Sun Run

April 18, 2011

Sun Run (49,365 runners)



Life can be very unpredictable and even more so when you are on vacation and in a place you are not familiar with. Yesterday, the almond croissants were so good as dessert we decided to have them for breakfast. Hey, we are on vacation. The only problem was that we didn’t buy any extras so we would need to make a quick run to Granville Island Bakery. We figured it shouldn’t take more than few minutes, say 15 minutes each way.  We got dressed without taking our usual morning showers and jumped in the car expecting to be back in a shake. It was a beautiful morning with bright blue skies and white puffy clouds as we crossed the Lion’s Gate Bridge with basically no traffic, but then as we approached downtown the traffic stopped. We had seen flags flying for the past week promoting Sun Run Day but we had not given it much thought until we were boxed in and could see people in running gear coming from every direction to participate in the 10k run.

I took a quick left to see if I could drive around the event, which I managed to do by going several miles out of the way with our GPS continually updating the directions to our destination. We, in effect, made a big circle back to Granville Island. As we drove down the approach ramp I noticed they blocked it off behind us. Oops, there would be no quick return, I thought. It was early and the shops were just opening and with so much of the normal traffic blocked off we had no problem finding a free parking place right next to the bakery, good for 3 hours. 

Knowing we were stuck, we decided to have our almond croissants and tea on the island plus do a little shopping before returning. The bakery had no almond croissants when we showed up, they told us they were baking. Great, they would have really fresh hot almond croissants in about 15 minutes; we would wait. Looking around I spotted a small vase I really liked made out of porcelain china. The artist came out from behind the counter and greeted me and explained that the vase I liked was fine china fired 4 times and had the same colors as his pieces selected for the Macau Museum. As it turned out, the artist, Joseph Chiang, was very famous; he designed the landscape statues and the modernistic forms to represent diving and cycling for the 2008 China Olympics held in Bejing.

With vase in hand, we returned to pick up our hot almond croissants and get a cup of tea. Only this time we ordered some extra ones. Yum, yum, yum. Donna and I both agreed the hassle had been worth it. Thinking the race must be over by now we decided to pack up our goodies and return to the motor home but to our surprise we were stopped as we started to leave the island and told that the Sun Run was the second largest 10k run in North America. From the spot where they stopped us, we could see the race route and it was full of racers from start to finish and they were still coming. The traffic guide had a map and he showed me how to get back, we would need to take an even a longer route to get back and most of it was bumper to bumper.

In fact, by the time we got back, it was time to break out the sourdough bread, and have lunch. Before we had left Granville Island, Donna had bought stuffed grape leaves, rolled stuffed eggplant, tomato basil tortellini and several types of olives to go with our sourdough garlic cheese bread. Our short, just a few minutes trip, turned out to be over a four-hour ordeal but the food was worth it!

64 Responses to “Sun Run”

  1. rachel Says:

    Awesome, you guys, It has happened to me and mine many times, I cherish these little adventures.

  2. Joan from Colorado Says:

    Hey Carlos.. Oh,the frustration! sounds like a fun time though.. Keep your sense of humor intact.. Joan

  3. Lee Says:

    Oh, how we are finding ourselves, looking forward to your adventurous stories ~ with appreciation, as ‘fun’ continues on your journey!

  4. Barb Says:

    But well worth it yum, yum. What amazing things are put into our paths so that we can have exciting new adventures and to meet new people.

  5. Jo-Ann Says:

    Hot almond croissants and a hot cup decaf Latte. Oh my, I want that too.. Yummy!! Guess I better go to the bakery now to see if they have any.. Well worth spending $4.37 a gallon of gas to go find one!!!!

  6. Bev-MIret. Says:

    What an adventure! Sounds like something we would do. Wish I was there. Now I am hungry and have to round up something. Nutella, anyone??

  7. Robin Balko Says:

    I thought you were going to tell us that you got towed!! Thank goodness that wasn’t the case. I’m glad you two love birds are having a great time.

