July 11, 2015
No gym at this hotel, so I had to do a city run. I am glad because it was a beautiful run. Stanley park is a peninsula that juts out into the bay and there is a walking/biking path all around the perimeter. I ran the whole loop and enjoyed the view.
Here is a rock. I'm sure that it's famous and has a name because I saw a black and white photo of it at a giftshop so it must be famous. There is a tree growing on top!
She must get cold in the winter.
I wasn't sure what to think of Vancouver at the beginning but I like it. A lived-in and livable, vibrant city. As I ran back to the hotel, I ran through a street with loads of cafes, fruit markets, etc that were open and busy at 9 am. The street looked dirty and kind of run down but the atmosphere was bustling and vibrant. Vancouver is certainly not picture postcard pretty like Victoria is but definitely more to my taste. I wish I had some time to explore it more and more than just the kid friendly parts. I wish I could have seen the university grounds and other offerings.
Here is a naked girl (I called her the Little Mermaid, when she got legs, but I don't know her name). Here she is on my run in the morning and then in the afternoon when the tide came in. She looks a bit sad and lonely.
We spent the whole day at Stanley park. Nice place for the kids (and I loved it also.)
Playground, miniature train, buggy races/soccer, picking up straw???, picnic.
Then, the totem poles... Neat. I didn't realize that totem poles are unique to the tribes of the Pacific Northwest. I thought that they were an Indian thing in general.
... however, we spent more time at the gift shop than looking at the totem poles : )
Across the bridge to North Vancouver. Just a ten minute drive to a urban campground. This one was a private one with pool/jacuzzi/wifi ... Luxury.
It drizzled all day and rained overnight. Our stuff is getting all damp and we have no dry towels but campsite has laundry so we're doing OK.