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 Sundaymorning, 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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
We got ourselves ready in the morning, had some breakfast, and got packed up and ready to go.
We changed the bed sheets and tidied up, as well as packed all of our stuff away.
We took Linda for afternoon tea at 11:45.
The place seemed alright, but everything was just okay, which was pretty disappointing.
We headed back to Linda’s and hung out with her for a bit more before we had to leave and say goodbye until next time!
We drove up to get our car cleaned at the car wash that we had bought a ticket for before but didn’t get to use on Wednesday.
We were waiting and a woman managed to make her car battery die right at the entrance to the car wash, so it took quite a while to actually get our car washed, so it was good that we left at such a good time!
We left the car wash after it was done and went to the supermarket and picked up a salad to eat on the boat.
We got onto the boat and got a pretty good spot! Masks are now mandatory again indoors, which includes the ferry, which is great!
We ate our salad and then we just relaxed. We were told there were whales, but we didn’t see them when we looked!
We got back to Vancouver and drove home, which took less time than expected.
We got back home and just did very little. Kim had a nice bath with bath salts she bought at her massage and we just relaxed.
We woke up around 08:30 and we got ready to go out for breakfast.
We both walked up to the Beacon Drive in, a staple for us when we come here, and got ourselves some nice breakfast and relaxed there for a bit.
Linda came and joined us and we chatted whilst Kim ate an ice cream and then we left for a walk.
A Nice Walk
We planned to go into the petting zoo that was in the nearby park, but unfortunately it was closed! We were able to see some goats and other animals through the fence though, which was really nice.
We did a bit more of a walk around the area and Linda pointed out a few new places and points of interest nearby that we’d not seen before.
We headed back to Linda’s place and then after a while, we both walked down to meet a friend of Kim’s for a coffee and we got to meet her child who is now nearly 1!
After a great long conversation, we walked back to Linda’s and got ready for dinner.
Delicious Italian Food
We met a couple of Linda’s friends at an Italian restaurant across the street which we had been to once before. It was AMAZING food! Kim had mushroom pasta and Curtis had lasagne. Both were phenomenal.
We got profiteroles to share for dessert and then we were truly stuffed!
We managed a nice evening walk to Fisherman’s Wharf just down the street, though it was pretty cold, so we came back to Linda’s and relaxed before heading to bed.
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.
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.
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.
We work up at a good time again and Kim went out to get us breakfast.
We ate our breakfast and slowly got ready and managed to head out around 11:00.
We drove out to Forbidden Plateau which took us about 1 hour and 30 mins.
Forbidden Plateau used to be a ski resort but now it’s a short hike which allows everyone to get a great view of the water and surrounding areas. It was really quite beautiful!
We drove back down the road we came and took a sharp left to head down towards medicine bowls. This is a small waterfall with rock pools that people jump into and also just swim in. We didn’t have much interest in doing either, because it’s cold and jumping in is scary, but we walked to take a look.
We parked up in a safe location as, unless you have a truck, it’s not possible to drive the entire way there.
We walked for about 20 minutes to make it to the pools. There was a little hike involved but it was beautiful!
We really, really enjoyed this area! We were there for way longer than we expected but we just enjoyed looking at the water, sitting down and relaxing and just enjoying the quiet.
We walked back to the car and saw someone try and drive through the part just beyond where we parked where it was not really possible to drive and they scraped/damaged the bottom of their car!
Beer & Snacks
We drove form here to the nearby town Courtenay, where we had actually been before when we visited Comox in the winter a couple of years ago. We got ourselves a beer at a brewery and relaxed.
We left there and walked to a restaurant to get a quick snack. The snack turned into a huge meal and we really didn’t want that much food. We ate what we could and then we drove back to the hotel, which took about 1 hour 10 minutes.
We were tired, as expected, so we relaxed for a bit at the hotel and then went out to get some snacks and drinks for the evening.
We leave this area tomorrow and head out to a new area to do very little, though!
We woke up pretty early and got ourselves ready to head out to Tofino!
Tofino is a very popular destination for tourists, so we were glad to finally be able to go.
We drove out there, on an estimated 2.5 hour drive. There were some road works and construction happening on the route, so we had to stop a few times, one of which was for 30 minutes, but we eventually made it to Tofino in around 3 hours.
We parked up and went right on the hunt for coffee. We found a place and walked there and had some pretty good coffee from Tofino Coffee RoastingCo.
We had the coffee and then walked around Tofino, just to see what it’s all about.
The actual town wasn’t all that interesting, but there was a little boat dock area which had some really fresh air and some really cool looking buildings.
