It was hilarious to see Petra's first reaction to the rollerblades so I took a quick video. It only took a few more strides for her to get totally used to them and just run alongside The Mr. She doesn't pull, which is good! (And safe!)
I watched this great blue heron catching his lunch and eating it. See the minnow at the tip of his beak?
I'd never seen black squirrels until I moved to this area and visited Vancouver.
"What an object lesson of peace is shown today by our two countries to all the world. No grimfaced fortifications mark our frontiers, no huge battleships patrol our dividing waters, no stealthy spies lurk in our tranquil border hamlets. Only a scrap of paper, recording hardly more than a simple understanding safe-guards lives and properties on the Great Lakes and only humble mile posts mark the inviolable boundary line for thousands of miles through farm and forest."
"Our protection is in our fraternity, our armor is our faith. The tie that binds more firmly year by year is ever increasing acquaintance and comradeship through interchange of citizens, and the compact is not of perishable parchment, but of fair and honorable dealing, which, God grant, should continue for all time."
"Erected by Kiwanis International in memory of a great occasion in the life of two sister nations. Here on July 26, 1923, Warren Gamaliel Harding, twenty-ninth President of the United States of America, and first president to visit Canada, charter member of the Kiwanis club of Marion, Ohio, spoke words that are worthy of record in lasting granite. Dedicated, September 16, 1925."
"Girl in a Wetsuit" statue.
Brockton Point Lighthouse
The gift stores are gearing up for the 2010 Olympics. Care to buy an anime abominable snowman/bigfoot or some other little guy that isn't any sort of real animal at all?? I think make believe anime stuffies are poor excuses for 2010 Olympics mascots, but I am sure they will be popular.
In this shot of downtown Vancouver you can see Canada Place, a cruise ship getting ready to leave the terminal and the lookout tower. I'm sure there are some other famous buildings in there, but not that I can recognize.
Petra's tired out after the rollerblade. They went around the ENTIRE PARK! What a trooper. It cracks me up when she sits like this on one hip.
A blue heron and its nest. There was so many blue heron nests that we couldn't count them. If you are ever at the park in the Spring, head towards the tennis courts/dog park. The trees around this area are loaded with great blue heron nests and it is amazing to see. Just don't park your car under a tree! Blue Herons lay and incubate their eggs in May. The babies hatch in June and in July they are at teenager stage- real ugly by the sounds of things!