Vancouver Part One: Lynn Canyon Park & Third Beach

[Requisite New Year Greetings]

2015 is off to a SuPeR exciting start for me: I made the fiscally sound but logistically dubious decision to book my return flight from Vancouver at 9 am on New Year’s Day and am currently laid over in the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport. And considering that I caught my flight with no problems (correction: there was a minor problem in that I braved the massive Tim Horton’s line knowing boarding time was drawing to a close, and, finding myself fourth in line when the final call was made, had to bail at the last minute. SORRY MARLON, NO DONUTS FOR YOU.), maybe it wasn’t such a dubious decision after all.

I know talking about how quickly time passes is pretty tired, but it truly is a little unbelievable to me that it had been just over four full years since I bid farewell to Laura in a dingy Delhi hotel room after our exciting year+ of China-living/Asia-traveling together. A reunion was long overdue, and a break in her busy med school student schedule made New Year’s an opportune time. The six-day trip went– dare I go there?– quite quickly as well but she was a terrific host and my first excursion to our friendly northern neighbor (America’s hat, you might say) was a success.

so... my new weird fixation is making gifs (and particularly time lapse gifs). stay tuned?

because the ‘serial’ podcast only took up so much of my attention on the plane…

Mar was excited for, if not a little envious of, me and had showed his support in the weeks prior by sharing some of the stunning photos that have recently popped up on Uncrate‘s Instagram. Notably, this one:

uncrate suspension bridge“Notably”, because the first thing Laura had lined up for us on my first morning was “the suspension bridge.” Apparently this generally refers to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, but a quick search left Laura informed of the existence of the lesser-known, free, Lynn Canyon Park, which also boasts a bridge. We were not disappointed.

lynn canyon park1 lynn canyon park2 lynn canyon park3 lynn canyon park4 looking up lynn canyon park5 lynn canyon park6 lynn canyon park7 lynn canyon park8 lynn canyon park9 lynn canyon park10 lynn canyon park11 lynn canyon park12 lynn canyon park13Unfortunately we did not experience the same solitude on the bridge that the good folks at Uncrate were able to enjoy… It was heavily trafficked (though the park itself didn’t feel crowded).

lynn canyon suspension bridge lynn canyon suspension bridge2 lynn canyon supsension bridge3 me laur gif lynn canyon suspension bridge4 lynn canyon park14I guess it stands to reason that we weren’t Parked out because our next stop was Stanley Park, where we grabbed a bite at the Teahouse and then checked out Third Beach.

third beachOh right, where we spotted this coyote just taking a casual stroll?

me: "aw look, a dog!" laura: "i... don't think that's a dog?"

me: “aw look, a dog!”
laura: “i… don’t think that’s a dog?”

vancouver coyote2 coyote gif

third beach vancouver

TRICK PHOTOGRAPHY  LOLZ

TRICK PHOTOGRAPHY LOLZ

laura high five2 laura high five3 third beach vancouver2 third beach vancouver4 third beach vancouver5 third beach vancouver6 third beach vancouver7 third beach vancouver8 third beach vancouver9 third beach vancouver shellsWe rounded out the day with a stroll to Granville Island, then got dinner with Lily, a former student of Laura’s (yes, from China!) who’s in her senior year of high school in Vancouver now. A fantastically gluttonous meal at Peaceful Restaurant only seemed appropriate.

sunset at granville island

sunset at granville island

Alright well, perfect timing. Time to board. Don’t cry for me, East Coast! And yeah– happy new year, y’all. I’ve got a good feeling about 2015.