  8. Janice aka dg1018 Says:

    As I said before, it’s Carlos and Donna’s Big Adventure. What great stories you have to tell. I like your style—-just go with the flow and enjoy lifes little hiccups.
    Keep On Rollin

  9. MoonDrops Says:

    Hi Carlos and Donna,
    What an adventure to get breakfast!! But, YUM YUM…almond croissants…right out of the oven…nuttin’ better!! What a beautiful treasure you have in that vase. And what a story you can tell in how you obtained it! Good thing you didn’t go alone…how to explain a 4 hour trip for croissants and a vase!
    Because you and Donna are so missed, I love keeping up with your updates…feel as though I’m on that trip too…only without the headaches…lol!! Your photos are stunning and your writing…well, maybe a new career?
    We’ve been blessed with wicked weather…my former neighborhood is still cleaning up from a tornado a week ago, but it pales in comparison to the destruction the 200+ tornadoes did from Texas to Virginia, especially North Carolina…62 twisters in one day! Praying for all affected. Now we’re expecting 10″ of wet heavy packy snow. I certainly am NOT dreaming of a White Easter! But that’s Wisconsin…wait just 5 minutes, it’ll change!
    Have loads of fun as you continue your travels and adventures…stay safe and God bless.

  10. vicki Says:

    Sounds like you and Donna made your own sun run! At least the yum yums were worth it and then some. Ah the leisure of no set route travel. Good you both have the time to enjoy even the unexpected.
    Thanks for taking us along!

  11. Maxine Says:

    Freshly made out-of-the oven almond croissants are delicious; they melt in your mouth. The lunch sounded delicious. Vacations are great.


  12. Vee Miller (VeeTX) Says:

    :) You’re lucky you didn’t have ME in the car with you on the return trip – I would have consumed those almond croissants in the back seat ~ just like Molly downing a whole rabbit.

    At least you got to take the “scenic” route back to the RV.

    Glad y’all are having fun – keep those “hoss’s” running – how much is gas up there? I saw $3.89 here in Dallas suburb today! Jimminy Cricket – guess it’s rice and beans three times a week now.

    Blessings to you!

    • AnnInSDtoo Says:

      I haven’t seen $3.89 in months here! My “cheap” place not too far from the Owl Box is $4.19. Tuna Potato Chip Casserole is our specialty!

  13. Lynne Townsend Says:

    Carlos and Donna,
    OH YUMMMMM! It all sounds wonderful ! You have a real treasure in the vase too, and a delightful story to accompany it! By the way–so much for a quick run for breakfast!!! LOL


  14. Beth Jones Says:

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Usually the best lemonade anywhere.

  15. Deb Lay Says:

    Thanks for talking the time to post on the blog. I feel like I am along on the trip with you.

  16. Eric Blehm Says:

    Thanks Carlos for reminding us it’s the “journey, not the destination…” Great story…

  17. Cynthia Bradley (bradleytwins) Says:

    So great that you ended up with such treasures from your little “15 minute” “Sun Run”, especially the vase from such a renowned artist!! A great story and adventure to share with all of us. Thanks…I feel like I was “almost” there with you and Donna!! Can hardly wait until the next adventure around the corner. :)

  18. Eileen "Teatime" Says:

    Enjoying your vacation stories. Easy to deal with delays when there are only two of you. When you have children on a vacation…..its a whole new
    ball game……yikes…been there, done that. lol

  19. mandozee Says:

    Carlos & Donna: your making my mouth water. Yet again the unexpected, glad you can make the best of it. mandozee

  20. CAequuslvr Says:

    Oh, no. Well, as they say “the best laid plans”.

    Sorry, but I had to laugh.

    On the plus side you were able to meet and speak with a wonderful artist. Pretty cool.

  21. Theresa Says:

    …but the food and vase were worth it!!

  22. dennens Says:

    I just want you two to know how very much I am enjoying your travels. When life throws you lemons, make lemonade, or just enjoy the almond croissants!

  23. redpeg Says:

    I can never get enough of your blogs! Thank you, thank you!

  24. Dale Ann Harsh Says:

    I think Carlos and Donna should add travel writers to their list of accomplishments.

  25. Tricia Says:

    So funny, and I want one of those croissants!

  26. Denise Thies Says:

    Too funny! I was at lunch today with two of my friends and we were talking about the almond croissants at Fashion Island, Newport Beach and how fabulous they are supposed to be – I hadn’t even seen your email yet! Now, for sure, I’ll have to try them!

