08. August 2006

My Dear Mama, Friends & Family,

This Month I had the opportunity to get away for an 11 day Vacation with Ron in Vancouver. It was my first time to visit that spectacular city. I had so much fun! I also experimented with my hair and found out I had more hair than I imagined! *chuckle*

Here's myself with cornrow braids. After a week, I just had to have it unbraided & when they undid them, "POOF!!!!" my hair went. It actually looked to me like afro hair and I just asked the stylist to make it look like that instead of cutting it plain short.

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Vancouver, BC
Tuesday, August 01, 2006.

Big Hugs, & Much Love,

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Well after the hairstylist revised my suggestion about afro look, This is what she came up with. To me it looked so new! I've never seen myself with so much hair that it is actually fun! To think I was going to cut it really short minutes ago. Now I am glad I didn't. Oh! I am so Vain! I deserve it after nearly 2 years of not caring what I looked like!



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Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Ron & I walked to this tower so I could have a look at Vancouver. I enjoyed looking at the city from above.



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Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Inside the tower at the viewing area. Vancouver is so interesting



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Tuesday, August 01, 2006
From inside the tower



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Next day - went biking at Stanley Park! It was refreshing! lots of beautiful people just enjoying the summer. Loved watching people and the sights.



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Me and the Light House



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Stanley Park. Biking was fun. Ron took this picture after we had an ice cream break.



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
From left : David, Michael, Kerry (sitting) , Ron & Shawn. Photo taken after we had dinner out and just before we headed down to the bayto watch fireworks.



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
edgar and ron getting along just fine thank you



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
down by the bay people were waiting for the fireworks display. It was very dark when i took this picture. I had to take this photo at slow shutter speed so details could come up instead of just darkness. I couldn't quite get itt right. my hands were just too unsteady. The pics I took with the tripod was not as interesting.



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
I sat there looking up to the sky at this magnificent display of lighs for half an hourt. It was so beautiful with classical music playing in the background that it nearly made me cry. It was a good time to pray and be thankful to be alive.



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
People watching the fireworks from their seaside apartments/condos



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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Next Day - Ron and I Take the Ferry to Vancouver Island. Here is Ron looking out from the ferry to the ocean along with other passengers



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Thursday, August 03, 2006
First stop after getting off the ferry - Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC. Such gorgeous place! Loved it! Too many tourists though. Everyone taking photos!!



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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Butchart Gardens - So Beautiful!!!

Here is their website:
http://www.butchartgardens.com/




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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Just another tourist today.



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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC



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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC


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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC


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Thursday, August 03, 2006
The City of Victoria, BC
2nd stop : Dinner by the Victoria Docking Area.



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Thursday, August 03, 2006
City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


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Thursday, August 03, 2006
City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


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Thursday, August 03, 2006
City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. 3rd Stop: Watch street performers by the bay. Just lovely. Just feels like today the world was specially made for me.



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Thursday, August 03, 2006
By the Parliament Building, City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


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Friday, August 04, 2006
City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Next Day - Breakfast on an outdoor cafe.



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Friday, August 04, 2006
City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The Wax Museum - They look like dead people.



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Friday, August 04, 2006
City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Parliament Building That morning with Bag Pipes and Trumpets playing. Wonderful sunny morning!



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Friday, August 04, 2006
Next : Get on the ferry and get Back to Vancouver. Bye bye Victoria & Vancouver Island! Here you see passengers enjoying the sun.



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Friday, August 04, 2006
We enjoyed staying by the view deck as the ferry crossed the ocean. Out there you do not feel as dizzy. Loved the breeze!!



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Friday, August 04, 2006
A Lady Looking out to the sea.



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Friday, August 04, 2006
The Deck



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Friday, August 04, 2006
We arrived in Vancouver around 10PM. Walked around awhile and rested for the evening. Another wonderful day.



