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19 April 2011 @ 05:09 pm
Vancouver 3 and 4  

Day's 2 and 3 - kind of because I forgot to blog yesterday! lol in my defense, we were watching bad sci-fi LIVE in vancouver (as opposed to a decade later on australian cable so HAD TO BE DONE. Anyway...

Day 2 - was basically us winging it and ending up doing - A LOT.

Because it was sunny *SHOCK* we decided to wander down to Capilano suspension bridge. First of course, we needed to be fed, so we strolled down the main street only to come across a MASS OF PEOPLE. At first we thought it might be a protest rally (there were drums) but as we drew nearer we realised that a) they were far too happy to be protesters and b) they were doing star jumps en masse. Realisation struck that the flags flying for the last few days down all the roads were talking about the Vancouver Sun Run - literally when all of greater Canada DESCENDS upon the poor little city to jog/stroll around. Technically there were 50 000 people enrolled in it - but the last two ENORMOUS groups that we saw pass were not wearing numbers so GOODNESS knows how many there actually were.

Anyway, we eventually found a break in the crowd and headed off for a very civilised breakfast at the Hyatt - overlooking the Sun Run. (i know i know - i blame our parents for making us seek out occassional civilisation on our wanderings.

David Hewlett was also stunned by the sun in Vancouver - so we replied to his stunned tweet explaining that the visiting australians had ordered the sun - but we'd be much appreciated if you could make it LESS COLD.

After, we caught the free (ADORABLE GREEN) shuttle bus to Capilano and wandered into the suspension bridge.  HUGE SWAYING AWESOME BRIDGE which was rather precariously crossing the canyon. After this we wandered up along all the boardwalks and into the treetops walk (also very cool) and took lots and lots of photos.

Gift shop of doom. That's all I'm saying.

When we finished we realised that, shockingly, it was still sunny and it was only 3pm so we caught the bus to Grouse mountain and waited in line for around 45min to go up the Skyride. Remember, we hadn't really planned on doing this today and didn't know what to expect so we were in jeans, normal coats and no hats.

As the skylift suddenly started tracking over SNOW we knew we were in trouble. Thankfully it dropped us off in this lodge thingy where we took epic photos of Vancouver below and had a very civilised (i know - such an indulgent day) lunch - FIRST WARM APPLE CIDER - loved it. By the time we finished this it was snowing. SNOWING. Now I know for most of you you're probably sick of the snow but for Australian's it is a complete novelty. SERIOUSLY snow. I've never seen it actually fall before so the first thing that we did was run outside and photograph ourselves IN THE SNOW. Then we ate some of it.

A few moments later we realised that snow was COLD and that we recquired something on our heads so we headed downstairs and bought beanies and proceeded to illadvisedly wander out onto the snow in our sneakers. What started as an experimental exploration amongst the skiiers quickly became and actual hour trek through the snow - up the mountain and then down to a very frozed lake.

We played. Like small children. The whole time. Because - SNOW.

Remarkably, it was still sunny when we came back and though we were exhausted we ended up walking back to our hotel - picking up a very pathetic looking dinner (in my case just a hot chocolate and in cat's - the saddest sushi you will ever see purchased from a 7/11)


SUNNY. OMFG. we so hadn't planned for this much sun.

So, there's so another suspension bridge - and this one's free. I had lozengers for breakfast because fail - tonsilitis and then we wandered down to catch the Ferry. Vancouver, your public transport system is very organised, clean and very indifferent to checking tickets. We bought tickets anyway and hopped aboard. On the other side our bus was waiting for us and took us over to Lynn Valley park.

The suspension bridge here was smaller - but still fun. The real attraction though was heading down to the twin bridge that over looks some very cold, fast flowing water. It was that eerie blue colour that you just KNOW is freezing. Trekking back up from this was less fun, but still well worth it.

Lunch was at their little tourist centre - salmon crepe which was yummy. No apple cider. Sad.

Remarkably - after completing this it was STILL SUNNY. First call of duty though was to check in with our Moose tour for tomorrow - which we did. Calmed that they actually exist as an organisation we paid our accomodation up front and the guy suggested that, considering that it was, you guessed it, still sunny (are we in vancouver?) we headed over to Granville Island by adorable water taxi.

We didn't shop - but we certainly scouted it for future shopping because... mmm... so much to shop.

Instead, we wore ourselves out and headed into one of their Theatre restaurants for dinner and to watch the ominous storm clouds roll in. We were certain that it was going to rain this time. LIKE CERTAIN. We took photos of them and everything but - but the clouds literally parted above us - the sunshine poured through and then they vanished. Entirely. Leaving us with a beautiful water taxi and walk home in the warm sun.

Tomorrow - we're roughing it for 6 days and I have NO IDEA if I'll have net. I seriously doubt it lol but there will be pictures up on our return to civilisation. Maybe.

Feeling...: shockedshocked
The Nikola Tesla Protégé: Jonathon: Anitardis_mafia on April 19th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
Ooohhh! Pretteh pictures! Looks absolutely freezing, but pretty.
eh - no subject - doylefan22 on April 19th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC) (Expand)
Sapphsapphs on April 19th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)
Yes, Grouse is COLD! At least you had a sunny day when you went up! I also played in the snow like a child the first time it snowed here!
mikasteelelell: Nikola_Smileoxbastetxo on April 19th, 2011 06:35 am (UTC)
Glad you guys got to go to the Capilano bridge. Bugger on them not giving out the certificates for crossing it any more!!! Did you see the Totums there? I adore Grouse Mountain! The view from your pics is gorgeous! Up on the mountain was some of the only sun when I was there. You have a wonderful time!!! Keep warm!

aletheia08aletheia08 on April 19th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
Damn, I was going to comment yesterday to say that the suspension bridge in Lynn Canyon was free but you already went to both of them, lol

Gorgeous pictures ♥

(what I did in Vancouver that I would recommend? Everything, lol. Eating cupcakes and sushi. Beaches. Stanley Park, obviously. Museum of anthropology. UBC and SFU)
hypercazhypercaz on April 23rd, 2011 07:19 am (UTC)
yeah that's the thing about snow - it's cold rofl... and then sun! You're getting all of the weather in one teaspoon :D :D

and omg, I don't know if you heard but Elisabeth Sladen died. :(