We bade a very sad farewell to Two Jack, Banff and the Rocky Mountains and headed East in the direction of the Canadian prairies, for a week of luxury at the Paradise Canyon Golf Resort in Lethbridge, thanks to a South African timeshare swap.Continue reading…
Vancouver in Canada is an absolutely beautiful and cosmopolitan city and we enjoyed a day filled with sunshine while we explored Granville Island, Stanley Park and the gorgeous waterways around the city centre. Our day ended off with a bang while we watched the incredible Honda Celebration of Light fireworks from Sunset Beach.
The cheerful backtrack is from Ralph Shaw, the “King of the Ukelele”, who made us smile for quite a while at Granville Island pier.
Visit him at http://ralphshaw.ca/
We woke to the sound of torrential rain hammering our tent. “Oh dear” I thought, “we have to move camp today”. Jacob had made plans to go fishing in the beautiful aquamarine Bow River, just below our camp. Although the weather was truly foul, I convinced Ralph to leave the comfort of our little dome and join our son as it was one of the last chances he would have here in the Rockies.
An epic camp pack-up today. During the last three days at Wabasso in Jasper, we managed to spread ourselves and our belongings all over the place, which made repacking somewhat onerous. Adding to the difficulty, our camping gear and tents were wet from the rain, and rather than wringing it into dripping bags and having our car smelling like wet dog, we tried to dry it all out in the morning sun before repacking. During this process, we lifted a damp car mat to find a missing toy figurine and were delighted to discover an entire extra boot of space in the car beneath the seats – an absolute blessing as we could not figure out how we had managed to fit all the stuff in the first place. Like trying to fit the blow up mattress back in its box, and the sleeping bags into their pouches. We just made it by the 11am camp checkout time, filled to the brim and fitted into our seats with the precision of a giant, tightly fitting jigsaw puzzle.