What a fab day we had.
This morning we headed out of Maple Ridge with our eldest sons’ best friend following us. We led him to Keith’s’ place of employment to drop of his resume and meet the boss. He is a decent kid with a good head on his shoulders, and Keith had no qualms about giving him a reference.
We left him there to fend for himself, and headed down Barnet Hwy. into Burnaby. We stopped at ABC*restaurant for breakfast. I was starving and the hash browns were delish and the coffee was perfect. After breaky, we continued on into Vancouver.
We went to see the matinee performance of A Mid-Summer-Nights Dream at Bard on the Beach. The Vancouver Shakespeare festival, which is held under huge tents, you guessed it, right by the beach. The stage is set against the backdrop of the ocean and mountains. They were sold out, but we decided to chance getting stand by seats. As there are often no-shows at these events. Three was a school group came in and the teacher had ten extra tickets. She sold them to us for a mere ten dollars instead of the seventeen plus service fee and taxes. Of course she needed cash, which we didn’t have. We had intended on using our debit card to purchase them. Keith went running off to the nearest bank machine. While he was gone the teacher came along with her tickets. Luckily for me the young lady waiting behind me offered to pay for mine until Keith returned. Wow, I thought that was so nice. Keith got back, and we paid her back. We all got seats together but there was still half an hour before the show started. By the time the first act began, we discovered she and her hubby were here on vacation from Chicago. They had their first child on the way and were getting a holiday in before the pending arrival. By the time the intermission ended, we swapped emails and plan to stay in touch. They invited us to visit them if we are ever in Chicago. And we offered them a place with us if they return for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Always nice to make new friends. They were a lovely couple. The performance was excellent as always and was absolutely the funniest one we have seen yet.
After the show we went our own ways. We ended up walking along the beach for what ended up being four hours, though it only felt like one! Of course the batteries died in my camera so no photos of our day. And as chance will dictate, when you don’t have a camera with you, you see the coolest things. You will have to take my word for it though because I don’t have any evidence. We went out on the pier, and lo and behold, there was a seal. Usually when I see one, they are so fast I can’t capture them in my lens. But, this one was practically floating on its back, posing for me! Further out on the sea was a tiny sail boat regatta. By tiny, I mean the size of the boats. They were only 12 foot boats with table cloth sized sails. It turns out they were a group sailing lesson! We decided that next year we will sign up for lessons. We love being near the ocean and it would be incredible to be able to get out on the water our selves.
Then we saw a professional photo shoot being done for a well known catering company. They had set up a formal, yet funky dining table set for twelve on the edge of the water. Complete with floor length white table cloth, Silver candelabras, and huge stands of white lily arrangements. It will be a beautiful photo, as the sun was beginning to dip down, making the water that surreal colour blue, gold and pink. Keith of course goes right up to the caterers van and asks “When’s Dinner?” Further along the beach was a swimsuit model posing on the white sand for yet another professional photographer. Keith noted that she was very young. I filled him in on the fact that once you hit your twenties, you are past it in the modeling industry. His head did a quick swivel when I glanced back and said “oh look, she took her top off.” She hadn’t really, but I always like to try for the reaction! HeHE.
So there you have it folks. Our hot date.
I am so blessed to have this man with whom I share in my life.
These photos were taken on our last outing to this beach, The two smaller images are off GOOGLE.