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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Jerk, anyone?

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I went to White Rock this evening. My friend Colleen and I decided to check out the Caribbean Breeze Tapas Bar & Grill and go for a stroll along the boardwalk and out onto the pier. The food was great and my peach bellini even better! Yummy!

White Rock is a unique place just north of the Peace Arch border crossing at Blaine in the United States. The imposing white monument called the Peace Arch is a symbol of peace and friendship between Canada and the United States and was built in 1920. Painting by Nancy Ging. The tidal beaches in White Rock are perfect for sandcastle building and contests drew huge crowds in the past. However, in the 80's, drunken evening parties drove the event out of town.

You can read about White Rock's history at the White Rock Museum and Archives, located in a designated heritage Train station on the Promenade at West Beach. The train went by while we were eating and it's amazing how everyone stops to watch a train. Near the train station, one of the city's major features, the City Pier, marches out into Semiahmoo Bay. Stretching some 1,500 feet into the water, the pier was first constructed in 1914 as a landing dock for steamships, and has survived fires and a major overhaul to become a favourite haunt of sightseeing families and sunset-seeking couples.

From here you can look back to shore and identify the famous white boulder from which the town takes its name. This massive white 486-ton boulder was deposited by glacial action and its arrival on the shore is the source of many colourful First Nations' legends. Native legend has it that the rock marks the spot where the Transformers, emissaries of the Sagalie Tyee, the Creator, once passed. Another legend holds that the white rock marks the landing spot of a stone that was hurled across the Strait of Georgia by a young Indian chief. It was said that he and his bride moved there from Vancouver Island to make a home together.

Another impressive sight in White Rock is this humongous mural! Click HERE to take a look. I'd post it, but it's so big that you need to look at a moving photo of it. Seriously, take a look!

Another famous mural you'll see in White Rock is this one of whales. The 21 metre long whale mural was painted by Wyland, then a 28 year old California artist. The three life-size grey whales leaping through the blue sea is the fourth of 15 whale murals Wyland has planned to paint on buildings around the world, in order to help protect the whale.

We strolled along the pier before dinner to work up an appetite. Then when we got to the restaurant we couldn't decide what to have - so we ended up sharing a variety of tapas. I was hoping to have room for some Caribbean sweet potato pudding, but alas we were both too full! We came back to my place and sat outside on the patio drinking red wine until Colleen said she was exhausted and heading home. I sat out for another 45 minutes reading a new book until my eyes almost crossed from fatigue. Going to bed now.


nancygrayce said...

Oh, I'll bet you do get wonderful photos from that pier!

Jo said...

Leslie, I LOVE White Rock. It's the most beautiful place in the world in the summertime. I hope the tide is out for you. I love walking on the pier and feeding the seagulls.

Thrift Avenue, the main thoroughfare in White Rock, was named after one of my father's relatives.

starnitesky said...

White Rock looks like an interesting place to visit - that mural is huge, I looked at your link. I hope the meal was enjoyable.

I forgot to say yesterday that I have given you an award, pop over to my blog to see it.

Anonymous said...

My doctor works in the "whale" building.

Trubes said...

You are so lucky to live in such a wonderful place Leslie, glad you enjoyed the Bellini.
I am intending to e-mail you but my PC is playing up,, so just in case I can't get through to you, I hope all goes well with your operation, I will be thinking of you...Good luck!


Blue said...

I really like White Rock, have spent many happy afternoons walking the prom, then enjoying beer @ a bars outside tables.
I do miss my trips to Vancouver; did 5 in 15 months, the last was last June, when my romantic life changed for ever.

RiverPoet said...

Wish I could join you, Leslie! Love the photos....Peace - D

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I love tapas bars - there are none here. Well, it sounds a fascinating place with planty to do and see. I didn't know about the boulder.

Nancy Ging, Artist said...

I appreciate that you used an image of my painting of the Peace Arch Park on your blog, but I'd also appreciate a credit in return. My name is Nancy Ging, and my art blog (from which the image you used comes) is at: http://wonder-of-it-all.com/
Thank you.
P.S. While I don't mind in this case, it's usually a good idea to ask permission first before using an image you didn't photograph yourself.