Monday, May 29, 2017

Our Adventure!

Here are some pictures from our (the kids and I) adventure in April.
We drove out to Vancouver via the Kootenays on Highway 3, saw and tasted the ocean and then drove back home through Lillooet and Tappen via the Trans-Canada!
It was quite the adventure!
We drove the whole way without any electronic devices and I told the kids we could stop whenever we wanted!  Needless to say the first day there was A LOT of stopping and exploring! Eventually the 3 little ones just waited in the car while Shayla explored.
We tented in Osoyoos and spent a full day and Farm Gramma and Grampa who meant us there. We did some biking and beach combing. 
Then we arrived in Vancouver at my cousin, Allise's house! We had our very own chauffeur and tour guide to take us to west coast places! I think the favourite was the searching for shells and watching people crabbing off the dock! 
Then we meant my sister, Vanessa and family at Skookumchuck natural hot springs, near Pemberton. Enjoyed camping with all the proper camping supplies that they brought, relaxing in the hot pools in the rain and hiking and biking along the river!
We stopped at their place for a night on our way to the farm! (Had to take a turn or two in the hillside rope swing and dirt biking!)
Enjoyed Easter with Farm Gramma and Grampa and had a lovely all day campfire with other family as well!
Then homeward bound, with a stop in Calgary, where we meant my sister, Corrine, and family and Clayton's brother, Nathan, and family for water sliding and science centre fun! 
Clayton surprised us by showing up at the hotel too!
And then we drove the last leg back home!
What an adventure!
Our team chant at various places was: 'Let's blow this popsicle stand!'
(Funny to us because one time I said this when we were done our shopping trip to the city and once we were in the car Jax shouts 'when will we get to the popsicle stand?!')


First stop: Windmills!

Old tree at the Crowsnest Pass

The Big Truck!

Fun at the Big Truck stop

Old train tunnel somewhere along the #3 in BC!

Haynes point provincial park

Fishing

Farm Gramma and Grampa in Osoyoos

Spotted Lake

Lovely old growth west coast forests!

Bridal Falls in Chilliwack

Hanging around!

Hollow log!

Guided tour with a car full of kids! Front row: Shayla, Jax and Mya

Back row: Alexander, Tristan and Rhys

At the Vancouver Aquarium

Dolphin show!

Feeding time!

Jelly fish

Starfish!

Playful sea otters!

Beach combing at Belcarra

Little crab

Alexander and Mya collecting treasurers

Jax; taking a break!

Allise and Kimberly, taking a break!

The adventurers!

Shells and sea life on the dock

Crabbing!

Very friendly fisherman, Riley, crabbing by swimming
down to the ocean floor and grabbing crabs!

Dungeness crab

A true fisherman; Tristan was dying to try his hand at crabbing!

The hot springs!

Soaking in a tub with Amelia

Getting smiles from baby, Rueban!

Mountain women

Hike to a waterfall!

Waterfalls... awe!

Camping by the river

Saw lots of wildlife! Even a momma bear and her cubs!

Lillooet: Seton Lake

Rueban!

Dirt bike rides... how lucky!
Tristan says:
It was so cool Mom, Uncle did a wheelie and a jump at the same time!
Oh my!!! Hope it just felt like that!!!

Shayla too!

Painting easter eggs at Gramma's with our Courtney!

The hunt!

Colourful eggs

Found one!

Still searching

Grampa's 10% easter egg tax to get back inside!
What an adventure!
'Let's blow this popsicle stand!'