Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Canadian Thanksgiving dinner at Jim's Oct 12, 2009

Monday was the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday and my good friend Jim decided to have a dinner party and I was invited - it is only a one block walk to is place so how could I not accept the invite - I was joined in this celebration of the fall harvest by a large group of mostly Asian friends of his Japanese and Korean roommates - many of whom have never celebrated this feast or had turkey and cranberry either. It was about a 20 lb turkey and as you see in these images replete with all the trimmings - even a photo or two of the chef enjoying the proceedings.

In all more than 20 people avail themselves of this dinner over the course of the evening.

Thanks Jim for the wonderful dinner - guess I know what will be in your lunch for most of the week.


More fall colors on the south side of False Creek - Oct 12, 2009

Monday saw me back on the bike enjoying another cool but sunny day outdoors - I headed across the Burrard St. Bridge and through Kits Point and into Granville Island and then along the seawall on the south side of False Creek - and then a longer loop through the False Creek Industrial lands - Strathcona - Gastown - and home along Burrard Street - a little over 21 KM today.

The colors weren't as strong as the ones from the last few days but they did provide some more photos opportunities.

This final image is from near Science World looking south and west towards the Olympic Village - nearing completion and ringed by some colorful maple trees.
Lots of people out and about on this the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.
More later

Monday, October 12, 2009

How a desire for a short hike became an interesting day Sunday Oct 11, 2009

I originally was planning on heading up the Sea to Sky Highway to Squamish for a little late season hiking but I didn't get any further than just north of Horseshoe Bay when traffic came to a standstill - an accident had closed the highway - so after about a slow 15 minutes I turned around at Ansell Rd and heading back to the City - what to do - Lighthouse Park came to mind but that can be done in the winter as it is near sea level so I headed up Cypress - headed into the Nordic area with an intent to hike into the Hollyburn Lodge - First lake area - did this and then met another gent who was just out for some exercise and we got to discussing the various problems in society and basically ended up talking and walking our way around to the Baden Powell and then down the Powerline Trail and back to the trail head - thanks Jim for the company and opportunity to discuss life with another like minded person.

Old cabin near First Lake and Hollyburn Lodge

First Lake
Old Hollyburn Lodge - used in the ski season as a cafe and a warm up place.

West Vancouver's Ranger Station
Fourth Lake

Bear scat - there is a mother and a cub in the area but didn't spot them although this scat is fairly fresh - not seaming but that day's product.

Mt Baker is visible from the viewpoint on the drive up/down the road.

More fall colors around False Creek Oct 10, 2009

Saturday after doing the usual morning chores - Internet surfing and some work on a surprise 60th birthday party I went for a walk around a portion of the seawall on the north side of False Creek from the foot of Hornby to about the foot of Homer and then up through Yaletown and into Pacific Center for lunch and finally a well deserved steam and shower at my fitness club before heading home.

My camera was with me and these a just a sampling of some of the great colors that are now on display along this route.