It's almost time to leave the sun and freezing cold of Winnipeg for the more spring like temperatures of Vancouver. Our friends kindly borrowed us a couple guidebooks (old school navigation) and a rain suit for Eve. I've loaded up transit maps to my iPhone and made notes of all the places we intend to visit. I just finished cleaning camera lenses and making sure all chargers, cards and accessories are organized. Rain gear is secured, and I finally get to test out these Hunter boots I bought on sale in December. Everyone has one backpack each, Todd has the camera bag and I'm armed with my biggest purse. As usual, we buy most of what we need at our destination when it comes to body products and food. There's no point in using valuable space for that kind of stuff. In an effort to keep all things "carry on" we're paired down to the basics, knowing that our apartment will have laundry facilities accessible should we need it. But most importantly, the cash, passports and tickets are stashed away. Having already experienced the horror of leaving our bags behind once - we know that all you really need is money, ID and tickets. All else is a luxury.
Boy, am I glad Eve is out of diapers. Traveling with a baby was a trial. Now that she nears three, and Luke is mostly independent, there is a lot of stress lifting off of the process of packing. This time around I made sure Luke's pack is light enough for him to carry and adjusted it for him - letting him know it's his job to take care of it and tote it around. One for everyone.
The weather calls for mostly rain, no surprise. I don't mind. We've got ponchos, rain jackets, rubber boots and waterproof cases - but most importantly an attitude that it doesn't need to be a sunny day to enjoy spending it outdoors exploring one of the most beautiful cities in the world. See ya soon Vancouver!