|Downtown Vancouver from Stanley Park|
Well it seems the theme for this summer in our house has been "procrastinate on all home projects because this is the nicest summer on record that we can recall and we can't stand to be inside working on home projects when we could be OUT THERE...". We are no closer to finishing up our family room makeover than we were a month ago so I have no updates to share with you in the DIY department...again. It'll get done (at least I'm pretty sure), but we just aren't inside the house all that much right now. I hope you'll indulge me in letting me share another one of my favorite pastimes instead - exploring this big beautiful world of ours, and amateur photography (okay, that's two favorite pastimes). I love the challenge of trying to capture a picture exactly how my eyes and mind see something. Sometimes, many times, the subject is just too beautiful to be caught adequately in a still frame. I keep trying. :)
Exploring and traveling doesn't have to be a grand or expensive trip every time you want to get away (although those grand adventures are lovely too!). With a kid in college, our travel budget is pretty tight right now. Luckily for us, some of our favorite places to explore and visit are right within driving distance of where we live! Last weekend we took advantage of that and spent a weekend in beautiful British Columbia, Canada for our anniversary. We live pretty close to the Canadian border and only a couple hours from Vancouver, BC (it's more like 3 hours total with the border wait) - just far enough to make it a fun road trip without getting weary about driving for long hours and hours on end.
Vancouver is a beautiful city. The city itself is huge and amazing, filled with urban delights, but just minutes away you can be in some of the prettiest spots that Mother Nature has to offer. We have been here several times over the years and each time we come away with wonderful memories.
Here are some of the things we did on our little weekend getaway: