A Magical Place Called Butchart Gardens

Lotta (Matty’s friend) was here to visit Victoria from Ottawa. She was here for about 2 weeks ish? So what do you do when people visit? Go to Butchart Gardens! The three of us went two weeks ago (I know… I’m falling WAY behind in my blogging), and wow is that place ever beautiful! So… less talk, more pics!

Awesome fountain thinger. Can’t wait to come back here at night!

Oh my goodness!! A carousel! Best two bucks I’ve ever spent! It was magical…

Lotta and Matty having a good time! It’s probably my favourite part of the gardens.

Matt and I ended up upgrading to a year pass, sooo we’ll be visiting there again shortly especially when the concerts start happening! And hopefully all the roses will be in full bloom soon.

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Week 16 – Samsun Narrows

First off, I’d like to say sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve been really busy which made me late for posting week 16 of my HDR photo project. Oh well… Anyways, my friend, Dion and I went to Samsun Narrows to do some rock climbing. We ended up doing a 2 pitch climb, and this is the view from the top of the first pitch. Dion told me to shoot in RAW, and so I figured I would try HDR with RAW.

10mm, ISO 400, F8

It’s a little bit grainy, and I’m still trying to figure out how to get rid of some halos… But I might have to get a better HDR program. I’m still trying to get an eye for HDR.

But check back soon for the full details of this epic climbing adventure!

Matthew Poon And Lotta Lundsten Invades Nanaimo And Qualicum Beach

On June 12th, Matthew Poon and Lotta Lundsten had to play two gigs – one in Nanaimo and one in Qualicum Beach. I decided to be their chauffeur for the trip because I like to drive, and it’s a mini road trip!

We got to our first destination – Nanaimo. We grabbed a quick bite to eat and then off to the retirement home where Matt and Lotta were going to perform. The place was called Berwick On The Lake, and I must say, it was a pretty nice place! I decided to take a few HDR pictures there. You can check them out here. The view and everything was pretty awesome!

It was a pretty good turn out! Everyone enjoyed the music. So afterwards, we packed up and hit the road again. Our next destination was Qualicum Beach. We got there really early, so we had a little bit of time to kill. We drove around and checked out the beach, and then we found this amazing restaurant called Beach House Cafe. The iced tea was awesome, the view was awesome, and the food was awesome! Mind you, we didn’t have that much time, so we just got a quick bite, but we’ll be back for sure to try out their main dishes!

We got to the venue, which was The Old School House Art Centre. It was a really cool place. They played in a room filled with paintings. It seated about 70 people? It was nice and intimate. I was a huge fan of the paintings on the wall. It looked awesome! I was able to take a few pictures while they were practicing just before people started coming in, so that was sweet.

Most of the seats were filled at the concert, and once again they played amazingly! Good job you two!!

Here’s a link to my Flickr where there’s a few more pictures to check out.

Week 15 – Berwick On The Lake

This week has been really busy for me – LOTS of road trips, rock climbing, and hanging out with friends. Life can’t get any better than this. But anyways, thought I’d do a quick post before I have to head out the door.

My friend Azn Matt and Lotta played two gigs on Sunday. One at a retirement home in Nanaimo and the other one at an old school house which is now an art centre. It was really cool! I decided to drive them to these gigs because I like road trips and I like to drive. So the HDR pics for this week were taken at the retirement home in Nanaimo.

10mm, ISO 200, F8

10mm, ISO 200, F8

 

The Coliseum At East Sooke Park

Oh my goodness, I don’t even know where to begin with this post…

My friend Mark and I were trying to arrange a short climbing trip before he leaves for Squamish. We played it by ear the whole time, and FINALLY we were able to arrange something! I kept hearing about the “Coliseum” wall in East Sooke Park for rock climbing, but never been there. So today was the day! The wall has a bunch of harder climbs and it’s mostly tradition climbing, or mixed climbing… The only sport route just happened to be a 5.12b… Ugh. But it’s good to finally check out some harder routes!

Mark has been hyping this up quite a bit… So after 20 or so minutes of hiking, there it was… The Coliseum. I must say, I was pretty impressed by it. Probably the best rock in the park. We climbed three routes. You’ll be able to sort of see it in the picture. The first route we did was a 5.9, “Lust for Life” (it’s located on the left edge). It was a nice warm up… Good thing Mark is confident in placing gear, otherwise I wouldn’t be checking out this wall at all. Second route was a 5.11c, “Gladheateher” (in the middle of the left edge and the big gaping hole). And the last route was 5.12b, “Outrageous!” (to the left of the big hole). I must say, all those climbs were pretty intense… And awesome!

Mark getting ready to lead climb the 5.9

The right side of the Coliseum.

The 5.11c was pretty intense. Popped off a few times, and it gets a pump going… So that was a lot of fun. Didn’t expect to be climbing this high outdoors so soon! Then afterwards, Mark lead the 5.12b, and then he told me to give it a try. I laughed at him, but he was serious… So up I go! It was definitely the highlight of my day. Great route! Big moves, sharp small crappy crimpers, good pump. Everything about it was awesome! I couldn’t believe I was climbing it! I had a lot of problem when I got to the sharp small crappy crimp holds… But after a bunch of falls, I finally got it! This pic is of Mark rappelling down the route… I wasn’t able to take that many pics because it was just the two of us.

Words just can’t describe this day… I just can’t stop smiling about it. Everything was perfect!! This is the life… The Chief… I’ll be seeing YOU this summer :D

More Rock Climbing At Mt Wells

After a long hike to Leechtown on Saturday, I thought it’d be a great idea to do some rock climbing at Mt Wells the next day! Yay! I’ve never been to the left side of Mt Wells, so it was a great experience. Got two more lead climbs under my belt.

The first wall we got to was the Far Far Left Wall. That’s me leading a 5.10c

Rhiannon rappelling down a route

The second wall we went to was the Far Left Wall. That’s me leading the 5.10b? I believe…

Dion leading the 5.10b

The Journey To Leechtown

Leechtown… It used to be a gold mining town in 1864. People flocked out there, grabbed the gold, and left… Only the remains are left now. This place has been on my radar for quite some time…. And on Saturday (June 4th), it was time to check it out. There was a multi-cache out there, so I gathered a group of people to get that multi-cache along with a few more geocaches on the way there. It said it was a 17km hike round trip… It’s just north of the Sooke Potholes. Sooo here we go!

This was our first cache we were looking for. It was just off the galloping goose trail, and it was John’s (on the right) first official experience to geocaching! And he made the find! Yay!! And Chad is signing the log.

Here’s the view of the river that runs along the galloping goose trail.

After a few hours of walking, we found this sign with some history of Leechtown. It was really cool! We were able to get to the surrounding areas of Leechtown, but the actual town is now protected because it’s soon to be a water supply for the Greater Victoria area…

So the remains that we were able to see were the leftover machinery. It was still pretty cool!

Chad driving the bus

We found the final stage of the multi-cache!

The crew

We started the trip around 10:15am, and ended probably around 3:30pm ish… So not bad at all with all the geocaching in between!

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