have a chance to touch base after working with them for a few months.
Kim then spent a lot of the morning ordering loads of different stuff. She confirmed the pizza order for Friday that was placed the day before, she did the weekly shop and orgnaised a few things for someone who just had their baby!

In the early afternoon there were a couple of people in for interviews so Kim stayed on hand to help out there. Then she had a quick impromptu meeting with her colleague to go over a few things.

For some of the afternoon Kim managed to squeeze in some studying too, which was great!

Evening

Curtis got home and watched the leafs game, which was an important one and the leafs won!

He started to feel a bit unwell, for some reason, but he was alright.

Kim went off to training for a couple of hours and had a pretty fun time!

Kims first class went really well! She was able to do the full combo, it wasn’t pretty, but she managed it. Kim then had an hours break, where she studied again and then went in to work on her routine. It was a but of a flop, but at least she tried!

We had some food and Kim studied more and then we headed to bed.

Friday tomorrow already! Sneaks up every week!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Comox,BC

Place 86 – Day 2: Comox, BC – Rock Climbing, Backyard Bonfire & Home Cooked Food

Rock Climbing

We did some rock climbing in the early afternoon, after some relaxing in the morning.

We had some crepes for breakfast and then drove to the rock climbing place.

Brody frequents the rock climbing gym often, so he knew what to do, so it was great having him there.

We did alright and we actually really enjoyed ourselves!

Sandwiches

We finished with the rock climbing after 2 hours and were pretty hungry, so thought we’d find somewhere for a sandwich.

Brody took us to an ice cream store which also did homemade sandwiches.

These sandwiches were phenomenal!

We polished off our sandwiches and headed to the snowboard rental store.

Snowboard Rental

We both had to rent snowboards, boots and helmets, so we did just that. It cost us just $94 and they were very helpful with helping get us set up. We slung that all in the back of the van and we’re ready to go.

Backyard Bonfire

We went out for a couple of hours to the house we were at last night as they had a small bonfire going in their garden.

We all stood around and chatted whilst feeding the fire and keeping very warm!

Eventually, we had to leave as we were having a home cooked dinner from Brody’s mum!

Home Cooked Meal

We got back and the food was ready!

We had coconut chicken, a vegetable medley/salad type thing and some asparagus. It was terrific food!

We had some wine and just chatted for hours. We had a really great evening.

We got all our things ready for our fun adventure tomorrow, and headed to bed at a good time as we are up early again tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 152: Vancouver, BC – A Rude Awakening

Rude Awakening!

We were woken, incredibly loudly, at 04:30 this morning by the fire alarm!

We rushed out of bed and outside.

For some reason, everyone took a very long time to get outside, which was a little worrying.

Sure enough, people started to leave and the sound was absolutely piercing!

It seemed to be a false alarm, which is also good and the inside alarms were turned off fairly quickly, but the outside was still going off.

Two fire trucks arrived and they calmly walked into the building and double checked, confirming that there was indeed no fire.

We were allowed back in, but the outside alarm was still going on! We fell asleep whilst it was going off, but it was off by the time we were up at 07:30.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and was right on answering questions regarding his project, but it was good to iron out some questions and answers with people.

This seemed to take up most of his day, but the rest was broken up with tickets as well as creating a guide for another thing he missed, which helped people a lot too.

Curtis assisted a colleague with some design work, because it interests him and he has a very procedural & analytical approach to things, so he hoped that would help them.

Curtis walked home fairly quick and watched the leafs game.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she collected up the last few pieces of fruit and put them in a glass bowl to make it more obvious that some is left.

Kim and her colleague sat down to talk over the holiday parties. Kim was given all the agreements, given an update on each venue and they agreed on the theme for all of the parties.

After the meeting 3 food deliveries arrived so Kim sorted them all out. The larger deliver had 4 whole extra orders, so Kim and her teammate had one, she gave one to a friend and another to an exec, no food goes to waste!

Kim then had some time to look at emails and catch up on some things. She also placed all the necessary orders for next week.

After catching up on stuff Kim went out to pick up some drinks for the afternoon. When she got back she set up the drinks and started playing a boardgame with some colleagues. It was great fun!

TV Catchup

We caught up on a lot of TV we had missed over the last few days! We watched NCIS:LA, some YouTube videos and the first episode of the new season of The Apprentice.

Curtis had a big lunch so only had a bagel for dinner and Kim had her pasta (that she took for lunch) for dinner.

We hope to get a much better, and complete, night sleep tonight!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 356: Auckland – Work Unofficial Xmas Party

Curtis’ Day;

Again, Curtis got to the client early, but once he got let in, he got right into working!

Curtis setup a PC fairly quickly, before he went to sort out something for people he helped yesterday, only to get no answer at that door (which is across the street) so he went back and started with something else instead.

He started with a PC but was then told that he didn’t need to do it, so he gave it back and worked on another PC. Curtis had to go and see someone about their setup and files and then sort their PC.

After an hour or so, Curtis went back over the road to the other building and ended up being there for a couple of hours, trying to get emails to migrate!

Eventually, Curtis got back to the server room where everything is located and did a bit more work before driving home.

The traffic on the way home was awful! It took around 40 minutes to get home.

Both of us;

Curtis took Kim to a party once she got home. This was an ‘unofficial’ christmas party, just organised by some colleagues.

Kim had a great time! This is one of the last times she’ll hang out with her colleagues. Whilst she was tired, Kim spent a while at the party and Curtis picked her up at 00:00, luckily it was just down the road.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Bland Bay

Place 62 – Day 1: Bland Bay 🇳🇿 – Amphibious Boat, Waterskiing & Bonfires

We woke up nice and early this morning to get up to Bland Bay.

We left and stopped at the supermarket, which we arrived to just before it opened for the day.

We got all of our supplies, got some breakfast and headed off.

We got up to the house around 10:45, settled in and then went out on the boat! They have an amphibious boat which has wheels as well as being a boat so you can’t drive it right into the water! We had a great time in this boat as we went to a couple of beaches which we walked around.

We finished up with that and when we got back the sun was scorching so we sat outside for a few hours just catching the sun.

It was then decided that people would try Waterskiing! This didn’t work too well as it was too choppy, but people got a few goes out of it.

Once the boat was back, Josh sent out a contraption which goes out into the water and had a lot of hooks on it and catches fish, using a fishing line.

We all sat around drinking and chatting with all of the surrounding neighbours when a boat drove into the contraption, causing it to get a bit damaged and wrap around the propeller of the boat! People were able to salvage it and there wasn’t much damage. We were even able to get the few fish that had been caught on it!

Shortly after it started to get a little colder, so we went inside and had our dinner which was nachos.

We saw the beautiful sunset go down, too.

After it became dark, we lit a nice mini bonfire and all sat around that eating s’mores, listening to music and having a laugh!

We finished having the fire around 22:10 as everyone was exhausted but it was an action packed and really fun day!

Tomorrow should be just as fun!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale