Winter in Vancouver: Sunrise on Sunset Beach

Winter Sunrise on the Sunset

I can’t be the only one to be wondering “Where the heck has 2015 gone??!” Exactly one year ago today, I was getting my office cleaned up and organized before leaving on my six-month sabbatical. In some ways, that day seems so long ago, yet the year has gone by in a blink of an eye! Is that the sign of getting older? I’m not sure. Regardless, we’re both excited for what 2016 will bring ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Winter sunrise on Sunset Beach, Vancouver BC

We have been on vacation while Jonty’s brother was visiting for Christmas, and for the last few days the weather has been glorious! Clear skies have made for some cold days, but when playing the tourist in our own town, it’s much nicer to leave the umbrella at home in exchange for a toque and warm gloves.

The added bonus to the clear skies have been the superb sunrises!

We went to Sunset Beach for the sunrise (?!) a couple of weeks ago. Even though we were looking out to the west, the glow of the sunrise cast an almost ethereal light over the water – it was gorgeous and very calming!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Winter sunrise on Sunset Beach, Vancouver BC

… and cold!!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Winter sunrise on Sunset Beach, Vancouver BC

I think we managed about 20 minutes before we decided a hot cup of coffee would be the next best decision ๐Ÿ™‚

We hope you all have a safe and joyful evening tonight, as you ring in the New Year! Here’s to adventures in 2016 (and yes, the van is still supposed to be coming shortly)!

Happy New Year!

Weekend Meanderings: Sunday Sunrise

Happy Sunday – we hope you have had a great weekend!

Over the Thanksgiving long weekend we headed up to Queen Elizabeth Park to catch the Sunday morning sunrise. While the entire weekend was a mixed-bag of weather and it had rained quite a bit the night before, we were greeted with a few dry hours and clearing skies.

Due to the earlier rain, it was quiet up in the park, aside from a few other photographers aiming to catch the morning light, and a group of elders practicing their tai-chi – very chill ๐Ÿ™‚

We got married in this park, almost five years ago to the day, and it was remarkably similar on that day! Any month after, oh, August, can be a bit hit-and-miss in Vancouver with respect to the weather. So when the rain eases off, you better believe we savour each moment! ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise from Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver BC

We will have to remember this spot for future “Seeking Sunrise” pictures! Hopefully you don’t get tired of seeing these views because, unfortunately, I never get tired of taking them! ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise from Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver BC

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ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise from Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver BC

This was another photo session using the 50mm f1.4 prime lens I rented from Lens Lenders. I’ve got another lens booked in a few weeks and can hardly wait to try it out!

Happy weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekend Meanderings: Reflections

I stand by my statement: early mornings are my favourite! The days are getting shorter, which means we don’t have to get up at the crack of 5:00 am to see mornings like this, which is kind of nice as the weather cools!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

There is a definite chill in the air on the clear mornings, and the masses of leaves, crimson and golden, make sure we all know that autumn is here.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village sunrise and a still morning, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

Last weekend we meandered along the Olympic Village seawall, one of our favourite early-morning locations in Vancouver. We see a few runners,ย  dog-walkers and cyclists, but for the most part, it’s quiet and peaceful. Give it a few hours, and the atmosphere changes completely!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

That morning, the water was smooth and still, and the air crisp and clear. It really was a glorious morning! We watched the buildings downtown turn from blue to orange, as the rising sun reflected off the glass. There is something so mesmerizing about the water on days like this – maybe it’s the peacefulness after a crazy week – but we never get tired of it.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

Last week, Jonty’s appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon resulted in a CT scan of his knee, which showed a cracked patella. Not quite what we were expecting, but the bone pieces are aligned (which is a good thing) and the surgeon is hoping the bone fragment will fuse back to the kneecap without surgery (which will be a very good thing!). So, Jonty is sporting a very fashionable full-leg soft splint to keep his knee straight while the bone starts to heal. Another x-ray next week will show the bone is on the mend hopefully!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

Until he can start to walk again, we’ll continue to find good crutch-friendly places to explore, and carry on with bouldering (for Moira) and pull-ups (for Jonty, over a hundred each session now)!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

Happy Thanksgiving, family and friends! Enjoy this long weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Fallen autumn leaf, Vancouver BC

Weekend Meanderings: Grey Morning, Great Beer, Green Eyes

This past weekend we spent our days walking / hobbling around the sea wall, snapping some pictures, checking out the IDS West show (in search of inspiration for Moby), and working up an appetite by bouldering (Moira) and doing pull-ups (Jonty, now up to 95 in a session!).

