A fun summer.

Hello readers !

I know summer is not over yet  but it feels like it. I will show you -with more photos than words- some activities I enjoyed this summer. And then I  will  take a break and wait to have  fun things for “show and tell”.  Writing my blog is not a job.  I  enjoy it but letting the computer having a rest is not a bad idea !

First, there were a few trips to Langley  to pick up berries: strawberries, raspberries and also blueberries. Which one are your favorite ? They are great in smoothies. I am please to support local farmers.

Spending summer in Vancouver is nice. You may want to pretend you are a tourist. Not so far from Vancouver, with only a short ferry ride, Bowen Island was waiting for us. We climbed  Mount Gardner to appreciate the view on the Sunshine Coast.

We walked around Killarney Lake.

and just in case you are lost or think you are , follow the signs.

Summer is a good time to have guests and go on  different outings.

Lynn Canyon suspension bridge is always fun to cross. On that day , we were quite early and I was able to capture Emilie  almost by herself on the bridge. When we came back there was more action (firefighters in training).

We like our beautiful green and mossy  forest.

Going downtown ( using the sea-bus).

Visiting Dr. Sun-Yat Sen garden.

Resting for a minute at English Bay.

Going up Grouse Mountain to check our fitness level.  The Grouse Grind is a very popular hike for locals and visitors. The Grouse Grind trail takes you up steep and rugged terrain from the North Vancouver plateau to the glorious Grouse Mountain peak. It is a near vertical 2.9km (1.8 mile) hike up the mountain, offering an intense workout with 2,830 stairs and an elevation gain of 2,800 feet.

When you reach the top, you can say hello to Grinder and Coola (the bears), enjoy the bird show, admire the view.  It is fun to take your time  up there and come down with the gondola only when you know you are ready to be back in the city.

Here is my friend Agathe  with a view of the city down below.

What else ? Oh well,  summer is also time to hike. This year we did a few new hikes . Kennedy Falls was  a good one. It gave us the chance to see the Big Cedar,  a 600+ year old red cedar, that is one a only few old-growth trees in Lynn Valley to have escaped being clear-cut. At 4 meters wide, it’s arguably the most spectacular tree you can find anywhere around Vancouver.

Here is the falls. It was a perfect spot to have our lunch.

A  smile on the trail… to make us smile of course!

I  thank you for reading or leaving a comment. I will be back later with new adventures  and photographs to share with  you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa . The largest city in Sonoma County. We went to the  Visitor Bureau  to try to figure out what was interesting . It was then  mid-afternoon , it was sunny and we did not want to be indoors.   If it had been raining maybe we would had gone to the museum.

The Charles M. Schulz Museum  is dedicated to the works of Charles  M. Schulz,  creator of the Peanuts  comic strip. The museum opened on August 17, 2002.  Mr. Schulz lived   and worked  in Santa Rosa for 3 decades.

Maybe you  know the characters of the comic strip ?

The famous Charlie Brown and  Snoopy.  Charlie Brown is characterized as a person who frequently suffers, and as a result is usually nervous and lacks self-confidence. He shows both pessimistic and optimistic attitudes: on some days, he is reluctant to go out because his day might just be spoiled, but on others, he hopes for the best and tries as much as he can to accomplish things. Snoopy has become one of the most recognizable and iconic characters in the comic strip. The original drawings of Snoopy were inspired by Spike, one of Schulz’s childhood dogs.

Lucy van Pelt  is the older sister of Linus and Rerun. Lucy is characterized as a crabby, bossy and opinionated girl who bullies other characters in the strip, particularly Linus and Charlie Brown.

Woodstock never speaks normal words.The only non-avian character who can understand Woodstock’s speech is Snoopy.

It was fun to walk in the city not very far from the visitor bureau and see  the characters  If we go back to Santa Rosa, we will visit the museum…

It is always interesting to discover new things as you travel.  And everywhere on this planet  there are many things to learn and to enjoy !

Thanks for reading.