Today I was in a sea plane for the first time. It was surprisingly smooth on both take-off and landing in the waters of Vancouver. The 45 minute flight took us up over the Sea-to-Sky road towards Whistler and back over the snow capped mountains. We flew over Vancouver city and got a great view of the downtown area. While very pricey, it was worth the trip and was good fun too.
First today of course was to watch the World Cup Final - it was on at 08:00 in Vancouver. This was the 12th final in a row that I have watched since 1974. Congratulations to France on a great and deserved win - tough luck on Croatia who were really unlucky to concede a penalty. With a population similar to Irelands, we can now hope to make the next World Cup Final in Qatar in 2022. Like most people I knew very little about Croatia. Roma and I have find memories of Poreč in Croatia where we went for our honeymoon - it was then part of Yugoslavia.
Today we also went on a hike to the Baden-Powell trail in Deep Cove which is in North Vancouver. This is quite a tough hike on a hot day like today - but it was worth it to reach the rock at the end overlooking the beautiful scenery of BC. Once again I was enthralled with the magnificence of this part of Canada - today I experienced the fantastic forests from below and above.