    So glad you’re having a great time and just going with the flow despite the little hiccups! So thankful you’re letting your on-line followers tag along – I’m having a wonderful time! Thanks so much!

  27. Sherry Kelly Says:

    If you hadn’t had the delay, you wouldn’t have that special vase for a souvenier! Love hearing your adventures. Have fun and be careful!

  28. francie bowers Says:

    Carlos!! you’re making me hungry and it’s almost bedtime..and not an almond croissant in sight!! Love hearing about your adventures, I think this vicarious vacation will probably be ‘my vacation’ for the year!! Thanks for keeping us updated and keep on havin’ fun!!

  29. Lisa A. Burns Says:

    What a wonderful adventure Carlos and Donna !!!!! Thank You so much for sharing! Hugz from NE FL

  30. FloridaSkye Says:

    Carlos, it’s wonderful that you and Donna have such a good attitude about little misadventures along the way. Finding the vase, and meeting the artist, sure made the delay worthwhile.

  31. erindort Says:

    Carlos, please post a picture of the vase, if it’s not too much trouble. We would love to see it!

  32. ~Healani~ AKA FoxyTuTu Says:

    Bring some of those Almond Croissants back to San Diego!

  33. donna Says:

    Carlos and Donna, what fun reading your updates and they always make me hungry! Be Safe

  34. jacque green Says:

    Donna and Carlos You both are having time of your life. I enjoy all the photoes and story. I feel like I’am there.Thanks a lot. Your feather Friend Jacque Green

  35. PegRod Says:

    Now, this is living, and we are a part of it! Thank you, Carlos and Donna. My mouth is watering with all the descriptions of your gastronomic delights.

    “You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.” Henry Drummond (Canadian poet 1851-1860)

    Love, community, patience, learning, trying new things, living in the present, flexibility and more – The Royal Way and the Way of the Owlz

    • PegRod Says:

      I got that quote but noticed that the dates look wrong. Maybe that is when he said it!

      William Henry Drummond (April 13, 1854 – April 6, 1907) was an Irish-born Canadian poet whose humorous dialect poems made him “one of the most popular authors in the English-speaking world,” and “one of the most widely-read and loved poets” in Canada -(from Wikipedia).

  36. Kit Says:

    Funny story…I always remember the food from vacations I take. Thanks for the updates!

  37. Pat Proctor Says:

    Now that’s what vacation is all about.Have fun,does your owl shirt still fit/?

  38. Ellen516 Says:

    What a long way to go for croissants! It’s wonderful that you two are just taking everything in stride and emjoying yourselves.

  39. Susan Says:

    Carlos, you remind me of my husband, who can remember every detail of every meal he really enjoyed. Sure hope you still fit into your “Molly & McGee” shirt by the time you get home!

  40. Sherrie Says:

    Carlos & Donna’s great adventures.

    Enjoy ever minute and thank you so much for taking us with you.

    Just think, if you had gotten a couple more the night before, you would never have had this great experience and met & bought a beautiful vase.

    Can’t wait for your next post.

    Enjoy and be happy and safe

    Sherrie ( Sher67 )

  41. Carole in Charlotte, NC Says:

    This is what vacations are all about…expect the unexpected and go with the flow. Wonderful memories always will follow! Keep making those memories!! Carole

  42. ItsAllAboutMeToo Says:

    Just reading about all this wonderful food makes me hungry! Awesome photo’s!! ok……..this makes me want to go travel……..
    Does anyone have updated information on Molly, McGee & the owlets? They must be ready to fledge by now. Thank Carlos & Donna for your travel log!

  43. AnnInSDtoo Says:

    You two keep teaching all of us how to LIVE! We are to enjoy the detours, taste the goodies, look at vases, laugh often. Thank you for continuing to be our role models.

  44. Donna Koski Says:

    I love all your beautiful pictures and your writings, I feel like I am there and going through the challenges and fun stuff with you two. It sounds like it will be a wonderful vacation and one to remember.

    God Bless and have a great trip. Happy Easter

    Donna (bingodabber)

  45. BJ Says:

    Vacations are for adventure and indulgences….you are having them both. Great times. Your writing puts me there with you. Thanks for taking us along. Getting any recipes for these delicious eats? Safe travel.

