Tuesday, August 19, 2014

vancouver: the parental units visit.


ben is in vancouver b.c. right now, working on some science at the university of british columbia. that always works out really well, because my parents live in the seattle area & so it's not too far of a drive for everyone to meet up. i flew into seattle from montreal, spent a few days at home, & then drove up with the mom & the dad to spend a few days in vancouver, which, is such a beautiful place. one of the things we did, which we also did last year & loved, was ride bikes in stanley park.

my parents love bike riding & will spend several weeks training before going on a three-day biking trip in montana & idaho. as such, they love their biking gear. my mom has a fanny pack-type thing on the front of her bike. although the photo is kind of blown out, as you can see she packs a lot of gear: 


oh man. working on the bikes before we started. ben's helmet, is all i have to say:


as taken by my mom:



so there was a period of about six months where i bought everybody bike bells. i (& technically ben :) got about ten people bright new bike bells for christmas, & then for mother's day, i bought my mom a bike bell (bc they love their bike gear, as previously mentioned), & then for father's day, i completed the circle of life & got papa bear a bike bell. they're both american-flag bike bells, of course, bc my parents love america (i'm being serious). anyway, i have a true testimony of the greatness of bike bells - a testimony which grew & developed in my heart while (whilst? :/) i was on my mission & rode my bike approx. 15 hours a day (& rung my bike bell occasionally). :)


i loved this pretty statue out in the water. at first glance, she looks like a mermaid, but she's actually just got a pair of human legs & wearing flippers:



ben & the in-laws, hilarious:







smooches @ stanley:


bikers extraordinaire:


i loved this tiny, tiny tall island with a tree atop it:


if you look closely you can see my dad is wearing the socks he tie-dyed at the whipple family reunion this year :)








we came across dozens of little rock towers. i really want to know more about these things. they're stacked so mysteriously! it's all so stonehenge-y!







& a water-bottle toast after finishing our great ride. this photo is a crack-up :)


speaking of funny, later that day we went out onto a lawn near where we were staying & tossed the old disc around. does your family love to toss around a frisbee? it's kind of a big thing in our family; that is, it's just something we kind of always do when we get together. frisbees are a part of our family lore - my dad has been meeting every saturday morning to play ultimate frisbee with this core group guys from church for the last fifteen years, at least! & when we kids were growing up, he'd bring us to play, & anytime, say, my older brother is in town, or my little brother, they'll still go play. ben is a big ultimate frisbee player himself, so he fits in perfectly with this whole frisbee dynamic we've got going on.

but oh gosh, my mom :) 


we were just cracking up. 


& mom not even trying to run after the frisbee. haha:


here's that one time ben caught the donut-frisbee one around his neck! such talent:


such triumph:




& i tried to catch the frisbee around my foot but, as you can see, failed miserably :)


there we go, madre:


i don't even know what's going on here, oh man:



crazy photography tricks! :)


we had a great time with my parents. one or two more vancouver posts coming up soon!

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