I knew hiking Stawamus Chief would be difficult, but I was so unprepared for the hundred million stairs that were involved! I never thought about stairs being part of a hike up a mountain… but they sure were.
All of the work and pushing ourselves and trying SO HARD to make it, totally paid off in the end. I mean, look at this view:
The hike down was excruciating and we ended up sleeping at a hotel that night instead of camping again as originally planned… but this was an experience that will stay with me forever! It was a really proud moment for me when we reached the top and I saw just how far I’d come and how much I can accomplish if I push hard enough.
After a good nights rest, we made our way down into Vancouver. First stop, Stanley Park!
After forcing ourselves to walk the park, we managed to find our B&B. Such a cute place! And the people there were so friendly, it was great. I feel like I might be a B&B kind of person… who knew?! Anyway, on to Granville Island! We got pretty lost trying to find this place, but once we did it was really cool! Lots of shops with local food, people, and art. I really enjoyed the relaxing, explorative pace. The only down side for me was that most of the ready-to-eat food was not gluten free… I ended up with some iffy sushi. In retrospect, it probably would have been a better choice to grab some fresh fruit.
Our last day in Vancouver, and our last day in Canada, we decided to visit the Queen Elizabeth Park on a whim. I am so glad we had that whim! This park was beautiful and peaceful. Unlike Stanley Park, this was free and seemed to be a favorite of the local people. There were lots of people walking and enjoying the peacefulness of such a big park right in the middle of a busy city. If you plan on visiting Vancouver someday and only have time for one park… choose the Queen Elizabeth!
From there on out, we crossed back into the US (again, much easier than I thought) and camped near Seattle. I really liked the components of city and country in our vacation because too much of either makes me a little crazy. I am SO not a city girl and hate feeling lost and claustrophobic with so many freaking people around, so taking a break from all that and finding the peaceful places in the midst of chaos was beautiful.
All in all, this was a great vacation for my hubby and me. We celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary and learned a lot about ourselves and each other. British Columbia is a beautiful place and we only scratched the surface! I think we’ll try to go back again someday and really take some more time to see the sights and enjoy one place instead of moving so quickly through different places.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my vacation photos and are inspired to take a trip or spend some time discovering new things for yourself!