Whilst we were in the walled garden there was an enormous flight of canadian geese flying over - the noise was deafening - I did try to take a photo but on the phone it was not successful but it was a magnificant sight. We didn't venture too far into the grounds as it was all so wet underfoot and you would have needed wellies or walking boots and none of us has come equipped - so of course coffee, food and more food were all the order of the day. Looking forward to our next planned meeting at Anglesey Abbey in February to see the snowdrops.
Saturday, 6 October 2012
My one sadness of the whole trip was I had seen no bears - we had numerous sitings of bears allegedly whilst on the Rocky Mountaineer - but as the train was travelling at considerable speed it was always very difficult to be sure if what we had seen was a bear. One lady was crying bear at what was most certainly a Cow - so I honestly think we were all so desperate anything would have done!!!
Anyway on Grouse Mountain there were two bears in captivity, they had both been orphaned and hand raised so could not be returned to the wild - but we saw two bears!!!
Next was Vancouver by this time it was early evening, and we headed for Stanley Park first. It is an area of Vancouver, the same size as Yorkshire, designated as a Park. It is again frequented by all residents of Vancouver, as they all live in large apartment blocks without their own gardens (if they are central Vancouver) they jog through it, ride bikes through and stroll. The photo above was looking back towards Whistler and we could see the cloud coming down, quite dramatic.
This old fella lives in Stanley Park, there were a group of several and they disappeared as soon as they saw humans, but this old boy was not so quick and we managed to get a photo. Apparently they are quite a pest in the park, scrounging off picnics and at the food stalls. But they are quite vicious as well.
The sunset from our hotel balcony, on the 30th floor overlooking the ocean.
We really wanted to visit Granville Island (not technically an island - but known as an island) We had read of the wonderful market and the diverse shops and stalls over there. It was absolutely fantastic, the fruit and veg were all so enormous and beautiful, the meat stalls well the size of the steaks would have fed a whole family not just one person!!
The stalls and other shops were absolutely fascinating and we meandered our way round for several hours in seventh heaven. We found a shop selling so many dyes and indian printing stamps - oh the buttons, oh it was absolutely to die for. The Patchwork shop was fabulous as well - then the woodworking shop had Rob in absolute seventh heaven.
The little ferry that took us over to Granville Island - very cute.
We had trip from Vancouver to Victoria, it was on an island a little away from Vancouver and was really interesting - these gardens were started many years ago by a local family and they are maintained so beautifully - not a weed or leaf out of place.
Well that is the potted version, as you can imagine we took many many more photos - and all too quickly the trip of a lifetime came to an end. But we have some wonderful memories to recall.
So now back to normal life and back to the family. Which in itself is fabulous and we are so very lucky.
I hope those that read this blog have enjoyed sharing this with me - I have enjoyed writing it as by doing so it has bought back some lovely memories fro me.
Tuesday, 2 October 2012
We went on a Boat trip on Maligne Lake to Spirit island - it was a superb trip and the scenery fantastic - the island was named by the Native Indians
Now this Moose is superb - they are very private animals and stay away from folks totally, the guide on the boat trip said this was the first one she had seen this year and our tour guide has not seen a moose for about five years - so we felt very privileged to see the two of them.
Long Horned sheep - they are really parochiel and feel the roads are theirs - and they saunter along in no hurry at all!!
When we got to Jasper we went white water rafting it was the most spectacular afternoon - we all got totally soaked and the guy organising us - well rowing - was determined to get us as wet as possible and headed for the most turbulent stretches of water.
Then from Jasper to the Rocky Mountaineer - it was everything I had dreamed off, spectacular scenerey. we were lucky it was not fully booked and we had a whole carriage to six of us so - we could move about freely and enjoy the scenery.
When we got to Whistler - we were staying in the Olympic Village which was very modern and lovely - the hotel room was more like an apartment and was great. Anyway we took ourselves off on an off roading excursion into the surrounding countryside - great scenery and places you just could not imagine. These are the falls with No name - great title!
From Whistler we headed towards Vancouver via Capilano - this is a beautiful canyon with a suspension bridge that swung all over the place. And the modern skywalk which was right out over the canyon - it was fantastic.