So... At 4:50am, I awoke to the sound of pouring rain... perfect for a Vancouver Trip (not)! Anyway, I braved the terrible weather with nothing more than my usual clothes with my raincoat and Coast Mountain Bus Company Hat, and caught the 7:00am ferry to Tsawwassen. Upon arrival on the Vancouver side at 9:00am, it was quite dry - but still overcast. At 12:00pm, I arrived at the GSRBC meet at Tisol Pet Store in Langley, and the sun came out!
I had a great time with Zoey... and I think she had a great time too! At 4:00pm, it was time to head back to Tsawwassen via downtown for the 9:00pm ferry. It stayed sunny and warm right until sunset, and began to rain when I got to Tsawwassen - really reflecting my mood as to leaving the mainland. Oh well... better times are coming up (I hope!), I'm still unemployed and looking for work, but October 16th is when GSRBC has a HUGE party named 'Dogtoberfest'! I'm looking forward to that!
Oh... by the way... today is my 18th Birthday! WOOOO!!!
Well... it's been AGES since my last post! It's also been ages since I went to Vancouver (May, actually!), so with the upcoming GSRBC meet and greet day in Langley, I took the initiative to travel to Vancouver on a multi-day trip. On Thursday, I overslept by almost two hours, and so I missed the 7:00am ferry, but caught the 9:00am ferry instead, and made my way towards Vancouver. After being slightly delayed by the ship's anchor malfunctioning just off Tsawwassen ferry Terminal, I went over to Braid Street Level Crossing in New Westminster to watch some trains. I saw two whole trains come through before heading back to my friend's place. The next day, I went to North Vancouver on the Seabus and rode the 239 to Park Royal Mall, before interchanging for a West Vancouver Transit '257 Horseshoe Bay Express' to the ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay. Unfortunately, the bus never made it - it broke down just 5 minutes away, up on the busiest section of the Upper Levels Highway. So, we were stranded, with no alternative means of transport for the next 25 minutes. Those who were smart called taxi-cabs from the North Shore, which was just as well because the replacement bus was a smaller Novabus LFS - which was called out to replace the fully-loaded, articulated New Flyer. Still, everybody else squeezed safely got on board, but they missed their ferry to Nanaimo. Then, I headed out to watch some trains in Pitt Meadows - which is a far cry from Horseshoe Bay! The West Coast Express services were the highlight of the day, with freight also in plentiful supply! After this, I headed back to Braid for the daily Amtrak service that passes for Seattle. I had quite a shock when I saw a Canadian Pacific Mixed Traffic Freight train waiting for the Rocky Mountaineer to pass by! After the freight went through, the Amtrak train passed through the level crossing at Braid before the barriers came down! Then, I went back to Waterfront on the Skytrain.
Well... that was exciting, (and worrying) but not as exciting as the next day, where I headed out to Langley for the GSRBC Meet and Greet day! I rode on 'S7252' from Surrey Central Station. I met many of the dogs, some of them I have met on previous occasions... The highlight of the day was meeting Zoey again and having the honour of taking her on several walks... She's changed A LOT since I last met her in January!
At the end of the day, I had to dash off to catch my bus, and I would have been stranded on the wrong side of the tracks if I hadn't dashed, because a fast Canadian Pacific coal train was coming from Roberts' Bank!
Well... that's three days of adventures summed up in a nutshell.
This little fellow landed up in my cat's paws this morning. Fortunately, he wasn't injured and after I fed him some birdseed, he started chirping in his little box. So, I took him onto the deck upstairs, and found his parents! One lucky chick!
For the past few weeks, I've been working at a personal website, just for practice with Dreamweaver... This is the result, but not the final one. New content will be added over time, this is just a draft... really. http://www.harrydouthwaite.webs.com/
Today, I made a special Vancouver trip into the Eastern part of the Lower Mainland. After Waking up at 6:00am and catching the 7:00am ferry to Vancouver, I arrived in Langley at 12:30pm. After wandering around for over half-hour, trying to find it. I located it back the way I came. These are the canine friends I met today:
Zoey: 7 months old, and still learning... A loving, extremely energetic sweetheart that needs a firm hand to guide her along...
Cargo: 3 years old, quiet, submissive and patient, but protective of her bed. LOL!
Shyloh: 13 years old, a sweetheart to anybody and a little shy at first, but soon comes out of her shell to examine new people...