Hello from the Sunshine Coast-- a 40 minute ferry from Vancouver, where my in-laws live. (It's also where they filmed The Beachcombers, if you are old enough and Canadian enough to remember that!)
This post will be long on photos, short on words, as I managed to slice open the tip of my finger this morning (note: I'm fine, Mom) and it's not easy to type with a band aid on your pointer.
We went to the mall in the morning to search out Olympic wear-- the pickings were slim if you were over the age of 7. We got cute Olympic track suits for the girls, though, and they are big so they will fit for at least another year. I just LOVE all the design on the Canadian Olympic wear:
(Those are all kids wear.)
Later that day we went to the Men's Long Program:
I almost had a heart attack while Patrick Chan was skating. He wasn't perfect, but his skating quality is so amazing. He's just begun to set new heights in this sport:
I was really happy for Evan Lysacek. He put together two amazing programs. I am not a Plushenko fan, and he certainly didn't endear me to him with his preening and strutting on the ice. I even saw him remove the silver medal from his neck before stepping off the ice. No class.
Seeing the medal ceremony was so thrilling-- that's what makes the Olympics unique!
This morning we decided to head downtown for a bit before driving to the ferry terminal. We took the Sea Bus (a small 15 minute ferry) from North Van into the city. We headed straight for the Olympic flame, about a ten minute walk away. Although we didn't venture across the street to the viewing platform, we did get some great shots:
We didn't spend much time downtown as it was very crowded, and I almost got left behind stopping to take photos:
This next one is a view of downtown Vancouver from the Sea Bus. If you look closely you can see the Olympic flame just to the left centre:
Finally, the ferry to the coast. British Columbia is breathtaking. It is indescribable:
There you have it!
I am still lamenting leaving my SLR behind-- I'm sure I am not getting the best out of this new camera either. I'm trying to remember, though, that it's important to just take photos. I'll be glad I did down the line.
We're here for the weekend, then back for the Dance Free on Monday, and the Women's Short (our last event) on Tuesday.