On New Year’s day, 2011, we went for a walk along the seaview trail in West Vancouver. It was a cold but sunny day and we met a lot of people out enjoying this beautiful day. I thought that it was an interesting snapshot of life here in Vancouver.
We were with our dog Jasper and not surprisingly a lot of other people had their dogs too. Most were larger breeds, like Labradors and Alsatians, but there were also smaller dogs. Some of these were the fashionable cross-breeds, like cockapoos. Mercifully few were dressed up, though we did see one in her coat and hat.
Walkers were of all ages. Families with young children, some trying out their new bikes, passing older walkers and of course the occasional runners. We were mostly rugged up in warm coats, gloves and hats, but there were those who felt that shorts, big boots and a fleece were sufficient protection against the cold (it was just below zero). Several people were carrying their coffee cups of course. As normal, everyone says hello or hi, and today there were happy new year’s to be said too.
Being a local trail, you can expect to meet friends and neighbours. This day was no exception, and we paused on our walk to chat with several people. Even if it was only to check on their dog’s health!
On the way back, we passed a man sawing up his Christmas tree ready for collection! He didn’t seem to be a grinch, as he said hello quite cheerfully, and wished us happy new year. We wish you all a happy new year too!