As it happened: How I fel in Love with Stanley Park.

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So Cute!
Rise and shine.
It was pretty early, but I woke up with refilled stamina! I felt great!
I prepared myself to go for our first breakfast in Vancouver!
During our meal, Jennifer and I discussed our upcoming event a little bit.
We were going to Stanley Park.

LOSING YOUR VIRGINITY.
It was my first time. My first time that I would pay a visit to a park this big. And definitely the first time that I walked that much (and enjoyed). The beginning was pretty hard. It was warm and the woods were sucking up all my oxygen surprisingly. But as we were walking more and more, I felt completely reborn. The woods were giving me the extra energy I needed, the hard part was over.

LOST & FOUND?
Jennifer did her homework. She told me that she definitely wanted to see the Totem Poles! Well, it was fine with me as I just enjoyed the walk.
Inside the "Hollow" Tree.
If she could give us a little bit of direction than it was fine with me! However, Stanley Park is big. But what's big? I never was in a park this big before, so how could I know?
Squirrel dodging we kept on searching for those poles. The squirrels were so cute! But they were black! I never saw a black squirrel in my life before, I thought they were brown! As we continued our way, after taking some gorgeous pictures here and there, we started to wondering if it was gonna work out that day. We walked for hours. But no Totem Poles. But then we decided to go and look for a map or something (we had one but it was not really accurate). It turned out that all those hours, we walked into the wrong direction. Classic! So, a crisis meeting took place. We calculated that it has to be another couple of hours for sure to reach the Totem Poles.
Siwash Rock
And then we have to get back too. We were not tired yet, and decided to go. And we wanted to go straight trough the heart of Stanley Park. The other option was walking across the shore but that was not as exiting. We found our trail and kept on enjoying this perfect piece of nature. We were heading towards Beaver Creek. Which was the nearest checkpoint for us because it was right between us and the poles. We found it! After another 3 hours maybe. The creek was covered in leafs, so you could not see the water. That was a tricky one! But from here it was not as "easy" anymore as the different trails were fading into each other. We needed, a map!...

A NEW DIRECTION IN LIFE EQUALS A NEW DIRECTION (TO THE POLES)
As our prayers were heard, we met a tour group.
Seagul ft. Starfish ^^
They were hiking and having fun together as it was a large group. I asked them if they had any idea which way we had to go. After a nice chat they gave us a map of Stanley Park. It was a perfect day. Walking in this gorgeous scene, nice company and a new direction to yet another place.
We thanked them and we continued our journey as Stanley Park was getting rougher and the trails smaller. But still, we were not tired and got an huge energy boost from the fact that we new where we were going and that we were walking straight at it!

POLES POLES POLES
Finally. After hours and hours and hours of walking, searching and enjoying the Totem Poles were rising up in front of us. It was our ultimate reward. To be consistent from the very beginning. And it has paid off.
Such a cute Squirrel!!!
I didn't felt any pain and I wasn't tired. I carried a 2L water bottle though, and the handles of my bag were cutting into my shoulder. But we were happy because we made it! We took a rest and took a few pictures. After a while enjoying the different sights we decided to go back to downtown. Because it was definitely cost another couple of hours to get back. If we were lucky.

CONCLUSION: AN PERFORMANCE OUT OF PROPORTION
We were on our way back to downtown as it was getting a bit darker. The sun was not as powerful anymore and the animals were all set for the evening. Except us. We were still finding our way back. Hoping we could reach downtown before nightfall.
But still, we didn't felt tired and we moved on with our powerful steps full of courage and determination.
Santoso ft. the Totem Poles

We managed it to reach downtown before dark. And decided to eat something as it was already dinnertime. We remembered we hit the road starting from 8am. And by the time we got in downtown it was already 8pm. An incredible performance out of proportion. That's what I thought. I never expected us to do something like this just the day after our arrival in Vancouver. We started off with a high note and I'm really glad we did. Amazing memories are now attached to Stanley Park, natures finest. I would highly recommend it to go here when you have the chance. Life is too short to miss true nature wonders like this...
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So Cute!
So Cute!
Inside the Hollow Tree.
Inside the "Hollow" Tree.
Siwash Rock
Siwash Rock
Seagul ft. Starfish ^^
Seagul ft. Starfish ^^
Such a cute Squirrel!!!
Such a cute Squirrel!!!
Santoso ft. the Totem Poles
Santoso ft. the Totem Poles
I like the tree...
I like the tree...
Seagul ft. Starfish!
Seagul ft. Starfish!
Stanley Park!
Stanley Park!
Flower. (with a bee in it! Acciden…
Flower. (with a bee in it! Accide…
Sunny Vancouver!
Sunny Vancouver!
Lots of Starfish!
Lots of Starfish!
Yep, thats right!
Yep, thats right!
Nice view.
Nice view.
Still couple of 1000 miles to go. …
Still couple of 1000 miles to go.…
Lots of Starfish!
Lots of Starfish!
Confident Steps^^
Confident Steps^^
Time to rest!
Time to rest!
Little Jen, Big tree!
Little Jen, Big tree!
Lovers Trail!
Lovers Trail!
Iglo..?
Iglo..?
Jennifer
Jennifer
Beaver Creek. With my view set on …
Beaver Creek. With my view set on…
Jennifer ft. the Totem Poles
Jennifer ft. the Totem Poles
Santoso @ Vancouver Skyline
Santoso @ Vancouver Skyline
Jennifer @ Vanvouver Skyline
Jennifer @ Vanvouver Skyline
Stanley park. (behind the harbor)
Stanley park. (behind the harbor)
Vancouver
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