Nature Commitment II

Back in October I posted about my Nature Committment for my Holistic Teaching and Learning class. The semester is coming to an end so I thought I would share the rest of my photos.  I enjoyed paying attention to my surroundings. I was able to find the beauty that surrounds me daily, the beauty that I would normally not notice. My last class may be on Wednesday but that doesn’t mean I need to stop.

    Slow Down. Pay Attention. Appreciate Your Surroundings. Beauty Is Everywhere.


    Vancouver: After the Rain

    Yesterday I spent my day at the PSA Superconference in downtown Vancouver. It rained throughout the morning but the fall colours were still stunning.

    Afterwards I went for dinner with friends (also teachers) at Steamworks then walked to Main Street-Science World Station. It had turned into a beautiful night. I couldn’t help but stop and take a few photos and I thought I would share them with you! ❤

    Miranda Lambert: Highway Vagabond Tour ❤

    Girl crush, you ask? Yeah, I think I’ve got one. 

    I remember being mad years ago when this blonde singer from Texas kept winning all the country music awards! My favourite artists were losing to someone I had never even heard of. Fast-forward a few years and I finally discovered why Miranda Lambert was winning all these awards. She quickly became one of my favourite singers and since then I’ve been waiting for a chance to see her in concert. That finally happened in Vancouver last night!

    Ticket sales were poor, maybe because Coldplay was across the way at BC Place or maybe Miranda just isn’t as popular here as I thought. As a result I got a ticket upgrade! Instead of being in the upper bowl, my friend and I were now seated in row 6 in the section closest to the stage. What a view!

    Miranda began the show with Fastest Girl in town to get the crowd pumped up. She followed with a great variety of new songs and old. She ended with an emotional acoustic performance of Tin Man followed by cover of I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For where she was joined by Gwen Sebastian and a guy whose name I can’t remember at all! Oops.

    I had the best time with my friend, Allison, and sang along to almost every song. I know I’ll be Miranda-obsessed for the next little while and I’m already trying to learn a couple new songs to sing at band next week. I already do Mama’s Broken Heart and Over You, but there is always room for more. As I told my friend, Darryl, who is also in the band (and I have the privilige of singing duets with)…When I Grow-Up I want to be Miranda Lambert!

    Summer Eats

    Who doesn’t love food? If you say you, I think you might be lying. Anyway, that’s besides the point because this is about me and some of the scrumptious foods I came across throughout the summer. 

    Sweet Chili Cauliflower, MeeT in Gastown, Vancouver
    Iced Mocha & Shortbread, Blacksmith Bakery, Fort Langley
    Noodle Box with Chicken, Roaming Dragon Food Truck, Shipyards Market – North Vancouver
    Vegan Mango Pineapple Ice Cream, Welcome Parlour, North Vancouver
    Bacon and S’mores Waffle, Waffles with Benefits, PNE – Vancouver
    The Main Event with Bacon, Reel Mac and Cheese Food Truck, PNE – Vancouver
    Roasted Mushroom + Country Bacon Pizzette, The Belgard Kitchen, Vancouver
    Chief Dominic Charlie Burger, The Tomahawk, North Vancouver
    Salted Caramel, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Mint Chocolate Gelato, Matteo’s Gelato, Port Coquitlam
    Grilled Cheese Cheeseburger, Montana’s BBQ & Bar, Langley
    Baja Shrimp Tacos, The Dime, Vancouver
    Chili Cauli & Cucumber, The Dime, Vancouver
    Warehouse Poutine, El Furniture Warehouse, Whistler
    Sea Ya Later Tater, Taters: The Baked Potato Co., Shipyards Market – North Vancouver

    Slavic Roll with Lemon and Raspberry Filling, Slavic Rolls Food Truck, Shipyards Market – North Vancouver
    And now, something that totally surprised me. Coen suggested we have this for breakfast one day and I admit I was totally skeptical. It only took one bite to discover how delicious it was!

    Bread, Butter, Sliced Strawberries and a Sprinkle of Sugar
    There you have it. Some of my summer 2017 top eats! Below are links to some of the websites in case you get a hankering for something you see here. Happy Eating!


    Blacksmith Bakery

    Roaming Dragon

    Welcome Parlour

    Reel Mac and Cheese

    The Belgard Kitchen

    Matteo’s Gelato

    Montana’s BBQ & Bar

    The Dime

    El Furniture Warehouse

    Taters: The Baked Potato Co.

