Category: travel

The adventure continues

We’re in New Westminister right now in BC, staying with mom’s friend Margaret from back in the school days. Yup, we’re sitting in the back yard right now as they reminisce over the old days. Tomorrow morning we’ll be leaving bright and early to get down to the German Consulate in Vancouver to submit all of mom’s paperwork for this German passport process.

We left Jasper at about 10am today, later than I thought we would get out, but it was nice to be able to sleep in a bit and chat with Shawn and Jen in the morning. It was really cool to sit in the living room, drink morning tea, and just chat. I left Jen with a bunch of my White Monkey green tea as thanks for them letting us stay, and also told them to get ahold of me if they ever need anything with that new iMac of their that they have now. When we tried leaving Jasper this morning Sheila the GPS wouldn’t locate the satellites, so I had to do some good old fashioned navigating. Actually I got my iPhone to do most of the work, but I made it sound like I was doing all the work 😛 We got out of Jasper without much of a problem, and we were on the road once again. Pretty boring for a while after that. I took a tonne of pictures on the road today though, mostly just of scenery as we went past it. Nothing overly interesting, but it gave me something to do as we drove and listened to CBC and podcasts. And then we quested for Tims!
We tried stopping in Kamloops to go to a Tims to get a little coffee and some lunch. That was a mini adventure. Sheila got mad because we weren’t going where she was trying to tell us, and I finally put that Timmy Me app on my iPhone to use. Using my keep navigational skills, I got us to Tims where we enjoyed a nice sandwich and Ice Cap. Getting back on the road after that was pretty easy, Sheila was happy that we were finally following her directions, and back on the road we went. Although we didn’t quite end up taking the route we thought we would. We had planned on taking the Coquihalla through the mountains to make it pretty easy to get around everything. But Sheila had other ideas. Instead of taking us on the Coquihalla, we ended up taking the side route on the 5 and 3 past Preston. The whole time mom kept telling me how we were on the Coquihalla and I kept telling her that we weren’t, and before we knew it we were in Hope and weren’t quite sure what happened. But we didn’t lose much for time, and got to see some great scenery on the way.
We hit some rush hour traffic when we got to Chilliwack though, which I remember happening when I was visiting Riley while he was living there a couple years ago. Two lanes of almost moving traffic between Chilliwack and I assume Vancouver, we got off the highway so we could arrive here in New Westminister. But we had some fun trying to keep up with a couple recognizable vehicles, and were able to laugh at some stuff on the radio. Rush hour is always more fun when you’re making fun of the other vehicles. We got into New Westminister at about 7pm Sask time, which is 6pm local time here. Pretty good I’d say. And a fantastically warm welcome! I couldn’t really believe these two, well I guess I can. They’ve been acting like long lost school girls since they got together. Which I guess they are, haha. We had a fantastic supper, made by Margaret’s husband Brian. Homemade caesar salad, poached salmon, steaks, and slow baked potatoes. Mmm mmm, it was tasty. Also, we’ve had about two bottles of sparkling red wine. Also very tasty. We’ve been sitting out here in the back yard since supper, they’ve been catching up and I’ve been chilling out with some Wi-Fi. Talked to dad and Collin on the skypes for a bit, read some articles, some Wiki. Actually not much out of the norm. Well, other than writing all this. Which hopefully will become the norm. I’m actually pretty surprised at how much I’ve been able to squeeze out of today, it’s been pretty boring considering. Much more should happen tomorrow. But that’s probably about it for now. I’m going to make sure all my batteries are charged up for tomorrow, I don’t want my camera to die again while I’m using it. So tah tah for now, hopefully tomorrow’s exploits will end up being much more interesting. Again, take a look at all the twittering, I’m sure there will be a lot more since we’ll actually have cell service the entire time. I need to stop dragging this on. BYE!

The road to adventure

Well, we’re in Jasper right now, staying with my cousin (second cousin technically… I think) Shawn. I’ve always liked Jasper, it’s got a vibe to it, everyone I’ve ever talked to has always been great (and not just in that “I’m putting up with you because you’re a tourist” kind of way), and it’s probably one of the most beautiful areas in Western Canada.

