Hubby and I are spending the weekend on Vancouver Island at the in-laws in Duncan. We came over last night, and had to take the ferry, can you believe it? The weather was too nasty for us to fly so we had to sit in the ferry line up. It sucked!
Today we were Torch Relay groupies. We were all decked out in our Canada hoodies and red mittens with our Canada flags, torch relay flags, Coca Cola flags and RBC tambourines. Mukmuk came along for the day too.
Along the torch relay route there are two kinds of communities. A route community - torchbearers will run with the torch through the community. A celebration community - the torch will actually stop.
Stop 1 Colwood (a route community):
Hubby, Barb and I rolled out of bed nice and early so we could drive down to Colwood to see my colleagues, Toby and Tom carry the torch. Toby passed the flame to Tom. Toby's mum was visiting from the US , but she didn't know Toby was one of the Torchbearers. I think she was very surprised to see him.
Stop 2 Duncan (a celebration community):
Duncan was a celebration community, so there was much to do:
- have your photo taken with the mascots
- have your photo taken with a torch
- Pancake breakfast
- First Nations market
- Ice skating, virtual snowboarding
- live entertainment - Spirit of Cowichan Drummers, Tzinqwa dancers
Stop 3 Chemainus (a route community):
Another colleague Ben was a torchbearer in Chemainus. He was the last torchbearer in this area. When he was done, the flame went into the miner's lantern for safekeeping on it's way to Nanaimo.
There are a lot more photos here.