  46. Kitty Carlyle Says:

    Dear Carlos and Donna,

    Oh my. No really, that does sound like a fun trip for almond croissants but it sounds like a ton of fun, too. But, that lunch sounds like heaven on earth.

    I sure do miss you guys. I’m sitting here listening to my “Molly music” smiling, crying, depending on the song. What a wonderful, wonderful experience.

    Peace and love to you both.


  47. Barb Says:

    I would have made the same trip for a good almond croissant. :) Enjoy the rest of your vacation, stay safe and be happy. Barb

  48. Twoclubs Jane Says:

    What a great adventure you and Donna are having. Keep these posts coming. They give me a big smile every time I receive them. So wish I could visit the great north west some day.

  49. Sounds FANTASTIC! I love a good adventure, especially on vacation, when you have nowhere else to be.

  50. Lisa Says:

    ALMOND CROISSANTS?! I have never had the pleasure. Are the almonds sliced or chopped? Bet the croissants are heavenly, flaky, buttery. Really appreciate your taking us with you on your journey. Photos would have been more than gracious, but your travelogue is so detailed-and funny-that we feel caught up in your adventures. Thank you so much. Thank you for keeping us in your life, beyond Molly, McGee, and the babies. Miss them. too. Happy Easter, in Christian love, Lisa

  51. Susan Belloff Says:

    You should publish “The Travels of Donna and Carlos” or some such title. Love reading about your escapades!

  52. Pat Proctor Says:

    Where are the Royals?

  53. Kevin Says:

    I was wondering the same thing about where the Royals are at. We have not heard anything from them since 4/17.

    • Selena K Says:

      Hi Kevin – I was wondering that too, found this posted earlier in the blog from Carlos…
      “Don’t be surprised if you do not see a post for several days. My computer gave me a warning that it will cost around $20 per megabit for data transmissions using my internet connections and to make a cell phone call will run about a dollar a minute. This RV Park has WiFi but only in one spot and that is not where we are parked.”

      I sure hope that’s what’s going on…

  54. Diana Briscoe Says:

    Dear Carlos & Donna,
    I just love reading about your vacation. Even though I’ve never met you guys in person, I feel like I’ve know you for years! Enjoy everyday, take your time and be Blessed!
    Diana Briscoe (aka:dianapb)

  55. PegRod Says:

    In my imagination, Carlos and Donna came home to be with family for Easter and are getting refreshed and making plans for another Royal Retirement Adventure!

    We do miss hearing from you, Carlos. Thanks for all you do for your fans.

    By the way, two volumes of the Story Time stories with DotRot, read by Zorro the Mouse on VacaChathave been published as free pdfs and are posted in the “News” section on VacaDude’s website. They are Easter gifts for Molly the Owl fans – the stories include the cast of characters from The Owl Box as well as a few new ones. Being so loved, Carlos and Donna make an entrance in many stories!

    I don’t know if they will make sense to non-MODs, but we can say, “Gee that was fun, and we were a part of it!”

  56. Paul Says:

    Glad to hear all worked out. What was the name of the gallery when your purchased the vase? I live in Vancouver and didn’t know about this.

    • Kevin Says:

      Paul they didn’t get the vase at a gallery. They got it at the bakery where they had breakfast. The bakery was selling the vase.

      • Kevin Says:

        The bakery had no almond croissants when we showed up, they told us they were baking. Great, they would have really fresh hot almond croissants in about 15 minutes; we would wait. Looking around I spotted a small vase.

  57. Cynthia Fitzgearld Says:

    dear carlos and donna ,,,i was so happy to see molly and babies again this morning,this is where it all began.thats why molly is the worlds most famous owl,,,,just love to see them.ty so much for letting us watch,cause they wont be here must longer and gone ,,,,i have feeling molly will have another clutch soon. cant wait. ty carlos your such a good guy love watching. ,,,,love cynthia

  58. Cynthia Fitzgearld Says:

    dear carlos,,,heart broken again,yesterday you went inside box so we could see today no.i wish i could see love your site so much and miss it your site the best,,,,,,,love ya cynthia

  59. shane Says:

    Who knows how long we will have molly and mcgee.

    Most barn owls do not live very long. Many only survive one breeding season. However, some individuals do live for many years. The oldest wild barn owl lived 34 years.

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