A Nice Visit

This morn­ing, the clouds part­ed, the rain ceased, and my par­ents and Pam and I took a lit­tle trip to Light­house Park (for the unini­ti­at­ed, that’s on the North Side of the Bur­rard Inlet, on the way to Horse­shoe Bay, where the fer­ries to the islands often depart from). My Dad drove us all in his rental car and we man­aged to step around the pud­dles, as it has been rain­ing for near­ly a week before this brief burst of sun­shine. Then we did some shop­ping at the Whole Foods in North Van­cou­ver. The moun­tains are snow-capped and the air is clear and cool. I’m glad they got to see those peaks before they leave tomor­row (they had sol­id rain in Seat­tle and the first day here).

We’ve made the most of a short vis­it: Fid­dle­head Joe’s on Sat­ur­day Night with both my par­ents and my broth­er and his fam­i­ly, break­fast with every­one at the Granville Island Hotel, where they are stay­ing, and then a Craft Fair at the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre yes­ter­day — I was at Game­lan prac­tice, where my father and Pam watched for the first hour or so. Last night we feast­ed at home on cheeses from the cheese fes­ti­val at Granville Island, as well some tasty but­ter­nut squash ravi­o­li, tossed in a bit of but­ter, chopped sage, and sun-dried olives. Also intro­duced my par­ents to salmon ‘can­dy’ (which is a local del­i­ca­cy — nuggets of smoked salmon tossed in maple syrup). Tonight we go to the Pacif­ic Culi­nary School for din­ner. They’ve got­ten a good intro­duc­tion to our new home; the city, our con­do, and lots of good food. My moth­er is as enthu­si­as­tic about the Pub­lic Mar­ket at Granville Island as I am, and now under­stands why I keep rav­ing about it.

They’re head­ing back to the US tomor­row. I hope they don’t have to wait too long at the bor­der, but for­tu­nate­ly my broth­er only had to wait a half an hour on Sunday.