2008 SAINT PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Irish Clovers Flag
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.

Dance Steps
Celtic Dance

Graceful Asians
Simply divine beauty, elegance, and passion emanating from her

Irish Wolfhound
Irish Wolfhound

Pushing the Ambulance
Helping the one who usually helps others :)

Music Junkies
Celtic music


Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa) practicioners

Beautiful Asian
Pretty in pink

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Light hiking at Lighthouse Park

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
Lighthouse, West Beach viewpoint

Great Heron, Wings Down
Great Heron

Arbutus
Arbutus

Leaky Boat
Leaky boat ;)

Dog Drooling over view
This Pyrenean Mountain dog is positively drooling over the view! :p

Labrador Retrievers?
Labrador Retrievers (?) and their proud owner :)

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HIKING EAGLE PEAK (MOUNT BEAUTIFUL)

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…

Beach Along Indian Arm
Some beach along Indian Arm, I think

Bedwell Bay, Deep Cove, and Vancouver
Bedwell Bay (front left), Deep Cove (right), and downtown Vancouver in the distance

Looking East From Eagle Peak's Summit
Coquitlam Lake

Looking North From Eagle Peak's Summit
Mount Garibaldi

The Swan Falls
Swan Falls

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