Monday, June 26, 2006

Weekend Adventures

Making the most of our time, we were up early and off to the beach , where we would spend all saturday, basking in the sun in our birthday suits and swimming in the ocean. Ah, so delightful!

Sunday was a day of good exercise and breathtaking views (the pictures just don't do it justice, but here they are anyway!). Through the trees and under the sun, over patches of lingering snow, and ice cold lakes.

(above: just to the left of where we swam)
Until we got to the top of the top, where we were thankfully greeted by the beautiful Cabin Lake. The water was crisp and cold, but wonderfully refreshing after the hike.

After lunch and a swim, we continued on to the highest point of Black Mountain, for stunning views of Howe Sound, The Georgia Straight, Vancouver Island, and Mount Baker.

Definately a weekend well-spent.

Monday, June 19, 2006


After fulfilling the original duties of school registration this morning, I browsed through some featured pages on sustainability (from the ubc main site.
I measured my ecological footprint. While still below the average, I know that there is a lot I can do very easily to make less of an impact.
My mind is still waking up and I can't seem to put together any cohesive ideas on what I was just reading about, but I hope that others might take a bit of time to browse through the pages on their own. Click on the link to measure your footprint, that will take you to the UBC sustainability site. From there, I started with the Greater Vancouver Green Guide and toodled through that. And of course, there is so much more.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Another book over and nothing lined up to read next...

I just finished yet another summer read: The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller. I can't say it was the most thrilling read yet, but definately interesting and compelling in its own respect: learning about life without sight and sound.
After telling about her visits to the theatre and museums, trips to the seaside, riding her bicycle and rowing her boat:
Is it not true, then, that my life with all its limitations touches at many points the life of the World Beautiful? Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.

When I heard about the birth of a child both blind and deaf, I was overwhelmed by my imagination of what that life might be. All that I could think of was that which would be missed and I could only imagine a lonely and desolate world. Now I know better, or at least can feel more optimism and hope for the wee miracle Merlin.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Jeeping in Squamish

Another summer day well spent. Views to take the breath away. Hot sun beating down to bake bare skin. A little speed and bouncing and elevation and last but not least, the best company.