Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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An Evening at Surrey’s Olympic Celebration Site

Filed under: Vancouver Winter Games — by at 1:56 am on Thursday, February 18, 2010

Holland Park's entranceWednesday afternoon – a spring-like day here on the west coast, not unusual for this time of year – I ditched watching Oprah in exchange for going back to Holland Park, currently Surrey’s Olympic Celebration Site, with my husband Darrell.

I’m loving being able to capture moments, from my eye level. I haven’t used a stock image for a blog post since my hubby gave me a Nikon Coolpix for Christmas ‘08. Me, a photojournalist – who would have thought it? But, that’s what blogging is all about!

The entrance to Surrey 2010 Celebration SiteUnlike LiveCity Downtown on Saturday, there was no lineup to wait in. Darrell and I wheeled right on through.

Long row of portable toiletsThe first noteworthy sight was the long row of pot-a-potties, including two wheelchair accessible ones. These facilities aren’t the most pleasant to use, unless absolutely necessary, then they’re such an relieving experience!

The food vendor kiosks at Holland ParkThe Surrey site has a winter carnival atmosphere, complete with cotton candy, pizza and hot dogs. The mini doughnuts were calling me! I’m still munching while I type, which means I’m twice as long on the bike while watching Oprah tomorrow. Oh well. We live once, so live it!

Inside the horse stable of the RCMP Musical RideUnfortunately, tickets for the evening’s RCMP Musical Ride were already gone. However, the horse stable was open to the public. I introduce my current scooter to the inside of a barn! It has been a while since I’ve seen tack boxes, mucking outs and horse blankets. Seeing the city kids holding their noses was quite amusing; such woosies! I even got horse goober on my coat – yes!

I’d be ecstatic if the barn and the riding arena became permanent fixtures of Holland Park as an Olympic Legacy! Imagine being to ride again only five or six blocks from home. That would be so cool!

Outdoor rink at Holland ParkAn outdoor ice rink allows for some good old-fashioned family fun time! Kids, young and old, don skates for the first time is entertaining to watch.

Clear night sky with thin sliver of moonA clear day meant a clear night sky. I captured the moon for the first time. A beautiful sliver of the moon.

Interior of Surrey HouseInside Surrey House is where I’ll likely be should Canada play in the men’s hockey gold medal game on the 28th! Hockey and Randy Bachman – it doesn’t get any more Canadian than that!

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Comment by Robert Hruzek

February 18, 2010 @ 5:40 am

Thanks for the tour, Glenda. Hey, I got a photo of the same moon you did: Smiling Moon

Comment by Glenda

February 18, 2010 @ 9:19 am

My pleasure, Robert! I’m really enjoying this bloggy life right now. I wonder what the moon was smiling about.

Comment by Robert Hruzek

February 18, 2010 @ 9:34 am

Prob’ly knows something we don’t. Like he’s made of cheese after all.

Comment by Max

February 18, 2010 @ 11:27 am

I’m thinking about going tomorrow and would like to avoid any line ups, do you mind telling me what time you showed up and how busy the venue was?

Comment by Glenda

February 18, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

Hi Max and welcome! Darrell and I arrived about 4ish and it was fairly quiet; no lineup to get in. However, if you would like to see the RCMP Musical Ride, be there before the gates open. Tickets go fast!

Comment by S Emerson

February 19, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

We went last night!

There is a standby line for the RCMP musical ride. We were in the line at 6:50 and got in.

Info guy said you have to be there at 1 p.m. to pickup tickets.

Got 2 bags of mini doughnuts. One disappeared by the time we got home. The other is here, waiting to be finished.

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