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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

I haven't been too far out of Vancouver for a while but considered my weekend's effort worthy of mentioning. Somehow I got talked into doing the "Grouse Grind", 2.9km of almost nothing but stairs up the Grouse Mountain. Average time I believe is something like 1.5 hours, lets just say that I made it to the top and not count how long it took? Todd, Brad and Corey waited patiently at the top for Tracey and I, though I have to confess its not Tracey's fault we took so long... must be that old grandmother I got stuck behind! Apparently it's the worlds second most climbed mountain trail, Fuji being the first - I'm whining my way up popular mountain trails worldwide.

The climb was worth it though, not just to say I had done it but there's a lovely view of Vancouver and you can see Mt Baker (which is near Emily in Seattle) and Vancouver Island and excitingly there is a bear enclosure! Two bears lumbered around for us, lots of excited pictures and tourists around.

We also saw the Black Eyed Peas on Friday night, and without even a single beer I managed to fall through a chair and have a giant bruise on my knee (which I'm sure was the reason I took so long up the mountain...) and we also celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving with a giant turkey (giant turkey I'm sure also hindered my climbing speed).

The weekend before we supported Sydney by showing up to watch the AFL at a local Aussie/NZ bar, not only did Sydney lose but also a Canadian took out the winnings on guessing the score!

Somewhere since I last wrote I have also made it up the Vancouver Tower, by making it up I mean caught the lift. Not only did I catch the lift but we also caught the sunset which was a beautifully toursity moment, and reminded us that we are traveling despite having to turn up at work every day. We took another touristy day out to a place called Gibson's Landing a bit further up the Coast, a very pretty town and Brad Gibson was very excited, we have a lot of photos of Brad around Town trying to claim his land.

On a sad note my lovely Rachel is leaving in three weeks to travel around South America and head home, she got her shots this morning and is ready to go. The weather is turning here and there's a definite chill in the air and lots of pretty Autumn leaves, I think Rach is just making it out in time..
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