After we went here, we actually ended up bumping into people that Kim knew from work and they gave a couple of really great suggestions!
The first suggestion was to go to chesterman beach which was a slightly less populated beach but really, really nice.
We stopped at the Tofino brewing company on the way and got there right as they opened! We had a beer and just relaxed outside for a bit which was really nice and the beer was good too! It was then time to get going again.
We drove down to the beach and got parked up and then had a nice, long, walk along the beach. There weren’t many people there and the sand was SO SOFT!
We decided to see how cold the water was, which was VERY COLD though kinda nice on our heavily trodden feet.
We left this beach and drove back up to Tofino and parked back up, being smart and using our ticket we still had time on!
The second thing that Kim’s friend suggested was to get a key lime pie slice from a restaurant nearby, so we got that and it was very, very delicious!
We left here after walking to a hotel that Kim remembered staying at as a child and then we drove out to Ucluelet. This super small town doesn’t have much, but it did have a lighthouse!
The lighthouse had a very large whistle buoy near it which warns boats where to go, so that was VERY loud.
We then decided that it was home time! We were pretty tired but had an incredible day and such a nice break!
We didn’t have too much trouble driving back to the hotel, which by the way, is basically a pub with rooms on, which isn’t as bad as it seemed.
We got back to the hotel and Kim ready that it was possible to see bears nearby, so we went to look for them but saw none, so headed to the local brewery!
Curtis got a beer and Kim got a cider and then we realised we were hungry and no other food place was open, so we had some pizza and a pretzel from the brewery.
We got a half and half pizza. One side was a veggie pizza and the other was lemon and herb chicken with tomatoes and tatziki.
We ate our food and had another drink and then eventually headed back to the hotel, which was just across the road.
We got back around 22:00 and chilled out until sleeping, which we are excited to do!
Likely another early morning tomorrow, and a long day, but it should be a fun one!
Curtis went right to the office this morning. He had to get a laptop setup and sent out for someone.
Whilst he was doing this, another laptop arrived that he was waiting on, so he got that setup too.
Whilst he was there, he got a lot more of the remaining office tasks sorted out. He needed to add more monitor arms to some desks as well as order more monitors and cables ready for everyone to return to the office.
There was a pile of e-waste for Curtis to go through and take down the asset numbers to mark those as ‘disposed of’ so the records are correct.
He helped out some people in the office with moving some things and he also got some tickets done, as well as answering some messages from people.
The second laptop Curtis setup was being a pain, so he had to start again at 15:30! He managed to get it done before he finished for the day, though.
Curtis walked home and picked up coffee for him and Kim as Kim needed to work late tonight.
Kim mostly just had meetings today! She started with an interview and then went right into a 1-1 with her teammate to check in about projects.
Kim then gave her weekly update and the company wide meeting before joining a quick call to discuss the interview earlier in the day.
Towards the middle of the day Kim had a chat with her other teammate to help them build some templates, structure and a plan around social media and recruitment.
In the afternoon Kim had a couple of recruitment meetings. The first was to discuss the new plans for processes and the second and third were weekly team check ins to discuss the open roles.
To finish the day Kim joined another interview and had a quick chat after. She then spent the evening getting through some admin work. It was great to really sit down and get stuff done!
Kim worked for the evening, so Curtis played games for most of the evening, along with getting some other things around the apartment done.
Kim took a little break and we had some gnocchi and a tomato sauce for dinner. We watched a bit of TV before Kim went back to working for the rest of the evening.
Curtis had an onboard orientation at 09:00 this morning. After that, he had some other work to do and then went right into back-to-back meetings.
The two meetings were both with his team and they were super helpful! They garnered some discussion and he then managed to book another meeting for the afternoon to have further discussion about something related to the office.
We had some rain today! Curtis looked out the window in the morning and thought it would rain and luckily it did! We hope that improves the situation with the forest fires here.
The afternoon for Curtis was setting up accounts for a new hire, doing tickets and having the meeting he scheduled earlier in the day.
He got a bit of Norwegian homework done in the afternoon, too.
Kim had an interview heavy morning! She started her morning with an interview, went to FedEx and then had two more and the reviews too! It was a great start to the week.
In the afternoon Kim started with a meeting with finance before having a recruitment meeting to align on all the open roles! She then joined a team meeting that ran over and finished the day with a quick catch up with one of the recruiters from the consultancy firm!
Kim went off to pole and Curtis played games until she got back.
Once Kim was back, we had a chicken caesar salad for dinner.
We didn’t do much for the rest of the evening, just watched a bit of TV and relaxed.