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Saturday, August 05, 2006
Next Day - Instead of biking - we went walking all around Stanley Park. Great exercise. We needed to burn calories from all the food that we've been eating!. Here is a photo from when we started our walk by the Bay



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Saturday, August 05, 2006
Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC


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Saturday, August 05, 2006
Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada (That's Vancouver City behind me)



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Saturday, August 05, 2006
English Bay, Vancouver City, Canada. Eric, Richard & Ron By the bay. People all over the city waiting for the fireworks display. THis will be the 2nd fireworks display that I will be seeing in this Vacation. By the time I took this picture, my feet were killing me. We walked 9 miles!



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Saturday, August 05, 2006
The Crowd by the sea. English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada.



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Sunday, August 06, 2006
Next Day - Gay Pride Parade. It was fun! Party Party everywhere. Vancouver City, BC, Canada




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Sunday, August 06, 2006
Vancouver City, BC, Canada. After the gay pride parade - had my picture taken with one of the parade entertainers



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Saturday, August 05, 2006
Edgar, Ron & Martin - sitting on a quiet city street eating take out chinese food. All the restaurants were packed with people. It was refreshing just sitting in the shade outside away from the crowd.



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Tuesday, August 08, 2006
English Bay at night



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Tuesday, August 08, 2006
English Bay, Vancouver BC, Canada


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Tuesday, August 08, 2006
English Bay, Vancouver BC, Canada. Sat by the bay and watched the reflection of city lights by the water. So beautiful! Oh! My life is brillant!



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Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Close to English Bay, Vancouver BC, Canada. 2:00 AM on the last evening of our stay in Vancouver. Tomorrow morning we will be on the road again - go visit Jay and Dennis in Chilliwack. Party (with Jay, Dennis, Mike, Ron and Kevin!!!) and Stay the night and leave the next day back to normal life. Kinda makes me sad. Vacation is coming to an end.



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Thursday, August 10, 2006
Chiliwack, BC, Canada. FRIENDS: (from left top row) Edgar, Ron, Michael, Kevin & The Hosts (seated) Dennis and Jay. We had a great party the night before. Ron and I didn't buy enough beer though. Hmmm. *chuckle* Thanks for a great party Dennis & Jay! It was fantastic!



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Thursday, August 10, 2006
Chiliwack, BC, Canada

Things to do today:

1. Leave by 2:30pm and Drive to Kimberley (11 hours).
2. Switch to "Get Back to Work" mode

I drove only 3 hours while Ron drove the rest of the way. Ron (with Mike) dropped me off in Kimberley at 2:30AM (I had to work right away) , and Ron still had to drive an Hour and 15 from there to Elko. We were all exhausted after. Back to reality.


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Thursday, August 10, 2006
Dog Saying bye bye



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Friday, August 11, 2006
On the road and back to the real world. It was an 11 hour++ drive. But we all had fun. Vacation is over. Now back to my old routine. Work Work Work.

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August 20, 2006 , 11:00 AM
Fernie, BC, Canada. Today we went to hike Mount Fernie. We started at around 10:30 AM. Here you see from the left Michael, Ron and Dino taking a breather.

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August 20, 2006 1:29 PM
Here you see Dino struggling (as we all were) to get up to the top.

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August 20, 2006 , 2:25 PM
This was the view from the top of Mount Fernie.

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August 20, 2006 , 5:00 PM
Midway going down Mount Fernie, I realized that I just have to take a shot portraying the hike. I had Ron look back at me to make it look like he was on his way up (but when this photo was taken we were actually on our way down the mountain)

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August 20, 2006, 5:04 PM
I just had to have this picture taken. Right behind me is the town of Fernie. That is where Ron was born and where Michael's house is. Going down is hard on the legs. Got to keep my balance. Because the climb is steep, I just had to focus on the ground ahead of me to keep from getting shaky.

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August 20, 2006 at 6:43 PM
Here is a picture of Ron ahead of me when we finally got closer to the base of the mountain. Here the mountain is no longer as steep as you can see, but I remember my legs were starting to buckle a bit. Those walking sticks do help when the legs are getting weaker. When we got to the bottom where we started off we were all so happy! It was a whole day's hike. Then we went for a beer, Dropped Mike and Dino off and drove back to Elko. What a great day off! Thank you God!

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Big Hugs and Much Love,