Max admiring one of the displays:
We met up with my friend Julianne and her kids for a day in North Van to go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Lonsdale Quay. Despite the fact that Callum and Banyan get together far too rarely, when they do get together, it's like they were never apart.
I can see them sitting in rocking chairs playing checkers years and years from now.
And there was mini donuts at the Quay!!!!
We got a visit from some old friends from Vancouver, Declan and Claudine, which warranted a tour of White Rock's white rock and the dock.
Our major activity was a 2-night camping trip to Cultus Lake. None of us had ever been and, despite being told how crazy busy it was, we decided to check it out with Callum and Max, but left Simon with my Mom. We had a great time hanging out at the lake, going hiking, swimming, Callum making friends with the kids at the campsite next to us, eating S'mores and hotdogs over the fire and sleeping in tents!
Of course, the first thing Callum and Max had to accomplish was finding the perfect stick.
Jumping off the dock!
Cooking "spider dogs", but I think they look more like octopi.
My sister, Krista, inspired me to use a Caramilk bar instead of just any chocolate for our S'mores - I highly recommend it.
Our first hike was up Teapot Hill, which included various teapots along the trail. I think it was about 5km to the top and Callum booted up without any convincing while Max finally gave up complaining about being tired after the first 2km. On the way down, however, I learned that it doesn't matter how many times you tell a 5-year old and a 3-year old to slow down and be careful while running down the trail, they will still fall and get scrapes and cry and expect you to sympathize with them. After applying plenty of Hot-wheels band-aids, they managed to heal up enough to do a slightly shorter hike the next day.
We found am uprooted tree that provided a fun climbing opportunity.