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Seattle roadtrip

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   This remembrance day I went down for a road trip to Seattle! My friend needed to go the Seatac airport for a much awaited trip and what better way to send our friend off but to drive down together and make an outing of it.  We woke up super early and were out of Vancouver by 6am, making it to the peace arch truck crossing by just after 7am.  There was a huge line due to the holiday and we waited for over an hour. Then the border patrol man was quite curt, and didn’t make it easy for us to cross. Wow, something about acting suspicious to go early to make the flight. Crazy, but thankfully we made it though and had great timing along the way.
    We stopped in at my favorite Starbucks along the route. So nice seeing you again LEAHA!!  Wow were you ever busy, so many people want to have a nice treat. yummy peppermint white chocolate mocha. Thanks again for being so efficient at work. Hopefully the next time I see you again won’t be just for 10min at a time.  Let me know when you plan to visit.
   We continued along to the Seatac airport and thankfully were 1.5 hours in advance for the flight.  Everything worked out as usual, and so the rest of us continued into Seattle for brunch.
    We went to Delilah’s which didn’t have breakfasts on weekends and so went to their sister company Lola’s.  It’s a nice casual but classy restaurant. I had this delicious pumpkin/squash soup and then these delicious donuts with marscapone cheese and blueberry sauce.  So fantastic.  I highly recommend stopping by to have a great brunch. 
    After we walked around the city to some many great shopping stores. I bought some things as usual 🙂 This time my prized item was a pair of black patent coach pumps 🙂  We also went over to Pike’s Place for the much-needed tourist stop.
    Then we headed back to the outlets for some more shopping. There were so many people down for the holiday. People and lines everywhere, I guess the christmas rush is starting to happen. The christmas sales are even coming in.  I bought some gifts and things for myself. It was a lot of fun just to browse and shop around and go to some new stores unlike Metrotown.
   After a great shopping trip we were starved so we ended up going to this great Mexican restaurant. It was amazing! A small, non-chain restaurant with big portions and great lime margaritas 🙂 I’ll need to make this a regular event to my US travel days.
   Overall I had a long, eventful day with friends. Thanks Jessica & Dave 🙂 

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November 15, 2010 at 5:08 am

Outlet shopping

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Yesterday I went down to the Seattle premium outlets for some shopping. It’s been about 6 months since I’ve gone, so I was likely due. To visit the outlets from Vancouver it’s a quick trip. I find the border line-up much smaller on Mondays. I waited about 20min on the way down & 15min for the return.  Then the drive to the outlets is about 1.5 hours.  So it’s an easy daytrip from Vancouver.

I went to the mini outlet in Burlington, where I took a break at Starbucks. Happily I found my friend Leaha working!! I was soooo excited to see her again after about 3 months at least.  So great that I selected the correct location & the shift schedule worked out perfectly.  It was great seeing you again. Hopefully you’ll take more trips to visit hint hint 🙂

We continued the drive another 30min, to the larger Tualip outlets. There’s hundreds of stores to visit with basically something for everyone. There was surprisingly many people at the outlets for a Monday, but it was probably due to the summer.  I bought a nice pair of shoes from Kenneth Cole & my sis found some at Nine West. I unfortunately couldn’t find my suit at Benetton; I guess I’ll have to wait to buy on til fall/winter.  At least I found some nice body wash & hand cream at Crabtree & Evelyn. 

Returning back to Vancouver, it’s always nice to stop at Bellisfair for a full shopping extravaganza.  I went to Hollister, and some other stores that I find are nicer in the States.  It was a great shopping trip. What made it even better was after the short border crossing. I explained I spent $50 & my sis $80.. and they didn’t make us pay Taxes!!  I was really expecting to pay, so I’m happy I didn’t.  Great trip; i’ll need to make sure to go visit more often.

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September 1, 2010 at 9:51 am

Canoeing in the Sunshine Coast

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The Sunshine Coast is a 40min ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay.  It’s an easy get away from Vancouver.  It has a scenic coast with thousands of  trees, many lakes, wildlife and adventures to be had. 

Today I came back from the Sunshine Coast. It was a nice relaxing few days off for the BC day weekend.  There is so much beauty in BC which should be experienced.  During this trip, I managed to see a bunch of animals.  There were about 6 deer in the backyard. A few different familes brought their fawn to roam & munch a bit.  I was almost able to go up and pet them.  I also saw a chipmunk and several birds, including the bald eagle.  Nature is truly in our own backyard, we just need to escape a bit to enjoy it.

