On Sunday July 3 we all took off for Rossland, BC - first stop was to the Quality Suites at the Toronto Airport to hole up before an 08:00 departure.
We arrived on Monday morning at 11:30 local time in Castlegar, BC, and were met by Trevor and his boys. We got our belongings into the car and it was only another 50km to reach our ultimate destination. It is quite handy traveling westward as the time change works in your favour. We still had the whole day to explore, run, bike, and do those things we were going to do....
The weather wasn't so great. We were there for 8 days and it barely reached past 18 centigrade, and it rained most of the trip too. However, we made the most of what was dealt and got in a number of great events outdoors.
* 2 runs with Trevor; a 10 miler up Red Mountain and around, and another 6 miler out the Cascade Highway and back (first run killed, killed my legs and was stiff and sore for 4 days...)
* 2 good hikes up to Red Dog cabin, and a second one out to a cabin at Black Jack ski area (Hemlock)
* 2 good bike rides; 1 with Tara and the boys, the 2nd with Trevor and the boys. Trevor, the boys and I took Milky Way down to Warfield BC, the other was on Pay Dirt at Red - witnessing Tara drop off Old Blue Eyes in front of 8 on-lookers, and in the rain(ish)! It was very, very, impressive.
* Lots and lots of great eats and drinks and board games with everyone (Lots of Rubik's cubing)
* 1 good road trip into Nelson, BC to check out the colour and flavour there
* Lots of playground play, in the rain(ish) with all the kids
* Wally and I crossed paths with a sizable black bear at the ski hill early one morning - it paid absolutely no attention to us whatsoever, but I watched it quite intently from less then 100m = It was the biggest black bear I had ever seen, although I have only probably seen 4 or 5 in my life, it was the biggest
* Great visit with Joel, Trista and their boys - see you soon back in Ontario
* An afternoon at the Trail indoor pool, followed by another afternoon on a different day at the Trail splash pad (Gyro Park)
* Huckle, Straw, and Rasp berry picking
* Feeding the neighbour's chicken's
* Lots of work talk with everyone's chosen vocation; Trevor @ Teck, Tara with Canada Post, and of course Shelly and me with the board of education
* Backyard action like trampolining, paddle ball, and an outdoor fire
It was a great trip all in all. Wonderful hospitality and wonderful to see family.... Like I wrote the weather wasn't great, nor was the travel for Wally.... He is just so squirmy, and being confined for so long was not great. But we did have empty seats beside us which sort of made it better.... However Molly traveled fantastically. She got into the airplane movies and the complementary juice on the plane just fine.
The 3 boys all got on just fine. Cole and Grayson were wonderful hosts to Wally; getting him lots of toys and playing with him - all those things. Molly was a bit of an outsider and as much as she tried to fit into the situation and keep up with everything, the BC boys just were a bit skeptic of her and would have preferred if she had stayed in Ontario perhaps. What can I say? It isn't or wasn't like Molly was ostracized, but she wasn't Wally.... That may be the easiest way to explain things. It was like that 2 years ago too, and will continue I am sure. Anyway - later in life they can read this and laugh about how they all were. You know, quotes like, "That girl can't sit there.... I don't want that girl to touch my things.... That girl punched me....." Funny enough I suppose.