Deep cove

Dear journal,

I noticed as I was walking home the other day that there were brown leaves on the ground. Already? Summer is almost gone? But I just got here 😦 And everyone back home is back in school…. There are so many more things I want to do in Vancouver, outdoor things, because I most likely wont be here when the weather is warm again. So I looked on my “Vancouver bucket list” of things Ive yet to cross off. Tossing locations back and forth until we decided our day would be spent in Deep cove.

Diego and I packed up lunch, water and a camera and headed off. 1 skytrain, 1 seabus, 2 busses, and 2 hours later we were in the tiny town of Deep cove far up into North Vancouver. Its a cute little town with one of everything. It only consisted of one block of businesses. This however was not what we were there for. We had come for the hiking through the beautiful mountains.

We got slightly lost in our search for the trail. We passed massive amazing houses elevated into the hills. Huge modern deco style houses overlooking the sea. We walked and walked until we came to a marina. Cute little boat harbor with men wearing sailor and captain hats. We walked into the tiny sea shack on the edge of the dock to ask for directions to the trail. The old fellow at the counter gave us an address, and told us that it looks like a guys driveway but it branches off.

We found it.

Trail entrance

So we hiked for an hour or so through the steep trail, partially climbing at some points through the dence mountain forest. Up and up until we saw light peeking through the trees not far above us. As we headed for it the trees opened to a large boulder. Then, hiking up the boulder, the view opened up…..

Breathtaking. The way the sun hit the water making it sparkle as it surrounded the tree covered mountains and distant islands. The skies were bright blue and white sail boats floated along in the breeze. These are the types of views I was hoping to see in Canada. I couldnt believe what I was standing there looking at.  Beautiful beautiful beautiful.

We sat there for awhile, taking photos and just absorbing the scenery.

Then we moved on. There were 4 other points on the mountain with great views. Some took a little extreme hiking to get to, but a few cuts and bruses later, we made it 🙂

On the top of one of the harder places to reach we found a small burnt out campfire. I imagine this is an awesome place to have a bonfire, high on this boulder, so far out in the middle of nowhere… We had our lunch here 🙂

So yep that was my day. We continued hiking until it was almost dark then after stopping by the little handmade donut shop for a snack for the ride home. We headed back.

Amazing inspiring beautiful day in the mountains of Brittish Columbia

Festival of Lights

Hello journal, again sorry for my delay in entries. I was without internet for about 2 weeks. So heres the news.

Festival of Lights. A 3-day long firework competition between differant countries. First was China, then Spain, and last was Canada. Ill cover all three in this entry.

As you know this time of year is huge for tourists, so I went to English Bay to get a spot 4 hours early. The beach was already packed blanket to blanket with people the sand and grass areas were both covered. Accept for the tiny patch of tall scratchy weeds that seperated the two. I spread my big pouffy comforter Id brought over the patch. Perfect spot. Without a pouffy blanket it would be a horrible spot but it kind of made a big puffy soft nest with my comforter, there was a small drop down in front to the sand, so it was kind of like front row balcony seating, it was directly in ftont of the ship that the fireworks were going to be shot off, and behind us was the sidewalk there street musicians performed. We unpacked the books and picnic Diego had brought as people would pass by and comment on our nice setup.

Needless to say this was our spot the following 2 nights aswell, due to the fact that noone else would haul a huge ass blanket all the way there 🙂

So day one, China. It wasent a very clear night, there were gray clouds and it was sprinkling on and off. Luckily Id also brought my huge umbrellia. Diego headed out and came back with popcorn, a big bag of cotton candy, and Nayeli. Shortly after it began to pour. We mde an umbrellia tent and tucked the bottom of the blanket over our feet as everyone around us got soaked.

Me and Nayeli in our fireworks spot

Shortly after we were joined by Caro as the rain went down and a stunt plane flew right over our heads for attention to his upcomming show. He twirled and spun and flew his plane upside down. Took a fall from the sky and turned the engine back on right before hitting the water. It was awesome and afterward added to my bucket list 🙂

At 10:00 the fireworks began. Fireworks here are differant then the ones back home which kind of bored me. Here Canada puts on an amazing show, and this night China put on the best fireworks show Ive ever seen.
It started with colorful sparks pouring off the sides of the ship like a waterfall of fire, Then from every inch of the length of the ship fireworks were shot off. Spirals, smileys, rockets, and massive explosions that filled the sky, and if yo include the reflection, the water too. Amazing, adreniline rush of a show.
Waterfall of sparks flowing off the sides of the ship
Smileys
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 We stayed in our spot as most people rushed to leave afterwards. Thousands of people trying to leave through one entrence …
We packed up as it started to rain again. I gave caro and Nayeli the umbrella and I bundled up in te giant blanket, looking like a walking marshmellow, we made our way to my appartment.
 
Day two Spain:
So the second day in the competition was Spain. We got the same spot, and we set out our picnic of strawberries and cheesecake dip, fruit, tea, sandwiches, and such. It was a nice day, unlike the last night. We were later joined by Rosa. Behind us was a jamacian group playing music, and two guys performing sideshow circus skills. Great spot.
Not long after we heard the familiar trumpet and cymbals, and turned to see the Hare Krishnas chanting their way down the side walk. They stopped by the Jamacian band and began a fusion of music. It was  good combo.
 
More friends joined us. Nayeli, Caro,and Vanessa. We sat on the blanket and waited for the fireworks, Eating cupcakes.
 
Cupcakes

 
 
Spains show was Beautiful. One of the performers behind us had a radio to play the music that went with the fireworks show. They shot off pretty sparkling fireworks to the opera soundtrack. Ive never felt like crying at a fireworks show. They switched to spanish music and ended with Alegria, a song from cirque du soleil. Beautiful beautiful show. With a downside being it was extra smokey.

 

Third and final day: Canada

Today was the busiest show. One it was on a saturdat, 2 It was the final day and 3 it was canada. We grabbed our spot early and brought a chessboard. We were joined by Megan, Nayeli, Grady, and Caro. Grady described our spot as  ” a fine peice of realistate.” How right he is. As we sat playing Chess the bodypainter from a nearby stand asked if she could paint me, for free because she was bored, and I showed alot of skin.

My body painting

I traded her a hemp bracelet. 🙂

Canada show was a mix of the other two, slow pretty fireworks to Imagine by john lennon, as well as the huge fill the sky explosions. My favorite were arrow shaped ones that would go strait up, then down then up again, switching directions twice. A friend of Diegos joined on our blanket with a bongo drum, as well as Megans parents who had just flew in from switzerland.
It was a great 3 days. and tough competition. I think my favorite might have been China, but Im not too sure.
Soooo yep sorry for the delay in entries, Ill try to keep up 🙂