|Ahs got mah travelling coat and hat on, which mama bought me|
at the Cowichan and District SPCA garage sale
(which, by the way, made over $58,000!!!!)
|Are those cookies I smell?|
|C'mon, Auntie Jean, just one?|
|Maybe if I sit like a hooman....|
|Whatdaya mean, it's still NO?|
Lily was more interested in chasing her ball than pestering us for cookies, though I'm sure she would have been happy if we'd shared them with her. But mostly she chased her ball:
|ball ball ball ball ball ball|
Little Hugo watched from the door, and Archie made just a brief cameo appearance, declining all pictures.
|Hugo, the sweet cute baby|
And Mitzi, who Rupert tried to swat and Lily tried to play with, stayed under the table by my chair.
|You can sneak me cookie pieces down here!|
I won't tell that big orange cat!
We then headed further out the Fraser Valley, to stay with our friends Ann and Ken with whom we would go camping the following week. But for now we just ate their food, admired their garden, talked their ears off, and exploited their generosity.
The next day, I left Mitzi in their care while I took an adventurous ride into downtown Vancouver. Let's just say that BC TransLink needs to redirect some of the salaries of their very highly paid executives to some basic, tourist-friendly improvements like better signage for skytrain parking, better and more accurate signage for WORKING skytrain fare machines (at least at the King George and Surrey Central stations), and more accurate signage on the skytrain tracks at Waterfront station. I doubt I shall ever travel by skytrain again.
But when I reached my destination in the heart of the big city, I enjoyed the amazing architecture, beautiful scenery, and crazy assortment of people (or is that, "assortment of crazy people"?)
|I love how the far building has been designed|
to look like it is leaning into the street.
|Cruise ships arrive at Canada Place|
|The sails at Canada Place|
|Not everything is expensive in Vancouver!|
Among that crazy assortment of people were the ones I shared lunch with - nearly all my kin and extended kin in what will likely be our last meal together for quite some time. It was a farewell lunch for my daughter who has since emigrated to the States to join her husband there. Good to see family, so sad to say goodbye to the kiddo.
|The clan minus my great niece, a nephew, my sister-in-law|
and a couple of more distant cousins.
|Fifa Women's World Cup celebrations|
|The Olympic Cauldron afire|
But I think my favourite shot of the day was this one - of a lego-ish Orca Whale at Canada Place:
And that was the first two days of our marvellous adventure. Tomorrow - my visit to Hearts on Noses Potbellied Pig Sanctuary. Y'all come back now, ya hear?