We left the house this morning at about 7:30, and we arrived in Edmonton at around 1 in the afternoon. Pretty good time, considering we stopped in the Battlefords to take care of some business at a Petro Can and the GPS said we wouldn’t get in until 1:20 or so. Take that Sheila 😛 We went to West Edmonton Mall where we had lunch at the Sherlock Holmes Pub in the Bourbon Street area of the mall. That place is sweet, they say they’re a traditional style English pub, and having NO experience with English pubs, I believe them. The food was really good, I got what was called the Pub Club on a bun, essentially a chicken club sandwich, but with a seasoned chicken breast instead of cold cuts. It was great. And they even had really good fish and chips vinegar for my fries. And Guinness! I think that was the best part.

After we had our awesome lunch, we checked out a shoe store we passed on the way to lunch to look at some sandles. Birkenstocks! I’ve finally got a pair of sandles I really like. And they’re made in Germany too, ’cause you know the Germans make good stuff. Haha, I’m happy about that, I’ve wanted a nice pair of Birks for a long time now. They had some other cool shoes too, a bunch that I think Braden would really like that I got a picture of that I’ll be putting up with all the trip pictures when I get back. We also searched out one of the Source stores in West Ed, I wanted to replace my Zune transmitter since it was stolen when the Jeep was broken into. It was kinda funny being in there, their store is about the same size as ours, but they have double the products, double the staff, and double the customers. There is no room. I also had to give them a little instruction on how to give me my employee discount, which was really funny. Their staff was really nice though, better than most of the people here I’d say. I also got to check out the Apple store while looking for the music stores they have there. That was cool. Call me geeky, but being in the Apple store was freaking sweet. I could totally work in an Apple store. Checked out the music stores too, but they didn’t have any Rush guitar books, so we were pretty much done.

From there we basically drove from Edmonton to Jasper, letting our trusty GPS Sheila lead the way (Which isn’t hard, it was basically a straight line). The mountains came out of nowhere, I swear. Rather uneventful on that leg of the drive, which I guess is pretty good. Some wildlife here and there. We got into Jasper at about… 7? Got to my cousin Shawn’s new place where a small family gathering was underway, namely my cousin Shawn, his brother and my cousin Darryl (I’m sorry if I’m not spelling that correctly, there’s so many different ways!), his wife Shelly and their two kids, Abby and Mason, and Shawn’s partner Jen. Oh, and Shawn and Darryl’s mom, my great aunt, Bev was here too. I haven’t seen any of them in a few years, I think Aunty Bev being the longest. I’d never met Jen before, she’s really nice. And I also met Mason for the first time, I’m not sure how old he is, but he reminds me a lot of myself in some ways. Mostly the ridiculous antics parts. And we both had Super Man pajamas. That’s awesome. It was really awesome to be able to visit with everyone, I like spending time with family like that, it’s something I don’t get the chance to do very much of.

That’s pretty much today, more or less. Took a little walk around and saw Aunty Bev’s apartment, and had a cool conversation with Shawn about a bunch of different things. I love talking to interesting people. And now I’m just laying in the basement typing my first recount of the trip. So that’s all for now. Check out my twitter or facebook streams for little updates as the days go on, I’m sure there’s a few little interesting tidbits that pop up on those. Anyways, I’ll try and recount tomorrow once that night comes, hopefully I’ll be around some internets so it can go online. Tah tah for now!

Adventure ho!

An adventure begins! Somewhere inside the next hour I’m going to be departing on what will probably be my only summer getaway this year. My mom and I are driving to Vancouver, primarily to go to the German consort to see about being able to get her a German passport, but we’re going to try and have a fun trip around it. We’re going to be driving through Edmonton, stopping for lunch and a little bit of shopping at the West Edmonton Mall, then continuing to Jasper to visit and stay with my cousin Shawn. From there, I think we’re drviving to Vancouver to see and stay with an old friend of my mom’s. A quick visit to the consort the next morning, and then we’re off to Victoria! A day or two there, and then we’re headed back home, this time through Calgary where hopefully I’ll be able to meet up with a couple friends for a visit. We should be due back next Saturday.

I think this trip is well deserved. I really need to get away from things for a bit. It just hasn’t felt like summer, to use the words of someone close to me. It’ll be really great to get away from things for a bit. I’m also going to do everything I can to go out of my way and blog every night during this trip. Hopefully it’ll help me get in a better habit of doing it, plus it’ll be easy to recount a day at a time instead of the entire trip at once. So hopefully all goes well, and you’ll be able to read several posts this week.

Anyways, must finish getting ready before we leave. Wish me luck, and I’ll see you all in a week!

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