Monthly Archives: July 2012

Making the Cut…

Yesterday I was in Toronto.  It was another whirl-wind visit of less than 24hours…not for visiting friends but to do 3 things: go to an optometrist and doctor appointments as well as get my hair cut!

I’m not sure if you have noticed…but it had gotten quite long.  Yes, it’s true I do live in a place that doesn’t have hair stylists.  Because of this I only really cut my hair every 6months or so (when I get south)… it’s been a perfect situation to let it grow.

When I posted about my ‘knitting an afghan’… my mum’s first comment to me on the phone was about how LONG my hair had gotten!

For a long time I’ve wanted to grow my hair, and then donate my braids to make wigs for Cancer patients. So yesterday, my hair had reached just above the ‘required minimum length’ of 8inches.  I was talking to Kat (my sis-in-law) at the cottage on Tuesday about somewhere to go get my hair cut.  She suggested I get in touch with her hair stylist, Effie at Elements Hair Design.  So I called, and booked an appointment.

Off I went Friday at 12:30 to get my hair chopped off…. This is the last shot of my hair, all brushed out before the big cut.

Effie then measured and braided my hair…  I still can’t believe how long it was… because it didn’t seem that long, but I look at the picture and I’m like WOW! 

Kat was in the neighbourhood and arrived just as Effie was about to make the cut!  Kat grabbed my camera to take photos for me!! (Thanks Kat for showing up to give me some ‘moral’ support and grab these photos!) 

Kat and I took some time to look over hair magazines to get an idea of a style… it was decided, short at the back, longer at the front…with NO Bang…but hair I can tuck if I want… and some thinning needed in the back! I wanted something I could straighten if I wanted but also wear curly… I’m a pretty low maintenance kind of hair gal, wash and go is totally me!

After a quick hair wash, I was back in the chair… I looked at the mirror and was like…where did my hair go?! 

First looks of the back and side of my new do…. 

Thanks so much Effie!  It was great meeting you… I can’t wait until the next time I’m in Toronto to get another cut!  If you are in Toronto and need a stylist… please go see Effie at Elements Hair Design at 1035 Coxwell Ave!

Here are the two photos I sent out via Twitter(@sarahontheroad), Instagram(@sarahontheroad) and Facebook…

Honestly, I’m in love with this hair cut!  When I got to my mum’s in Haliburton I had to take these self-portraits… to document the ‘salon-magic’ that happened yesterday!  Effie shared some wonderful ‘secrets’ of the salon… so I will attempt to make my hair look like this again at some point.  Thanks again Effie!

All tonight I’ve been putting my fingers in it… and still can’t believe it’s so short in the back.  I have no regrets though…it was time to make a change, and to get a cut!

I’m excited to be back in Haliburton (where I’ll stay–no more road trips for the time being!). However, I will be driving up to my Gramma’s cottage (about 15mins away) to swim on the beach, visit with Aunts, Uncles, Great-Aunts, Great-Uncles, and cousins (1st, 2nd, 2nd once removed, and 3rd!)  YES, I do belong to a big, crazy family…its hard to explain, but easy once you figure out all the connections!  I just feel blessed that I get to spend some time with my family at my favourite home-away-from-home at Haliburton Lake…

I’ll be taking my camera…and I’m sure I’ll have some ‘stories’ and ‘photos’ to share when I’m back in the land of technology.  I’m going to enjoy my time being a bit more ‘unplugged’… well we’ll see how long that lasts!

Walking in the Trees…

After our first awesome day exploring together, Ryan picked me up in his van.. and we drove over to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. It was a WET-RAINY morning…I might have been in a grumpy mood, partly because of the weather, the time of day and I hadn’t had breakfast yet.  Well after arriving at the Cap Bridge, I had something to eat…the time was a more ‘decent’ hour…and well there was still RAIN.  But after all, I suppose in a Temperate Rain Forest-there should be rain!

Ryan and I decided to explore the ‘cliff-walk’ area first… It was raining so hard! Ryan used an umbrella…and I used one of the wonderful yellow rain jackets provided to me from Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. It was so cool to see how the ‘cliff-walk’ was attached to the side of the canyon!

