Vancouver is Very Nice!
Well, it’s the final night of our trip, and we are staying in the heart of Vancouver at a very nice hotel.
We enjoyed dinner at the docks where the departing cruise ships leave for the inland waterway up to Alaska, and we saw two other Holiday Vacations groups preparing to depart for the Rocky Mountaineer trip across lower BC to Kamloops and Banff (just as we did 5 years ago!).
Today we left Whistler, and drove down the highway that is being expanded from two lanes to four lanes for the Olympics. We paused at Spencer Falls and enjoyed the view of several mountains that remind us of Half Dome in Yosemite… because they were made the same way… plunging continental plate under the coastal mountain range, melting to magma, and then bursting upwards to reach the surface as volcanoes, or failed volcanoes thousands of years ago.
We enjoyed the waterfall and the old growth trees, then drove to near by Capilano Suspension Bridge. This park, not unlike the Rock City of Tennessee or the gated rock gardens, shows the history of the small attraction that was featured in the 1955 Life Magazine cover. The bridge crosses a deep gorge and leads to an elevated walkway around the canape of the old growth forest.
Completing our lunch at Granville Island, a trendy arts and shopping district down by the harbor, we moved to tour Stanley Island by horse drawn carriage. The Governor Stanley who dedicated this park is the same as the one for whom the Stanley Cup in hockey is named after.
An hour later, we moved to our hotel and had about 90 minutes to explore the downtown regions before dinner. My wife and I walked three blocks to see the new broadcast and communications building that was being constructed when last we came through Vancouver. It is currently housing the Police and Firemen games as a convention center.
The warm evening comes to a cool close after a fabulous farewell meal on the wharf and we begin packing our bags for the long flight home. The plan is for us to fly to Chicago, change planes and then onto Pittsburgh. Hopefully there won’t be any delays like flying outbound. Another three hour bus ride and we’ll be home in the Parkersburg area.
But we’ll have our memories and photos and impressions to remember. The big additional thrill was an unscheduled flight over the fires of Lillooet and into Pemberton in place of one day of rail journey. We can hope that no one else will have to divert as we did, though two other groups are traveling to Banff, downwind of the smoke.
Today we get word that the fires are somewhat better and more under control, even as rain is being forecast for the weekend.
Our weather has been fine every day, except today was overcast and cooler as we reached the coast.
Not bad considering we had 75-85 degree days for the trip. Always take your meteorologist along!