Tag Archives: British Columbia

Birds Are Back In Town

With all the birds coming back to the area, this image really stood out to me from Instagram…plus, this is a really cool shot.

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Explore BC : Part 1 : From Fernie To Surrey

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Our family decided to forgo any vacations involving planes as a form of transportation this year and, instead, go on a tour of British Columbia by car. Not all of BC, of course, but a few key spots where we have friends and other fun attractions for the kids to enjoy. The idea of traveling with two young children seemed like a bad idea but with low expectations, we hit the road.

We left Fernie at around noon on May 30th and tried to do a few hours without stopping right off the bat. It wasn’t hard to do since the weather got cool and wet at about Cranbrook and it hit us really hard. With clouds above us and a fairly open road ahead of us, we just kept on going. Because we are traveling with a 1 (almost 2) and a 3 year old, I thought I’d tell you what we did to keep the smiles on their faces, which was the most exhausting part of the whole trip.

In our “fun car bag” we brought toys from home, a couple cheap toy fans from Extra Foods cheap bin, some new toys, stickers and books. There was talk of a portable DVD player but that didn’t happen, although, I think it would have helped.

Our first stop was Christina Lake. By the time we got close to Christina Lake, ears were popping and we didn’t know how to teach a three year old how to fix her ears. How do you teach that?! It was time for a run around! Christina Lake has a huge, beautiful beach. We tried eating picnic style on the beach but the kids were way too busy with the water and sand, to eat anything. But the second we got back in the car, guess who was really hungry…FUN! PJs on and ready for a few more hours with sleeping children we got on the highway again and 10 minutes later we drove straight into a severe hail storm. Slow u-turn and a nerve wracking crawl back to Christina Lake, we checked into a motel but not without getting completely drenched. So much for getting ahead. It ended up being just fine. We got up the next day and carried on to Osoyoos.

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Before we got to Osoyoos, we needed a strong cup of coffee. Let me tell you how little there is going across British Columbia. Very little. Imagine my surprise when we drove through Greenwood, a town that might still be living in 1955, and spotted a little place called Copper Eagle Cafe. I wanted to hug it.

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Osoyoos. What a great place to take the kids. I was tempted to stay in Osoyoos for two weeks but the rest of our trip to the coast sounded too good to give up on. Our kids are happy enough on a beach throwing rocks into the water, and we did do that, but we also found Rattlesnake Canyon, an amusement park that our kids were too small to really enjoy. We ended up doing the bumper boats and Roman cried almost the entire time. They loved just running around the park, which you can do for free, but we’ll try again in 5 years.

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Back on the road with some not too excited children so the toy fans came out. They were great for a little while and then, of course, they turn into weapons. Children. Not fast enough, we got to Surrey and went directly to a park just off highway 1 so we could all stretch our legs and go for a walk. The park is called Tynehead Regional Park and if you had a dog, this would be a prime place to take your pet if you’re driving to Vancouver because they not only encourage dogs in the park but also have a large off-leash area. Plus, the whole park is beautiful, which I wasn’t expecting in Surrey. The kids loved walking across the highway on the pedestrian bridge and walking through the many trails in the forests and meadows. We stayed at a friend’s place that night in Surrey and then drove to the big city of Vancouver. That story comes next.

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Explore BC : Part 2 : Vancouver

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Get Ready For Spirit Festival!

Spirit Festival and WeeFest in Fernie 2011

From The Free Press – Coleman reviewing impaired crackdown

From The Free PressBy Tom Fletcher – BC Local News – VICTORIA – People are over-reacting to the new penalties imposed on drivers who blow in the “warn” range of a roadside blood alcohol test, Public Safety Minister Rich Coleman says….Read the rest here.

***  Let’s discuss. Shall we? ***

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This is an interesting article as I know a lot people who are weary of the new 0.05 law. The other night I got a bit nervous having one drink at Brickhouse and then getting in my car to go home. When I get nervous about such trivial things I start thinking stupid thoughts like “What’s next? A law restricting alcohol consumption to our homes? Are they going to take away music and radios in vehicles because that can be distracting and cause accidents?” Is that an over-reaction on my part? Yes it is…or is it?

The Public Safety Minister commented on how the BC Government didn’t expect restaurants and pubs to be affected by the new legislation..but how could they not?! That’s just a ridiculous oversight.

