Friday November 16th
The SeaWall is OPEN!!!! Party at Sidual!
Yes, you heard right... The SeaWall is officially OPEN again after nearly a year... So but of course we enjoyed it on Friday... But first, we started out at the Sidual Shop for a pre-ride party and to enjoy a bit of the East Side Culture Crawl... Hauled our load'o'bikes right in to the shop and enjoyed watching some custom shirts get rolled out, plus the rest of the scene all through the ARC. Finally found out what ARC actually stands for - Artist Resource Center. The Culture Crawl was pretty good - lots of people all through the place, definitely a good time and a perfect little stopping spot since the weather was kind of dancing with rain the whole night.
We eventually had enough art for the evening and rolled out to visit our old friend, Siawash Rock. The route from the ARC is pretty easy and should be well enough known to most of us by this point - across over by Crab and along out to the park. Stopped by the totem poles for a bit - there's cover there. The rain really wasn't bad but who likes getting wet...
The SeaWall is really different - I can't believe how few trees there are up there now. The rock faces are all pretty much bare too - really not the same at all. You can see the pill box up on the hill we visited last year for Halowe'en, the pathway to it is totally GONE, not a trace, washed away. I drove around the top a few weeks back too for the first time since the storms... Wow. That was some serious damage.
The pathway is pretty much the same as before... Lots of it is freshly paved, they've filled the craters and scrapes pretty much all around and there's lots more drainage added at key spots that used to flood like Siawash rock. Unfortunately the barriers we used to sit on there are gone, but that might just be temporary. We'll see anyhow.
Friday kicked ass... Art, culture and the SeaWall back all in one night... How can you go wrong? But the fun doesn't stop yet... Don't miss the Winter National next weekend!!! Noon at the Cambie Pub on Sunday, see you there!!!