Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Sep 25 to Sep 26 2021: Vancouver, BC – Walking Alpacas!

Saturday 25 September 2021

On Saturday, Curtis was up at a good time to go and get a haircut. He had a really great barber, actually! She was new at the shop but she was very nice and did a great job. Curtis’ll definately be going back to her for his next cut.

Right after that, Curtis walked back home and met Kim, before we walked for about 30 minutes to get to a park for a BBQ with Curtis’ hockey team which the team organised!

Not too many people turned up, but it was nice to have a bit of down time in the blistering sun, eat some food and have some drinks.

We headed back home and Kim went out to get a few items at some stores and Curtis watched the first Leafs pre season game!

Sunday 26 September 2021

On Sunday morning, we were up early and got ourselves some croissants for breakfast.

We left the apartment into the lovely rain and drove for about an hour up to Langley to a farm!

Kim had booked an alpaca walking experience for us both as Curtis’ favourite animal is the alpaca.

We got there and were handed an alpaca right away. We were able to walk them for a bit and then we got to a field where we met many more alpacas and got to feed them whilst we learned all about them.

We got to see the pigs, chickens & rabbits followed by some cows that came to say hello!

We headed back home after we were there for a while and once we got back we were pretty hungry, so we went out for an impromptu late lunch!

We went to Water St Cafe, which is down in Gastown.

We may have got far too much food, though on the plus side, we had dinner for the next night!

We got some mixed breads along with a cheese caprise, which was very delicious. The bread was really good too.

We finished that and for some reason, we order a meal each. Kim got a carbonara and Curtis got meatball pasta.

We had very little of our meals as it was a little too much for us! But we did have a few drinks which were delicious.

We walked back home in the rain and when we got home we did some relaxing for the remainder of the evening.

All in all, a fun, busy weekend!


Mr And Mrs Hale

Sunshine Coast, BC

Place 91 – Sep 14 to Sep 18 2021: Sunshine Coast, BC 🇨🇦

Day 1

We’re back! Hello! We went on a little trip to Sunshine Coast for Curtis’ birthday. You can read about it here.

On Tuesday 14th September, in the evening, we drove out to Horseshoe Bay to catch a ferry out to Sunshine Coast. Whilst it is not an island, it’s technically connected, there’s no other way to get there without a boat, so we took the ferry.

The ferry arrived late, but that didn’t make much difference to us, other than the fact we were hungry!

There weren’t many people on the boat, so it was quick and easy to get ourselves some food. We ate that and then the ride was pretty much over. (it’s only 40 minutes).

We drove off the boat and drove on to our first accomodation, which was a cute little cabin!

Here’s a low quality video of the cabin!

When we arrived, the cabin was incredibly cold as the windows were open, but after a bit of time with the fire on it got nice and toasty. We arrived fairly late, so once we got settled we watched a little bit of TV before sleeping.

Here’s another low quality video of the cabin!

Day 2

We woke up in the awesome cabin and drove down to Gibsons for a spot of breakfast.

We got a breakfast bagel each from a cafe there. The staff were wonderful (and one was British!) which made it a very nice experience.

Once we had our breakfast, we had heard that people were filming down the street for a holiday film! We went down to check that out, but not much was happening at the time, other than there being some fake snow on the floor.

We walked around Gibsons for a bit as there was a nice little marina area and the sun was shining!

After walking for a bit, we found a park to go to for a hike/walk!

We drove to Cliff Gilker Park where it said there were waterfalls and hiking trails, which sounded perfect.

The walk was through the forest with nice big trees and some really nice little wooden bridges!

We saw the waterfall, but it wasn’t really much of a waterfall, but still peaceful.

We walked around here for quite a while, mostly to just find all the bridges…we love bridges!

Once we left here, we drove to a petting zoo to let some animals, but unfortunately it was closed on that day, so we turned around and drove to something nearby that we found, called Robert’s Creek Pier.

Robert’s Creek is a small town with some nice little buildings that we looked at and when we went down to the pier we nearly got blown over it was so windy!

Wind!

