Vancouver

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunrise Hike

Hullo! Today we got up super early (like, before the sun) and hiked up the mountain... Hmmm.... this looks like a pretty sedate hike.

Or not... I think I spoke too soon!

Mama took us off the main trail to follow a thin thread of a trail.

 There's the sun coming up!! Good morning sun!

 Oh... look!! It's a huge blueberry patch. I was wondering why we were taking this off-the-beaten-path trail... now I know!

Mmm.... blueberries... blueberry jam, and muffins and syrup and...

Wait... what do you mean it's too early? What?

Oh dear... they are still only tiny little flowers under those leaves. Sigh...

At least we get a nice view of the river from up here.

That's the new bridge - built in the mid 1970s. I'm not sure why people still call it the New Bridge cause... honestly... that's like eons ago!!

That bridge down there is the Old Bridge. It was built in 1925 (which is beary old). It used to be the largest curved wooden-plank bridge in North America but then they replaced the decking with steel grates. Phooie...

 And we're off... and found MORE blueberry bushes.

These are a tad farther along... they have a tiny bud of a berry... Maybe I should stay here with Gramma for a few months??

The oak ferns are doing well...

Some more hiking... and we are at a neat lookout over the city.

 We found a mountain bike trail and I was all ready to follow that but Mama said she knows a shortcut to the main trail...

Through there???

But there's no trail at all??!!

 But she dragged me along... through the blueberry bushes (nice) and the deadfall (not nice)...
 Are we lost?? I think we're lost!! This is crazy, leaving the main trail and...

Eh?? Look behind me???

Oh... heh-heh... there's the trail!

Thank goodness!! Civilization!

 That's a cute little bridge...

We took a few moments to bury some Rascal ashes at the bottom of the trail... and used the heart-shaped stone from the lake to mark the site. Rest in Peace little cat.

And we found another totem... this one is of a bear holding a salmon! Can you see me?

I wonder if he'll share??

Friday, June 23, 2017

More Bears

Hullo... had a delicious lunch in Rupert and now off to explore a bit. Met some relatives...

And found this cool looking totem pole.

Let's see... oh hey! It's called the Grizzly Bear Pole!!

It's a recarve from the original pole that came from the Haida village of Yan on the QCI (now known as Haida Gwaii).
 So... from the bottom up... we have a Grizzly Bear, a supernatural Grizzly with frog in mouth, 2 bear cubs, bear mother and Grizzly with three skils (the rings on top). Cool!

There's a nice view of the harbour from up here as well... Haida Gwaii isn't that far away. One day I want to go there. Mama has been there many times and says it is beary beautiful. one day!

 Oh hey... snack time!!

I have such a cool Gramma who packs snacks all the time!

On the way home, we stopped at a little lake - cause it's pretty cool here.

There is a neat little boardwalk that goes through a muskeg area.

Cool.

The bog has stunted ancient pine trees

It sure is pretty here though.

 Alright... back to the car and onwards.

We had another stop here... This is the estuary of the Mighty Skeena - one of the greatest salmon rivers. It sure is wide here! What a great day trip!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Famished Bear

We left off with a construction site... sigh... I am a famished bear! Will I ever get lunch?

Finally... we are here!!!

Hmmm... Adventure Tours??

Do we look related? I think our ears are similar!

Still hungry though.... and now we are in a Tsunami zone?

Nice murals down here...

A pod of orcas! I think seafood might be on the menu for lunch...

Bingo!!! Let's eat here!

The humans concur...

Choices.. choices... so many choices...

Mama ordered the prawn platter - mmmm...

And Gramma got a shrimp salad...

I... of course... got to nibble off of both plates! After we were done, we wandered around. This place used to be THE place to get seafood in Rupert... but Gramma says it's gone downhill in the last few years. Mph.

 Oooohhhh... fishing boats!!

Do you think they sell salmon? Maybe off the back of the boat...

 It sure looks like it...

 Hmmm... Gramma says we don't need to get salmon... What?? Hmmm... maybe this is too out in the open? You know how we like back alley deals... time will tell!

 Cruise ship!! Have any of my stuffie pals ever done a cruise?? Are they worth it?

So... where to next? What?? What do you mean, "look behind me?"...

Beary nice tonsils!! Your teeth look pretty clean too. You're good until your next checkup!

 Heh-heh... just a bear mural!

 Aren't we cute together?

To Be Continued