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Ocean Kayaking

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011


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Three of us just got back yesterday from kayaking around the Gulf Islands! Our rugged seafaring crew was myself, Mark Bakker, and Roy Bakker. It’s been about nine years since I last did it, which is far too long to be away from such beautiful scenery and great exercise! We saw some spectacular things – most notable of which was a rogue beam of yellow sunlight peaking through between some islands around sunset. It only lasted about 3 or 4 minutes, but was probably one of the most spectacular things I’ll see in my lifetime.

Amazing Rogue Ray of Yellow Light at Sunset

We woke up just after 4am and took an early ferry over to Duke Point, then pitched into the water over at Cedar By-The-Sea.  On the first day, we paddled about 15km: across to De Courcey Island, down to Pirates Cove, across to Ruxton Island, and then a little further to our campsite on a little island. Our map book marked a campsite on a small island as a wilderness site, but I climbed up onto the tree-covered rock and wandered around for quite a while and couldn’t find a spot. We asked some locals who pointed us down to another small island where people often camp.  This is where we witnessed the amazing lighting, seen in the photo above.

Day two, we clocked about 16km as we went down Valdes Island and briefly saw Blackberry point, then went north up through Gabriola Passage to Wakes Cove, and settled on the south east edge of Kendrick Island.  Right beside where the West Vancouver Yacht Club has property! From there, we had a beautiful view of the horizon, as it was clear blue sea to the south east, and we could even see Vancouver on the horizon to the east! We even manged to see a small fireworks display somewhere down in the Richmond/Ladner area (no, it wasn’t the Festival of Lights because it wasn’t the right night or the right area).

For our final day, we had to time our traverse through Gabriola Passage to be with the tide, and it was still fairly rough.  We paddled straight back across the channel back to Cedar By-The-Sea.  Packed up the boats and took the ferry back home!  In total, day three was about 10 km, which puts us at a total of 41km traveled by kayak.

Short 5 Minute Highlight Video

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This trip report was also posted on Club Tread.

Video of Riots after Vancouver Stanley Cup Loss

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Before the game even ended, the madness began. Turned over cars on fire. Port-a-potties turned over. Windows broken. Stores trashed and looted.

Police pushed the crowd back forming lines with shields. Crowds kept coming pushing the lines and throwing things at them. More cars lit on fire.

As the night progressed, it become more and more violent and the Bay, London Drugs, and was broken into and looted. Clashes with police increased and arrests were made.

Downtown Vancouver After the Canucks Playoff Game

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

It’s amazing how much energy Vancouver has when it’s excited! We’ve seen it through the Olympic crowds, and now here’s a video of our energy during the playoff crowds!

I recorded this on Saturday night while wandering the streets downtown! I headed straight for the busiest intersection.

Sunset on Cypress

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

I got off work relatively early yesterday and had some spare time so I went up Cypress and did just over an hour of boarding. After just one run, the front clasp on my binding broke off! I lost a lot of control, but was able to push through another five runs. Without a doubt, my shortest day ever.

I was lucky to catch the sunset from atop this gorgeous mountain! the only camera I had with me though was my cellphone. Watch the quick video above – pretty good quality for a phone!

Oh, and here’s my GPS track:


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Two Hikes with Ray’s Puppy, Grissom

Monday, March 21st, 2011

This last weekend, I wanted to get out and do some hiking but the mountain tops still have lots of snow from the winter. I also didn’t have a hiking buddy to go anywhere more remote with. This led me over to a couple really popular hiking destinations: Buntzen Lake, and Minnekhada. And I got to bring Grissom (Ray’s dog) with me!!

Saturday morning I made pancakes, and loaded the puppy into the car. We drove to Buntzen – my first time driving with a dog in the car. I’ve never done the full loop around, so I just found the trailhead and set out. I didn’t know how far or long the loop was, so I walked until 4:15pm, and then doubled back to the car. Turns out from looking at my GPS tracks, that I almost made it half-way around!

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We clocked 6.5km, and when I got the puppy home, Ray said he wasn’t even tired!

…So the next, day I decided to take him out again! I decided that a lake loop trail was fairly flat, and I wanted to test him out a little more. I took him up a 280 meter elevation gain hike up Minnekhada. He was a super climber!

We made it down from the peak in 30 minutes, including stops for people to pet him! I think he was a little tired later on too. Here’s the GPS track from Minnekhada:


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Office Tour, Epic Sunset, Double Rainbow

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Quick tour of our new office with epic sunset and double rainbow!