We got out of the cruise terminal and were so excited to see this beautiful city. It was very welcoming and exciting. Until the boys left Taryn and I (and all our luggage) in order to get the rental car and then Taryn and I became the belle of the ball to all the nearby homeless men. One in particular was very chatty. He wanted us to guess his age and when we kindly declined, he offered to guess ours. I am apparently 31, and Taryn 27. I have a lot of wisdom in my eyes according to him. I think what he saw was "avoidance" or maybe the desire to run as fast and far away from him as possible. Luckily no one asked for money. Just wanted to chat, eh.
In Chinatown we walked through the Japanese gardens. It was random, and probably a little over-hyped, but it was also very pretty for a funny little garden in the middle of the city.
This was taken right after Ryan and Taryn freaked out the little old Chinese lady trying to impress her with their knowledge of the Chinese numbering system. But maybe she was more freaked out at our dead on impression of this dragon.
We were both discovered and discovered good food in the "Gastown" district in Vancouver. It was a neat little area, and I am glad we found it.
After breakfast we went to Stanley Park, which I think is best explained as the Central Park of Canada. Okay, I don't know if that's true but it was a neat, large, Ocean view park. There was a little lighthouse there, totem poles, and acres of lush land with walking and biking trails. Because it was pretty chilly and rainy, we drove the park rather than biking it as originally planned. But, we stopped, got out and walked a few areas and really enjoyed it. Like I said, Vancouver was a beautiful, well kept city and all of us really enjoyed it.
Wes is good at getting panoramic photos of places we visit. Here we are at Stanley park.
Like I said, I was loving these cherry blossom trees everywhere. I want them all over my front yard.
And the totem area.
Ryan loved all the nature and was very verbal about it to. We all loved exploring though and there was a lot to see.
This photo is one of my favorites... on our way out of the city we drove past this random square with statues. It's purpose was the remind us all to be happy, find joy, and laughter in life. (You may need to zoom to see it better.) It worked!!!