07.14.2016 - 07.14.2016 21 °C
Today's weather began opposite than the last two days. Beautifully sunny and warm. We headed up Capilano Rd to the foot of Grouse Mountain. When in BC you must find a way to take a gondola ride and so this was ours. We paid for the basic ride up and found our way to line. It's a smooth ride (except at the tower spots) and we coasted up the mountain in 6 minutes. The size of the pine trees and red cedars are astounding.
At the top of the mountain the activities were well organized. There were things for kids like a paper airplane contest and for adults like zip lining through the clouds. There is a grizzly habitat for 2 orphaned bears on top of the mountain. When we were first looking for them, they were sleeping behind a tree and we couldn't see them but the people going up to the peak on the chair lift were able to see them so we bought tickets for the second peak. Bud thought the chair lift ride was fabulous. The views were spectacular of the first ground below us. Being afraid of heights, I beg to differ although I appreciate how spectacular it was. By the time we got to the bear, however, they had moved on. We did ride up with someone who was visiting from Anchorage.
When we came back down on the chair lift the clouds had moved under us and the views were not as spectacular but instead sort of mysterious.
When reaching the bottom of the lift, we saw that the Bears had come down to the water to eat some apples and so we got some great pictures. Such massive creatures. Teaching people to respect them is very important.
As we were leaving, we saw this para sailer.
After a great lunch at Browns Socialhouse restaurant, we headed to Lynn Valley but as we got there a rain shower rolled in. We decided to return in an hour after a drive around the city. We were so glad we did! Not only was the sun out when we got back but most of the people were gone too! The decided to hike across the suspension bridge and down to the 30' pools. At the pools we found some people from Barcelona cliff jumping (despite the signs). No towels for us and the water was far too cold!
We turned around and hiked the other way to the falls. It was a beautiful hike that took us past many huge red cedars and down MANY stairs. The reward was a beautiful look at twin falls from on top of a bridge. What goes down, must come up hence the 60 stairs recorded on my Fitbit today!
what a great day today! Tomorrow we ride the ferry to Vancouver Island!