The Beginnings Of Bliss

Sunday Nov 12th –

After one of the most sleepless ‘sleeps’ ever, I arose at 3:00 am and got ready to leave for the airport not long after.

My brother drove us and once we arrived, we were greeted by an overflowing little airport and longer lines than we’d seen there for sometime but we made it through without a hitch and were off to Vancouver by 7:00 ish.

A fall strewn province greeted us there, (along with a friend of Mikes who was kind enough to chauffeur us for the day) the red and orange trees, green grass and rainy weather, taking us back in time to where it was early fall πŸ’πŸ»

We went to Tim Hortons for a bite to eat before heading to church, having almost the entire day to spend out and about, before we needed to be back at the airport.

Surprisingly, the tiredness hadn’t kicked in yet, so I stayed much more awake during the service than I’d expected of myself 😜

After service, a few familiar, if not slightly older, faces were seen and we chatted our way through the crowd, as one does when accompanying Mike 😏

Lunch was at Aka Sushi.

Our ride was supposedly a large sushi fan and I’m glad Mike remembered that we had hoped to try sushi someday when we could be with someone who knows what they are ordering, so the first experience could be a good one πŸ˜‰

And it was that indeed!

We started with some fried dumpling like things with shredded pork and it told of good things toΒ  come πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

A warm, teriyaki chicken and rice dish was our main, with tuna and dynamite rolls for our truly sushi bits πŸ˜‰

I liked the tuna much more than I thought I would and the dynamite rolls were crab and fried shrimp and very tasty.

Our friends ordered similar ones but also having a sauce, avocado and *cringe* fish eggs on top…and they were amazing πŸ˜³πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Will we sushi again? Most definitely πŸ˜πŸ€πŸ™

By then, we pretty much needed to be taken back to airport, so we headed there and sleep finally overtook me for a few moments during the drive 😴

We began the 5 hour 45 min flight, around 6:00 pm and the entertainment system went down not longer after that… so it was a real fun time 😏

We were picked up at the airport by the parents who were starting their third week there and my sister with her wee ones, who had arrived earlier that day.

A two hour drive got us to the house around 12:30 am and after a snack made by Mom, we slipped between our humidity dampened sheets and welcomed dream land 😜

Monday Nov 13th –

The best Monday that ever was? Quite possiblyπŸ˜‰

After a fab sleep, I woke up in a slightly dazed state.

I can say it has been a very rare thing for me to wake up and ‘not know where I was’ but this particular morning, I wasn’t really aware of my surroundings.

I rolled over and this is what my eyes fell upon and it alllll came back 😍

Coffees were prepared for all by Bob, smoothies by Bon and life subjects caught up on while letting the travel ware off πŸ˜‰πŸ’•πŸŒΊβ˜•οΈ

We decided to try to find a beach since the sun was shining and Mike and I hadn’t had a chance to see the ocean the night before.

The only beach nearby was one that hinted at nudity… but we thought since it was early Monday morning, the chances of freedom lovers was rarer than not 😜

We drove there and began the hike down… and just as quickly began the hike back up as glowing white expanses of bodies were spotted from afar πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚

So on we drove, keeping an eye out for beaches and instead seeing much lava rock shoreline.

Which was still very impressive to see, all of the intense black rock alongside the aqua blues😊

We stopped at the ‘Isaac Hale Beach Park’ to stretch our legs and some bobbing turtle heads were spotted here and there out among the cresting waves.

Along the driving bits, there were fruit stands with honour systems and we stopped at this one, buying some avocados, tangerines and tangelos.

The forecast had called for a whole afternoon of rain but thankfully that wasn’t the case whatsoever and the large, private pool was the perfect place to enjoy the remainder of the day β˜€οΈ

The lush foliage on each side of the yard, boasting of a vast variety of greens, leaves and all sorts of tropical life  🦎🌿🌴🌳🌺

After the disrespectful/disobedient husband pushed my sister and I into the pool, we promised him that he would reap his rewards😏

We wanted to go out for the ice cream that Mom and Dad had been having daily and on our way we stopped at a blown glass and pottery shop with a friendly owner and some very pretty pieces 😊

I couldn’t decide what I would use anything for so I got nothing but that could change before the end of the trip πŸ˜‰

Coconut and chocolate ice cream filled our waffle cone at Nicoco Hawaiian Gelato… a little, pink and mint colored store front along the street πŸ˜ŠπŸ¦πŸ’•

All their flavours are vegan and that could be the reason behind a hinting of a different flavour but they were very tasty none the less πŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Mike and I ended up having an evening nap once back at the house… and there went the evening πŸ’πŸ»πŸ˜œ

The nature was louder our second night than the first and though momentarily pleasant perhaps, the little creatures don’t seem to know the art of ‘less is more’ 😏

I will share a recording of their ‘song’ soon.

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