Friday, January 27, 2006

A few great days

Friday we had some great weather here in Vancouver, and it sure was needed. As I have said before we have had much too much rain this winter on the wet coast. It seems though that the days that are less wet or, can I say it, "just overcast", are definitely a welcome relief.

Having said that, Sunday was not very nice. Sunday was a full day though. Skate skiing in the morning and mountain biking in the afternoon. A true West Coast duathalon. Sunday mornings we have the kids in gravity fed ski lessons (downhill) and we go skate skiing just down the road at Hollyburn. It was snowing really hard, A. had fun in his lessons but T. seemed a bit underwhelmed with the whole thing. In fact when we went to pick her up at the end of the lesson she was chasing snow flakes without her skis. At least she was having fun.

The skate skiing was great. It is nice having a little "couple time" without the kids, granted it is though to talk when your trying to keep your heart from jumping out your mouth. After picking up the kids we had hot chocolate and changed into dry clothes and all shared our favourite parts of the morning -- it was great.

After a quick change into dry clothes (futile I know) I met the boys for a mountain bike ride up Fromme. Now on Friday the snow line was essentially the end of the pavement on Mountain Highway and by the 5th switch back there was about 6 cm of snow. Well what a difference a couple of days make, and a whole bunch of rain. Sunday we rode all the way to the 5th with NO SNOW. But OMG it was wet. We rode the lower part of seventh secret. It was in good shape although a little wet, surprise, surprise.

On Monday the sun came out!! I decided to leave work a little early and go for a ride. I needed to be home to take care of A. as T. had a thing at school. I took the long way home and did a lap of Stanley Park, did I mention, IN THE SUN. What a change it is to ride with the sun warming your back. I made it home in just over an hour after riding 30 K. A.was ready to do something so we went for a hike up some of the mountain bike trails near the house. We walked up lower Crippler and then across to lower Boundary and down. A. hiked up all the stunts and pretended he was riding his bike -- it's going to happen all too soon. He was particularly impressed with the long bridges and teeter totters.

There is something to be said for a little bit of sun. Monday was glorious and we were all in good spirits. We're back in the rain again and are all going all little stir crazy.

More sun please


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