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. 


  1. Love Vancouver Island, so much to see there. Have not been there since 1975 looking forward to some more pictures. Have fun.

  2. The rock church in your picture of downtown Vancouver is Christ Church Cathedral which is part of the Anglican diocese of Vancouver. It was built in 1895.

    It was nice to see the beautiful photos of you with your sisters!

    Great pics of downtown Vancouver.

    You'll love Butchart Gardens - sure hope it doesn't rain, it looks now like it may be o.k.

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  3. It's been so long since we have seen rain that I'm not sure if we would know how to act. Hope your ferry ride and visit are in the sunshine. Beautiful pictures.

  4. Rick Doyle might be able to identify the church for you.
    Enjoy your visit to Victoria.
    Be Safe!

    It's about time.

  5. Rick Doyle might be able to identify the church for you.
    Enjoy your visit to Victoria.
    Be Safe!

    It's about time.

  6. The church you asked about in Vancouver is Christ Church it at Vancouver Christ Church Cathedral/history. It is an interesting read.

  7. Hi Betty and Joe:
    Gorgeous photos. I emailed you yesterday but should have checked your blog first to see that you're out adventuring again. So happy you're really enjoying this time after all your work of the last few years.

  8. I really liked the picture of the old boat - nice shot. All your pictures were enjoyable. I remember that downtown Vancouver traffic!! Hope you get some sunshine today for you tour of Butchart Gardens.