Friday, June 20, 2008

Beach Time and Bear Feet

June 20, 2008 - The longest day of the year is upon us - and on a Friday no less! The earth's axis is officially pointing towards the sun. The start of summer is also the day that the rays of the sun begin to lengthen and head south. Summer Solstice is nonetheless, the start of summer.

In BC, summer means beaches. However, if spring has been any indication, summer may mean feet on beaches. I'm not talking about strolls in the sand, I'm talking feet in shoes... washing up on beaches from Campbell River to Richmond. So far, six feet have washed up on the beaches in BC, some wearing Brooks, some wearing Adidas, but none wearing Prada, and not a pair in the bunch.

Yesterday, the sixth foot showed up at Tyee Beach in Campbell River. It almost immediately made international news, and became one of the most popular stories on Today, another story about the sixth foot made the download big time. It wasn't human at all, but animal. There is the usual speculation that this was a prank by someone (likely from Quadra Island) who thought they were being funny. Personally, I want to know when did the bears start wearing Nike?

June 20th is a great day for summer treats. It is Ice Cream Soda Day. My favourite is root beer with chocolate ice cream, but orange soda with vanilla is a pretty close second. Since today is the longest day of the year, you'll have a couple of extra minutes to enjoy your ice cream soda. The ice cream soda is not on many menus anymore, so you may have to be strategic in your hunt for the perfect float. A&W has great root beer, but only vanilla ice cream. McDonalds has orange soda, but only ice milk. You have the whole day, and a bit of extra sunshine to find the holy grail of summer treats. When you do find it, and are going to stroll the beach with your float, watch where you put your feet.

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