Tuesday, August 3, 2010
holiday weekend II
there are few things more romantic than your boyfriend renting a rowboat and rowing you around a lake on a hot summer day.
the last time we went to deer lake was last july. we had spent most of the time walking around the park and didn't have time to hit the water. sean had left a comment in that post saying "we will return for a boat ride soon..."
i was tickled pink that he wanted to make good on his promise.
at deer lake boat rentals, you can have your pick of canoes, kayaks, pedal boats or rowboats. and although the rowboats weren't made of wood (they were plastic), it was still wildly romantic.
the rowing conditions were just purr-fect. the water was tranquil and there was only a light breeze. there weren't that many boats on the lake either. sean had rented the rowboat for a couple of hours and we took our time circling and exploring the entire lake.
we paddled close enough to see duckies bathing by a sandbar.
we rowed through water lillies and lily pads.
we spied ourselves a blue heron.
the deepest depth of deer lake is 6m/20ft. i was surprised to see aquatic weeds so close to the surface of the lake. although they looked pretty, like underwater tree branches, the thought of falling in and being unable to swim your way out was frightening.
i was hoping to spy some resident fishies like trout or minnows but we got no action on that front. however, there were more than enough dragonflies flying over and around us. the smallest looking like a safety pin with blue coloured beads whizzing by.
famished from our excursion, we drove downtown to have dinner at cardero's in coal harbour. we weren't done with being near the water it seemed. sean ordered the mediterranean salad with skewered scallops and i got the salmon burger.
sated and satisfied, we headed out of downtown, on the way to rent a dvd. but we got side-tracked. while we crossed the cambie bridge, we were wowed by the sight of the setting sun. it was blood red, like a traffic light in the sky. this time-lapsed image from vancouver's katkam does not do it justice.
we became sun chasers and for the next 20 minutes or so, we went after the sun to try to videotape it before it set. and boy, does the evening sun set fast. driving through the city, we zipped westbound, as fast as we could in the car, sticking the flipcam out of our windows. but darn those sight-lines obscured by trees and buildings. we were too low to the ground and could not find an unobstructed view. and by the time we parked and walked back onto the cambie bridge, the sun would surely be disappearing into the water line.
(i found out this morning that the sun had experienced a mass coronal ejection on sunday which may explain our blood red sun. and the plasma from the ejection was headed in earth's direction. and will arrive here tonight in the form of aurorae or northern lights.)
dropping everything to chase the sun... what a romantic end to a romantic holiday weekend.
thank you sean. x
to check out our for holiday weekend pictures, press play or go to my flickr.