It’s no secret (or at least to those who know me) that I like to pamper and spoil myself. It’s not unheard of that I be accused of princess-like qualities. I like to say that I’m particular about certain things, others might say picky. I like to say that I like to pamper myself, others might say spoiled. I think of myself as delicate, others may think of me as..well, delicate..but not in the same way I think of it. So this trip to Vancouver was a test to see if I could cut it with Jo and her standard travel buddy, Hannah. They go to cool places like The Galapagos Islands and Guatamala, and I’ve never kept it a secret that I’m jealous of their adventures. In going to places like that, there is a certain ruggedness and flexible nature that is required – and being a princess, my ruggedness and flexibility was called into question. So Jo and Hannah thought that Vancouver – a place that speaks the same language, isn’t too desolate or foreign – would be the best place to test me out (of course, they say the true test will come when we are somewhere that has no vegan acceptable food and we have to go without food for a few days). I’m happy to announce that I passed the test upon kayaking twice, having certain items lost/stolen in the hostel (my first time at that) without complaint, the ability to STAY in the hostel without complaint, and leisurely hiking through Stanly Park. So I would like to share the tale of our “hike” through Stanley Park from the perspective of a “Princess.”
First on the trek was the Rose Garden. What a wonderful way to start a hike through a park! We stopped to literally smell the roses, and I took nice pics of the ones that smelled great – if only my camera had smell-o-vision! Oh, and they were all so pretty. And some were even as big as your face!
Next up, we walked around Beaver Lake. Along our walk, there were wild raspberry and blackberry bushes for which to nibble on. And I must say, they were quite tasty!
At Beaver Lake, aptly named, we spotted a log that had been gnawed on by a beaver! The lake was absolutely beautiful. A lake covered in lily pads and lotus flowers! Jo even spotted a cute little frog with his head barely poking out of the water…
Upon leaving Beaver Lake, we spotted a family o’ ducks! So cute!! And they didn’t even seem to be startled by us walking by them.
Finally, we made it around the bend to the open water..where we finally saw ‘Girl in a Wetsuit Statue’ – yes, it’s actually named that! Jo and I tried to find her when we were kayaking a few days before but failed. It was so great, she even had a birdie perched on her lap!
Lastly, we made it to the Totem Poles before ending our trek. By this time, both Hannah and Jo were impressed at my ability to hike for almost 2 hours. I don’t know why – we walked around shopping for a lot longer than that 😉 !
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