Peter and Connie's Lifestyle Journey travel blog

Peter's brother Ian and his wife Irene

From West Vancouver overlooking Burrard Inlet and Stanley Park

My cousin Heidi and her husband Paul

Mount Baker in Washington state as seen from Langley BC

My uncle Klaus

Aunt Anita

Table for dinner - we added two more to make 10.

Peter's friend Brenda

The view from Brenda's home in West Van - overlooking Horsehoe Bay

On the ferry as we leave Horseshoe Bay we see a cruise...

Rainbow after we arrived home in Campbell River


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We took a quick trip to the Lower Mainland from June 11 - 14. Stopped to see Peter's brother Ian and his wife Irene. Had a nice visit and lunch. The weather co-operated and we were able to get a good photo of a freighter sitting in Burrard Inlet, with Stanley Park in the background. We headed to Abbotsford to see my ex-mom-in-law, Irene. Stayed over night and helped her get a new file cabinet as well as fixed her TV and various other things. We had a good visit with her as we always do. Tried to see son, Jon but due to some unforseen problems we were not able to connect with him this visit. He was one of the main reasons for coming over, but we will catch up next time.

Headed to Langley to visit with my cousin Heidi and her husband Paul. We picked up Peter's next 3 month supply of medication (Paul is a pharmacist). They sold their pharmacy business recently so we will have to look for a new pharmacist.....too bad because he knows his business well and Peter trusted him. While there we were lucky to have some wonderful weather and we caught this photo of Mount Baker (in Washington state) as seen from Heidi's back porch in Langley.

On Sunday we stopped at my Aunt Annemarie's home. She was not feeling well so we did not stay for a visit. I stopped by to see her son, my cousin Roy because he manages the apartment building where my mom used to live. We thought there was another locker (she had two that we found) so Roy helped us look through the twelve unclaimed lockers. Well wouldn't you know it, we found another one that belonged to my mom! I knew immediately when we opened it and saw a brochure from the mid 90's from McKibbon House B&B with your hosts Peter & Connie Ritchie. We put our own lock on the door and decided to come back when we have more time to clean out the boxes. Another chore to be done.

We headed to Burnaby to visit with my other aunt Anita and her husband Klaus. Their daughter Tordes and her family came over as well as Heidi & Paul. We had a full house and ate a fabulous supper. It was a very nice visit and we were happy that so many of us could get together. Sometimes I do wish we lived closer to family, but then I remember how much I love where we live and I know that I would not be happy in the city.

Home again on Monday with a stop over in West Vancouver again to visit an old friend of Peter's, Brenda. We had a great visit with her as well, however we had to cut it short when we heard that the 3 pm ferry was 90% full just before 2 pm. She only lives 5 minutes from the ferry so we hustled it out and down to the terminal. As we paid for our ticket (at 2 pm) we were told there was no guarantee that we will make it on the 3 pm sailing. We waited the hour and we were the 5th car that did NOT make it. Now we wait another 2 hours. The 5 pm ferry was also late boarding and leaving due to a few stalled cars.

This resulted in us arriving in Nanaimo at 7 pm (30 minutes late). Then we still had our two hour drive north to Campbell River. We were extremely amazed that the ferry was full on a Monday afternoon! Generally this is how it can be on weekends and holidays. Oh well we got home at 9 pm. Seven hours after buying our ticket and about 3 hours after we hoped to be home originally.

Oh well, guess that is what we need to expect living on the island. In spite of that I don't think I could see us living on the mainland again. We just really love it here. The atmosphere is more relaxed and we love the smaller communities. Even though Campbell River has 30,000 people - it is still smaller and more to our liking. We enjoy visiting the larger cities but prefer to come home to our smaller city/town. Plus when you see such a beautiful rainbow over the ocean - what is there not to like about this place we call home!

We hope you had a great weekend, we are home and just in time to hit the sack to be ready for us to work tomorrow......take care, Peter & Connie



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