Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Seattle, Washington

Off to a slow start, we left Tacoma and headed for Seattle and a quick get-together with a former colleague from Tucson, Pearl. She’s been visiting her son and his family, who just had baby #2, a cute daughter. She met us at the Kaffeeklatsch, complete with a German flag out front. She took this photo of Jacqueline and me with her phone.

Pearl took this photo of Jacqueline and me with her phone

Pearl took this photo of Jacqueline and me with her phone

When we figure out how to send it, I’ll add the photo of Pearl and me that Jacqueline took with her phone.

Then on to Vancouver. We had no trouble crossing the border into Canada. We were asked where we were going and why. No question about the rental car. Thanks to my iPhone, we zipped to the hotel. We parked in the garage under the hotel — a true horror story. The ramp down was narrow and winding. I’m kind of used to parking in an underground lot at the library in Tucson. These spaces were even narrower and tighter. It took me at least 10 minutes to maneuver. When I mentioned that to locals, they all just rolled their eyes, so I guess I must be getting old.

View from our hotel room at the Empire landmark Hotel in Vancouver, B.C.

View from our hotel room at the Empire landmark Hotel in Vancouver, B.C.

Because it was only about 4 p.m. and we seemed to be close to Stanley Park, we thought we’d take a walk over and check out the totem poles. It was an experience, with bikers, skaters, joggers and tourists sharing the walkways. Actually, it’s quite organized when you figure it out. We saw some wildlife:

Canada Goose in the lawn at Stanley Park

Canada Goose in the lawn at Stanley Park.

Also some boats:

Vancouver Rowing Club, in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.

Vancouver Rowing Club, in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.

In the water near the rowing club, we found boat "garages"

In the water near the rowing club, we found blue boat “garages”

Across the water we saw the Convention Center, with its flat, grass-covered roof (and home to 60,000 bees in the winter, according to our tour guide the next day).

Convention Center with grassy roof

Convention Center with grassy roof

At last, we found the totem poles. I’d forgotten they’re all pretty much together.

Entrance to the totem poles at Brockton Point in Stanley Park, Vancouver. These are mostly reproductions of local First Nations carvings

Entrance to the totem poles at Brockton Point in Stanley Park, Vancouver. These are mostly reproductions of local First Nations carvings

Totem poles at Brockton Point - note size of man, poles and trees

Totem poles at Brockton Point, Stanley Park – note size of man, poles and trees

Totem pole at Brockton Point, Stanley Park

Totem pole at Brockton Point, Stanley Park

Leaving, we walked along some more water. I got one photo of a heron, then I did something to the camera and lost the rest of the photos

Heron in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.

Heron in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.

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3 Comments

  1. Yecenia

     /  May 18, 2017

    So beautiful! Nice picture of you and your friend Jacqueline.

  2. did you enjoy vancouver? It’s one of the best cities to live in the world! Being from Toronto I will never admit to that of course =p..but it is really beautiful.

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