Thursday, May 10, 2007

Father and Son

My Dad and I are trying to be very intentional about spending quality time together at least one day a week. We're making the most of the few months we have remaining. In fact, Bethany and I are moving in less than two months, so time is running out. On Monday Dad took me to explore West Vancouver, which is situated on the north side of the bay, opposite the city of Vancouver.

We had a great time hiking along the Capilano River, which cuts through the rain forest that is only a few yards from the home he lived in as a teenager. Later, he took me for a drive through his old neighbourhood, "The British Properties", a collection of fancy-pants houses planted on the side of a mountain. After peering between million dollar homes to enjoy the billion dollar view of the Pacific Ocean, downtown Vancouver and the infinite smoggy sprawl that is suburbia, we headed back down the mountain to sea level.

I was astonished to learn of this hidden beach which is situated a couple blocks from where he lived as a young adult. This photo was taken from that beach, looking east, towards downtown. It's not a great photograph, but I thought it appropriate, as it depicts another father and son duo enjoying this otherwise empty beach. I don't know if they caught any fish, but with a view like that I suppose it doesn't matter.

Dad and I had a great day together. I've been living in Vancouver for twelve years, and yet he was introducing some of these places to me for the first time. Soon I will be discovering another ocean side city. It will be hard to leave this beautiful city, but it will be harder still to be so far away from my Dad.


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