Walking in the Trees…

After our first awesome day exploring together, Ryan picked me up in his van.. and we drove over to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. It was a WET-RAINY morning…I might have been in a grumpy mood, partly because of the weather, the time of day and I hadn’t had breakfast yet.  Well after arriving at the Cap Bridge, I had something to eat…the time was a more ‘decent’ hour…and well there was still RAIN.  But after all, I suppose in a Temperate Rain Forest-there should be rain!

Ryan and I decided to explore the ‘cliff-walk’ area first… It was raining so hard! Ryan used an umbrella…and I used one of the wonderful yellow rain jackets provided to me from Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. It was so cool to see how the ‘cliff-walk’ was attached to the side of the canyon!

It might have been raining, but there were still was DROP dead GORGEOUS views…

Looking at trees in the rain!  I was soaked, my lens was covered in rain drops by this point… so that’s why there are ‘splotches’ on these photos.  Ryan and I ducted into the gift shop… I dried off my lens, then we headed to the front gate to catch a ‘historic story tour’! 

Rebecca was our ‘story-guide’… and she told our small group the history of Capilano Suspension Bridge. If you are interested in knowing more, click HERE!

See that rope Rebecca is holding in the 2nd photo? Well that’s what the first bridge was made out of… I don’t think you’d catch me on that bridge!  

Peter shared some knowledge around First Nations Culture.  About how they used trees to build houses, Totem Poles (or Story Poles) and dug out canoes.  

One new thing I learned was that Totem Poles are actually “Story Poles”…Peter called the Totem Pole below…and “Interactive-Pole” because you become part of the story… when you put your head in the hole!  He also mentioned how it’s one of the most photographed Totem Poles! 

Just as we were ready to cross the bridge, the sun came out… and the rain stopped!  I must admit, it was a wee bit scary but once I was on it I was alright.  It did swing/sway as you walked.  Oh and there were TONS of people on it at the same time… that was the ‘crazy’ part! Graham took our small group on a brief nature walk to explain more about the Temperate Rainforest…and how everything works together to live. I learned lots from his talk…and he was very passionate about the park and job!  There are three types of trees at Capilano Park… Douglas Firs, Hemlock and Western Red Cedar.

We came across some Banana Slugs… (so tiny…put the other photos in so you can see the scale with Ryan’s hands and phone!)

After the nature walk/tour was finished… Ryan and I headed up into the trees for a little ‘tree’ walk.  It was an awesome walk, from one douglas fir tree to the next, via a series of mini-suspension bridges!

We did stop to eat our Rogers chocolates up in the trees!  It was a LONG way down….at some points on this walk we were 30m (100feet) in the air!  I wouldn’t recommend this walk if you were scared of heights! I’m not really scared of heights, just scared of getting down from ‘heights’ but I was alright…because getting down was a gradual process! 

After we got down we walked around exploring the trails a bit more… we might have played hide-and-seek behind the trees! 

I don’t think Ryan could manage living in Nunavut…being out of “smart-phone” cell service.  It was a fun day were often we were talking photos with our phones, and uploading them to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  

I know in the above photo Ryan was uploading his version of a photo of this owl on Facebook. 

From this perspective you can get a sense of how HIGH up that bridge is! 

Looking up at the one of the parts of the ‘tree-walk’…from the ground!

On the way back across the bridge… I hand my camera to Ryan, ask him to take a photo of me.  He starts to do that… and then for some reason I start laughing.  I think this is one of my favourite shots of myself that Ryan took… it reminded me of one of the things on my list of 32-things-to-do-when I am 32...

Number 16 on that list was: “Laugh until my belly aches, and I forget what I was laughing about (then repeat)”.  Thanks Ryan for capturing me mid-laugh!

Loving the ‘props’ for the staged tourist type photos…. who doesn’t love to ‘strike-a-pose’ in a GINORMOUS Picture Frame? 

One of the fun challenges during our time at the Capilano Suspension Bridge…was to find all the “stamps” in the various areas of the park.  Once we finished, we went by Guest Services…to get our “I Made It Certificates!” The Cap Bridge was such a fun place to explore… it is a bit ‘touristy’ but I’d still recommend visiting if you get to Vancouver.

