Alaskan (and Now Canadian) Adventure, Day 12: If It’s Friday, This Must Be Vancouver

There comes a point in any long vacation where you run out of steam and are ready to head home. Today was that day – all four of us hit the wall, bigtime.

But before I turn to today, here’s how our time on the ship ended last night: 20120706-205124.jpg

Not too shabby, eh?

Unfortunately, at some point while taking sunset photos, I sat down on a lounge chair to futz with my camera, and accidentally crushed my Kindle. It now looks like this: 20120706-205847.jpg

(Not to worry… I still have reading material, via the Kindle app on my phone.)

Today, we arrived in Vancouver and spent a large chunk of the morning slowly working our way off the ship, through customs, and onto the bus – about two and a half hours, total. I was surprised at how much longer the process took at the port than the airport. I’m sure it has to do with several thousand people arriving at once, rather than staggered by flight times.

Once on the bus, we had a bit of a whirlwind tour of the city. We saw the torch setup from the 2010 Winter Olympics: 20120706-212144.jpg

And went to Stanley Park – named for the same Lord Stanley as hockey’s most coveted prize, the Stanley Cup – where we had great views of the skyline: 20120706-212654.jpg

And the Lion’s Gate bridge:

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After the tour, we had the entire afternoon free – and did nothing with it. We just couldn’t get up the oomph to get back on the train (which is not even a 10 minute walk away) to head back into town.* We were just, well, done. It’s totally a shame, because Vancouver looks like a hell of a fun city, but our tourist mojo has run out. I decided to add this to my “must visit again” list and take a nap.

Of course, tomorrow we have our final organized tour of the trip – a 12-hour odyssey of buses and ferries to Butchart Gardens and Victoria – so I’m hoping for enough sleep tonight to make that final push.

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* Our hotel is at the airport… And by at the airport, I don’t mean the nearest one by shuttle bus. I mean you exit the lobby by an escalator that ends at US departures desk.

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3 thoughts on “Alaskan (and Now Canadian) Adventure, Day 12: If It’s Friday, This Must Be Vancouver

  1. Common Loon July 7, 2012 / 7:10 am

    Hope you get your mojo back! We used to frequent the Butchart gardens (gorgeous in the spring…a favorite memory), and had tea at the Empress (if you’re too tired to do much else, may be worth a consideration).

    Funny to overhear the kids working Alaska into their playtime this week. Apparently,your adventures have inspired them to put it on their to-do list.

  2. redswv July 7, 2012 / 4:07 pm

    You’re going to love Butchart Gardens & Victoria! If you get a chance, check out Craigdarroch Castle: http://www.thecastle.ca/ and the tea room at the Empress Hotel: http://www.fairmont.com/empress-victoria/. The director at the castle is the past president of the Victorian Society in America.

    When I worked for the Victorian Society in America, we spent a week there for our 2001 Annual Meeting and Tour. It’s a wonderful city and I hope to go back there for another vacation soon!

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