To recap our first day in Vancouver, please take a few moments and go back and read this blog.
After a good nightʻs rest, we woke up ready to tackle Stanley Park and the famous seawall waterfront path.
There are totem poles at Brockton Point to educate visitors of the First Nation people and their history in Vancouver.There is a kidʻs water park/play zone in Stanley park (but was closed due to the fact that it isnʻt summer yet), which was made possible by some of the Canadian musicians that provided the soundtrack of my youth. God bless you Bryan Adams, and God bless you gentlemen from Loverboy.
Feeling slightly bad as we walked past the protesters, we paid our entry fee and completely got over the guilt as soon as we saw sea otters. It is a well-known scientific fact that sea otters are one of the top five cutest animals on the planet. They fall somewhere among the big leaguers of hedgehogs, rabbits, koalas, and almost anything in baby form. Once you see a sea otter with some clam bits on its belly, you realize life is worth living and you no longer have any stress or concerns.
We thought this was a mermaid statue until we got close enough to read the plaque, which informed us that it was a girl in a wetsuit. Random, but I assume it is more impressive when the tide is higher. If you look behind her, towards the top of the photo, you will see a pile of a yellow, sand-like substance, which I would assume is sulfur powder.
The Glovis Countess, pictured here is a ginormous vehicle carrier that was heading into Vancouver harbor. I could not find any information online about how many cars the ship can transport, but it must be near the thousands.
We did not walk all seventeen miles (twenty-eight kilometers) of trails in Stanley Park (although it felt like it), but we definitely put some miles under our feet that day. My one recommendation for visiting Stanley Park and exploring the seawall walk is that if you are not willing to walk ten plus miles, rent a bike instead.