It might have been raining, but there were still was DROP dead GORGEOUS views…

Looking at trees in the rain!  I was soaked, my lens was covered in rain drops by this point… so that’s why there are ‘splotches’ on these photos.  Ryan and I ducted into the gift shop… I dried off my lens, then we headed to the front gate to catch a ‘historic story tour’! 

Rebecca was our ‘story-guide’… and she told our small group the history of Capilano Suspension Bridge. If you are interested in knowing more, click HERE!

See that rope Rebecca is holding in the 2nd photo? Well that’s what the first bridge was made out of… I don’t think you’d catch me on that bridge!  

Peter shared some knowledge around First Nations Culture.  About how they used trees to build houses, Totem Poles (or Story Poles) and dug out canoes.  

One new thing I learned was that Totem Poles are actually “Story Poles”…Peter called the Totem Pole below…and “Interactive-Pole” because you become part of the story… when you put your head in the hole!  He also mentioned how it’s one of the most photographed Totem Poles! 

Just as we were ready to cross the bridge, the sun came out… and the rain stopped!  I must admit, it was a wee bit scary but once I was on it I was alright.  It did swing/sway as you walked.  Oh and there were TONS of people on it at the same time… that was the ‘crazy’ part! Graham took our small group on a brief nature walk to explain more about the Temperate Rainforest…and how everything works together to live. I learned lots from his talk…and he was very passionate about the park and job!  There are three types of trees at Capilano Park… Douglas Firs, Hemlock and Western Red Cedar.

We came across some Banana Slugs… (so tiny…put the other photos in so you can see the scale with Ryan’s hands and phone!)

After the nature walk/tour was finished… Ryan and I headed up into the trees for a little ‘tree’ walk.  It was an awesome walk, from one douglas fir tree to the next, via a series of mini-suspension bridges!

We did stop to eat our Rogers chocolates up in the trees!  It was a LONG way down….at some points on this walk we were 30m (100feet) in the air!  I wouldn’t recommend this walk if you were scared of heights! I’m not really scared of heights, just scared of getting down from ‘heights’ but I was alright…because getting down was a gradual process! 

After we got down we walked around exploring the trails a bit more… we might have played hide-and-seek behind the trees! 

I don’t think Ryan could manage living in Nunavut…being out of “smart-phone” cell service.  It was a fun day were often we were talking photos with our phones, and uploading them to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  

I know in the above photo Ryan was uploading his version of a photo of this owl on Facebook. 

From this perspective you can get a sense of how HIGH up that bridge is! 

Looking up at the one of the parts of the ‘tree-walk’…from the ground!

On the way back across the bridge… I hand my camera to Ryan, ask him to take a photo of me.  He starts to do that… and then for some reason I start laughing.  I think this is one of my favourite shots of myself that Ryan took… it reminded me of one of the things on my list of 32-things-to-do-when I am 32...

Number 16 on that list was: “Laugh until my belly aches, and I forget what I was laughing about (then repeat)”.  Thanks Ryan for capturing me mid-laugh!

Loving the ‘props’ for the staged tourist type photos…. who doesn’t love to ‘strike-a-pose’ in a GINORMOUS Picture Frame? 

One of the fun challenges during our time at the Capilano Suspension Bridge…was to find all the “stamps” in the various areas of the park.  Once we finished, we went by Guest Services…to get our “I Made It Certificates!” The Cap Bridge was such a fun place to explore… it is a bit ‘touristy’ but I’d still recommend visiting if you get to Vancouver.

 …our time was done at the Capilano Suspension Bridge but have no fear, there were other places Ryan and I were heading…on this crazy ACTION-PACKED DAY!

I had my first introduction to traffic in Vancouver…the Lions Gate Bridge had one lane closed…(there had been an accident)!  So as you can see there were 5 lanes merging into 1-can we all say CONGESTION?

