Stella already talked about the drive across Canada, but I must add that the section of highway between Banff and Vancouver was my absolute favorite so far. The highway was just fun to drive as it traced the contours of mountain after mountain. A glance out the window revealed thousand-foot cascades of water gushing down the steep, lush green hillsides. Mist clung to the trees and drifted above the cars. It was a magical ride.
Vivienne McMaster was my local contact. She is one cool lady and we had the best time! Vivienne teaches mostly online photography ecourses. (She has a new ecourse starting today!) This was the first time we got to meet in person and there was so much to talk about. Her insights were great and some wonderfully fresh ideas came out of the conversations. I am looking forward to working more with her.
Vivienne took Jenn and I to Commercial Drive (aka The Drive) and we spent a few hours exploring all the fabulous shop. It was Canada Day but you wouldn't have guessed it by walking up The Drive. Evidently the EuroCup Football/Soccor game whipped the Italian and Portugese (routing for Spain) into a frenzy much more than Canada Day. Horns blared. Costumes mingled. Flags waved. The game had been over for hours but the party was just begining.
The Drive was a great area. We bought Canada flag temporary tattoos, ate sushi (which I had been craving while being landlocked), and eventually wandered down to the beach to watch the Canada Day fireworks.
The next day, July 2, I took Jenn to the airport very early in the morning. She flew home to start graduate school and I went back to bed for a few hours.
The Vancouver event was mid-day at Regent College. This was set up by my friend Rosie Perera. We did our art-making in the atrium and enjoyed mingling and making art with their summer course crowd.
Crossing back over the border the next day was painless and fast. I made the short trip to Seattle with ease, but that is another post!