We drove back to the cabin and had a look online for some places to get food and also a look for other things to do whilst we were in the area.

We eventually found a place for dinner, which was a Mexican place. Luckily, they were able to seat us once we got there (they were very busy!) And we grabbed ourselves some pretty tasty Mexican food!

We went back to the cabin and watched a bit of TV and relaxed.

Whilst relaxing, we heard some noises outside, so we checked and sure enough, it was a BEAR! We saw him right next to our cabin trying to get at the bins, but we think he scared himself away when he knocked over the bin.

It was our first time seeing a bear in the wild and it was pretty large and right outside!

Day 3 – Curtis’ Birthday!

We woke up, got ready and left the cabin to grab some breakfast.

We went to a cafe (after a bit of back and forth between two) and managed to get a seat. It was pretty small and busy!

We had to wait 45 minutes for our food, which seemed pretty long, and when we got the food it was…Alright. It looked good but wasn’t incredible. Curtis had a smoked salmon and dill cream eggs benedict whilst Kim had a breakfast bowl.

We left here and tried to go to a few cool looking spots with nice views, hikes and waterfalls, but they all seemed to be closed for some reason!

We ended up finding a park near the new cabin we were moving to, so we sat there for a bit and stared into the water.

We checked in to the new cabin and it was not quite as we thought. It looked like a cabin, but was pretty large. It was quite dark and just not as good as we hoped. But it did look cool!

Looks cool outside, right?

We relaxed for a bit once we got in. The weather had started to deteriate, which we knew was going to happen, so we prepared to just hunker down and do very little.

Kim found a really nice brewery called Batch44 and we headed there for some drinks and dinner. Kim also found out there was a quiz, so we entered that and didalright! We weren’t last, which is a win!

We headed back to the cabin and got some really good sleep.

Day 4

It was raining all day, so we just slept and stayed in, watching some TV and playing card games.

We went and got pizza for dinner. Nothing fancy but a bit of a tradition for lazy days!

There was a large wind/rain storm which blew over a power line! This caused us to have an outage and, as the power line was laying on the only bit of road in/out of the town, we were stuck in the dark!

We were able to get some candles from a neighbour and we spent the night playing cards and chatting. It was kinda nice, in a way.

We didn’t get too cold and headed to bed. We were however awoken around 02:00 when the power came back on! But we were glad that was able to get sorted.

Day 5 – The Final Day

We woke up and got some breakfast at a diner style place and then looked for something to do before we needed to catch our boat.

We found somewhere called secret beach (it was sign posted, so not very secret!) And we had a wander around on the beach and the logs that were on there.

Pretty nice place!

Kim found a nice rope swing and had some fun on that!

We took the ferry home and drove back. It seemed to take far less time!

We got home and made some dinner and then it was time for Curtis to play hockey. He’s finished his 3rd game now and is really enjoying being back out there on the ice.

Curtis has a goal and two assists already, all of which came from the last game!

And there we have it!

That was our sunshine coast trip. We hope you enjoyed having a blog to read again. We had some fun times and we were excited to share it with you.

Maybe we’ll have some other fun stuff coming up at some point, but we hope everyone is well.


Mr And Mrs Hale

Sidney, BC

Place 90 – Day 1: Sidney, BC 🇨🇦 – Animal Sanctuary, Malahat Skywalk & Italian Dinner

Breakfast

We woke up and had to check out at 09:00. We got ourselves ready, checked out and hit the road.

We drove until we got to Qualicum Beach, which had French Press Coffee Roasters where we had breakfast! Kim had bruschetta with mushrooms and arugula. It was very nice, though a little small. She had that with a pretty tasty mocha and a chocolate chip cookie.

Curtis had a sandwich with egg, tomato and some really nice bacon in and a cappuccino which had some very nice coffee in, that was roasted in house!

We had this and then got back on the road and drove onward.

Animal Sanctuary

We drove to the animal sanctuary called North Island Animal Sanctuary which was a really nice animal rehabilitation center which also had animals that could not be released into the wild, mostly due to injury.

