Posts Tagged ‘tim hortons’

Vacation At Shuswap Part 1

Friday, August 1st, 2008

As I mentioned in my last post, I left town at a reasonable hour… however when I got half-way across the Port Mann bridge, traffic stopped. I took the next exit and followed Fraser Highway parallel to the highway all the way to Langley as per my uncle’s recommendation. It worked nicely, with the exception of some small spurts of construction or whatever. I merged back onto the freeway in Langley, and was extremely disappointed to find traffic crawling at 50km/hr or less. Turns out there was a second accident, this one in Abbotsford.

So after about two hours of fighting traffic in the lower mainland, I finally got out of town and soared north. Brian left Shuswap towards the later end of my traffic extravaganza and we met in Merritt for lunch. My grandpa was riding with Brian so the three of us ate at Tim Hortons. That was about the half-way distance point to Shuswap, but time-wise it was much faster. I will note that I’ve been coming to Shuswap so long that I’ve got the directions memorized, and although I had a set printed to help navigate Kamloops, I didn’t even use it. It was a very awesome drive alone with my tunes!

I arrived at 4:50pm, which was fairly good time, and made my way around the campsites to say hi! Everyone was so welcoming and my stomach was happy too! Thank you Lucy! The kids showed me how they put peanuts on their laps and some squirrels actually crawl up on you and take them. It was quite amusing! We unicycled around a bit, then I had some dinner. After dinner, our convoy made its way over to the park store for ice cream! We had something like two 5-foot unicycles, three regular unicycles, and a half-dozen bicycles. I had a two-scoop: Black Cherry and Cotton Candy!

After we rode home, everyone went over to Tom and Lucy’s campsite for the group campfire. Everyone sat around and chatted and we played games like O-Hell, Mafia, and possibly even some cribbage?

I forgot my toothbrush.

I’m currently sitting back in the tent-trailer typing in notepad while I hear some super loud firecrackers nearby being really annoying. I’ll copy and past this to my blog as soon as I can, and hopefully upload all my photos at the same time!

The Day Must Go On

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Yes yes, an amazing view… but I’ll get to that in a sec.

I finally upgraded my wordpress version about two days ago… only to find out yesterday through an email from Mark with lovely little subject line reading “Looks like you updated just in time…” and I handly little link to a new version that was release today!  Gah – they only update every several months, and it figures that my luck drops it on today!  Oh well, better today than a week from now… but it could have been a day earlier!!  … At least the upgrading process is fresh in my mind.

I did up some hot dogs on the barbeque for lunch for Spencer, Corinne, and Christine who dropped by for lunch.  The rest of my afternoon was simply working.  Although there was another email from Mark over in Europe asking how to connect to the net through an ADSL.  After a quick phone call over to Craig to confirm my suspicions, Mark had solid two-geek trans-continental certified advice in a matter of minutes.  … Turns out that he instead just found some nearby free wifi signal.

The evening rolled about and it was such a beautiful day that I decided to give Christine a ring because I knew she wasn’t doing anything.  It didn’t take any convincing to get her to head up Minnekhada with me a few minutes later.  It was a fun little hike, and it took us under an hour to reach the high-knoll.

Here’s a little animation on the how fast we got up there:

You can check out a bunch more photos from our hike in my web albums.

After I got back from the hike, Shenna came on by with her brother’s computer and I replaced the fan on top of the heat sink that sits on the CPU.  The old one was turning really slowly and must be super old.

Even later on, I went over and picked up Brittany and we headed down to Tim Hortons.  Got out of the car, but quickly hopped back in when we thought of just heading to the pub!  It was a good time, and we managed to order some food a mere minutes before the kitchen closed!

After I dropped Brit off at home, I drove home-wards but stopped in at Tim Hortons to visit with Mike Waddell!  Since it was around 1am, I didn’t want to stay long but I ended up standing and having an awesome talk with him for an entire hour.  It was really awesome, and in the end he got me really fired up about film and convinced me to head home and do something film-like.  I ended up editing the footage I shot a couple weeks ago of a sunrise out on the dike:

When I finished around 3:30am, I drove back down to show him the end result!  Kudos goes to Mike who provided me with a coffee (with a very flavourful mint shot) to take to the editing room with me!  I finally got to sleep just after 4am.