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Day 37 - Valentine's Day at Stanley Park

semi-overcast 11 °C

We thought a good way to spend Valentine's Day would be to explore Stanley Park.

Stanley Park sign

Stanley Park sign

We were immediately surprised by the amount of snow in the park and caught a pair of geese going for a stroll.

Geese stroll through the snow

Geese stroll through the snow

The geese also take control of the roadways.

Traffic stoppers

Traffic stoppers

We caught the beautiful reflections of the sea wall walk and the Vancouver skyline in Vancouver harbour.

Sea wall walk with Vancouver in the background

Sea wall walk with Vancouver in the background

We parked our car by the totem poles and began walking on the sea wall. This seaplane caught our attention as it took off near Canada Place.

Seaplane takes off

Seaplane takes off

Canada Place

Canada Place

A duck we did not recognize swam by. After much researching on "Google", we found out that this is a Bufflehead Duck.

Bufflehead duck

Bufflehead duck

We continued our walk and came to the Brockton Point Lighthouse.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

The lighthouse had a seagull guard.

Lighthouse guard

Lighthouse guard

We continued our sea wall walk and got a great view of the "Lion's Gate Bridge". We wish they would paint it a brighter colour as the green colour it has makes it blend into the background.

Lion's Gate Bridge

Lion's Gate Bridge

We were amazed at how clear the water in the harbour is.

Clear water

Clear water

We found ourselves back at the totem poles so took a picture before continuing our walk on the sea wall.
Totem poles in Stanley Park

Totem poles in Stanley Park

We found two interesting stops. The first is a statue of a woman sitting on a rock. This statue is called "Girl in a Wetsuit". This art work was gifted to the Vancouver Park Board in 1972 by the sculptor, Elek Imredy. The woman represents Vancouver's dependence on the sea.

Girl in Wetsuit

Girl in Wetsuit

The next interesting stop was a replica of the figurehead from the S.S. Empress of Japan which plied Vancouver's waters from 1891 to 1922. This ship carried Vancouver's commerce to the orient. The original carving was restored by the Vancouver Province in 1928. This replica was cast from the restored carving in 1960.

Replica of figurehead on S S Empress of Japan

Replica of figurehead on S S Empress of Japan

We then walked toward the Vancouver Aquarium and spotted a dumpster diver squirrel.

Black Squirrel garbage picker

Black Squirrel garbage picker

One window of the aquarium was an artistic display. There were many, many versions of jelly fish.

Ocean inspired jelly fish

Ocean inspired jelly fish

This interpretation of an Orca or Killer Whale is out in front of the aquarium.

Orca or Killer whale

Orca or Killer whale

After exploring the aquarium gift shop we walked back through the woods to our car parked near the totem poles and drove back to our hotel. Along the way we found a "Welcome to Vancouver" sign.

Welcome to Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver

This was a very pleasant way to spend Valentine's Day.

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Day 36 - A good day of travel and a long wait at the border

sunny 15 °C

We had a great breakfast with our niece and her husband. We started north along Interstate 5.

We had a good travel day.

We spotted Mount Hood in the distance east of us before the border between Oregon and Washington. We ended up stopping at a rest stop to get the photo we got. These mountains are so majestic but difficult to photograph as you travel down the highway.

Mount Hood

Mount Hood


We spotted Mount St. Helens as we continued north after crossing the Columbia River.

Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens


Mount Rainier appears east of us as we get closer to Seattle.

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier


The freeway through Seattle gave us an opportunity to take a photo of Seattle's skyline.

Seattle Skyline

Seattle Skyline


We were watching the signs that tell you how long you will have to wait to get through the border crossing at Blaine, WA north of Seattle. The first sign we saw predicted a 25 minute wait. The second sign we saw predicted a 40 minute wait. We actually had a 1 1/2 hour wait. We had hoped to get to Vancouver in daylight but as you can see from the photos we took as we sat not so patiently waiting in line, the sun set on that idea.

Peace Arch

Peace Arch

Boundary Marker

Boundary Marker

Peace Arch Park

Peace Arch Park

Sunset Feb 13, 2017

Sunset Feb 13, 2017


We are now settled in our hotel in Burnaby and had contacted some of our family to set up visits during our stay.

Our family tells us that they have had more snow in Vancouver this month than they are used to but today the temperature rose and much of the snow melted. We noticed some snow in ditches and such.

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Day 35 - Wild life in Salem, OR

overcast 10 °C

This morning we left Grants Pass on our way to Salem OR. The sky was grey and the temperature was 2 C (36 F). We encountered fog as we drove over the 4 mountain passes between Grants Pass and Eugene.

The high temperature for today was 10 C (50 F). We did enjoy some sunshine along the way.

We arrived safely at the home of our niece and her husband. Their home backs onto a city park with a ravine. They have bird feeders in the backyard. The first visitor was a hummingbird who sat in a nearby tree long enough for Reta to catch a photo which turned out to be a silhouette but exciting just the same.

Hummingbird in a tree

Hummingbird in a tree

Our next visitor was a chickadee.

Chickadee

Chickadee

A chipmunk came by because the bird feeders drop goodies on the ground.

