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Day 1: Vancouver, BC

Stefan worked a pretty full day Tuesday, and that afternoon we left for the Omaha airport. With two flights very close to each other, we literally hopped off one to get on another (while feeling sick, ugh) and got into Vancouver by 11:30 Pacific Time (1:30AM). That night was a bit rough, but we were glad not have to waste 2 whole days on travelling. Without the kids it was much easier to do so.
Our first day in Vancouver was Wednesday. In the morning, we woke up and took a long walk around the First Nation reserve which is what the first two pictures are of. Our friend took her dog and it was very expansive. Quite poor, unfortunately, in that area. The ocean, as always, was beautiful. Here is a huge bald eagle just sitting on a post while the tide was out.
A view of the millions of clam/mussel/snail shells that litter the bottom of the ground. Of course, you have to remember it is all under water half the day when the tide is in during the afternoon. Tons of algea made it a bit slimy & slippery, but Stefan and I love upturning huge rocks only to see 10 little baby crabs go skittering about. We just don't things like that here in Nebraska, where the closest ocean is at least 15 hours away.

I like to tease Stefan that he was so spoiled growing up near the oceans and the mountains!

During the afternoon, our friends had to work, so we set off for Crescent Beach. It was sunny and the perfect temperature that day, probably around 68. Here is a standard view, the beach is rocky, not sandy, but there is tons of driftwood, a nice gravel path next to a paved one, and of course a gorgeous view of the ocean and mountains behind off in the distance (also to the other side of me, too). Now this is what I call fresh air! Behind us is a little strip of fish + chips resturaunts, a cute old fashioned toys shop, a few bars, and some outdoor showers for rinsing off.
Poor Stefan, he refuses to wear sunglasses, but I think pays the price in most pictures :)
Later that day, we had a great family bbq with Stefan's maternal family side. Just about everyone was there, and many cousins I hadn't met before. We both had a really good time seeing everyone and hanging out until late evening.

See you tomorrow, where you can find out about our crazy adventure going up the Coquihalla Highway!
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