Wednesday, May 7 to Monday, May 12, 2014 (Brae Island Regional Park, Fort Langley, BC)

Today (Wednesday) was forecast to be a beautiful day with lots of sunshine...a great start for a get together with my girlfriend, Glenna! She is picking me up this morning and we are spending a couple of days together. Glenna is actually a cousin-in-law (she was married to Steve's cousin) and from the moment we met, we really connected. We try to get together at least once a year to catch-up.

Glenna arrived just before 11:00 and after a short visit with Steve, I put my things into her car and we were off. We stopped in Fort Langley and wandered around visiting a few shops and then headed into the "big city".
After lunch at The Boathouse at Rocky Point in Port Moody, we went for a walk along the park trail adjacent to the restaurant.

It's a lovely trail that goes around the tip of Burrard Inlet...

After our walk, we headed into Burnaby. Glenna is on vacation this week and wanted to get away from her place in Coquitlam, so since her mom was away, she offered up her place for us. She has a lovely condo in the Burnaby Heights area. It really isn't very far away from Glenna's place but it was a nice change of scenery for her.
Besides, there is a nice rooftop deck and on such a lovely day, it was a great spot to enjoy our evening cocktails!

The view is awesome...this is looking to the east...

We went to Anton's Pasta Bar for of the many restaurants within walking distance. I have never seen such huge a plate of pasta...the portions are enormous! Glenna had a dish called Conchiglie Fruitti di Mare (mixed seafood and mushrooms in a cream sauce) and I ordered Penne Antonio (chicken, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, feta cheese in a dill pesto cream sauce). Delicious...but soooo much...we both took home leftovers for dinner the next night and we still ended up throwing some away!

We had a very lazy start to the day was after 11:00 by the time we headed out. It was cloudy today with rain in the forecast but so far it hadn't started. We wanted to go for a good walk so decided on the Seawall in Stanley Park. But first of all, we needed to have lunch.
There is a new Cactus Club Cafe right on the beach at English Bay, so we decided to give it a try. We were seated downstairs on the heated patio...absolutely perfect! Too bad it wasn't a sunny would have been spectacular!

 There are 10 freighters out there in the bay waiting for entry to the port...

After we had parked the car and were walking to the restaurant, I said to Glenna that it will probably start raining as soon as we have finished lunch and are ready to go for our walk...and guess what? We had stepped out from the covered portion of the patio for this picture (taken by our waiter) and yup, we felt rain drops. By the time we had paid and left, it was a steady downpour...sheesh!

We were still going to try walking the seawall but I had left my umbrella at the condo, so we ended up stopping at a few shops along Hastings Street and then going to Brentwood Mall.

Friday morning Glenna drove me back out to Fort Langley. Although she was on vacation, she wasn't able to escape some important calls and emails from work, so she had to get home to take care of a few things. We had had a great time catching up and just spending time together...thanks, Glenna!

While I was away Steve enjoyed his alone time. He picked up our repaired Honda generator then went in search of a replacement anode for the hot water tank. They should be replaced at least once a year. Surprisingly Home Depot doesn't carry anodes so it was off to the RV stores where he got one for $17.95.
Other then a few chores he rode to the Derby Reach campground, walked the trails, read and just chilled.

Friday afternoon Steve and I went out for a bike ride. We rode across the bridge and along the trail for a bit and then on our way back we rode past the entrance to the campground, down to the old Albion Ferry terminal (it's closed now, replaced with the Golden Ears Bridge).

Deb and Ray (and their German Shepard, Freya), the couple that introduced themselves as followers of our blog, joined us for happy hour that afternoon. Great getting to know you both...looking forward to our next happy hour!

Saturday was a cloudy, dreary, rainy day...we felt so bad for all the families that arrived yesterday to enjoy a weekend of camping. Tomorrow the forecast is for sunshine...of course, that's the day they have to pack up and go home. Oh well, it will be a beautiful day for Mother's Day!

And Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day! It's amazing how the weather can change so drastically from one day to the next! Chris and Angela arrived shortly after noon and we walked over to The Fort Pub for Mother's Day lunch...well, it actually ended up being for Father's Day too, since we will not be here...thanks Chris!

After lunch we went for a walk along the riverfront...OMG, I don't think we have ever seen so many people in this small community! Fort Langley is a busy little spot on weekends but with the beautiful sunny day, it was extra busy with families out enjoying Mother's Day. It was about 3:30 when Chris and Angela head off...great seeing you both...and thanks for the card and beautiful plant (yeah, it would have been a good idea to include them in the picture but I didn't think of it at the time!)

Monday was a shopping day...we left at 10:30 and didn't get home until about 4:30! Mind you, that was after a lot of stops. We started off by dropping the chainsaw off for repair in Langley, and then stopped at our new doctor's office, where Steve managed to change our follow-up appointment from June 6 to May 26. Steve has had a sore shoulder since early December and thinks he has a torn rotator cuff. We then headed to Costco...then Walmart, where after dropping me off, Steve went to Home Depot and the liquor store. Then it was onto Canadian Tire...Steve is looking for a 11/16" socket and 3/8" to 1/2" adapter to fit his 3/8 socket set he needs to change the anode in the hot water tank. Home Depot had the socket but was out of the adapter. Canadian Tire had it but the price was way too expensive at over $16. While I was finishing all my grocery shopping at Safeway, Steve got his haircut. Then it was onto KMS Tools where Steve found the adapter he a much more reasonable cost...$3.39!

When we got home, we noticed we had new next door neighbours and as we pulled up we realized it was Doug and Zanna. We first met them here at the park a couple of years ago...they were trying out the full-time RV lifestyle. They since decided that it's not for them and are back in their townhouse in Surrey. Today, they brought out their fifth-wheel to get it ready for a camping trip that Doug is taking with his grandson.

The forecast for the rest of the week is for great weather with temps reaching 25C/77F so we plan on finally launching the boat and taking it out for a ride on the Fraser River.

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