Today, we saw out of town friends who had a long layover on their way back to the States from Japan, so we took them for a day trip to some places not far from the airport. We had Shanghai style dim sum in Richmond, walked around the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, stopped by a couple of nearby farm stands, and then spent a little time in Steveston to see the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site and the wharf nearby. I hadn't been to most of these places before, so in addition to spending time with friends whom we don't see often enough, it was wonderful to enjoy some hometown tourism.
Although it wasn't the best time of year for spotting loads of migratory birds, I loved the sanctuary and will look forward to going back in the fall. We did see herons, sandhill cranes, red-winged blackbirds, and various other birds, not to mention countless ducks and Canada geese. Here's one of the sandhill cranes:
I also liked the birds' tracks in the sand. Could there be a quilt in this image?
All in all, it's hard to imagine a more pleasant summer day.