We kicked off our first morning with a (camera-less) run in the expansive Stanley Park. We started on the perimeter of the park along the sea wall. This path has clearly divided lanes for pedestrians and bikes and the bike lane is unidirectional so bikers aren't risking head-on collisions around the many blind corners - way to go city planners! We finished up by running through the interior of the park along a network of dirt, gravel and paved trails, and across the path of a fearless family of raccoons.
|edge of Stanley Park|
We spent the rest of the morning exploring downtown on foot.
|exploring some breakfast|
|looking out toward English Bay|
|ferry boat to Granville Island|
|giant concrete silos dressed by artists Os Gemeos|
|street art on a smaller scale|
|summiting Mt Granville...|
We finished the day with a gorgeous sunset and some gorgeous sushi.
The next day we explored the area around our AirBnB host's apartment and then headed for VanDusen Botanical Garden.
|VanDusen Botanical Garden|
|Gitskan totem poles|
|wire sculpture Minotaur|
We enjoyed more fantastic weather at Kitsilano Beach and headed for dinner at (the glorious) The Naam (24-hour vegetarian comfort food, a fantastic recommendation made by vegsters CzerCon).
|enjoying the late afternoon sunshine in Kitsilano|
|attempting to find live jazz...|
The next day was dedicated to a (camera-less) mountain biking excursion in Squamish, North of the city. There is a WILD network of trails in the hills up there and it is a major destination for MTBers. The trails were mostly hard packed single track and while I felt a little out of my element at times, the terrain was perfectly challenging and rewarding. There are tons of videos of this area if any of ya'll are interested.
|driving North along an inlet|
After riding we descended back into town for some dinner and relaxing. Even from the middle of town the views are truly awesome.
|the ever imposing Stawamus Chief|
|biking + beer = eternal happiness|
Before we drove back I demanded one last pit stop at this supposed eagle viewing area. While the scene was set for nature viewing of epic proportions (see below), we had to settle for the flora minus the fauna.
|Squamish River flowing, sun setting, clouds billowing, fog rolling in over distant mountaintops, etc...|
|dusk and the drive home|
|our lovely home away from home|
|more city exploration - Chinatown|
|delicious ramen dinner|
|one last view from "our" apartment rooftop before heading home|
|Non-Sign II, ghost billboard at the border|