After a wonderful nights sleep Terri and I had a nice breakfast at the Bellagio Restaurant directly across from the hotel and were waiting for the young man to open the bike shop at 8:30. I had checked the rates the day before and was happy with what I thought were very reasonable rates for renting the bikes. We were shocked when he told us he did not have any regular bikes but only electric assist ones that turned out to be one of the coolest things I’ve ever used. They allowed you to pedal as much as you wanted or ride it just like a scooter … way cool and it allowed us to stay out much longer than if it had been an all pedal power day.
Off we went to Stanley Park one of Vancouver’s gems. This park is over 1,000 acres and has almost ten miles of extra wide bike paths that go all around the perimeter of the island.
I could have spent days in the park and it really is a treasure for the people of Vancouver. Everywhere you looked there were wonderful flowers and open green areas.
There were so many cool areas of the park including a wonderful display of Totem Polls with nice explanations as to what went into making them and the significance of each part.
We rode about half way around the perimeter before heading over to the Vancouver Aquarium. This was a really nice place and I could do an entire post just on it. We really enjoyed the exhibits and they had a pair of Beluga Whales which was a first for me. Beluga’s are pure white and around 18 ft long weighing in at nearly 2 tons. Very cool and something I never thought I’d see … later in another blog you’ll here more about these magical whales.
After lunch at the aquarium and the first of many hours in gift shops Terri and I rode around a little more of the park and eventually back to the bike shop around 2:30 or so, Terri headed back to the hotel and I got a chance to do some “serious” bird watching back in the park. At 1,000 acres I really didn’t know where to start so I rode the seawall bike path and was able to add Mew Gull as a “lifer”. I also had a couple of nice Warblers … a Black-throated Gray and a Wilson’s.
I had a very enjoyable afternoon exploring a wonderful park and even the animals were very friendly often waving at the passerbys!
Tomorrow we sail for Alaska and all the wonders that were in store for us. Let me just say we saw whales every day, incredible scenery everywhere you looked and had some really cool tours in our various ports of call!
Until the next post thank you for visiting and God Bless!