dinsdag 25 oktober 2011

The end.

I write this after a wet day of work, it's the first evening I have the time to finish this story. We're back to reality...we're home! We had an awesome stay at Tanja's place in North-Surrey. She almost begged us to stay but everything in life comes to an end, thank you so much Tanja Tija Minga and Zz, pure girlpower!
We didn't sleep much the last night after an awesome eve of pre-pumpkin-carving! I'm part of the BoomShaKaLaKaBoom-family contest now, maybe I'll win the 2011-edition.

We had a long trip back to Belgium, it took us almost 20 hours to get here but we made it and so did Thurber!!! We'de like to say thank you to all the people we've met and to everybody that made it easier for us to come aound on this awesome journey! Beware folks, this is not the end of Meet The Moose.


Thomas Hannah Thurber in Ghent!

zondag 16 oktober 2011


She took us across 25 000 km of road, sand and stones.
Rocks even...sometimes.
She kept us warm at night and gave us shelter wherever we went.
Through rain, wind and truckloads of snow.
 She wasn't the best investment after all...but what the hell.
We made it through the four seasons in a country full of challenges and wilderness.
It's a strange feeling but in the end, relief conquers disappointment!
We finally sold her, so long Dear Annabel.
Alberta, here she comes...WildRoseCountry.

All we've left is good memories...and some oil on the driveway!
Goodluck Adam and a Happy Birthday.

The BargainShop.

zaterdag 15 oktober 2011

Vancouver Area.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Vancouver's Top Attraction, this 137 m long bridge crosses the Capilano Canyon at a hight of 70 m. It sounds impressive but in reality, it's not a big deal. After all we've been through from east to west and from north to south, this adventure didn't really give us something extra eventhough we had a lot of fun. There is a park and trail connected to the bridge with a lot of interesting info about the rainforest and the importance of water in the cycle of life. From the cliffwalk across the bridge to the walk through the treetops, Thurber was again...the hero of the day.

Stanley Park

This 404 hectare urban park is situated next to downtown Vancouver. It's a mixture of trails, forests, lakes, nature and culture. We went for an afternoon walk on a sunny day on one of the many forest trails and along Lost Lagoon from where you have a nice view on Downtown Vancouver, city of glass! And eventhough winter is coming, many flowers are still blooming in the colourful park-gardens.

Last Canadian Weekend Folks!
I hope y'all are ready for us...

Thanks-Tija's Birthday-Giving.


We had an awesome Thanksgiving dinner and I still don't know why I didn't take a picture of the massive Turkey Tanja made for us! October 10th is also Tija's Birthday! Tija's eleven now and her favourite colour is blue! Hannah made her a hat and a scarf for the upcoming winter and we gave her Bartje, the Siamese Fighting Fish, who's name is now Boat. We also made Berry-tarts and they were approved by everybody, including Zizi.

And don't forget, Halloween is coming! But as you all know me and my fellow-travellers, Hannah and Thurber...will be heading home before skeletons, ghosts and spooky pumpkins will have a chance to scare us...

Trick or treat...

dinsdag 11 oktober 2011

Westham Island.

Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a protected natural area on the westside of Lower Mainland. This beautiful piece of nature is the place to be for birdwatching this time of year. A lot of birds from all over the country come down here to spend the wintermonths. We saw a lot of shorebirds, ducks, geese, songbirds and raptors.

The Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) arrived when we were walking along the many trails of Reifel. We must have seen thousand of Snow geese (Chen caerulescens) passing by and we saw some Northern Pintail ducks (Anas acuta) and many more. Northern Harriers (Circus cyaneus), Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) and Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus) were hunting along the shoreline. On our way home, we stopped by a big farm to buy some fresh fruit and veggies. You can tell...Halloween is coming!

Thanksgiving in Canada today, Turkeydinner tonight!


zaterdag 8 oktober 2011

Autumn In Burns Bog.

Burns Bog, an ecological treasure in the heart of Delta. These 40 square kilometers of acidic wetland form the green lungs of Lower Mainland. Burns Bog is the largest undeveloped urban wilderness in Canada. Over a 150 species of birds and 28 species of mammals have been recorded living in this area.

This urban hike brings back many amusing memories of beautiful sceneries from east to west and from south to north. All stories come to an end and every end is the start of a new beginning...


Thomas Hannah Thurber en Bartje.