Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day: 423 – Vancouver, BC – Murrin Provincial Park

BIG Win!

Curtis’ hockey game last night went extremely well!

His team won 7-0…And Curtis got a goal! That’s 2 points in 3 games so far. Going well!

When Curtis drove home, he managed to scrape the rear wheel arch on a pillar whilst parking back at home. We have an awkward space in our parking lot and Curtis hasn’t had much practice with it…It doesn’t really make much of a difference, and we had one on the opposite side from the person who owned it before us, so now it just matches!

Cinnamon Buns!

We had the cinnamon buns that Kim made for breakfast this morning!

They didn’t grow as much when cooking as Kim wanted, but they were still delicious, especially with the icing and strawberries that Kim made with them!

Murrin Provincial Park

We headed out once we got ready and went to Murrin Provincial Park. This place was not far from where we went last week.

This is a lake but surrounded by hiking trails, and when we got there we weren’t really sure where we were meant to go, so we just started following a trail!

The trail turned out to be a bit of a scramble, but it was really good fun! The weather has certainly got a bit colder, which is great for climbing around and hiking.

We hiked and hiked and got higher and higher until we were right at the top, with a beautiful view of the large lake!

It was pretty windy up there, so we headed down and that began our decent.

We came across some people rock climbing, which was pretty cool to see, but we tried not to distract them so we continued down.

Eventually, we got to the bottom and it was about a 1/2 hour hike in the end which felt good, but it was time for some food!

We drove up to Squamish and got a subway and a coffee (from Starbucks).

We ate our Subway and then drove on home.

Pizza!

Once we got home, we just relaxed for a while and then when we got hungry, we walked up to our local pizza place, Pizza Garden, which makes the most incredible Italian pizza, and grabbed a 4 cheese pizza from there.

It turns out, 4 cheese pizza isn’t what we usually get, so it was a little weird but still pretty tasty!

Once we ate, we watched the film Anna on Amazon Video, then played some games and watched more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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

Whistler, BC

Place 87 – Day 3: Whistler, BC – Lost Lake, Aussie Pie & Green Lake

Breakfast

We woke up a little later today and got ourselves ready.

We went to get crepes for breakfast, which was about a 15 minute walk.

We got that and a coffee and headed back to the hotel where we ate our crepes. Kim got a chocolate and banana crepe and Curtis had a lemon curd one.

Lost Lake

We finished our breakfast and then walked down to Lost Lake.

There was a nice long walk which was fairly flat but around a beautiful lake. This was a very beautiful, relaxing and quiet walk, there weren’t many people around!

Aussie Pie

We walked this trail for a while and then got to the lake itself which was also very quiet.

We had bought a pie on the way for our walk from an Aussie pie store to have for lunch. Curtis got a steak and pepper pie and Kim got a chicken, mushroom & leek pie.

Green Lake

We ate the pie on a park bench in a very quiet area and took in the scenery.

We then kept walking the trail and accidentally just kept walking and walking through some nice scenery and eventually to Green Lake.

We actually ended up walking for 17km today, which was FAR more than we planned but it felt really good and we enjoyed it, too.

Mexican Food

We got back to the hotel and relaxed for a little and then went out to get some food.

We got some food from a Mexican place we had seen as it was actually really good!

Curtis had a bowl with pulled pork and Kim had chicken quesadillas.

Blizzard

We went out to get Kim a blizzard from DQ down the street but it was far too full so the walk back home was messy!

We watched some TV when we got back and had a few drinks.

We have a fun activity planned tomorrow and so we will be up earlier in the morning. We also have to check out tomorrow morning.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Whistler, BC

Place 87 – Day 2: Whistler, BC – Train Wreck, Rainbow Park & Birthday Dinner

Birthday Present!

Kim was excited to give Curtis his birthday present, so she did that when we woke up.

The present was a bunch of snacks from all the other countries we have lived in or will live in, so the UK, New Zealand and Norway.

Curtis loved this gift so much and is looking forward to tucking into the snacks with Kim.

Breakfast!

We woke up around 10:00 and got ourselves ready.

We then headed down to a cafe we had walked past yesterday and got ourselves some breakfast.

Kim got herself a croissant with tomato and goats cheese along with an iced caramel latte. Curtis got a breakfast wrap and a flat white.

We headed back to the hotel to eat our breakfast and then finished getting ready to go out for the day.

Train Wreck

We drove for about 10 minutes to get to the Train Wreck, which is exactly what it sounds like! This is a train wreck from the 1950s which has been used a graffiti spot for artists as well as a trick/jump spot for mountain bikers!

We walked through a forest and across a cool suspension bridge to get to the wreck and a beautiful river to boot!

We got some great photos in and around the Train Wreck and learned a little about what happened and what they are used for now.

Rainbow Park

We left the wreck and took another drive to Rainbow Park.

We didn’t spent too long here, but we walked around for a bit and took in the peacefulness of the park and the beautiful (smokey) view.

Delicious Dinner!

We went out for a dinner at 17:00 to a restaurant not far from us.

This is the first time we have been in a proper restaurant for dinner together since COVID-19 hit the world, so it was a little strange but we were outside and very distanced.

