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Monday, September 06, 2004

What a wonderful day it was today! I got up early and drove out to Horseshoe Bay with my friend L. at about 9:30 this morning. We planned it the night before, (weather depending)and the weather was perfect. Sunny and breezy, not too hot, and most importantly, not raining. We stopped in downtown West Vancouver for a quick breakfast at a place called "Bean Around the World". They have great snacks and coffee there. Very, very yummy! But it's also quite busy, because it's so popular (you gotta grab a seat as soon as you see one).

Then we drove into Horseshoe Bay. We stayed a little while there and then moved on to White Cliff Park. I haven't been there in about 14 years, and I'd forgotten how beautiful it is there. It's a relatively small beach with an awesome ocean view. There are little rocky islands standing out near the shore, and a few larger ones off in the distance. You can access one of the little rock islands when the tide is out, via some large rocks that are close enough together that you can hop (or crawl, like many of the kids I saw today) over to the island.

White Cliff Park

L. Relaxed and enjoyed the scenery while I set up the camera and took a whole bunch of photos. I was in my glory, because this place was host to a veritable plethora of potential images. The first thing I noticed (about West Vancouver in general, and especially Horseshoe Bay) was the clean, sweet smelling air, and the absence of noise. I guess I'm so accustomed to constant noise in my neighborhood, that I don't even notice it until I'm in a place that is quiet. Like I said, it was wonderful. There are big, beautiful houses scattered about out there on the cliffs (some even on the rocky islands) and these are multi-million dollar homes. I can't even imagine living out there. It must be quite pleasant--especially the view.

While I was taking photos (which I will post here, as soon as I'm finished processing them) a friendly scuba diver and her partner climbed up out of the water and began chatting with me. She asked me a few questions about my camera and I asked her a few questions about the water. She said it's quite clear down there and you can see for about 30 feet. Her partner mentioned that they were night diving the day before and a large seal came to swim with them. I believe seals must find it amusing to see us humans swimming under water (Perhaps they come to try and help us learn to swim better). I love seals. I didn't see any out there today, but apparently they like to sit on the rocks at White Cliff Park.

So I shot a lot of photos, really had a good time, and then we left around 1:00 in the afternoon.

I'll be sure to post the photos from today soon. In the meantime, here are some photos from yesterday afternoon:

Some from downtown Vancouver:

My reflection on a juxtapose glass building:

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