Vancouver! What a fantastic day and a half running around this melting pot of a city. Today I want to tell you about just one of our adventures here.
Today after breakfast we left the hotel and took the bus (more on that later) to Stanley Park. We got off the bus right at the end of the "city" before the park entrance. On this street are TONS of bike rental stores. We just went in one that we picked at random and asked them to set us up. Within 10 minutes we were off on 5 bikes all different sizes with helmets and bike locks.
The weather was perfect and we just followed the flow of bikers towards the path that goes all around the park. The views were amazing with seaplanes taking off from the water, mountains sticking up from the background, forests on the inside of the island, and the beach off the sea wall.
After we were just under half way around the park we cut to the inside to visit the Aquarium. Here we were able to get a bite to eat for lunch. We spent about two hours here looking at the whales, dolphins, otters and exhibits.
We finished our ride around the park and then headed back to the rental store to return the bikes. The total cost of the bike rental was just $15 per person. Not bad for a 5 hour adventure. Due the the great weather and it being a Sunday we did find the path a bit crowded but we would do it again in a heartbeat. When I return home I will give a more in depth report on Vancouver but I hope this is enough to get you thinking about what a great port you can sail out of if you decide to take on ALASKA!