Parkinson Creek Trail and Payzant Creek

We have been working our way along the Juan de Fuca Trail with Toni on this trip as well (hiked some of it last year). It’s a lovely trail in the very beautiful British Columbia on Vancouver Island. Last year we saw China, Mystic and Sombrio. On this day, we hiked our way through Parkinson Creek Trail to the beach with monster sized drift wood and Payzant Creek with little waterfalls. Continue reading

Port Renfew

If you want to see Vancouver off the beaten path, go to Port Renfew, this was home for 3 nights. Last year we stayed in Victoria and Toni picked us up from our hotel. This trick snagged us an extra 3-4 hours on the trails. She doesn’t usually book stay and play tours but we became friends with her (we feel special). It was nice having this as our home for a few days. Continue reading

Was that Beau Bridges at Ayland Farm?

Yes it was, we bumped into Beau and his family eating lunch while we were nature walking with Toni from Rainforest Tours. I thought Toni was walking over to a group of friends (Vic recognized him), turns out she was walking over to the the other guide in her company and the group she passed over for us because we reserved her months in advance. We are touched we were priority since we booked forever ago but it’s Beau Bridges. We told her she has to frame his disclaimer form and that she should have brought them to Port Renfew with us. We really wish we could have asked for a picture but you know, respect the privacy of celebrities, at least we got to meet them. Continue reading

Lyndhurst Mansion

The Jay Gould Estate, also known as Lyndhurst, was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in 1838. The estate is located in Tarrytown, NY which is one of our favorite destinations for day trips. It’s about a 35 to 44 minute Metro-North train ride from Grand Central depending if you take the express or local train. It’s also my favorite train route and if you read my posts regularly, you know I love trains, choo choo! Continue reading

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano is a nice convenient way to see nature. They provide a shuttle bus from Vancouver to the bridge park  year round. I’ve been wanting to come here since seeing it on the TV show Psych. I’d watch the British Colombia episodes a few times a year because I wanted to visit that bad and it looked pretty. Continue reading

Sea to Sky Gondola

Sea to Sky Gondola is located in Squamish, British Colombia, part of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Squamish has a rich history with Canada’s First Nations population. Today Squamish is often referred to as “The outdoor recreation capital of Canada.” The area offers ecotourism, adventure sports and sustainable development. Continue reading

Sombrio Beach

All the elements were in our favor: fog, mist, drizzle. There was a magic about Sombrio the day we visited. Continue reading

China Beach

China Beach is a short little hike of first-growth forest Sitka spruce, Douglas fir and western red cedar. After Mystic we had some time remaining so we opted to check out China as well.

It’s about a 15-20 minute leading to the beach. Continue reading