The Grand BC Adventure Part II

When I finally got on the road with my Dad we started our trek to Grand Forks, BC. Right after we started driving down the freeway I saw a hitchhiker with a sign that said “HOPE” I was too slow to get a photo but it inspired me so much. A few hours later I realized he was referring to the town in BC called “Hope”… not the verb haha! It was still cool though.

I think we left around 1:00PM and arrived in Grand Forks at about 7:00PM. My Dad has a house that he rents out in town so we stayed in the basement suite (which is in progress). There was all this old furniture in there that I hadn’t seen in ages, funny where stuff ends up. Right when we drove up we saw a CITY DEER which was super cool. I really wanted to just get away from technology and be with nature for a while so the seeing the deer was such a nice welcome.

We ate and then made out way over to my Dad’s friend’s place. It was really cool to meet the type of people they hug you even if they just met you and make you feel loved just with their state of being. We went rafting down the river near the property. The moon was so bright and it was beautiful. Just us and the water.

To see more photos from the trip I have an album on facebook posted here.

The Grand BC Adventure Part I

As some of you may know I spent the weekend on a road-trip with my Dad visiting his friends in the Kootenay’s and staying in the house he rents out in Grand Forks.

After Convocation finished I participated in the retreat for my Student Union (of which I am the Communications Officer… http://www.sfu.ca/iatsu) and ended up leaving Burnaby campus right before midnight. I went to bed around 2AM and got no packing done. In the morning my Dad called me so I rushed out of bed and started throwing stuff together. Luckily I had made most of my food (risotto with nooch for the trip up and strawberry cinnamon muffins with local strawberries for breakfast) already and only had to throw clothes together. I took the bus to the depot where I transfer to take the bus to my Dad’s. I had to wait a while for the bus to come and I noticed the Whalley Community Festival was in full swing so i went to check it out.

The city of Surrey had a survey booth set up talking about the future of waste collection in our city. There were three different options that they talked about (regarding bins and composting) and they also offered choices stemming around collection time (weekly or bi-weekley). 60% of garbage in Surrey is food waste. Personally, at my house we have a compost bin in the backyard which gets a lot of love from me but many of our neighbors do not collect their food waste. I think it’s awesome that the city wants to be more involved and is updating its system to adapt to the needs of modern society.

I think this initiative (though I am not completely sold on it yet) has awesome motivation behind it and will encourage more citizens to participate in composting. Way to go Surrey! I feel that the lower mainland is leading the way on this type of project, but maybe someone has outdone us…. [after some searching it appears Toronto has a Green Bin Program. I would love to learn more about how different cities deal with these issues].