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Cozy Victoria Weekend

Easter weekend Jeff and I visited the island for a half family, half chill-out weekend.  On the Sunday we checked into an amazing little carriage house I found through airbnb (have I mentioned how much I love that site?).

This place was perfect.  It was just behind the parliament buildings and only about a 10 minute walk from downtown.  We ended up spending more time in our little mini-house than I expected.  It was so cozy and cute with it’s own little kitchen, and a mini staircase up to our loft bedroom with queen sized bed.  It even had a little gas fireplace on the main floor.

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When we did manage to tear ourselves from our hide-away, we pretty much just meandered around town.  Day one we had a late lunch/early dinner at Cafe Mexico.  I loved the atmosphere here, the food was decent, service was friendly – although a little forgetful.  Maybe our server was new.  It didn’t really matter after our double margaritas.

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Day two it was a little overcast and we decided to check out Miniature World.  A full on tacky tourist choice.  We were entertained.  I think the admission is a bit steep, but it didn’t seem to keep people away.  I have a vague memory of a miniature world I visited with my family when we were in either Holland or Germany.  That one was definitely more impressive than this one – more of a fully conceptualized outdoor setup. This one had different displays, put together by various individuals at different times, and with different models.  Best part of this miniature world, in my opinion, was the train from Vancouver to Toronto that faded to ‘nighttime’ for 30 seconds at a time.

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For lunch on Day 2, the sun had started to come out, so we chose to eat on the heated patio of 10 Acres.  A downtown restaurant that sources mostly from their local farm.  I felt like we were in a Portlandia episode.

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Night two we visited a good friend, ordered in pizza and hung out.  We left the next morning, late, and took our time to get to the 1pm ferry.  The sun came out for us and we were able to enjoy an hour on the waterfront in Sydney.

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All in all it wasn’t the most adventurous of weekends, but it was exactly how we wanted to spend our time. Chill and easy.

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Birthday Hike

Hiking is awesome.  Like cycling, it reminds me why people want to live in Vancouver.  For my birthday, instead of trying to arrange some sort of gathering with my friends who don’t know each-other and may or may not be available, I thought a hike with my bf would be a great way to spend the day.kingcamera_00185orig

We drove to Buntzen Lake in Port Moody and did the Diez Vistas hike.  Gorgeous hike with apparently 10 views – although I only counted about 5.  Pretty steep uphill climb for the first bit.  Holy cow are my quads sore today.  It may be because we burned through the 4-6 hour hike (which, according to the website, is a 6-8 hr hike) in 4 hours flat – fearing we may not get back to the parking lot before close (That included a stop to devour homemade guac and chips – yum).   It may also be because I’ve only been on one other hike this season, which was relatively flat and short.  Turns out we over-estimated our hike time, which was great, because we were able to incorporate dinner on the Drive (Italian Day!) into the end of the day.

Upon our return, we were inspired, and decided that we needed to make hiking a very regular part of our lives, and also decided that we should start collecting camping and hiking gear and get in touch with the great out doors.  Big plan, but seems a bit more accessible these days than our plan to move to Morelia, Mexico for 3 months and take Spanish lessons.  That goal may have to wait for another year or so.

People travel from all over the world to go hiking and camping in B.C.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget that there are tonnes of great places to explore less than an hour drive away!