Party

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H had a dinosaur party – we think it went well (thanks to loads of help!)

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We’re not sure what the pirates were doing.

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Spring

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It’s that time of year again, but our first spring in the PNW.

Everything is the same, but different. Bigger.

Kart-king

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Harold drove us out of the Vancouver suburbs to see Owen practicing for today’s race at the Chilliwack track.

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H was a key part of the practice session preparations.

Good luck Owen!

Culture Shock

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A hotel room with a kettle, tea pot and a coffee machine! Where in the world are we?

It could only be Canada. 

Run Away

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BEDEMIR: Oh…. Um, l-look, if we built this large wooden badger– [twong]

ALL: Run away! Run away! Run away! Run away! Run away!

[Monty Python]

Second attempt

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Our second attempt on Rattlesnake Ledge was much more successful.

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We had a little break on the way up…

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…for H to check our bearings

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The view from the top was well worth the trek.

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Guest room ready

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The guest room is ready. I wonder who’s coming to visit. Can you guess?

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The chart (that’s chart, not map) above the bed is from Antigua. Did you know that most experienced yachtspeople consider that the north-east coast of Antigua from Indian Town Point to Horse Shoe Reef is the most dangerous area in the whole Eastern Caribbean?

Welcome web-visitors from Saint John, and welcome physical visitors from ……… ?

Wet feet

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On the appearance of wet footprints do you:

a) assume the kids have spilt something
b) assume that heavy rainfall has flooded the garage
c) realise that the water heater is leaking

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That’ll be the water heater then, a 50 gallon monster of a water heater.

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and that’ll be the hole in the wall needed to replace it. Good job they’re built to last, they reckon that the new one will be good for all of, er, 9 or 10 years…

Rattlesnake Ledge

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We did a walk this afternoon, from Rattlesnake Lake…

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…up to Rattlesnake Ridge.

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It was a great walk through the trees until…

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…one shower turned into a bit more than we bargained for — sleet, hail and some snow thrown in for good measure.

Since the white slippery stuff was starting to settle, we thought the prudent thing was to turn round and hightail it down again…

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…where we sat by the lake and scoffed the summit-cookie supplies!

Another trip to add to the list of one’s to try again — along with Wallace Falls (started too late in the day), Twin Falls (trail washed out), and getting to the top of Rainier (er, a little on the high side for young Finn).

April Fool

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Beware the April fool in our house. Spiders and sea creatures appeared in drinks and breakfast cereals.

Best ‘April fool’ of the day? “Is it April 1st today?”, answer: “No”