Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Vancouver

The time has finally come and Scott is back to work full-time. Our first stop is Vancouver which I have never been too so I am excited to check out the city. This was also the first time I have been somewhere, out of the country, where I am by myself during the day and will have to "entertain" myself. Guess we will find out if this new lifestyle is for me.

We are staying at the Renaissance Harbourside which is centrally located downtown at the waterfront. It was a beautiful day so I walked over the Stanley Park which is very close to the hotel. This is the view from the back of our hotel walking toward the park.
The park was huge but there really wasn't much to see so I didn't take that many pictures.

A lot of high-rise apartments along the water.
View of Vancouver downtown from Stanley Park

Taking the Aquabus ferry is the easiest way to get to the different areas of Vancouver. We took it over to Granville Island where there is a public market and a lot of shops and restaurants.

Granville Island
We also went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which is a bridge that crosses over the Capilano River. It is 446 feet long and 230 feet above the river
This is a photo from the internet to give you an idea of the length and height of the bridge. Travel and Leisure magazine listed this as "One of the scariest bridges in the world"!
I'm not a huge fan of heights as you can see with my death grip hold in this picture. Walking across it, there is a slight dip in the middle and the entire bridge sways. The more people on the bridge, the more it sways.
On the other side, there are hiking trails and more smaller bridges.

A nice view of the suspension bridge in the back

Cable Car taking you up to Grouse Mountain, a ski area in the winter.
View from Grouse Mountain

Famous steam clock in Gastown District.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sequoia National Park

After we left Yosemite, we decided to head to the park famous for its Giant Sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree, the largest tree on Earth. The General Sherman tree grows in the Giant Forest, which contains five out of the ten largest trees in the world, in terms of wood volume.
Tunnel Tree

Where we stayed inside the park
More Sequoia's

One last stop before we leave was to climb to the top of Moro Rock.  It is a large granite dome found in the Giant Forest area.
You take a quarter-mile trail to the site then climb nearly 400 stone steps to the top of the rock (6,725-foot elevation).
We made it!



Friday, May 15, 2009

Yosemite National Park

I have always wanted to visit all the major national parks in the U.S.  Since we have time off and live in California, it was only natural for us to take a trip to Yosemite National Park.  The park extends from 2000 feet to more than 13,000 feet above sea level and covers about 761,266 acres or about 1,189 square miles. 

Vernal Falls is one of the shortest (317 feet) and most spectacular trails in the park. You get very close to a water falls, and very wet, as you climb 1.3 miles to the top.

Still climbing...
Top of Vernal Falls

Rising nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet above sea level, Half Dome is a Yosemite icon. The 16-mile round-trip hike to Half Dome is not for you if you are out of shape or unprepared. You will be gaining elevation (for a total of 4,800 feet) most of your way to the top of Half Dome. This trip we did not climb to the top but I hope to next time we visit the park.

You can see Half Dome, Liberty Cap, Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls in the picture below. Gives you an idea how high Half Dome is to hike compare to the falls
Picture shows Vernal Falls (lower) and Nevada Falls which we hiked.

After reaching the top of Vernal Falls, the trail takes you to Nevada Falls. It is 1.5 miles to the top walking up a steep rocky slope path that zig-zags.

Top of Nevada Falls
Liberty Cap
More beautiful falls


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