The Summer Hit List

***Update***

It’s been a rainy ol’ weekend in Vancouver town and the nonstop drizzle is like a constant reminder — summer is over, fall is here.

With that in mind, I’m reflecting back on my amazing summer. While I didn’t tick everything off my list, I’m pretty pleased with what was accomplished. Other things came up that didn’t make this list — picnics on the beach, Pemberton Slow Food Cycle, watching fireworks with friends, and camping shenanigans. And now I have items to tick off for next summer, or who knows, even this fall!

First posted July 26 2013

It’s amazing how quickly time passes. Clearly, this is a bit of an issue when trying to post regular blog updates, but it becomes a much larger issue when whole seasons pass before you have time to register the change.

We’re very much in the middle of summer here in Vancouver and the days are already getting slightly shorter — even if it is still light until well after 9.30pm. I’m sitting here, enjoying the view of over English Bay on my half-day Friday, cooling down with a “freezie” (essentially a Zooper Dooper/icy pole, for all you playing at home in Australia), and I’ve come to the very sad conclusion that as nice is it is to experience all four seasons, my favourite one is disappearing all too quickly.

The same thing happened last year, so this year I’m prepared. With the help of Mr Midday Musings, I compiled an agenda for the summer — a hit list of everything I’d like to do, if only the long days continue long enough to let me. Here it is:

  • Visit Bowen Island (technically before summer, but I’m counting it!)

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    Jen and the tree we found on Bowen
  • Weekend at Sunshine Coast, BC (as above)

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    Pretty Pender Habour on the Sunshine Coast
  • Visit Lighthouse Park, West Van

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    Just one of the beautiful views of the coast from Lighthouse Park
  • Try stand up paddle boarding (it’s harder than it looks!)
  • Visit the Oregon coast
There's a beach there somewhere. Overlooking Nahalem Beach, south of Cannon Beach
There’s a beach there somewhere. Overlooking Nahalem Beach, south of Cannon Beach
  • Weekend at Salt Spring Island
Gorgeous flowers at the Salt Spring Island Saturday markets
Gorgeous flowers at the Salt Spring Island Saturday markets
  • Joffre Lakes hike 

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    Dan living dangerously at Middle Lake, Joffre Lakes
  • Garibaldi Lakes hike
  • Indian Arm kayaking/camping trip 

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    The exit out of Deep Cove on our trip up Indian Arm to Granite Falls
  • Get Shakespearean at Bard on the Beach
  • Attend Theatre Under the Stars at Stanley Park (although I’d like to go again!)
  • Free movies in the park
  • Island camping (Galiano Island)

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    Exploring Galiano Island
  • Pitch and Putt
Stanley Park Pitch'n'Putt. Photo: Jacob Wolman, Inside Vancouver
Stanley Park Pitch’n’Putt. Photo: Jacob Wolman, Inside Vancouver
  • Food Cart Fest
  • North Van night market
  • Richmond Night Market (there’s two!)
  • Fair at PNE
  • Playland at PNE
  • Visit Steveston
Catch of the day! Fish market at Steveston, BC
Catch of the day! Fish market at Steveston, BC
  • Hike Cypress
  • Trail riding at Whistler 

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    Celebrating a trail ride at Whistler!
  • Swim at Alice Lake
Alice Lake Provincial Park. Photo credit: Tourism Squamish
Alice Lake Provincial Park. Photo credit: Tourism Squamish
  • Explore Cat Lake (bonus points for swinging into the lake!)

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    Mr Midday Musings shows the boys how it’s done
  • Okanagan/Washington wine country weekend
A view over Lake Chelan, WA, from a beautiful winery
A view over Lake Chelan, WA, from a beautiful winery
  • Try rollerblading
  • Play tennis at Stanley Park
  • Give downhill mountain biking a second chance (and yep, it’s definitely not my thing)
Looking hard core at Whistler!
Looking hard core at Whistler!
  • Grouse Grind in under 1 hour 

    Earned my pizza and beer at the top!

I’m sure there’s more to do but I’m already fast running out of weekends! Hoping to tick paddle boarding and maybe mountain biking off the list this weekend, but summer, please stick around to help me out.

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