Chipmunk

Chipmunk

We went to a restaurant called Vendi for dinner/supper. We stopped at a park along the Willamette River to see how the river was doing. The river is overflowing its banks. This picture shows a railroad bridge which is now a footbridge.

Willamette River overflowing its banks

Willamette River overflowing its banks

These mallards came up the bank to visit us.

Mallards by Willamette River

Mallards by Willamette River

We found this sign, which is now 6 or 8 feet away from the shore, kind of humourous. Who would want to drive there?

You really want to drive there

You really want to drive there

After an excellent dinner we returned to our niece's home and enjoyed an evening of visiting.

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Day 34 - Sunshine

sunny 12 °C

Today we were greeted by sunshine. Sunshine lifts the spirits.

We went out to explore Grants Pass, OR.

We thought we would first share two of the iconic sights in Grants Pass. The first iconic sight is of Dutch Bros. Coffee. This coffee company was started in 1992 by Dane and Travis Boersma. The Boersma family had operated a dairy farm in this area for many years but government regulations pressed the family to sell their cows. The young brothers thought of a new way to make a living. They bought a double-headed espresso machine and began selling coffee from drive-through booths. Today, Dutch Bros. Coffee is the country's largest privately-held drive-thru coffee company, with over 260 locations in seven states and over 5,000 employees. They have a large warehouse and roasting operation here in Grants Pass. The second iconic sight in Grants Pass is this sign which hangs over 6th Street and has been there for many years.

Iconic Grants Pass site

Iconic Grants Pass site

Second iconic Grants Pass site

Second iconic Grants Pass site

We drove over to All Sports Park and walked to a footbridge which spans the Rogue River. Along the way we saw this statue of a family enjoying a walk. We also walked past a pond. We could hear this "goose parade" before we could see it. These geese were swimming as if in a procession.

Family statue in All Sports Park

Family statue in All Sports Park

Goose Parade

Goose Parade

This is the view of the Rogue River from the footbridge. The Rogue River is experiencing flood conditions as were so many rivers that we saw particularly in California.

Rogue River in Grants Pass

Rogue River in Grants Pass

We then thought we would drive out to Hellgate Canyon to see what the swollen river looked like there.

Bridge over Rogue River at Hellgate

Bridge over Rogue River at Hellgate

Reta was excited to see a Great Blue Heron beside the river.

Great Blue Heron by Rogue River

Great Blue Heron by Rogue River

We were able to look right into the Hellgate Canyon to see the Rogue river swirling around in the canyon.

Eddies in Rogue River at Hellgate

Eddies in Rogue River at Hellgate

We were then curious about what the river looked like further downstream so drove as far west as Graves Creek Bridge and parking area, which is used to put canoes and kayaks in the Rogue River for an exciting river experience. We found the river had covered the parking area and was passing quickly by on its way to Gold Beach, OR where it enters the Pacific Ocean.

Rogue River covers parking lot at Graves Creek

Rogue River covers parking lot at Graves Creek

Shirley checks out water

Shirley checks out water

Churning river

Churning river

Reta took a photo of the rock beside the road at Graves Creek.

Interesting rock colour

Interesting rock colour

We started driving back to Grants Pass and we passed Indian Mary Park which is one of Josephine County's parks. This park is used for camping and picnicing and also has a boat ramp. Shirley spotted some wild turkeys grazing in the park so we stopped to get a photo. The whole park is one big water puddle. After Reta got a photo we drove down to the boat ramp. The water was just a foot or so below the boat ramp. We spoke to a park employee on our way out of the park. He told us that just a day or so ago the boat launch was under water.

Wild turkeys at Indian Mary Park

Wild turkeys at Indian Mary Park

Water was over boat launch at Indian Mary Park

Water was over boat launch at Indian Mary Park

Water all over park

Water all over park

We took this photo of a family camping in a yurt as that is not a sight we are used to seeing.

Yurt campers at Indian Mary Park

Yurt campers at Indian Mary Park

We drove back to Grants Pass. We had excellent and plentiful Chinese food at China Hut. A good day was had by all.

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Day 33 - Dinner out at Jacksonville, OR

rain 10 °C

We had a quiet day. It was rainy on and off. Reta took a picture of a beautiful rainbow but the photo was out of focus so we can not share it with you.

We planned to pick up Shirley's friend, Linda,and drive to Jacksonville, OR about 25 miles from Grants Pass to have supper/dinner at the Schoolhaus Brewhaus. The Schoolhaus Brewhaus is a restaurant in a building which was previously a school.

Schoolhaus Brewhaus German food

Schoolhaus Brewhaus German food

The entry to Schoolhaus Brewhaus was decorated for Chinese New Year which has just passed.

The Schoolhaus Brewhaus features craft beers and German cuisine.

As soon as you enter the restaurant you are greeted by a display case of yummy desserts.

Fancy desserts

Fancy desserts

We had a great meal and conversation. Unfortunately we had enjoyed our meals so much that dessert was out of the question, so those lovely desserts are still in the display case.

Art, Reta and Shirley

Art, Reta and Shirley

Art, Reta, Shirley and Linda

Art, Reta, Shirley and Linda

One of the servers took a picture of the four of us.

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