Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 35: Victoria, BC – Day Trip To Sidney

We woke up and slowly got ourselves ready. We didn’t sleep well at all last night, so it was a slow morning.

We had some breakfast after we showered and then we relaxed for the rest of the morning.

At 12:30, we left to drive up to Sidney. Linda wanted to go back there after not being there for a while, so we took her there for a wander.

We got a coffee and a treat from the bakery and enjoyed those before walking to the waterside and enjoying the weather and the sea.

We managed to see a beautiful seal, until someone scared it away!

We then sat for a couple of hours facing the water just enjoying the scenery and enjoying people watching. There were a lot of kids playing around us, so it was fun to watch them.

We eventually got hungry so we headed back to the car and got on our way to the place Linda had booked for dinner.

We had planned to meet Linda’s friends, Dee & Steve, there (we know they read the blog…Hello!) But they were unable to attend, so we just went with the three of us.

Kim got a chicken burger and Curtis got a burger and they were alright!

Kim had a chocolate brownie for dessert and then we drove back home.

Curtis was pretty tired as he didn’t sleep well at all last night, so he had a little lay down and Kim did a bit of research for some things.

We didn’t do too much for the rest of the evening, just relaxed and chatted, really!

Kim did go out and check out Ogden Point, which she likes to do when here.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 966: Vancouver, BC – White Rock!

We woke up lazily and had some scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast whilst we watched some of the F1.

We got ourselves ready, slowly, and then drove out to White Rock, only about an hour away from us and on the US border!

We got there and parked up, with the first mission to find coffee and snacks, which we did. We got ourselves coffee and Kim has an Oreo cheesecake and then we went for a walk.

White Rock is a small seaside city with Canada’s longest pier, which is where we went!

We had to cross some railway tracks to get there, which are in use, but we took a quick cool photo!

We walked onto the pier and saw the US opposite us! We looked down into the water and saw a lot of purple starfish, which were cool, and then Curtis looked up and noticed an eagle sat above us!

We walked back along the pier and down to the water, where Kim dipped her feet a little to cool off.

We walked back up to the car, up the large tiring hills, and then drove back home. It was a wonderful day out and much nicer than we expected! We definitely want to do a night or two here soon and just relax.

After getting back home, we had leftovers from yesterday and then went out for a nice evening walk.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 964: Vancouver, BC – Working Out Again

Curtis’ Day

Curtis continued the project he was working on yesterday at any spare moment today, but he did have some other things to do.

He had to do 2 contractor onboards, as well as some tickets. Curtis then had a couple of meetings throughout the day. One was a team meeting, the second a meeting with someone to discuss a potential project and some research Curtis had done and then the third was a one on one.

Curtis got more of the project done whilst he wasn’t in meetings and overall had a successful day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with a three month check in to see how a new employee has been settling in. She then managed to have a quick call with her colleague before getting some admin done and then having a short surprise call with a manager. They both then joined the department updates meeting.

Kim went straight from the department updates meeting into the weekly recruitment meeting. Some great decisions were made and there are lots of great plans in process. That call overran but Kim had a spare fee minutes so jumped on the social call for a little while, guessed a charades round and left on a win!

After lunch Kim rushed back to get ready for an interview to realise that the interview was in 45 minutes rather than 15. So she used the time to chase the courier service for an update on the missing item.

Kim then joined the interview and it overran and she then joined a review call which took a while. There were some great conversations that spun off from the review and it was amazing!

In the evening Kim was able to get a fair few info pages up and running. She was so happy to get these things underway and set up for people to use!

Working Out!

Our gym in our building has opened now, and it must be booked by one household at a time. We could only book it for 10pm, but that was fine with us.

We had a small dinner before hand and then walked down to the gym to get some working out done, for the first time in a long, long time!

We felt pretty good after, but a little tired!

We relaxed for the remaining evening and then headed to bed.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 959: Vancouver, BC – Booking Exciting Things?

We woke up and Curtis went to get croissants for breakfast. We ate those and then had a chat with Curtis’ family. It was his little sister’s birthday today, so we chatted with her for a while and then Curtis’ parents after.

We then got ourselves ready and went out to do a bit of shopping!

We both needed new shoes and Kim needed to exchange some clothes and get some new ones.

Curtis managed to get 2 pairs of shoes as well as some flip flops, which was a huge win! Curtis got a pair for daily use and a pair to be worn occasionally, if he’s going out or something, so he’s set to go now!

Kim got herself some new daily shoes and managed to get herself some really good clothes.

Whilst we were out, we went to Waves and got a coffee and a Thai chicken wrap to share which was phenomenal!

Once we got home, we were very tired so we relaxed for a bit (and had a little nap) before we heated up some leftovers from yesterday for dinner and watched a little TV.

We then managed to start booking a fun trip for late August, which is VERY exciting! We should be fully vaccinated for about a month by then, so we’re hoping we can explore BC a little and visit some awesome people!


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 952: Vancouver, BC – Beautiful Drive & Rocky Point Park

We woke up and planned to head out to a place about an hour away, called Jug Island.

We left and drove all the way there and the drive was beautiful! Lots of winding roads, mountains and lakes to look at. Unfortunately, we got there and every last bit of parking was taken, which makes sense as we got there a little late in the day.

We decided to abandon that plan and headed into Port Moody and got a coffee and a snack!

After the coffee and snack, we went to Rock Point Park and walked along the peer and just hand a nice walk, though it was a little warm.

We left here and drove back home and had some leftovers for dinner, as well as getting some rice paper rolls from a Vietnamese place down the road to go with it.

Once we finished dinner, we got the shop done at the supermarket.

We got back home and Kim went down to the beach to relax and read her book with a beautiful sunset.

Kim got back from the beach and we watched a bit of TV together and relaxed.


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Mr And 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.


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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.


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 43: Vancouver, BC – Kitsilano

Walk To Kits

We woke up and had a pains au chocolat each and some strawberries.

We ate this and then spoke with Kim’s family briefly as they were at Kim’s uncle’s wedding.

We then sat down to speak with Curtis’ family, but missed them so instead we left the house and walked to Kitsilano!

Kitsilano is a very trendy, hippie and beautiful neighbourhood in Vancouver. It took us roughly 45 minutes to walk from our home across to ‘Kits’.

The weather was beautiful, with the sun beating down on us.

The majority of the walk was along the seawall, so we got to see a lot of boats and we even walked through Granville island.

Coffee In Kits

We wanted to grab a coffee so we found a coffee shop called Bean Around The World. We believe this is a chain but it smelled delicious when we walked in and it was pretty well priced as well.

Curtis got a cappucino and Kim got a caramel macchiato. Both of our drinks were delicious!


Bean Around The World | Vancouver,BC

Rating:- 9/10


Looking For Food

We thought we would look around for something to eat, so we went to the main area in Kitsilano to get some lunch.

Unfortunately, we were unable to find anything, so we settled for a wrap and KitKat from Whole Foods instead!

Kitsilano Beach

We walked to the beach which has mountain views and lots of volleyball courts! We sat and ate our lunch and then began the walk home by the side of the beach.

We walked all the way home from there which took about another 45 minutes and we were exhausted!

Shopping

We got back home and relaxed for a bit as our feet hurt.

We then went out to do our shop for the week and didn’t really spend that much!

We came back and Kim made a really good dinner which was marinated pork with noodles and vegetables.

We finished up with dinner and watched the first episode of the new season of Black Mirror, followed by some Lucifer, as well as some ice cream and then whiskey!


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Mr & Mrs Hale