What it takes to be Canadian – Snowshoeing

grouse-chaletEarlier this year I bought a two year lift pass on Grouse mountain as I was doing the grind and it would be a big saving on the cable car ride down, with this pass I got a voucher for free snowshoe rental . I figured in my quest to experience all that my new Canadian home has to offer I would give it a try . it turned out to be nothing like I had imagined . The snowshoes actually pivot around the foot not the solid type of tennis racket I expected and they also have spikes on them to provide grip on the climbs . on Grouse mountain there is a special snowshoe course that they call the snowshoe grind paying reference to the famous Grouse Grind. it really is just hiking through the snow but you can walk on the snow without sinking up to your knees . The day we went turned out to be beautiful weather , without planning we managed to luck up on the one day break in the normal rain. and the absolute best thing about snowshoeing is that when you have climbed all those steep hills kicking the spikes in to get grip you get to slide down them on the way back down , needless to say that the trip back down takes a fraction of the time it takes to get you to the top .we also seemed to luck out with the timing as we set off at 2pm on our way back down we where treated to a beautiful sunset over the gulf.

Now with snowshoeing , snowboarding, 4×4 and fishing out of the way i just need to wrestle a Grizzly bear and i should get a Canadian Passport

Bike Show

The bike show came  to Vancouver last week so we decided we would go take a look at it. IMAG0231

as you walk through the door of course the first thing you see is the Ducati stand with the awesome 1198 and then one I had not seen before , not my usual taste in bikes but a very beautiful bike kind of street fighter looking bike with a massively wide rear wheel , what a beautiful bike.

 

 

Walking around there were some spectacular bikes on show a really cool looking batman chopper styled bike , a Harley I thinkIMAG0232.

also some other really cool looking Harleys . I really was never much in to the Harley  thing always more interested in the sports bikes but there are just so many cool looking ones it is hard not to find at least one that you like .

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Walking around seeing the new BMW S1000RR sitting on all the bikes and seeing how they feel . I do like the BMW s1000RR and of course my long time love affair with the GSXR’s they have made them look very cool again after a little spell of them looking a bit boring next to there main competition the R6 . I ha d areal pleasant surprise once I go to the Triumph stand , they are not one brand I ever considered owning really thinking there time had passed in the golden age.IMAG0234 not really subscribing to the fact that they were like a phoenix that had risen again I was of the thought path that someone had dug up a rotting corpse, but looking at the latest offering form them I was really surprised to see such a beautiful bike in their line up. I don’t know much about it , how it rides or any of its reviews but on looks a lone it stopped me in my tracks enough to take a picture of it and try it on for size . it felt great .

so that was the take on the Vancouver bike show form a superbike speed junkie biker .

Sunday’s are for doing nothing.

it was my my second Sunday back home but really the first didn’t count as I only arrived back on the Friday so you need a few days to get in to the groove of things . I had arranged to catch up with my good friend here and just go do some walking and just take everything in. I picked him up and we went over to Ft Langley to have a look around, a walk by the river and a bite of lunch.

Lunch was good at an interesting place in the little picturesque village . after lunch a walk by the river was a little crowded with  a lot of people and the walk there is not so pretty in the winter especially now they have built all the condo’s so we decided to head back home and on the way stop by Crescent Beach for a walk along there. no matter how cold and bleak it is I always enjoy a walk along the beach. it was a bit of a grey day until we arrived there and it cleared up but with a good wind blowing as we got down to the beach there were lots of people out parasailing .

IMAG0224parasailing is when you stand on a board similar to a small surf board and you fly a kite that looks like a small parachute . I think  this may be taking over from windsurfing . in all my times of walking along Crescent Beach this was the first time I had seen them there . to my surprise a lot of the people participating in this sport where on the older side I would say mid fifties.

we stood and watched them for a while ,discussed how it was too cold for us to try it, took a few pictures and then headed back to the coffee shop for a hot drink .

this was just the perfect Sunday , exactly what Sundays are made for doing nothing much and enjoying it

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