    Slavic Rolls

    Summer Beauty: My Top 12 Photos

    I love taking pictures of all things that fall into my definition of beautiful.  I only use my phone and sadly mine died at the beginning of August so I’ve been using my old one with a less than stellar camera, but I’ve still managed to capture some beauty throughout the summer.

    Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver
    Train tracks on the way to Brandywine Falls, Whister
    The trail to Brandywine Falls, Whistler
    Brandywine Falls, Whistler
    Whistler, British Columbia
    Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver
    Totem Poles at Stanley Park, Vancouver
    Vancouver from Stanley Park
     Stanley Park, Vancouver
    Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington
    Vancouver from North Vancouver
    Lions Gate Bridge from North Vancouver

    Tourist in My Own City: Tour Guys Downtown & Waterfront Walking Tour

    Back in July I blogged about the walking tour I did of Granville Street and Gastown.  I had such a good experience that I wanted to check out another of the Tour Guys Free Walking Tours!  Coen and I decided to do one while he was here, opting for the Downtown & Waterfront tour.  We extended the invite to some of my friends and four of them joined us!

    The tour began at Pacific Centre.  The first building we went into was the Hotel Vancouver, where we learned a little about the history.  From there we visited Christ Church Cathedral.  I had never been inside; it was small but beautiful!


    We checked out the Marine Building next.  Another I had never been inside!  I’d never noticed that some of the detail on the building is marine-related!


    From there we walked to Canada Place.  On the lower level there are a few exhibits that are worth checking out, including a podium, torches and medals from the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.  There is also a variety of First Nations artwork. The exhibit pictures are from when Coen and I checked it all out in March.  I didn’t take any pictures inside this time.

    We walked along the waterfront to Jack Poole Plaza, where the Vancouver 2010 Cauldron is and walked to the small area on top of the Cactus Club where you can look down on the plaza as well as see the Convention Centre’s green roof!

    20729323_10159080658150363_8285027017256694845_nThe tour ended there so we headed to Railtown to check out the Belgard Kitchen ( because Lori had been wanting to try it for awhile.  It was yummy and worth a visit!

    We wandered around Downtown Vancouver afterwards.  What a great day with some of my favourite people!

    Check out for info on the Tour Guys Free Walking Tours.

    Challenge Accepted/Tourist in My Own City: Tour Guys Granville Street & Gastown Tour

    Although I don’t have a big trip planned this summer I’m not going to let the next couple months go to waste. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve decided to play tourist. I don’t think I’m the only person who takes what’s right there in front of them for granted. I’ve explored other cities in the world WAY more than I have explored Vancouver. What better time to change that?

    When I was in Amsterdam last summer I took an amazing free walking tour and I wondered if Vancouver had one as well. Good ol’ Google came to the rescue and directed me towards “Tour Guys” which offers four walking tours:  Downtown & Waterfront, Granville Street & Gastown, Chinatown and Granville Island. The tours are all free however the hope is that you will tip your guide at the end.

    The Granville Street & Gastown tour fit best into my schedule for the week so I booked myself a spot online and made the trek downtown via the Skytrain from Coquitlam – gotta use that U-PASS I’m paying an arm and a leg for every semester (I’m sure some of you local post-secondary students can relate!)

    The tour began outside of Pacific Centre (Georgia entrance) and worked it’s way down Granville Street and into Gastown.

    We popped into Sinclair Centre and had a look at the original bell from the tower in 1909 while we heard all kinds of information about the history of the area.

    From there we ventured down to Waterfront where we had a great view of Canada Place and the North Shore (including a cruise ship that I wished I was boarding!)

    Next up was Waterfront Station. We heard a bit about the history of the building, much of which I didn’t know!

    From there we went to Gastown where we saw the statue of Gassy Jack (I admit that pic is from March…I didn’t take one today!), the famous steamclock and the old (and not so old) buildings.

    We also walked through Bloode Alley as well as Gaoler’s Mews which I never even knew existed.

    The tour ended at the statue of Gassy Jack. I was highly satisfied. Our guide, Kyle, was great and I learned a ton about the history of this part of Vancouver. If you’re looking for a great walking tour check out the Tour Guys website at

    As an aside, after the tour I went to MeeT in Gastown ( for lunch with a girl I met on the tour. If you’re looking for delicous vegan fare check it out! We shared Organic Steamed Kale and Sweet Chili Cauliflower…so delicious! I forgot to take a picture of the kale but here is the cauliflower.