What is 0.05? What does one glass of wine for me read on a Breathalyzer? Is there a solution to that problem? Do I need to buy myself a Breathalyzer? I may have to sit and have a drink with a local officer to clear this up. I’d like to know how many of the accidents involving impaired drivers are actually within the 0.05 to 0.08 range…just to see. I’m really curious. Is this really solving an issue or is it just a quick way to make some numbers go down/up (we just finished watching season 5 of The Wire. Amazing! You should watch this show if you haven’t already).

What most often happens with new legislation, when it’s not well received, is we all just get used to it. We adjust. And if the “warn” range doesn’t change (and it most likely won’t) in the new year, some will continue to take the hit and we’ll all just keep living.

The thing is, I’m all for drinking responsibly and with self-control but I’m against promoting fear. Fear weakens humanity. What the BC Government seemed to have done was introduce a tough on drinking and driving law on everyone and made it a priority in the province. A lot of cars were towed, licenses were suspended and now, according to CBC news, Coleman recently said:

“[A vehicle] doesn’t have to be towed under the legislation,” said Coleman. “So, those are the things we need to look at. I’ve already spoken to law enforcement [and] they agree.”

On the ICBC website I found this little warning for 0.05 to 0.08 BAC: “Financial Costs – Costs related to these offences can add up to an estimated $600 to $4,060—even if it’s the first time a driver is caught.”

This issue is being pulled in so many directions by so many different organizations and individuals – Mothers Against Drunk Driving, BC Government, RCMP, Businesses and so on.

It’s all so interesting!!

A campaign is in the works to let the public know a drink with your chicken burrioto is ok…but what about the individuals who have one drink and can’t drive? Or those who are over 0.05 percent and aren’t impaired? I personally don’t agree with zero tolerance. Sorry. I know that might make me seem like a bad person. I’ll live with that.

There was this man I met in Vancouver, let’s call him my mentor, and I greatly respected him. I respected him and allowed him to be my mentor mainly because he was honest and open with me. He allowed me to think for myself and to believe in myself; he respected my opinions and often tried to tell me about the alternatives without telling me I’m wrong. No judgments. I felt like I could do and be anything I wanted. This type of leadership is sadly rare.

We are becoming less in tune with ourselves and our own responsibilities in society and it feels as though we’re being constantly told what to do or what not to do. I’m not trying to promote drunk-driving (I hope that’s clear), what I’m trying to get at is slowly, day by day, year by year, our choices and ability to make choices for ourselves is being plucked out of our brains. Life cannot be this way or that way! We all need to find the many, many different ways and be able to choose the right way for ourselves. At least I do.

I know this all seems a little off topic…and I went on longer than I really wanted to…but I think it’s all relevant.

Not everyone will agree with these thoughts, that’s what’s so great about a discussion! It would be nice to hear your thoughts on how the new BC law has affected you in Fernie (good or bad) or just the review of 0.05. I’m asking for clean and open comments here…a mature discussion.

From Times Colonist – Northern lights expected to light up southern B.C. skies

The Northern Lights are making a rare appearance overhead this week, thanks to a solar “burp” that occurred Sunday and has spewed particles into Earth’s atmosphere...Read more.

Small Town Social – Going On Vacation

Leroy on vacation

But do not fret for I have plenty o’ news, ideas, photos and laughs prepared for you. You will not even miss me. Hopefully, we’ll be feeling a lot like how Leroy’s feeling in this picture – complete heavenly eyes-closed-in-the-sun bliss. When we return on the 21st of June, we’ll share our memories of meeting friends in Invermere, friends in Vancouver and biking/chillin’ with friends in Whistler. I will try and post photos as the trip unfolds…but I may be having too much fun to keep my try promise. Haazzzzah!

Views Into Fernie :: Through The Looking Glass

The Trip To Fernie - From Calgary
From the passenger seat I tried to document the trip into Fernie from Calgary with my camera (of course). These photos do not do the trip justice at all. The transitions from rolling windy fields to larger rugged hills and into the snow peaked mountains is something everyone should experience. The change of colours, trees, rocks, mountains, from point A to B, make the trip to Fernie like a building suspense novel…you just can’t wait until the end because it’s going to be shocking.

And I would like to add, we took 2 trips to Tim Hortons along the way, 8 cups of roll up the rim, and not one of us won even a cookie. what. the.