Luck of the Irish? Those clovers don’t have four leaves! :p
This year’s Saint Paddy’s Day Parade was better than last year’s. The highlights for me were the energetic Irish dance numbers — more plentyful than last year — and a strong Asian presence in traditional costumes which brought grace and beauty to the parade. As far as improvements go, adding some music to the sports portion of the parade might make things a little livelier and, I can’t seem to figure out those bagpipes… They all sound the same to me; I’ll try to listen more closely next year. ;)
The organization of the event was great. No real delay and a very respectful crowd — thanks to the alert volunteers patrolling the event — made this a very enjoyable 90+ minutes of Celtic inspired fun.
Simply divine beauty, elegance, and passion emanating from her
Helping the one who usually helps others :)
Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa) practicioners
Pretty in pink
The Peking Acrobats
Parade for the kids
The Fair at the PNE is VERY popular!
35 minutes from downtown (by bus — take the 250 bus) is this little gem of a park which offers amazing views on the Greater Vancouver and Howe Sound regions. It contains all the ingredients of a hike, minus the pulse-pounding cardio bit. Its pièce de résistance is of course, the lighthouse from which the park got its name.
Lighthouse, West Beach viewpoint
Leaky boat ;)
This Pyrenean Mountain dog is positively drooling over the view! :p
Labrador Retrievers (?) and their proud owner :)
Canada Day 2007… Still plenty of snow up there! Tough one, but with the 360 degree view at the top, it’s totally worth it!
The free suspension bridge. :)
Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
Old Rusty Bridge
Fly Fishing In Action
Waiting for the Fish to Bite
Tough hike! The whole thing lasted 10 hours for our group. The worse part was walking for about an hour or more from the end of the trail (past the Northern tip of Buntzen Lake), all tired and everything, back to the parking lot (at the Southern tip of the lake). Some people got swarmed by wasps on the way down on a tight and steep path on the Swan Falls trail too. The unlucky hikers wanted to run for cover, but there were too many of us on the narrow path to make a safe escape! Thank God for us the wasps didn’t continue attacking us, even though our party was jammed a few meters from their nest…
Some beach along Indian Arm, I think
Bedwell Bay (front left), Deep Cove (right), and downtown Vancouver in the distance
Jagged rocks, on the right
Railroad Daisy (the black spot is an out of focus train tunnel)
Enthusiastic rafters encountered at the end of the hike