Once we got moving again, we entered Stanley Park… we stopped to have something to eat, and take in the views…

Then we drove through the park, stopping at various places to check out the views and snap some photos… one of these stops was “the Hallow Tree”.

Located along the west side of Stanley Park Drive, the Hollow Tree has attracted visitors and dignitaries since the earliest days of Stanley Park. As one of Vancouver’s oldest and most famous landmarks, the Hollow Tree has been an important part of Vancouver’s tourism industry since the city was founded. Each generation has its iconic photos demonstrating the immensity of the Hollow Tree. Everything from an elephant, to horse-drawn carriages and the earliest automobiles have been photographed next to the tree. The Hollow Tree is a cultural heritage resource listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register and the Vancouver Heritage Tree Inventory.

 

The Stanley Park Hollow Tree has a special place in the memories of many Vancouverites. Today, the remaining 700 to 800 year-old stump of this Western Red Cedar tree is still one of the most well-known and photographed landmarks in the park. Damaged by a severe windstorm in December 2006 and leaning forward at a dangerous angle, the tree was slated for removal due to safety concerns. However, in 2009 the Hollow Tree Conservation Society stepped forward with a plan to stabilize the tree in a project funded entirely by private donations. Following a public ceremony in October 2011, the restored Hollow Tree began a new chapter in its long history in Stanley Park.   {Source}

 

We parked near this lighthouse…and went on a walk along the sea-wall for a little while.  It turned out to be SUCH a GORGEOUS day… seriously was so thrilled it was sunny and warm! 

I needed to put my toes into the sea-water!… Ryan decided he didn’t need to get his feet wet! 

I took some portraits for Ryan in the summer of 2010… he wanted me to take some more.  We didn’t do a ‘formal’ photo-shoot…but I did end up with some fun candids… and this image!

Then Ryan turned the tables and took this photo of me…

I asked for my camera back… and got these shots of Ryan!  He was helping me hold my ‘new’ MiMi Kelly Moore Camera bag.  (yup, it looks like a purse, but totally outfitted to hold my camera and extra lenses! Best purchase EVER!) I mentioned it and that’s when he immediately took it off! lol

It was a perfect ending to a perfect afternoon… 

After we left Stanley Park, we made a quick stop at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)… Ryan needed some rock-climbing supplies!  Then we headed to the movies… Ryan and I ended up going to see “Magic Mike” in the VIP Theatre.  Just wanted to note that he asked me and then let me decide which movie, because I rarely get to the theatre.  The only movie I wanted to see was “Magic Mike”–so well Ryan ended up seeing it too.  Honestly the script was pretty pathetic predictable, but the visuals were great!

Thanks Ryan for showing me around your new city!  I had a blast… and I don’t think I’ve laughed like that in a long time… Thanks for all the shots you took of me during our adventures. Until our paths cross again my friend, stay safe!

Please Note: all photographs of me in this post were taken by Ryan Bealer, except for the obvious ‘self-portraits’!

Ferry from Victoria to Vancouver…& exploring downtown Vancouver

After my time in Victoria… exploring the inner harbour, going for random walks, exploring the legislative buildings, going whale watching, exploring Butchart Gardens... I jumped on a ferry to head to Vancouver.

The trip went by so fast.  I think it was an 1 1/2-2 hour ride? But it seemed like a quick ride, I must admit I did wander/explore …didn’t really sit for the whole trip!

(the guy holding that ‘tree’… was the person giving a “nature” talk, never did learn about it…because I didn’t go to the nature talk!)

The view from my hotel room… in New Westminster.

After all my work/conference stuff had been finished I was able to head downtown with my friend Ryan.  Ryan use to live in Winnipeg (that’s where we first met)…he moved out to Vancouver about 2months before I left Winnipeg in 2011.  Ryan and I use to meet about once a week to take photos and have dinner! It was so awesome to meet up with him and explore downtown Vancouver.

We went to the Vancouver Art Gallery.  I wasn’t sure I’d get Ryan in there, but he went along with the it, and then fell in love with “Girl with Bangs by Picasso (1902)”.  I loved this exhibit:  “Collecting Matisse and Modern Maters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore”. It felt great to be able to explore an Art Gallery again!

