We celebrated our fifth anniversary with a weekend trip to Vancouver, Canada. It’s amazing to look back over five years and think about how we have grown together and to have recognized, just this year, about new ways we are learning to love one another. That’s a pretty amazing thing and something that bodes well looking into an exciting future. I am so grateful for the five years we’ve had in marriage and for the opportunity to love, and be loved by, this most incredible man.
After an early morning flight, we easily navigated the public transport and a short walk to our hotel. (Thank you airport service gentleman who told me every button to push on the ticket machine.) Our hotel offered free, easy-rider bikes — the kind where you sit extremely upright and use your feet to brake, a definite challenge when you learn you apparently rely on your hand brakes to start pedaling on your bike at home — and took off for a very pleasant ride around Stanley park. Of interest (primarily for my public health friends and avid cyclist friends), it is a law that you must wear a bike helmet in Vancouver. I’m all for that!Steam Powered Clock and Gassy Jack, the founding father of Vancouver (no lie!).
We found a free bus service out to the Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge, where we started our next day in Vancouver. This 460 foot long suspension bridge hangs 230 feet above the river and connects to beautiful parts of the park. We took advance of the free history and nature tours to learn more about the area, including the Douglas Fir that has such thick bark it can survive forest fires. And the new trees grow out of the trunks of the existing trees, not the root systems. Crazy cool!
On our return, we stopped for coffee and poked around in the shops on Robson. I know this may not be the “hippest” part of Vancouver, but I really liked Robson Street and would encourage people to have a stroll.
That evening, after a little hotel-sponsored HGTV (hey, this is a total treat for those of us without cable!) and a Dairy Queen commercial that totally did it’s job, we went back out into the city to explore in search of this crazy new blizzard that combines cookie dough and brownie (could it be a limited time thing and only in Canada? we couldn’t miss the opportunity!). We found DQ, but it turns out it’s not limited time or limited to Canada, so no one need worry. It’s just a regular blizzard with two types of “candies.” Still, a good reason to head into the city to explore. It also led us to accidentally buy a bottle of Okanagan Valley wine, recommended by a friend (but unremembered at the time of purchase) to enjoy that evening with a little more HGTV.
On the US Memorial Day Monday, we headed over to Granville Island, a shopping district and quasi-farmer’s market + entertainment + restaurants area. Overall, a nice place to spend a few hours and a good opportunity to try some local brews.
With a few bakery snacks in hand, we headed back across the bridge to hang out and chat on the beach.
Some two hours later (I love this man and the ability to enjoy simple things like chats on the beach), we picked up our bags and relocated to Richmond prior to our crack-of-dawn flight on Tuesday morning. Although Richmond is known for its Asian food, a little pizza joint called us and ultimately won. We had a pleasant last evening in British Columbia before heading back to the States.
And yes, Canadians really are as nice as they are stereotyped to be. As one quick, “for example,” we stopped at a grocery store to take a picnic lunch with us to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. After purchasing our picnic supplies and on our way out the door, I commented on a package of popped, chocolate-flavored quinoa saying something perhaps as intriguing as, “Huh. That’s interesting. I’ve never seen that before.” To which the clerk responded with, “Here, why don’t you try it! Enjoy!” No charge. Yep, Canadians are nice.
Happy fifth anniversary to the love of my life!