Housesitting in New West.
I have jumped on the opportunity to do some housesitting for some friends in New Westminster. I am teaching, if it can be called that, a group of Chinese 11-13 year old students in Coquitlam, so it's good to be able to live closer to that job for time and money's sake, even if it's only or a week.
I don't know if I'm a good city-liver. I may have spent too many years out in the country to handle the traffic, but I genuinely enjoy using the SkyTrain to meander around the city. Tomorrow morning I will take the SkyTrain to work for the first time ever, and I might be practically excited about it.
I'm a transit dork. But transit gives me a chance to read, to think, to not stress about traffic, and a good excuse to walk from one place to another.
A few photos I took today:
The mosquitoes have been brutal up in Agassiz, so I've been doing my runs closer to YVR when I have the chance. I've found running a useful way to explore the cities so I can get to know them better. I've discovered a little foot bridge in Coquitlam, run back and forth over the Pitt River Bridge, and explored a series of parks in New West, all with running. I kind-of hope that this housesitting venture will give me my first chance to run the seawall in Stanley Park, although I expect I will be passed by numerous chiseled, svelte native Vancouverites.
And tomorrow I will return to my sparse classroom in Coquitlam to try to get these campers to speak and listen to some English.
There was a barred owl sitting across the street from the Modern Tire place in Chilliwack. I passed by it on the way to the pet hospital with my dog; when I returned 45 minutes later, the predator was still there. So I took some pictures.
It's probably pretty obvious that I thought this was really, really cool.
It might still be sitting there, 6 hours later. When I passed the tree an hour ago, it was still there.
The last time I saw one of these was when I was a camper at Youth Camp at Camp Qwanoes, probably back in 1997 or so. We had arranged a scavenger hunt for a "cabin date" and happened to walk right into a juvenile, sitting on a branch at eye level.
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