Ryan and I did quite a bit of walking… we got off the sky train at Granville Station…went to breakfast (mmmmm crepes!) and then headed off to explore the Art Gallery.  Then we walked down Granville Ave to the Granville Island Market.  Along the way, there were some cool shots we both stopped to get.  It’s fun to be with another ‘photographer’…they dont’ mind if you stop to take a crazy amount of photos (because they are too!) 

It was awesome to walk over the bridge… that thing went on and on forever!

Can’t take the kid out of Ryan!  He had to meet Cookie Monster… and drive the tug boat…

Here are some views from Granville Island… My MB Mum introduced me to Rogers Chocolates when we went to Gimli… I did stop in this shop to get just a taste of goodness. (But I decided to save it for the following day…)

There was a cool outdoor ‘art exhibit’ called “Re-Vision”. The idea is that the artists make their sculptures by recycling-creating Art!   … (the glasses and nose in the photo above are part of it)… I really loved each piece… the following ones were my favourites! (the one of the photo of the face…was individual match books, I didn’t realize that it made a face until after I took the photo…it’s so brilliant!)

After wrapping up our time at Granville Island Ryan and I took a bus to the edge of Gas Town… I got to see the ‘steam clock’, visit the Inuit Art Gallery and pop into a bunch of other shops…

Photo Taken By: Ryan Bealer

Ryan and I didn’t let the off and on rain get us down… we just kept on walking and exploring! 

This was the one of the last photos I took that day!

We left Gas Town and headed north to China Town…and I got a tour of the East-end of Vancouver.  We kept on walking to the Main Street/Science World Sky Train Station… it was a lot of walking, but was an awesome day! Ryan and I ended this epic day back in New West with an amazing dinner at the Keg, which was discounted because of a coupon we received from the Art Gallery (double bonus!!)

It was so much fun to chill out with Ryan again.  Have no fear though, our exploring Vancouver has just begun! We had one more day to hang out before I jumped on a plane back east.

(…TO BE CONTINUED!)

An Early Morning with Friends…

Before I flew out west, I made a quick (less-than-24-hour) trip to Toronto. My friends Anna, Jacob and daughter Lily welcomed Eve into their family in June.  I had to meet this new little girl, as well as go to an appointment and do some summer clothes shopping!

So I went over to their house… in the early morning on a July 10th I drove over to their house to have a visit.  Why so early? Well I needed to see them before Jacob started work and Lily went to preschool.  Between my schedule and their summer schedule…we almost missed each other, BUT I’m so glad we made it happen!

(It was a 7:30am meet-up…if you know me, normally this wouldn’t be that enjoyable-I really don’t do mornings well…but there were dear friends to visit with and the added bonus of seeing their two darling girls! A gorgeous 2 1/2 year old and delightful newborn waiting for cuddles-how could an early morning be way horrible with those two factors?!)

Here’s a ‘sneak’ peak of some of the photos I got of your amazing family that early Tuesday morning!

I’m just going to let the photos do the talking!

Here are two ‘outtakes’ from the photo shoot.  The first photo was taken near the end of the photo-shoot.  “Mom looking happy at infant-bundled in straight-jacket  swaddling blanket.  Toddler hiding her face playing peek-a-boo and Dad happily smiling at the camera!”

The second outtake… Lesson Learnt: Once a 2 1/2 year old decides that they are DONE with photos… it’s really hard to wrangle them back into looking at the camera!

Anna and Jacob,

Thank you for allowing me to capture your family through my camera’s lens.  I hope these photos will help preserve this moment in time for you to look back on in years to come.  I am so blessed by our friendship.

Hope you have a fantastic summer…and amazing time when you travel west to see family.

Luv you, Sarah

Happy Birthday Jamie

Happy Birthday to You…

HaPpY bIrThDaY to yOu…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR JAMIE…

Happy Birthday to you!

Hope you had a fantastic time camping…see you in a week!

Hope you had a great day…

Luv, Sarah

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