SATURDAY

We were hoping for another spectacular sunrise, but the clouds had a different agenda. Nonetheless, we sauntered along the sea-wall, enjoying the scenery. For being just gone 7:00 am on a chilly morning, False Creek felt remarkably busy! Kayakers already on the water, dogs being walked, runners dashing around…

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Cloudy-morning walk along False Creek, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Cloudy-morning walk along False Creek, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Cloudy-morning walk along False Creek, Vancouver BC

We haven’t been on this side of the seawall to see the Granville Island “workers” on display. I like the pop of colour they give to an otherwise ordinary work yard.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Cloudy-morning walk along False Creek, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Cloudy-morning walk along False Creek, Vancouver BC

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After our climbing session, we stopped in at Brassneck to fill up our growlers. The local craft breweries are just starting to transition over to some of their autumn beers. Quite tasty!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Heritage Candy Factory building, Vancouver BC

SUNDAY

The Interior Design West Show was on this past weekend, highlighting some of the local Vancouver designers and craftsmen, as well as western companies (many from California). We were hoping to get a few ideas for Moby, especially when it comes to small-living designs.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver BC

Some of the design companies we found were quite interesting!

  • Cerno Group: For minimalist lighting design (they can run off of 12V power, which is great for the van! This one looked ideal!)
  • Resource Furniture: For neat space-saving, collapsible / folding tables and beds
  • SemiHandmade: Make doors, drawers, etc. for Ikea cabinets, which might be useful (they have a discount for shipping to Canada…)
  • Fancy induction stove-top (too big for the Sprinter, but it gave us a good idea of how thin the cook-top will be)
  • Lots of different ideas for taps, faucets, flooring, and so on

It was quite a walk out for Jonty on his crutches, so he took a breather inside while I did a quick lapย around the Convention Centre and Canada Place for a few pictures.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Views of Coal Harbour, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Views of Coal Harbour, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Views of Coal Harbour, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Canada Place cruise ships, Vancouver BC

It was a glorious day (albeit a bit windy), but the sun was shining and people were happy ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Coal Harbour and the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Coal Harbour and downtown Vancouver buildings, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Coal Harbour and the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver BC

We’ve got another appointment with the orthopedic surgeon today, and we have a pretty good idea what he will say. Hopefully Jonty will get an estimate of his recovery time!

This weekend is supposed to be another sun-filled one, so here’s to making the most of it! Now, let’s just see how far we can go on those crutches ๐Ÿ™‚

Fall in the Fall

It’s hard to believe we’re almost through September already. This month is really flying by, and the next few months don’t appear to be slowing down! The leaves are definitely turning colour, and the conkers are starting to fall – I came home the other day with a pocket full of them. They remind me of my mother-in-law – she was a master at picking the biggest, shiniest conkers while out on her walks. Hopefully she will be proud of my selection ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Collecting conkers

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Collecting conkers

The last few weekends have been a mixed bag of weather and health. On the ones with good weather, I struggled with a nasty bug, which put a damper on some of the climbing (for me). On the wet ones, I was healthy but Jonty was not. What can you do!

One Sunday a few weeks ago was supposed to be a good one, and we had a vacation day the next day to climb, so we used Sunday as a “rest day”. We were up early and cycled down to the Cambie Street Bridge in an attempt to catch the sunrise. The clouds were almost in the way, but we still got a few pretty great moments!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village sunrise from the Cambie Street Bridge, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village sunrise from the Cambie Street Bridge, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village sunrise from the Cambie Street Bridge, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village sunrise from the Cambie Street Bridge, Vancouver BC

There was a stiff wind that morning and we were already looking forward to our coffee at Whole Foods, but we persevered to get “the sunrise shots”!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village sunrise from the Cambie Street Bridge, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village sunrise from the Cambie Street Bridge, Vancouver BC

The next day was a vacation day and we headed up to Squamish to jump on our climbing projects. The weather was supposed to take a turn for the worst later in the week, so we were pretty excited to make the most of our day off. On our third warm-up climb, Jonty was leading a route, and did a slight drop-knee to make a quick power-move up to a hold. Next thing I knew, he had fallen 10 feet down and was clutching his knee, yelling to be lowered immediately.

Not good!

Once he was down and we were trying to figure out what happened (and how bad it was), he said he heard a tearing / fluttering sound in his knee and then his knee just collapsed (like the key was turned off on the engine – no power!).

Definitely not good!

With the aid of two makeshift crutches, he made the sloooooow trek back down to the car (the standard 20-minute hike took close to 1.5 hours), and headed into the Squamish ER.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jonty's crutches

The ER doctor there was very good and got Jonty an appointment with a highly-regarded orthopaedic surgeon in North Vancouver, so hopefully we will find out his true diagnosis today at his appointment! (We’ve been consulting Dr. Google over the past week, making our own assessments.) He’s hoping for the best, but preparing for a few months worth of recovery. Unfortunately, that marked the end of his performance session this year ๐Ÿ™

The good thing (for me!) is that being on crutches has not prevented him from making pie on the weekend – he just needs to sit down to do it!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jonty's crutches

So, without a belay partner, I’ve been getting back to the climbing gym to boulder, and Jonty has been working on his pull-ups (currently over 50-a-day!), since he’s out of ideas of what he can do safely right now. I think we’re both looking forward to hearing what the surgeon says today so Jonty can get back on the road to recovery as quickly as possible!!