Five whole years…
I was going to start with the sad part about how we’re leaving Kelowna today but let’s stay positive instead, Abbie and I have been together for five years today! Now, for the sad part…
We set our alarm for 06:00 because we had to leave at 07:00 to catch the 08:00 bus. After packing our bags (which was a struggle) and eating a very quick bowl of cereal each, it was time to say goodbye. Joyce gave us a ride to the bus station because Marion isn’t driving right now which was lovely, because we’d have been more than happy to take a taxi. I’m not really one for getting upset but leaving Marion was really hard. She seriously is the most wonderful person ever.
The bus took nearly six hours, of which I slept for maybe ten minutes, and spent the rest looking out of the window. It’s funny how I’m still not bored of just looking, but this country is so beautiful!
We arrived in Vancouver at around 13:30, checked straight into our hotel, dumped our bags in the room and went straight out to explore. Stanley Park was our destination, but we took probably the longest route possible to get there from our hotel. A few failed attempts at map reading accompanied by occasional stops for lunch and bottles of water meant that it took a good few hours to get there, and we had sandals on instead of walking shoes because we didn’t think it’d take very long. I won’t be making that mistake again! My feet were throbbing. On a positive note the view of Downtown Vancouver from the park was lovely:
We walked around the outside of the park for a while until we found a sign pointing in the direction of totem poles, which we walked to for a few photos. It’s a shame because it was selfie stick central and took us ages to get a shot without anybody else in the way. We got there in the end though:
From there we walked to the beach area where we both dipped our toes into the Pacific Ocean, for no reason other than the fact it’s the Pacific Ocean.
We still haven’t seen a bear, but today we saw a raccoon which was just wandering around the street. I guess I’m just a big kid because I got excited and took a photo:
After that, and a stop in the park to sit and chill out for a bit, we started walking back but got distracted and lured into a nice Italian restaurant buy the ‘happy hour’ sign outside. We shared a pizza for supper and then finished the walk back to our hotel to get a good nights sleep. We haven’t got the earliest of starts, but there’s a lot going on. Besides, I am far too busy being super excited that we’re going to America tomorrow!