Before we got there, though, we stumbled across a small old looking town that had, for some reason, some goats on the roof! We had to stop and check them out

We then started driving again, only to find an antiques store just down the road!

We went in there and Curtis managed to talk Kim out of buying an old sabre, though there were some cool items there.

We drove onward to the sanctuary and once we got there, we wandered around to take a look at all the animals. We took no photos here as it didn’t feel appropriate but the animals seemed well looked after and we got to see some awesome animals there, such as eagles and hawks. There was apparently a bear there but it must have been hiding as we didn’t get to see it, but it was actually a really nice stop along the way.

Little Mountain Lookout

Kim had noticed a place on the map called little mountain lookout which was meant to have some great views and it didn’t disappoint!

We drove up to this which was a VERY steep hill and once we got to the top, it didn’t look like anything. However, a short wander through the trees took us to a sheer cliff edge but with stunning views!

We left here and drove to get another coffee. We got this in a cafe in a small town.

Whilst there, we decided to check our reservation only to find out we had only booked one night and it was tomorrow, not today!

Luckily, we contacted them and were able to sort that out, though we did panic for a second.

Malahat Skywalk

We drove to a place that was suggested to us by Linda which is a new attraction.

This is a skywalk, a wooden walkway through the trees, and then a large spiral structure which gives amazing views and there was also a slide to go down from near the top!

We wanted to do the slide, so we queued for about an hour for that. Unfortunately, we got near to the top where the slide was and Curtis really needed to pee, so just had to hope that didn’t happen on the slide!

It was quite a large and fast slide, but it wasn’t bad at all, other than the bumps for Curtis! Luckily, he didn’t have an accident, which is a positive outcome.

We did the slide and then walked back all the way to the top of the structure which had a see through netting floor which could be walked on.

Kim decided this would be fun to roll on instead, so she did that, but did regret it a little after, due to the sheer height of the tower.

We took a look at the beautiful scenery, technically this area has a fjord, and it really was beautiful.

Nice Hotel & Italian Dinner

We drove onward from here to Sidney, where we will be for 2 night purely to relax and sleep! We have had a busy few days and a busy few weeks before now, so we wanted some time to just…chill.

We got to our hotel and it was around 19:00. We checked in and got to our room which is beautiful.

We were very hungry, so we went to a restaurant super close, which is an Italian restaurant.

We had to sit outside, which is good for COVID, but we were a little chilly. We could forgive that though, as the view was stunning.

We had to wait a while for our food but once it came, it was delicious!

We were pretty hungry by the time it arrived, so we ate it quickly and then decided it was relax time, so we went to the shop to get snacks and then went back to the hotel to chill out for the evening.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 987: Vancouver, BC – Korean BBQ Lunch

We woke up and felt very well rested, which was great.

We had some breakfast which was just ‘stuff’ cobbled together. We had cookies leftover from dinner last night (which were free), some cake and some fruit, as well as juice and Curtis had a coffee.

We got ourselves ready and then we chatted with Kim’s parents for a bit.

After that, Kim went out to meet some people for work for lunch! The plan was to have an outdoor gathering, but that was cancelled due to rain, so she met them for food instead.

The food was just okay, but she had a really good time hanging out with them for quite a while! She also had some tiramisu pancakes which were good.

Once Kim got back home, we just did some laying down and relaxing for a while. We eventually got ourselves up and made some quick, easy dinner. We needed to use the mushrooms we bought, so we had those with some other things.

We watched some TV and relaxed for the rest of the evening.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 981: Vancouver, BC – Four Lakes Hike & Cat Lake

We woke up at a decent time, slowly got ourselves ready, packed up and jumped in the car for a day of adventuring!

We drove up to Squamish to do a hike which takes you around to 4 different lakes. Overall, this was about 2 hours and about 5.5km. We really liked getting back out there and doing a hike, and managed to get down to a very cold river, too!

We made sure to keep an eye out for bears and Kim also got herself a ‘stabby-jabby stick’, as she called it, to fend off bears, should she need to. She liked looking like a dad on a hike!