 …our time was done at the Capilano Suspension Bridge but have no fear, there were other places Ryan and I were heading…on this crazy ACTION-PACKED DAY!

I had my first introduction to traffic in Vancouver…the Lions Gate Bridge had one lane closed…(there had been an accident)!  So as you can see there were 5 lanes merging into 1-can we all say CONGESTION?

Once we got moving again, we entered Stanley Park… we stopped to have something to eat, and take in the views…

Then we drove through the park, stopping at various places to check out the views and snap some photos… one of these stops was “the Hallow Tree”.

Located along the west side of Stanley Park Drive, the Hollow Tree has attracted visitors and dignitaries since the earliest days of Stanley Park. As one of Vancouver’s oldest and most famous landmarks, the Hollow Tree has been an important part of Vancouver’s tourism industry since the city was founded. Each generation has its iconic photos demonstrating the immensity of the Hollow Tree. Everything from an elephant, to horse-drawn carriages and the earliest automobiles have been photographed next to the tree. The Hollow Tree is a cultural heritage resource listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register and the Vancouver Heritage Tree Inventory.

 

The Stanley Park Hollow Tree has a special place in the memories of many Vancouverites. Today, the remaining 700 to 800 year-old stump of this Western Red Cedar tree is still one of the most well-known and photographed landmarks in the park. Damaged by a severe windstorm in December 2006 and leaning forward at a dangerous angle, the tree was slated for removal due to safety concerns. However, in 2009 the Hollow Tree Conservation Society stepped forward with a plan to stabilize the tree in a project funded entirely by private donations. Following a public ceremony in October 2011, the restored Hollow Tree began a new chapter in its long history in Stanley Park.   {Source}

 

We parked near this lighthouse…and went on a walk along the sea-wall for a little while.  It turned out to be SUCH a GORGEOUS day… seriously was so thrilled it was sunny and warm! 

I needed to put my toes into the sea-water!… Ryan decided he didn’t need to get his feet wet! 

I took some portraits for Ryan in the summer of 2010… he wanted me to take some more.  We didn’t do a ‘formal’ photo-shoot…but I did end up with some fun candids… and this image!

Then Ryan turned the tables and took this photo of me…

I asked for my camera back… and got these shots of Ryan!  He was helping me hold my ‘new’ MiMi Kelly Moore Camera bag.  (yup, it looks like a purse, but totally outfitted to hold my camera and extra lenses! Best purchase EVER!) I mentioned it and that’s when he immediately took it off! lol

It was a perfect ending to a perfect afternoon… 

After we left Stanley Park, we made a quick stop at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)… Ryan needed some rock-climbing supplies!  Then we headed to the movies… Ryan and I ended up going to see “Magic Mike” in the VIP Theatre.  Just wanted to note that he asked me and then let me decide which movie, because I rarely get to the theatre.  The only movie I wanted to see was “Magic Mike”–so well Ryan ended up seeing it too.  Honestly the script was pretty pathetic predictable, but the visuals were great!

Thanks Ryan for showing me around your new city!  I had a blast… and I don’t think I’ve laughed like that in a long time… Thanks for all the shots you took of me during our adventures. Until our paths cross again my friend, stay safe!

Please Note: all photographs of me in this post were taken by Ryan Bealer, except for the obvious ‘self-portraits’!

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9 thoughts on “Walking in the Trees…

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  2. Sergey

    Wow!!! These places look ASTOUNDING!! There is a similar bridge and a forest walk in Austria as well, but it’s definitely not that high!

    Btw, your new hairstyle looks great!=)

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  3. tTamara

    Love your pics!! We are doing islands, seattle and canada trip in seattle!!! Any suggestions on where to stay and must see things to do?

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  4. Keenan

    I second everything Sergey says in comments above. WOW! LOVE LOVE your pics from Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Trees are HUGE and everything is so green. Not a lover of rain but gotta say it added dimension to your blog posts. Yeah, and of course everyone loves the new hairstyle 🙂 ALSO the ending blog pic is amazing – flying geese against the cityscape. Mighty nice stuff Sarah.

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