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Start of our outdoor summer 2011

March 2, 2012

The summer of 2011 arrived with a much stronger determination to get the family outdoors.  The wife and I went shopping for more gear to make sure we are comfortable, I bought a new vehicle with more clearance and the ability to tow a small trailer.  I also was busy looking for places to take the family.  This summer was to be spent outside.

However the summer started slow, the first trip we had to cancel as one of us was injured in a car accident, the other had a twisted knee.  So instead we decided to do a day trip up the west side of Harrison lake.

The boys throwing rocks in the river

The summer didn’t really arrive until August, and I was not ready to risk a negative trip before the family had experienced the great parts of camping. so we stayed close to home for the first part of the summer.  Living in BC, there is so many amazing places to go explore, however for the kids it was all about finding a lake they could float there toy boats in.

Light house Park

Light house park in West Vancouver is still one of my favorite parks.  With old growth forests, rock climbing on the ocean cliffs and all the boat activity of English bay it is an amazing place to spend an afternoon.  Due to time constrains the boys did not get to see the rock climbing, but as always enjoyed being out side and throwing rocks in the water.

Buntzen Lake

Also staying close to home we took the boys to Buntzen lake.  Here is my oldest son walking ahead as he gets his first glimpse of the lake.  This trip the joy of throwing rocks was trumped for the boys by a curious fawn and it’s mom who shared the trail with us for 10 minutes or so.

With these and many other successful day trips already this year, August had arrived and with it finally brought some summer weather just in time for our vacation to start!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2012 6:51 pm

    Hey, just checked out your site and am flattered that you would follow ours. Do you guys ever travel south? Maybe someday we can all have a drink/ swap stories at the campground.

    • March 19, 2012 9:26 pm

      Thanks for following.

      Yes I am planning on camping on the Oregon coast this year, not sure when yet, and hopefully once the trailer is done i plan to take a winter trip to Baja.

      Swapping stories sounds good, where down south?

      • March 20, 2012 4:56 am

        I meant the U.S. as a whole. We rode up the Oregon coast a couple of years ago. Very nice. Northern Californian coast is very cool too and actually more wild. I highly recommend Humblolt Redwood State Park in Ca. Recommendations would be a good idea (when we camped there we got the very last spot in the park). Our blog has information on Sunset State Park in Oregon which has great hiking and a so-so campground (although my wife liked it more than me).

      • March 20, 2012 8:26 am

        Great Suggestions. I love California, haven’t yet made it down there with the kids, will be adding it to the list. Haven’t yet made it to the redwood forest, should be fun.

        This year we are looking at Yellowstone as well, as a US destination.

        Most of our trips are long weekends, so I try to keep the drive to 2 hours when ever possible. With one or two big trips each year.

        Too many places to go and see, what a great problem.

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