2012 Year in Photos

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2012 was a much sweeter year than 2011 which contained too many tears due to losses in our families. We bounced back and embraced the last 12 months with enthusiasm and a thirst for adventure. In 2011 I traveled 75,000kms, mostly on my own. In 2012 I wanted to share more with John and I think we were successful in combining our adventures. We spent much more time in Seattle (including taking the train down for the Mariners’ opening day), had one of the best massages of our lives at Tigh-Na-Mara in Parksville for our anniversary, we explored more of Whatcom County just south of the border and found a Tesla coil in the Spark Museum, we biked a circle farm tour in Agassiz, and the biggest puddle jump for us was going to Maui for the inaugural Ka’anapali Fresh festival.

Vanier Park

While Instagram became an easier and more mobile way to post photos, I have put together the following “Year in Review” using my Flickr images that were *not* taken with an iPhone. I used my Olympus PEN the most along with my Nikon D90 and still managed to upload over 104 pages worth of photos to Flickr.


Our year started off in Iowa again and took an afternoon drive over to LeClaire, the home of American Pickers.

Afternoon Iowa Drive Afternoon Iowa Drive

Afternoon Iowa Drive


The most romantic month of all. We celebrated Valentine’s Day at Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet where we walked the Wild Pacific Trail and then our anniversary was spent at Tigh-Na-Mara in Parksville during their Parksville Uncorked festival.

Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet

Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet Black Rock Resort

Black Rock Resort

I also got to check out the Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition and the newly re-opened BC Sports Hall of Fame.


I was invited to Powell River to write about the historic Patricia Theatre and the town’s efforts to help it go digital through fundraising — which was a success! I also got a tour of Townsite Brewing, which burst onto the BC craft beer scene this year.

Patricia Theatre, Powell River

Townsite Brewing, Powell River Townsite Brewing, Powell River Townsite Brewing, Powell River


Our friend Duane moved back to Chilliwack for a few months and I experienced more of Tulalip Resort (and the Hibulb Cultural Centre) in Washington State.

Cultus Lake Park - Main Beach

Hibulb Cultural Center, Tulalip Hibulb Cultural Center, Tulalip

Hibulb Cultural Center, Tulalip Hibulb Cultural Center, Tulalip


When the spring sunshine popped out I did a few random photowalks in the West End, capturing traffic circles of all things, and of the budding flowers in Stanley Park. John and I also had some fun checking out downtown New Westminster for a day.

West End Traffic Circles Stanley Park Flowers

Day in New Westminster: May 2012 Day in New Westminster: May 2012


Marc Smith started up his 30 Day Adventures campaign in June where he set out to discover a local attraction every day for a whole month. I booked a day with him and we spent hours touring some of Langley’s best wineries. I also toured BC Place, did a TreeTrek in Whistler, and Whatcom County destinations like Fairhaven, Bellingham, and the Hovander Homestead.

Langley Winery Day

Langley Winery Day Langley Winery Day

Ferndale, Washington

Fairhaven, Washington Fairhaven, Washington

TreeTrek Whistler TreeTrek Whistler


John’s brother and his family visited us from Iowa for the first time so we had a lot of fun playing tourist in our own town, from a Stanley Park walk to Grouse Mountain’s SkyRide, and a trip up the Sea to Sky. July also had Canada Day festivities, Surrey’s Fusion Festival, another tour of the Celebration of Light barges, the Slow Food Cycle Tour in Agassiz, and I sat in on a few Vancouver Film School Summer Intensives.

Merilees Trail Stanley Park

Surrey Fusion Festival 2012 Honda Celebration of Light 2012

Slow Food Cycle Tour Agassiz


The end of summer was all about Maui and our trip to the Ka’anapali Beach Association’s first annual food and wine festival.

Sunrise on Maui at Haleakala

Ka'anapali Fresh, Maui Ka'anapali Fresh, Maui

MauiGrown Coffee Tour MauiGrown Coffee Tour

Ka'anapali Fresh, Maui Canoeing with Maui Paddle

Preview of my Haleakala photos from Maui


A sizzling season of even more food and wine with O! Osoyoos Celebrates and Chefs Across the Water on Salt Spring.

Osoyoos Lookout Views

Osoyoos Wine Tours Chefs Across The Water


We took a trip to Bellingham to visit the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention and I visited the Canadian Red Cross’ Emergency Response Unit setup in Ontario.

Spark Museum Grand Re-Opening 2012

Canadian Red Cross ERU Canadian Red Cross ERU


It was the first time we traveled to support a hometown team on the road as we followed Vancouver WhitecapsFC to Los Angeles for their playoff game against the Galaxy. My mother and I then traveled to New York for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — something that’s been on her “Must See” list her entire life.

View from Crystal Cove State Park Newport Beach

Central Park

Top of the Rock Top of the Rock High Line Park

Central Park Central Park

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012


We left for Iowa earlier in December this year so we didn’t get any other travel in. I sponsored Christmas at Canada Place and took one last photowalk around False Creek before we left for the year.

Christmas at Canada Place 2012 Christmas at Canada Place 2012

False Creek Village Photowalk

False Creek Village Photowalk False Creek Village Photowalk

Here’s to more laughter, love, sharing, caring, and happiness in 2013!

3 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. DavidMonday, December 31st, 2012 — 1:34pm PST

    Looks like a fantastic 2012! Hope you have a good New Years and looking forward to reading your blog in 2013!

  2. AnneTuesday, January 1st, 2013 — 2:32pm PST

    Loved this year in review. Full of great memories encapsulated in a page. Great way to remember 2012.
    Here’s to a great 2013. cheers!

  3. IrisTuesday, January 1st, 2013 — 3:25pm PST

    Happy New Year and I wish you many fun adventures in 2013! Thank you for the informative website!

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