Ann Beaudet

Ann Beaudet

Is an author and blogger who hangs out with her greyhound/husky Rocko in Surrey. She also spends time with her three grown sons and family, attends arts and educational events and drinks chai tea latte. Her book, “Pump Your Own Tires - Crossing the Bridge to Loving Yourself” is available on Amazon.
Travel

Hiking Elfin Lakes In Squamish And Travelling Back In Time To A Postcard Beautiful Adventure

The Elfin Lakes Hike is both a beautiful and dangerous heel toe dance in a hypnotic mountain dreamscape that commands respect. I am new to hiking, and this is my second big hike.  I drive the 8km shady gravel road up to the parking lot in Garibaldi Park and dodge the deep potholes.  After leaving Surrey BC at 5am, picking up our party and driving 70 kms, we are hitting the trail before 8 am. A grizzly bear has been spotted in the area, and our bear horn is useless against him, and we can’t even jump in the lake to escape, because he loves to fish. You need to prepare your body for the 22 kilometer hike, by packing water, food, sunblock, bug spray for the black flies (I made my own by putting 20 lavender essential oil drops in a spray bottle of distilled water). But more than...
Arts and Entertainment

Conserve, Protect, Love and Sustain at The Fusion Festival in Surrey BC

A phantasmagoric world buffet came to Surrey in the 11th annual Fusion Festival in Holland Park. World music, dance and food rocked the landscape of Holland Park from July 21-22, 2018. I went on day 2 for my first time ever attending the block party, and missed headliners ‘Walk Off The Earth’ but it was still awesome! Multiple international performances wowed the crowd on the grassy floor of the sunny park, as they cooled off in the misting stations. So many memories were made, including The City of Surrey Orchestra dishing up our anthem with maple syrup sweetness, together with Grammy Award winner Ricky Kej’s band accompanying on flute, violin and drums. The cute little girl who requested the song ‘Halo’ by Beyonce from DJ Carson Hoy, her eyes glistening as she listened to it. Buying Bob Marley merchandise from The Jamaica Pavilion. Eating delicious veggie pakora at The India...
Travel

A Day Trip From Surrey, The Garibaldi Lake Hike Is My First Big Hike Ever

Hiking today up Garibaldi Mountain, a potentially active volcano in Brackendale BC, was both a challenge and a thrill. At over 8,700 feet elevation, the 18 kilometre return climb is being hosted by two expert hikers. They say it is doable if we take breaks, and it is so beautiful that it’s worth the effort, and the hiking trail is only accessible from July to September. The weather looks so-so out, and rainy, so I pack layerable clothes, lunch, water, sunblock, bug spray, a hat and a jacket in my backpack. You get cold when you sweat, so you need a jacket to put on over your clothes. Even in July, wintery patches of snow surround the glacier fed Lake Garibaldi at the top. The sensory perceptions that make up a hike cannot be experienced in pictures. Pictures cannot send your ears the concert sound of the waterfall at the...
Arts and Entertainment

Cloverdale Market Days – They Don’t Sell This Stuff at Ikea

Located in Historic Downtown Cloverdale and in it's 5th year, Cloverdale Market Days events run five times each year and are attended by thousands of locals and tourists. The most recent market day was held on June 23rd with three more coming on July 21st, August 18th and September 22nd. From it's humble beginnings in 2014 with a small number of vendors and businesses at the first event, Cloverdale Market Days has become a large exciting market with vendors coming from all over Cloverdale and the surrounding communities. They are a great opportunity to meet your neighbours, see showcased local artists, enjoy outdoor entertainment, taste great food from our local restaurants, and discover new local businesses in our vibrant community. This year, they have displays from the Arts Council of Surrey, more family activities, and closing of the roads on 176th street from 56A to 58 Ave to accommodate more...
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