We arrived in Aldergrove, B.C., on May 29th, 2019, staying at the Eagle Wind RV Park. Our first outing was to celebrate the Prince of Wales 55th High School Reunion on May 31st, at the Arbutus Club. It was fun to get together with Bob’s friends from high school and to celebrate my birthday with them. Next stop was to visit my sister, Sue and Denis, on Salt Spring Island. We took our e-bikes with us so we could ride around Salt Spring Island without having to worry about all the hills. We rode to Ruckle Provincial Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the southern Gulf Islands. In addition to its natural beauty, Ruckle Park is an area in cultural history. Irish emigrant Henry Ruckle first homesteaded here in 1872, marrying in 1877; and their descendants have farmed the Salt Spring property for more than a century. The Ruckle family donated their land to BC Parks in 1972 for the creation of Ruckle Provincial Park. We also rode our bikes to the west side of Salt Spring Island to the isolated area of Musgrave Landing. Musgrave Landing was the agriculture center of Salt Spring Island from 1870 to roughly 1904. It’s now a popular stop along the Gulf Islands Marine Trail. We always enjoy our stay on Salt Spring Island, visiting new sights and places, with Sue and Denis in their beautiful home and look forward to returning again soon. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading
We went over to Salt Spring Island to visit my sister, Sue and Denis for a few days, Aug 13th to 18th. We celebrated Bob’s 71st birthday at Auntie Pesto’s overlooking the Ganges Harbor. We played some pickle ball, went swimming in Vesuvius Bay and enjoyed relaxing on the porch chatting, drinking and eating together. We took a day and went on a biking trip over to Vancouver Island to visit Chemainus and Ladysmith.
We caught the early ferry from Vesuvius to Crofton and rode to Chemainus to view the wonderful murals that put this small town on the map. The first mural was painted in 1981, today Chemainus is painted with more than 40 murals, depicting scenes from the town’s history. We had fun riding our bikes around town seeing all the beautiful 40 large murals depicting the Cowichan First Nations, European exploration and settlement, fur trading, railway development and more…… After lunch at the Willow Street Cafe, we rode our bikes along the coast rode to Ladysmith and back to Chemainus, where we had dinner in a fabulous restaurant, the Sawmill TapHouse and Grill. We got the last ferry back to Vesuvius after a wonderful day on our bikes. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading
Getting ready to ride with “Team Ralph”
Summer in Vancouver, BC, 2016, was filled with family, old friends, sightseeing, celebrations and biking. Arriving on July 15, staying at Eagle Wind RV Park, until Sept 15. We spent some time with Bob’s brother Ted and his wife Marg along with Bob’s sister Linda. We re-acquainted with Bob’s old girlfriend from high school, Marg and Don Sheperd, We had a great dinner together at the Granville Island Hotel and went to the Comedy Club near by. Enjoyed a mini Prince of Wales High School Reunion, organized by Ralph White, and what an amazing group of friends to come in such short notice. We had several wonderful biking trips with Ralph White and friends throughout the lower Mainland, and across the border. Culminating in the Tour de Whatcom, a 60 km bike ride around Bellingham, WA. Enjoyed a few beers with my brother, John, Lisa and Toby before leaving Vancouver. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading
Our favorite place to visit is SaltSpring Island where we can stay with my sister, Sue and Denis Russell. We always have fun playing pickleball, fabulous home cooked meals, and Sue even hosted a party at her place with all her friends on the Island. This was the start of my golfing adventure. We took a great lesson with the Golf Pro at the local Golf Club, then Bob and I played 9 holes and I got a par on my first hole. It was down hill from there, but at least I am still enjoying the new sport. Bob even partnered with Sue for a Charity Golf Tournament, but he didn’t do very well after the lesson either. The weather has been very hot here for the last 3 months, and the swimming was quite pleasant in the ocean. However, the forest fires are numerous and the smoke-filled air is a serious threat to the area. Looking forward to returning here next year! Continue reading
June 21st, Saturday, we left poor Sherpa at the Traveland in Langley to get repaired, and took the ferry over to Salt Spring Island to visit with my sister Sue and Denis at their charming place near Vesuvius on Salt Spring Island. It was like staying in a B&B for three weeks, eating fresh food from their garden, playing pickle ball four times a week and having great meals every day. The weather was hot and sunny most of the time so we went for long swims in the ocean before dinner. Fortunately we were able to watch all the World Cup Soccer games either with Sue and Denis or at a sports bar in Ganges called the Shipstones English Pub. We visited with Byron and Ellie Hender for lunch on their beautiful yacht, Winesk, at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on Salt Spring. Had a gourmet dinner evening at Michelle’s place, eating out on his deck perched on a rock outcropping overlooking the ocean. What a fabulous setting and great company. We hiked through the forest at Channel Ridge, and had great views looking out across the channel. One evening we enjoyed the beautiful voices of the African singers at the church in Ganges. We sadly had to leave Sue’s to continue our journey. We left Salt Spring on July 15th and drove back to Vancouver. What a great time we had together and we will definitely return next year. Continue reading