Eventually I do leave Oliver’s Landing and head to the city for a bit of shopping. Shopping is not my thing either but after getting a couple of things that have been nagging at me to be done and finding the perfect gift for Brennyn for her birthday, the outside beckons me again. At first I consider walking from Park Royal to Ambleside but then remember all this freedom I have and decide to drive the meandering road to Lighthouse Park instead.
Once there, I eat lunch, take photos for other people, and loop in and out of trails before finding the one trail Bal and I used to love hitting when we lived in Vancouver (over 8 years ago- akk!)
I love me some westcoast woods! Moss and moisture and big ass trees meet mud and GREEN and arbutus leans.
but snap the photo anyways…
When she leaves, I nestle myself against an arbutus and again, just take it all in.
My brain doesn’t slow for long before thinking this would be a great self-portrait spot. Only after setting up my camera do I realize I left the remote in the car, so I set it on self-timer multi shot. This just makes me laugh so hard. Supposed to be a self-portrait of me being all zen against the arbutus overlooking the Pacific, only zen is thrown over cliffside!
Soon after this, people arrive and I play it all cool. What? Me? Self-portrait? Nawww?
Not that they cared so focused on their task at hand, jumping off the cliff.
Oh okay, belaying but it still looked intimidating!
Eventually we strike up a conversation.
“Nice day to take photos!”
“Nice day to climb!”
Once they both go over the edge, I decide I need to explore a bit more and see if I can find a way down to see them actually climb.
Scrambling my way precariously down, I find a spot. Can you see that tree I was looking down on? And see the white blob below it? That’s a climber!
I can’t help but cheer them on as this is only their second outdoor climb ever. So fun!
Three hours pass in a blink here and now it is time to go home.
Rejuvenated and ready to take on Mom duties once again!