Friday, May 30, 2014

Buchart Gardens and Victoria

We picked up the sisters at their Condo (five minutes from us) at 6:00AM and headed for the border. Yay for us! No waiting in line at the border and no rain!  We were in luck again.... in the fact because we didn't have a wait at the border, and traffic being great, we were the last one on the 7:00 AM ferry instead of the 9:00 AM we had planned on.  The ferry ride from,Tsawwassen  BC to Victoria was an hour and a half. We had a nice breakfast on the ferry. French toast, scrambled eggs and sausage, bacon or ham.  We arrived at Butchart Gardens right after they opened.
I wasn't prepared for what I was about to see!! Grandeur and beauty.

At the end of our time in the gardens we all agreed that even though everything we saw was beautiful, the sunken gardens were our favorite.

This Rhody had a beautiful fragrance to it.

I'll ride a Merry-Go-Round any where I can find one.

We kept hearing the sound of a frog croaking.  And it was loud and often. I even asked one of the gardeners if it was one of those motion frogs some people hide for fun. He said no, and pointed out exactly where that little guy was!! he said earlier, there was another one on a lily pad but the kids must have scared him/her off.  

These flower beds and ponds, are on what was at one time, the Buchart Tennis Courts

After the gardens it was off to the Empress Hotel. 
No we didn't do the high tea, but I was on a mission there to find a certain kind of tea for son Rob. And find it we did!

British Columbia Parliament Buildings. We took a free, 45 minute tour of parts of this beautiful building. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun and interesting.

Joe was the photographer of the day, and sure enough he spotted the greyhound station (right across the street from the Empress.

The horse and buggy tours are very popular here. A pamphlet advertised them as $55 for a 15 minute ride......
Now I will close with a few pictures of some of the beauty we saw yesterday.

Will she or won't she.......

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Week at Birch Bay and a Visit to Vancouver, BC

On our way to my sisters we encountered a lot of rain just out of Kalama, Washington and it didn't let up until the next morning. Fortunately for Joe it quit raining by the time we got ready to head North and he didn't have to hook the car up in the rain. 

We stopped for breakfast at a rest area near Arlington, Washington, where Joe found this. it is a Giant Arborvitae, commonly called Western Red Cedar.

Near Linden, we saw beautiful farm country

We arrived in Birch Bay about noon and the tide was way out.

We took a drive along the water to the Semiahmoo Resort

We watched this Eagle soar and land. Eagles are plentiful in this area

We celebrated my sisters birthday. My sister in law (sitting) made a scrumptious pineapple upside down cake!


Sunset on Birch Bay

The following was taken from the Internet
Birch Bay is a headland bay created by the refraction of incoming waves on the headlands that lie on either side of the bay. The headland to the north is Birch Point, and the one to the south is Point Whitehorn. The waves bend as they enter the bay and lose energy in the process. The result is a half-moon-shaped bay with a gentle sloping beach. The beach has been modified in past years by the implementation of groins and riprap. Terrell Creek runs parallel along a section of the beach, eventually flowing into the bay.

The next few pictures were taken for our family. They were all taken at Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC

This picture and the one below are tour buses we saw in the Stanley Park area 

I was told the white buildings in the distance were part of the 2010 Winter Olympics

This cruise ship was going under the Lions Gate Bridge

This is the Brocton Point Lighthouse

The following pictures are of downtown Vancouver, BC. I was impressed!

Look closely. A beautiful rock church in the midst of all the tall buildings. Can any of our Canadian Friends tell us about this beautiful church?

Look what I managed to do. See the reflection of another building in the building on the left?

And last but not least the Peace Arch

Now we are praying for nice weather for tomorrow. ( It is raining and raining hard at the moment @10:30PM.)  We are heading out at 6:00AM to the Tsawwasen Ferry in Vancouver, BC. for a day in Victoria,BC and the Buchart Gardens.