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July 2017

Go Kart Racing!

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Kaya and I decided to check out the go karts in Abbotsford today and as we drove towards Castle Fun Park, I could sense her initial excitement fading. By the time we had pulled into the parking lot, she was a nervous mess. When I asked what was wrong she told me that she was afraid to crash because she had never driven anything before. There’s a first time for everything, right?

We walked up to the fence and watched a group of young racers rip around the track. Her excitement slowly came back when she saw how the young kids were able to drive the go karts. We talked to the attendant who reassured Kaya that everything would be fine and that she would be able to handle the go karts without a problem.  Well…almost.  At the end of our turn, we had to park the go karts in a straight line and, unfortunately for me, I was the car right in front of Kaya.  She came in a little hot and completely missed the brake pedal, the rear end collision was pretty jarring and I definitely felt it in my neck later that night.  Overall though, she did fantastically.  It was a really great father/daughter moment and I can’t wait to teach her how to drive a real car.

The cost was $8 each and we were able to drive for 5 minutes, which was enough time for about 12 laps around the course. Kaya had a blast and she begged me to let her go a second time, which I did…because I am an awesome dad!

It was a great day and I love spending some quality time with my princess.

 

 

Whistler 2017

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We spent July 16th – 19th at the Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa. It was an awesome little vacation. The weather was amazing and Sue and the kids spent a lot of time in the pool while I was working on the Sq’ewá:lxw Comprehensive Community Plan.

 

 

Sue and Kaya got to try out an Escape Room and I hear that Kaya was quite the clever investigator. They didn’t quite make it out in time but they had a blast and are excited to try it again sometime.

 

We ate at some amazing restaurants. The kids’ favourite was the Mongolie Grill, where you create your own stir fry ingredients. It was so delicious that we went back twice.

One night we got a babysitter (thanks Andrew) and Sue and I went out to eat at Araxi. It was amazing! We were so full we had trouble walking back to the hotel. #Gluttony

On the way home we stopped to take in some amazing views.

 

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Stó:lō Place Names Tour

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On June 3rd, 2017 I joined 2 board members and 3 staff members of the Stó:lō Service Agency for a Stó:lō Place Names Tour.  My wife and daughter also joined us for the tour.

Sonny McHalsie was our tour guide for the trip.  Sonny does 3 distinct place name tours.  There is one that focuses on the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribes, one that goes upriver, and one that goes downriver.  On this day we went on the upriver tour.

Sonny is a walking encyclopedia of Stó:lō history.  The tour lasted for about 6 hours and he spoke without a script, or even notes, the entire time. His stories were extremely educational and entertaining.  I also appreciated that he cut the x-rated parts of the stories out since there were children on the tour with us.

I would highly recommend one of Sonny’s Place Names Tours to anyone who has an interest in local Stó:lō culture.

Motorcycle Mike

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I Love Motorcycles!

Suzuki GSX-R 750

The Gixxer was my first bike.  In retrospect, a 750cc Superbike probably isn’t a very good first bike.  However, I was not a spring chicken when I got my first bike and I had a healthy amount of respect for the power that the bike had.

This bike was blindingly fast, it sounded amazing, and I felt like a superhero when I was riding it.  That being said…it wasn’t comfortable for anything longer than a 45-minute ride.

Sometimes, when life is feeling extra mid-life crisis-ish, I think that I would like to get a Gixxer again.  I usually come to my senses within a day or two.

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 SE

I picked up this bike from the dealership in a small town north of Barrie, ON and immediately began riding it across the country, all the way to Vancouver.

This bike was very comfortable and it served as my daily driver in Vancouver for 3 years.  I rode it rain or shine for the entire time I was a student at Simon Fraser University.

I made the mistake of putting extremely loud pipes on this bike.  It was borderline obnoxious and I couldn’t take the bike downtown without feeling embarrassed as each little twist of the throttle sent a thunderous roar echoing throughout the concrete jungle.

Night Rod Special

When I graduated from Simon Fraser University, I got an amazing job as the Marketing Manager for Canada’s Oldest Harley-Davidson® dealership, Trev Deeley Motorcycles.

I had been a Harley fan boy for many years by that point and I could not wait to take advantage of their employee pricing and get myself something amazing.  Trying to choose my war pony from such an amazing stable was a daunting task but it was, ultimately, my wife who chose anyway.  She came into the dealership and looked at the Night Rod Special and said “That one is hot” and that was good enough for me.

Ducati Hypermotard

I am not sure why I got this hooligan bike.  It handled amazingly well but, like the Gixxer, it wasn’t comfortable over the long haul and it just wasn’t practical for the type of riding that I do.  I guess I got it because I had always wanted a Ducati, don’t get me wrong – it is an awesome machine, it just wasn’t awesome for me.

And so, after 2 short years of ownership, I traded in the Ducati for a pair of Sea Doos.  My thinking was that I could take the entire family out on the lake and enjoy quality time with the kids while they still want to spend their weekends with me.  There will be plenty of time to ride after they don’t think I’m cool anymore.

Help Me Choose My Next Bike

Indian Scout

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Indian Scout Bobber

West is Best!

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Auntie Lisa and Uncle Jeff Visit Beautiful B.C.

On Sunday July 9th, 2017 my Auntie Lisa and Uncle Jeff drove out to visit us in Maple Ridge.  It was so nice to see family from Saskatchewan and to have them stay at our place for a few days.

After they got settled in we went for a little hike around the Cliff Falls in Kanaka Regional Park.  It’s a nice little trail with some amazing views.  My mom loves walking around that trail when she comes out to visit, so I assumed that Lisa and Jeff would like it too.

On Monday we went out on Stave Lake to try out the Sea-Doos.  Unfortunately, it was a bit chilly out that morning and the wind was creating a bit of chop on the lake so we were not out for very long.  Jeff must have liked his taste of the Sea-Doo life because he was messaging dealerships in Saskatchewan before we even got the trailer parked back in the garage.

On Monday afternoon we went to the Capilano River Hatchery and the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  Jeff and Lisa were both very interested in learning about the salmon spawn. Unfortunately, there weren’t many salmon jumping up the fish ladder that day but there were hundreds of fish in the holding tanks that we were able to see.  At the Suspension Bridge, we listened to a really entertaining tour guide who explained the history of the facility to us.

At the end of that long day, we went out for a fantastic Korean BBQ at Insadong in Coquitlam, followed by an amazing Korean Shaved Ice dessert at Snowy Village, also in Coquitlam.  It is so fun to cook your own meat right at the table and the different kimchi dishes are always fun to try.  I was super impressed that Lisa and Jeff ate the Spicy Tofu Soup…Jeff even had seconds!

On Tuesday, we went to Cultas Lake and stayed at the Delta Grove Provincial Campground.  It was an awesome place to stay and our campsite was a very short walk to the beach.  We sat at the beach for a few hours while the kids splashed about in the lake.  We saw two amazing aerial performances that afternoon.  First, a hawk was circling the water for a while and kept getting lower and lower.  The hawk suddenly dove right under the water and a few seconds later he emerged, albeit without a fish in his talons.  Secondly, there was a small airplane doing some acrobatic flying maneuvers over the lake.  It was some impressive flying and everyone was amazed that the pilot didn’t crash into the water.

We saw two amazing aerial performances that afternoon.  First, a hawk was circling the water for a while and kept getting lower and lower.  The hawk suddenly dove right under the water and a few seconds later he emerged, albeit without a fish in his talons.  Secondly, there was a small airplane doing some acrobatic flying maneuvers over the lake.  It was some impressive flying and everyone was amazed that the pilot didn’t crash into the water.

On Wednesday we woke up to an amazing bacon and egg breakfast and after we were done eating we packed up camp and headed back into Maple Ridge.  After a quick rest, we headed out to Rolley Lake Provincial Park to hike around the lake and to check out the waterfall.

That evening we were able to enjoy an amazing meal at Red Robin.  It was Lisa and Jeff’s first time trying out Red Robin since they do not have any locations east of Alberta.

Thursday morning was the end of our visit as Jeff and Lisa hit the road to go home.  We had a great visit and the munchkins, especially Kaya, really enjoyed connecting with that side of the family more.  It is amazing how many times over those few days that the kids said Lisa reminds them of their Grandma.

Anyways…Cheers, until we meet again!