We finished up the beautiful, calming walk and then drove ourselves out to another lake, named Cat Lake. Kim’s friend said she was there and that we should join them, so we did.

The road to it was a service road, so it was gravel and very bumpy! Kim really enjoyed driving on it.

We got there and it was very busy, but we sat dipping our feet into the nice cool, smooth, water. Kim eventually noticed her friend and was able to say hi, but they were actually leaving so we chose to leave as well.

We drove back home which took quite a while, about 1 hour 45 minutes, and once we got home we really needed a shower!

We had our shower and ordered some tacos, then we went to get those and ate them fairly quickly.

Once we ate, we booked some places to stay to extend our holiday we have booked as bit so we can explore some cool places!

We relaxed and watched TV for the remainder of the evening.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 958: Vancouver, BC – Work Beach ‘Party’!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis continued doing project work for most of today again, around tickets and one meeting with his team.

A pretty productive day really, which he finished off by doing some Norwegian homework.

Curtis just played games whilst Kim was out in the evening.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a beach day at work! To get started for the day Kim did a coffee run and went to her colleagues home to her picked up by their teammate. They all then drove over to the beach and stopped by a shop to pick up some ice.

Once the three of them arrived at the beach they picked a great spot just behind a washed up log to set up the tent and be ready for people to arrive. They had a little while before people arrived and just hung out in the sun and enjoyed doing nothing.

Throughout the day various people came and went, bringing games, families and dogs. It was so wonderful to meet so many people in person for the first time. It was an effortlessly fun day with lots of laughing and fun!

Evening

Once Kim got home, we ordered some southern BBQ food and had a relaxing evening, which was needed after the amount of food we ate!


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 937: Vancouver, BC – Ouch, My Knee!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right at 09:00, another workshop with an external vendor. This didn’t as long as expected, which was great, so Curtis had some time to get some tickets and other things done.

In the afternoon, Curtis had a team meeting to discuss projects and then once that was done, he went out to collect a package. On the way out, he managed to hit his knee pretty hard on the door and it REALLY hurt. He now has a bruised and swollen knee, so good job to him!

Once he got home, he had a team happy hour and just had some really good conversations there.

Curtis played some games whilst Kim was out having fun!

Kim’s Day

To starr the day Kim joined a meeting to discuss job descriptions with a hiring manager and her teammate. She then had a one month check in chat with a new employee before reviewing another job description with her teammate.

She then joined and interview and had a quick review with the same teammate after. They also had a chat about plans for the next week or so. Kim then had another one month check in followed by a chat to end a new starters first week. Everyone she spoke to was extremely complimentary.

Kim then was told she would be able to get a professional headshot taken so she quickly started getting ready for that and then popped out to pick up a couple of things from some stores. Once she got home Kim had another quick meeting to discuss a new starter with their manager. It was such a great conversation.

Kim was then picked up by a colleague and they went over to another colleagues house (to sit in the garden!). She had a wonderful evening in the sun in the garden having great conversations, while distanced, with her fantastic work friends. It was so lovely to have an evening with an ounce of normality. After a couple of hours a few people drove to a park to get pizza and hang out there for a little while longer.

Evening

Once Kim got home, we were going to order food but it was a bit late, so we made some easy food here and ate that whilst relaxing and watching some TV. We had a lot to watch, so it was a great relaxing Friday night!


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 935: Vancouver, BC – Finally Doing Normal Things Again!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of tickets to do in the morning and then right before he had lunch he got another part of his project completed.

After lunch, Curtis had a meeting with an external company who were doing some training/a workshop. This went on until the end of the day and it was…Ok… Though a little too much sales for Curtis.

That was pretty much his day. Lots of sitting in a meeting. Curtis had nothing to do in the evening, other than play some games and have the leftover salad from yesterday.

Kim’s Day

Kim and her team had a trial day in an office and it was wonderful. She stopped for coffee on the way and then had a quick tour of the spaces. She then sat down with her colleague and they worked in a few planning items to really iron things out.

