Sunday, June 6, 2010

Vancouver - Day 1 & 2

We left Anchorage on a 1 AM red-eye flight to Vancouver (through Seattle). After a long night, and little sleep, we arrived at around 8:30 am. Surprisingly, customs only took a few minutes and we hopped on the Sky Train (Vancouver's Metro System) to meet with our friends. We recovered, ate lunch, and headed towards the Capilano Suspension Bridge.


The bridge was originally built in 1889 and is 450 feet long and 230 feet high.


While it is somewhat expensive ($5 parking and around $30 per person), they do try and make it interesting by also adding treetop bridges...


and fish ponds.


The bridge itself is very impressive.


It does sway as people walk on and off, but it is safe.


It was also the first time Tyler and Jenny had visited the bridge, and since they are British Columbia residents they got a year pass for the same price as our one-day passes.


Next we drove down to Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver. The park is gorgeous and has a seawall with a path that runs along the outside of the whole park. If the weather had been nicer we could have gone for a hike or a bike ride!


Finally we went out to dinner at Steamworks. It was excellent, and I tried Ginger Beer and a Lamb Burger (both firsts for me). That was the end of a long day and we went back to get some sleep and start another early day.

Day 2 began with us taking the Sky Train back downtown and walking along the shore exploring the area.


We found the Olympic torch...

And a strange group of statues...


And what Rebekah thought was a Maple Leaf.


We headed down to Gastown and saw the cobbled streets and steam-powered clock.


It was finally time to get on our Cruise ship, so we said our good-byes and headed away from downtown Vancouver.


And as we were pulling away from Canada Place we got someone to take our picture with downtown Vancouver in the background!


We will be posting the remainder of our trip in the next week or so including the Cruise, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park, and College Fjord so stay tuned!


Steven

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