VANCOUVER = WASHOUT. Rain rain rain..! It has been raining all night and we woke up to find it still raining. Yesterday we had booked a day trip whale watching but when we called this morning it had been cancelled due to the bad weather. With all the rain and winds coming off the pacific it wasn't safe. We rebooked for tomorrow and hoped the weather sorted itself out.
Chilled out in the room during the morning. I think we could have veg'd out in the room all day but we decided to go out for breakfast and see if we could make it to Stanley Park. We had a pub on the corner called the two parrots that did special offers on breakfast. We had pancakes and bacon. It was a little strange, Chris enjoyed it and smothered it with maple syrup. I can't mix the savoury with sweet. It was now late morning and still raining.
We decided to walk to Stanley Park. We walked to the harbour which was about 5 minutes away. (Already soaked) we kept going. Walked alongside the sea. The grey was everywhere both the sky and sea were the same colour.
I had decided it would be a good idea to put on primark shoes which I had already split the soles of. However I knew it was raining and came up with a genius idea. I put sandwich bags on my feet to stop the water wetting my socks! You might laugh but it did work, for about 20 minutes. After this time the bags got holes in an my feet were soaking wet. It would have been more comfortable to walk around bear footed.
We must have walked about an hour before arriving to the edge of Stanley Park. You could hear me before you saw me with the sound of my squelching shoes. (If I offered them to a homeless person and they would have turned me down!)
We had long walk around Stanley Park and it was all very green still, must have been all the rain. But you could see some of the trees starting to turn the autumn colours. We followed a couple of the pathways to a lake. When arriving at the lake Chris spotted something in the bushes. He called me back and there were 4 of them sitting on a log surrounded by bracken. Raccoons! It looked to be mum and 3 children. They were making the cutest noise. Watching them for a little while they came really close looking for food, just sad that we didn't have anything they could have. They then returned across the log to their den. It was really nice that we saw them in the wild.
We had been out about four hours and I'm sure I must have been moaning to Chris a bit about my wet feet, so we headed back via the shopping centre so I could get some new trainers that wouldn't result in my feet getting wet. A nice pair of leather vans! Ok- they do look a little like "my first school shoes!" But they were a good price and should keep my feet dry! Thank god chris and I have the same size feet as i couldn't try them on in the shop. It might look a bit strange me getting my soaking wet feet out still in the sandwich bags!We walked back down Granville to the hotel. Picking up a pizza on the way.
It was the best feeling putting my plimsoles in the bin! And finally having dry feet. The pizza was very nice as well.
We had planned to go and see a movie, Chris found a cinema that was about a 10 minute walk away. We looked up the times and there was 3 films starting at the same time. So we knew we would be able to see one of them. We had seen the trailer for antiviral and it looked a little sick and scary. So we ended up seeing this. Bad move. It was very sick and strange. Rated a PG it wasn't very child friendly. I won't bore you with the details. You can google the trailer and see it for yourself. But honestly the trailer makes the film look good. Not sure I would even rate it with one star. Walked back to the hotel, and went to bed. Fingers crossed we would be on the whale trip tomorrow. Lets hope it stops raining. So far Vancouver has just been very wet!