We got some wine to share and then for food Kim got duck breast whilst Curtis got some venison!

For dessert, Curtis got a lemon tart and Kim got a chocolate fondant!

This arrived with a candle and ‘happy birthday’ on it from the staff at the hotel for Curtis’ birthday, which was very kind!

We finished our food and then headed back to the hotel. It turned out that we had been our for about 8 hours, though it didn’t feel like it!

When we got back, we watched The Social Dilemma and then played some Connect 4, which was included with Curtis’ birthday present.


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 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 336: Vancouver, BC – Whyte Lake Trail

Whyte Lake Trail

We got up in the late morning, had a simple breakfast and got ready for the day.

Eventually, around 13:00, we left the apartment and drove up to West Vancouver where we went to Whyte Lake Trail.

This is a simple hiking trail, which was what we were looking for..Not too much effort but good to get outside and see some nice nature!

We really enjoyed the walk, which climaxed at a lake.

After arriving at the lake, we looked at it a bit and then walked back towards where we had parked, which was about a 20 minute walk back.

In total, it was about a 5km walk, though it was very warm out so we were a little sweaty!

On the way back, we dropped in at a cafe to get a snack and some coffee.

Kim had a Cajun chicken sandwich and Curtis had a breakfast croissant. We each had a coffee, too, but a cold one as the weather was too hot for something hot!

After this, we walked down the beach that was opposite the cafe and that was a bit busy, so we walked down the sea wall that was there.

We eventually turned around, after walking a bit on the rocks, and then went to the beach where Kim was able to stand in the water a little!

Once Kim was done in the water, we drove back home, with a stop at the supermarket for the weekly shop.

Pesto Chicken

We got back home and both needed a shower to clean off and cool down.

We then did a bit of online shopping for some better hiking shoes.

Kim then made some pesto chicken for dinner, but also prepped the chicken for other means coming up this week.

We ate our dinner and then watched the film The Old Guard.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 150: Vancouver, BC – Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

We had a sleep in but then decided we wanted to go out somewhere.

Kim had been told about Lynn Valley, which is a village in North Vancouver, so we drove up there and did so with the hope of snow!

It took us 30 minutes and then we arrived.

We walked a bit further down the road and found a set of stairs, so we went down those!

We came to a beautiful clear river, which we continued to follow until we reached Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.

We started a trail and the further we got, the more snow there was!

We got to see some amazing sights, mostly the clear water river with the backdrop of a snow topped mountain which looked beautiful.

The snowy floor was beautiful and at times there was noone around, so it was silent and just relaxing.

We walked for a long while and just before it got dark we walked all the way back up to the car.

Coffee & Snacks

We treated ourselves with a coffee at a coffee shop in the village nearby. We shared a toasted cajun chicken sandwich and Curtis had a lemon slice whilst Kim had a nanaimo bar.

We got some things from the supermarket and drove home.

We got back home and were actually very tired! We watched some TV and then had sweet chilli wedges for dinner, whilst watching the movie Game Night.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 57: Vancouver, BC – Quarry Rock & Honey Doughnuts

Quarry Rock Hike

We were up at 08:00 and had bagels for breakfast.

We left the house around 10:15 and walked to the train station. We caught a train to the city to then catch a bus.

We got on the bus which took us all the way to Deep Cove, about 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

We got off the bus and just started walking. We walked for a bit and then noticed a sign saying we had gone the wrong way and had to turn back and walk all the way back to where we had come from! Luckily, other people had done the same so we weren’t all alone. We also got to see some really nice houses here, so not all was lost.

Once we returned to the right place, we began the walk up to Quarry Rock.

The trail up to the rock was 1.2km with the majority of it being on stairs but through some gorgeous woodland and higher up and up the mountain.

It took us about 30-45 minutes to get to the top, dodging people and crossing rivers (on bridges).

Once we got to the top, we had a stunning view! The weather wasn’t great, so there was no sun, but it was still nice to sit down and admire.

We walked back down the trail as we were very hungry and thirsty!

Lunch & Doughnuts

We were recommended a cafe called Cafe Orso so we went in, grabbed a table and each got a coffee.

Along with the coffee, we got half a tuna melt each with a tomato bisque, which was great!


Cafe Orso | Deep Cove, BC

Rating:- 8.5/10


We left after our lunch, incredibly full, and went for a bit of a walk and sit down by the beach.

We then went to Honey Doughnuts to see what all the fuss was about. This place was recommended to us by more than one person and the queue was out the door, so we had thought it would mean it was amazing!


Honey Doughnuts | Deep Cove, BC

Rating:- 7/10


We weren’t amazed by the doughnuts, they were just OK. Kim had a chocolate glazed and Curtis had a cinnamon sugar.

We left here and had a bit of a sit down whilst we ate.

We then left and caught the bus back, which took about 50 minutes.

We stopped off at the liquor store and bought some cans of Jameson, Giner & Lime to try.

Evening

We got a lot of admin done in the evening, as well as going for an evening walk.

We weren’t hungry after our lunch so Kim had a salad and Curtis had some toast.

We watched some TV and went to bed. We were exhausted!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale