Boxing Day: No Shopping!

We managed to not go shopping at all today. I was quite happy about this.

We did head over to North Van to move things into our apartment (mostly Christmas gifts, small appliances, dishes, and so on) and then headed up Cypress where we wanted to go snow tubing. The snow tubing run at Cypress is pretty sad, though. I’ve toboganned down bigger hills in Ontario. It was good to see snow again, though. I do miss snow. We stopped at a lookout point on the way down the hill and checked out the view, which was quite nice. You could actually see further than ten feet in front of your face for the first time since Jordy arrived. It was nice.

Oh, and also, due to wrong turns in the past three days, we’ve done the complete tour of Stanley park by car not once, but twice. Stanley Park is apparently the place we end up when we make wrong turns. That and Surrey. We ended up in Surrey on the first night due to a missed turn-off on highway 1. Fortunately we haven’t done that since the first night.

After driving up and down Cypress mountain we went up to Capilano Suspension Bridge, where we admired the hugely tall and awe-inspiring trees and watched a bald eagle fly through the canyon below us, landing in a tree where we could gaze upon its nobility. Or something. It was quite beautiful.

Our next stop was back in Port Coquitlam where we had dinner at an Applebee’s (or however you spell it.) After dinner we headed out to see Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, which I enjoyed. Very dark, I wouldn’t take young kids to see it, but older ones for sure. I’d like to read the books someday.

Tomorrow will be great, we’re taking the West Coast Express (because we can) with Jordy down to Waterfront, then heading up to Grouse Mountain to take a ride up the Tram and wander around. Later we’ll head back into town and do some walking around town, maybe on Lonsdale and into the downtown core of Vancouver. I’m not sure exactly what we’re going to do, maybe go see an IMAX film or something, maybe go to the space science centre… we shall see. Either way it will be fun. We need a day away from the parents (not that we don’t love them) just to be able to relax and have some unstressed fun. Adam’s family all together in one place have an uncanny ability to complicate things. Entertaining for a while until it drives me crazy.


  • ashkitty

    December 27, 2004 at 12:20 am

    I was once stranded in Stanley park on a school trip. It was the middle of a rainstorm, and the bus just sort of went away without us–there were about four of us, and it hadn’t been raining when we got there so we were in shorts and t-shirts and sandals, and they left us there for HOURS before they finally realised we were missing and came back for us. And it was a holiday or something, so all the good stuff in the park was closed, even. We wandered around the gardens keeping an eye out for the bus, and we were so soaked by the time it finally did.

  • drtrauma

    December 28, 2004 at 11:23 pm

    Can you please explain Boxing Day to a poor dumb American?