We are together in Vancouver for a week to celebrate my birthday, enjoy meeting friends and deal with some of the stuff we have to deal with now that I am officially retired. The weather continues to be hot, but tonight we are supposed to get a little bit of rain. Last time it rained was on June 15, so it will be welcome.
The heat wave is abating and today the top temperature is a very pleasant 25 degrees. Much better and less dangerous. This morning I received my second vaccination, Sheila had hers last week. Freedom beckons! In British Columbia from tomorrow on, travel is unrestricted, masks will be optional and personal gatherings return to normal. Unfortunately, the Canadian borders still remain closed for non essential travel.
Vancouver is still very restricted due to Covid, but restaurants are allowed to serve outside. Some got rather inventive with plexiglass coverings and gas heaters. We had lunch today at Lift with a view of the boat, and despite cool and cloudy weather, it was rather pleasant sitting in a nice place with good food.
Canada requires returning residents to quarantine for 14 days, we finished this time today and were allowed out of our apartment again. This morning we walked around the seawall and in Stanley Park, this evening we went snowshoeing on Cypress Mountain. There is a lit up trail for night skiing there, a real winter wonderland. It felt great being out again, and after 24,000 steps we are tired now.