Kim then joined the marketing recruitment meeting before continuing on with the white boarding session to continue planning to change and update the current process for onboarding.

Throughout the day other team members arrived, Kim met a few people for the first time. At about 1 everyone had some lunch before having a discussion about ordering and even placing a couple of orders.

The team then built on the discussion from earlier to further confirm plans for the new processes. Kim then joined another hiring forecast meeting and worked with the department to see where they feel they will need support in the next few months.

Normal Things!

Kim got to go to pole dancing for the first time in so long! She was able to go before but she wanted to wait for things to die down a little before doing that. She drove out to Richmond and was nervous but very excited.

It was difficult but really fun! Kim really enjoyed it and can’t wait to go back again.

After, Kim did MORE normal things! She met with 2 people from work that live in the area and they went for some food on a patio! This is allowed with the new restrictions, though it did feel a little strange for Kim as she hasn’t done this since around November but it was really nice to meet people in person.

Kim ate a mushroom linguini which was pretty good and the had a chocolate melt in the middle pudding for dessert.

She left fairly late and got back home around 23:30!

Remainder of Evening

Once Kim got home, we relaxed a little before heading to bed ASAP. Curtis is awake at 07:00 tomorrow, far too early, as he needs to go to the office to do a lot of things there! It’ll be productive, but long!


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 909: Vancouver, BC – The End Of The Workshop

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had the last day of the software workshop from Microsoft and today was more of a hands on day, trying to get some things setup, some of which were a little more complicated than they should have been!

Curtis got some tickets done whilst he had the workshop but mostly it was full focus on the workshop. So much do thathe didn’t have lunch until 4pm!

He played some games whilst Kim had some meetings and another games night.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a long day, but filled with longer meetings. She had a two hour meeting in the morning to go over planning and then a different planning style meeting for two hours in the afternoon.

She also had a check in with a new starter to see how things are going then got some admin done too. After the second long meeting Kim had a catch up call with someone from another department as part of a new initiative that she and her team rolled out a while ago. It was so much fun! She then joint hosted a games night, which was really enjoyable and funny!

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Evening

We got some food from a pub food style place near our apartment for dinner. We have ordered from there before but wanted to try some of their other food. We both got burgers and enjoyed them actually!

We watched TV and relaxed for the rest of the evening.

Curtis is up early tomorrow to watch Great Britain play hockey!


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 902: Vancouver, BC – End of The Workshop

Curtis’ Day

Most of Curtis’ day was full from the Microsoft workshop again, which had its final day today.

Curtis learned a lot again today, but also had many questions which he was able to get answered easily.

Curtis also managed to get something else for a project completed. He needed to figure out how to write a script and was able to find enough things on Google to get one working, which felt really cool and he felt that he achieved.

The workshop ended quicker than expected, which meant Curtis was able to join the office based meeting which was a few updates and a few other bits of information.

Curtis then watched hockey, the final Leafs game of the regular season!

Kim’s Day

Kim had a few quick meetings to start her day and then had another smaller meeting about recruitment with a department leader. She then decided to join a Dev team meeting where people show what they have been working on. It was so cool to see new and exciting things!

She then joined a two hour meeting with department leaders and the executive team. Then she joined a chat to discuss different software options to make a system easier.

Kim then joined an interview and had a quick chat after to discuss next steps before having an end of week chat with her teammate to go over a couple of quick updates. After that Kim showed a colleague how to set a couple of things up on their Wiki pages and drive.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked with a couple of people to iron out a communication and survey for a team to complete. It was great to sit down and get it done with the help of two people who understand what we are trying to achieve a little more.

To finish the day Kim hosted an impromptu games night! It was so much fun and everyone had a great time. Once most people left a few stayed back and had a mini, accidental meeting. It was really nice to get some things sorted!

Evening

We ordered Korean chicken from our favourite Korean place and watched some TV and did absolutely nothing over the evening.

As of writing this, we are still waiting for our emails to get our first vaccination, but we are being patient and know we’ll get it at some point!


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Mr And Mrs Hale