Friday, September 13, 2013

Getting To Know Me

In 1979 Ron and I decided it was time for a change and a move.
We picked Vancouver, British Columbia as the destination and the place to settle.

So in July of that year, after we had sold/gave away everything we owned
except for a camper van and our bicycles, we headed west.

We wanted to get to B.C by late August, so we had plenty of time.
Here are only a few photos of the trip out and after we settled.

Once on the west coast we wanted to bike the coastal route (parts of Washington, 
Oregon and into California) as much as we could.
We would park the van somewhere safe and head down the coast a ways.
Our friend Stephen was with us (we arranged to meet him in Alberta)
..... thus the third bike in the photo.

This was my first trip to the Rockies and I remember this day so well.
This was in Banff, Alberta and it was COLD up there!
Having lived all of my life at 'sea-level' I remember the 
adjustment to the altitude.

The above photo was Christmas 1979 in Vancouver.
We had found a 'flat' in the Kitsilano area near the city beaches.
This was our first Christmas away from Nova Scotia.
Oh, the cat on the right is Polo. She was the most wonderful cat.
She was shipped out after we were settled in.

Here we are on Kitsilano Beach with our then dog, Regan, an Afghan Hound 
who was shipped out along with Polo. They were inseparable. 
In the background is downtown Vancouver.

We felt we were in heaven. And in a lot of respects we were.
The west coast is quite different from the east coast in Canada.
Neither is better in any way while each has its own distinct identity
and way of life.

Living here for two years was exactly what we needed at the time.
We returned 'home' feeling renewed and ready to 'put down roots'.


  1. Photos from the past, they all tell a wonderful story, great looking couple of guys, a cat and a dog, super together. Greetings from Jean.

    1. Hi Jean. Good to see you!
      Yes, we were one big happy family there and still are!!
      Take care and hello to Hugh.

  2. More great stories and photos. Thanks! We tried to move to Vancouver at one point, but the job didn't work out. It looks glorious (although a bit chilly for these Souther California wimps).

    1. I am happy you enjoy these Mitch. Like you it gives me a chance to share my experiences that got me to where I am today.
      Hey, we picked roses on Christmas Day in Vancouver! Not chilly at all but I do understand (or am beginning to appreciate more) the needs of SoCal guys!! lol.

  3. Look at you two young lovebirds! Polo the cat is clearly saying "oh, get a room!"

    1. Look at us! Debra, we were just 'kids'! You would have LOVED Polo! Everyone did! I still miss her after all this time. She used to go on all the 'dog walks' with us around the neighbourhood there and back in Halifax....I think she wanted to be a dog!

  4. Lovin' the pictures. Great shot of mountains in the distance and town below! The sweaters... gifts? Someone had good taste - you both stayed so slim, they would still look good! Regan... did she (he) get to ride home with you? Pretty dog. I agree, both coasts are fabulous in their own way.

  5. Pictures from the 70's are great to look at and evoke in me melancholy and nostalgia, since I loved growing up during that time, and also because things changed for the worse during the following years, and nobody had any clue. But you both look great, and I love the sweaters and the short shorts!

  6. We lived near Seattle long ago and loved our visits to Vancouver. Great photos of two handsome young men.


  7. What great memories you have preserved in these photos!

    1. Pat, you are so right about that. I am very glad I have these photos.

  8. it's so awesome to look back with the old photos and see how much you and the world has changed. Obviously the '70's there, easy to tell that era isn't it! You two look so young, happy, and adventurous. Vancouver is a beautiful city, and why did you leave? Homesick for family maybe.

    1. We were Joanne! We lived on our bikes back then.....we went everywhere...hardly used the car/van.
      Loved Vancouver. It was so good to be away from families for a get to know who we were on our own.
      But ultimately it was 'family' that called us back.

  9. Loved this post, Jim. That photo of you and Ron on Christmas morning was glowing with love! (I'm so beyond tinsel now ~ LOL.) Such a peaceful entry point into California! I always came via I-15 out of Vegas. What a difference! First sight of the Rockies ~ It's something that you never forget. I won't show Terry the Vancouver beach though. He keeps talking about moving to Vancouver or White Rock just outside it. Take care!

    1. Thanks Louise. That 'first' Christmas away was one I will never forget!
      That Welcome sign caught us off-guard as well! We were expecting something a little more 'California'.
      Oh, I won't say a word to Terry....even though both of these places are great places to live!! But I totally understand....mums the word.

  10. What a great post, Jim! I love the old photos, especially the one of the two of you on Christmas morning. What an adventure this was. It must have been fun trying out a new area. I've never been to the east of west coast of Canada. I've only explored Quebec and Ontario, and I am so eager to see more.

  11. And you will Martha. You will have a ball!
    This move was a huge one for us...particularly for Ron as his Mom lived alone and he was her only family near. But she came out and stayed for a few weeks and loved it too!

  12. Love those shorts in the first photo! I remember men's shorts from that time, that was the height of fashion! (I am showing my age here!)
    Great photos, I enjoyed looking at this photo album. Thanks for sharing. xx


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