When you check your iPhone for the day’s weather forecast…and it asks you how well you can swim…that is not good news, not good news at all!
Unless, of course, you already have plans for a day out with friends at a place where you know you’ll be warm and dry.
Enter our excursion to Tsawwassen Mills Outlet Mall. With an early morning start and a short drive to the ferry terminal, we were well on our way. Add coffee, breakfast and non-stop chatter, and we quickly forgot about the weather outside…or the two-hour ferry ride. When we arrived at the terminal, there was a free shuttle bus directly to (and from) the mall, nicely minimizing our time spent in the (wet) outdoors!
Tsawwassen Mills is not just any outlet mall. Along with their 187 shops, they offer A Playscape Arcade, Virtual Land, Skate Park, Pro Hockey Life, and Outdoor World. They also provide an open-area ‘man cave’ equipped with comfy seating, ample outlets for devices and several large tv screens (many of them displaying sports coverage). In our four hours there, we barely scratched the surface!
Overwhelmed by choice, I quickly narrowed my Christmas Shopping List down to our two Grandchildren. Voilà, my mission was quickly accomplished. Mastermind Toys (previously Toys ‘R Us) offers free gift wrapping on all purchases.
The mall was bright and airy with minimal crowds. Store clerks were friendly and helpful with some (e.g. Lindt’s Chocolate and Bourbon Street Grill) offering free samples. True to their word of ‘outlet,’ many stores offered noticeable discounts.
It was an enjoyable day out, with Glory, Doris and I each nabbing several items that we had hoped to find. Somehow, I ended up with the most purchases. Did I mention that they were for my Grandchildren?
On our return ferry home, the stunning beauty of the weather outside made me realize that rain and I might just become friends…at least from a respectable distance.
You must admit, that’s a start!