There’s a lot of things to do on the coast, such as kayaking or canoeing in the lakes or ocean.  I went canoeing yesterday with my friend in Garden Lake. It didn’t take us long to go around the whole lake.  We even enjoyed our picnic on the canoe.  While going around the lake, we noticed leaves shaking in a bush and to our surprise, saw there was a bear eating berries. My friend got a good look at him, but I didnt.  The bear quickly ran off when he noticed there was company.  We continued canoeing, and later went by one of the islands and relaxed for a bit and took a swim. What an eventful day, and a great getaway. The sun was shining, there was good food, company; what more could I ask for.

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August 5, 2010 at 10:25 am

Whistler Zipline

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The first step is the hardest. Take a breath. Wait, take another deep breath. Then leap!!! I’m talking about the Zipline at Whistler. Ziplining allows you to fly over spectacular views while safely attached to a harness. It appeals to the masses. One of my sisters is a daredevil, the other is afraid of heights, and my dad well he’s a bit of both and not a young as he used to be. Myself, I’ve done the Ziptrek before over Robson square in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics and yes I know this was much higher and longer, but for some reason this seemed less frightening. If you are scared, just remember the minimum age requirement is 6.

I went on Ziptrek’s Eagle tour today for a great adventure. It has 5 ziplines ranging between 400 to 2200 feet. Whistler has the longest zipline in North America. The 4th zipline is 2200 feet; the size of 2 Eiffel towers lengthwise! The speed goes up to 80km/hour and you can feel it. There are even 4 treetop suspension bridges with spectacular views. The Zipline definitely gives the thrill of flying while your heart is pounding with adrenaline. Not only is the tour thrilling it is also educational. Ziptrek teach you about sustainability for the environment at each platform. Whistler’s goal is to minimize the environmental impact by having complete sustainability by 2020. I hope it work out.

It’s a close 2 hours drive from Vancouver, to Whistler Village just by the Carleton lodge. The full tour takes about 3 hours for $120. A bit expensive but a worthwhile experience and one that will not be easily forgotten. The Zipline has dramatic landscapes that really encompass the beauty of British Columbia. Beautiful mountains, forests, bodies of water and wildlife. If you haven’t already come to visit Vancouver; there’s so much to see & do.

I’m so happy that I was able to have the time off today to spend time with my family and go on an adventure. It was thrilling to glide down 5 different zipline’s. My favorite was the last run where we were able to go upside down and free fall more. It felt good to not hold on to anything what an experience. If you have the opportunity to come to Whistler come do this Zipline, I highly recommend it.

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July 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Outdoor events in the lower mainland

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There are many fun places to go in Vancouver to enjoy the outdoors. I figured I’d write about 2 things I love to do… White Water Rafting and Hiking.

If someone wants to go White Water Rafting there’s a great place in Chilliwack. I went there 2 weeks ago at the Chilliwack River River Rafting and had a blast. It’s less then $100 per person to go and about 8 people can fit in a raft. The ride is about 14kms and 5 hours long. A bunch of us got together and went up rafting for the Saturday and found so many people ready for some adventures as well. Definetely worth it, and not too dangerous. I went on the classic ride, but I’d recommend the canyon more for the more adventurous.
This is my second time going to to this location where 2 years ago I went White Water Kayaking which was even better if you ask me. It was such a thrill, paddling on your own with more chances to fall out and nore private group runs. Lots of fun! Definetely an inexpensive way to have some fun just outside of the Vancouver area.

rafting adventures

rafting classic

There are also many hikes in Vancouver. I went to Deep Cove for a relaxing hike over the Canada Day weekend. The famous Baden Powell train runs by the Burrard Inlet in Deep Cove. It’s a very scenic hike through the forest with many streams & a beautiful view of the Indian Arms from the bluffs. Very worthwile, and not too strenuous. It takes about 1-2 hours to take in the views and enjoy yourself. I like this much better then the Grouse Grind which is basically just stairs and not changing sceneries. A very good workout, but not so much taking it easy. Check it the Deep Cove hike if you haven’t already

Hiking trail

trees

aged tree

nature trail

Deep Cove viewpoint

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July 12, 2010 at 10:01 pm