July 12, 2015
Another city run in the morning. Definitely easier on my ankles than trail runs are. Vancouver is wonderful about biking/walking trails. They are everywhere and people use them! I could have run over the Lion's Gate Bridge and back to Stanley Park but I don't like doing the same run twice if I can help it so I went the opposite way into North Vancouver. Not a very picturesque part of town but with a certain appeal nonetheless. The path went through parks, next to residential areas, commercial/industrial units and next to the bay and I could see Vancouver proper on the other side.
Here is a cute display of Vancouver/Canadian spirit along my run.
I kind of wanted to see this suspension bridge that is supposed to be one of the most popular attractions in Vancouver. We headed that way and drove by it but it was crazy how busy the parking was and how long the queues were to get in (yes, you have to pay to walk on a bloody bridge) so I lost interest. It would have been interesting I am sure but my loathing of touristy traps was greater than my curiously. We drove on and stopped at the next turning and we happened across a lovely trail to the river and had a nice hike, a play on the rocks and a great encounter for the kids with an awesome pooch.
We've discovered two new very safisfying pursuits in our travels: rock hopping and rock throwing. Why do we find them so satisfying? No idea.
This place was like something out of a fairytale: tall trees, short trees covered in moss, pine needles underfoot, amazingly quiet even though we were close to a busy road.
Amazing pooch just eager to jump in and swim and fetch the stick. The kids were in love.
Headed to a place called Alice Lake an hour north of Vancouver. We passed some of the most beautiful countryside that I've seen so far, a giant granite done ... I don't have a picture because I was driving. It is called Stawamus Chief and claimed to be the second highest monolith in the world. Here is a pic from the Internet.
Alice Lake is great. We set up camp and headed to the lake and rented a kayak and a SUP for only an hour because they were closing. First time on a SUP for anyone in the family. I didn't get a chance to try it because there was not enough time and I was in charge of the kayak.
Nadia and Peter took to it really quickly. It was fun kayaking besides them as they were paddling. Nadia fell in trying to turn and avoid me at the same time. Hee hee ...