Palm Trees, Cowboys and Snowboarding
It’s snowing right now in Vancouver, something the city has been lacking for much of the winter. I know, I know… most of the northern hemisphere has been hammered with snowstorms, but the Pacific Northwest has been unseasonably dry, which has resulted in one of the worst snowboarding seasons in recent memory.
But, alas, the snow has finally arrived and the local mountains are looking all pretty.
As I watch the Closing Ceremonies of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, I can’t help but notice the quiet. Nicole and our two little boys are currently enjoying the sunshine in Palm Springs right now, so I’ve spent the last few days riding solo – not something I’m used to – but I’m getting caught up on months of lost sleep, so no complaints.
It’s been a busy start to the new year. We’ve got a lot of stories to share from our recent travels to Arizona, Palm Springs and British Columbia, but, as per usual, there never seems to be enough time to sit down and write. I hope to rectify that over the coming days, but, in the meantime, I thought I’d share a few photos that tell part of our story from the past 4 weeks.
Braydon playing on the beach at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver, raccoon hat and all!
Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver, Stanley Park in the backdrop. I do love this city!
With the BC Coast Mountains experiencing one of the slowest starts to the ski season that I can remember, we headed south across the US border to Mount Baker in Washington State.
It’s a fun mountain that boasts the world’s greatest recorded snowfall in one season, 1,140 inches in the 1998-1999 season, and the highest average annual snowfall of any resort in the world with 641 inches.
In late January, we packed up the car and took a road trip to Sun Peaks Resort in central British Columbia, located about 5 hours northeast of Vancouver near the city of Kamloops.
While we didn’t get the champagne powder we were hoping for, we caught a few sunny bluebird days on the slopes. We posted more photos from that trip here.
Baby Connor and Nicole enjoying lunch at Sun Peaks. This was the first big trip of his young life!
Braydon at the snow tubing park in Sun Peaks
Baby Connor getting dressed for a horse drawn sleigh ride through Sun Peaks Village
After multiple snowy destinations, it was time to head south and catch some well needed sunshine. Braydon found a new ride at Vancouver International Airport. He’s so funny with his little Thomas the Train luggage, filled with toys and books of course.
Playing in the underwater world at SEA Life Arizona Aquarium in Tempe, Arizona
Braydon spots a rhinoceros at the Phoenix Zoo in Arizona
Splashing water in the fountain at the Tempe Mission Palms hotel
Cruising around Tempe Town Lake in our private boat rental
Baby Connor soaking up the Arizona sunshine in Tempe
Rawhide Western Town in Chandler, Arizona
Watching an old western cowboy show at the Rawhide Western Town in Chandler
Sure, there’s cheetahs and giraffes at the Phoenix Zoo, but I’d rather make a pile of sticks and dirt!
Back in Vancouver now, which means it’s time to catch a few turns at Cypress Mountain
Vancouver city lights sparkling in the distance, views from Cypress Mountain
Big skies over the Vancouver city skyline