Vancouver British Colombia & DeaD man's island

Sometimes you have to get lost to find yourself again.

So... I lost myself in Vancouver's beautiful landscape. I rented a bicycle, rode around Stanley Park and stopped to ponder the atrocities of the historic Dead Man's Island as I rode by. I wanted to walk around this island... This island filled with souls of the dead, or perhaps the undead. I wanted to feel life at every given moment. I wanted to feel what life-after-death felt like as it caressed my face. I wanted to walk past its unmarked graves.

Dead Man's Island is now closed to the public. All I could do now is picture the eerie silence a place like that could have. I got on my bike and continued riding.

It took me three hours to ride around the entire 13 mile perimeter of Stanley Park. I stopped many times to take pictures, sit and just.... look. I took in the unimaginable beauty of Vancouver. A beauty that was disregarded every time someone told me it would be... It made me stop at each corner and walk the desolate paths that slithered deeper into the forest.

I rode around Stanley Park and tried to find beautiful, yet lonely areas. After all, I was discovering Vancouver as much as I was discovering myself.
After my ride was over I ventured into an absolute must when in Canada: Tim Hortons. One of my travel traditions is to grab a coffee at a local coffee house on a daily basis. I want to absorb part of the local culture while I'm there.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge

I scheduled a trip to the Capilano Suspension Bridge the next day. I looked up the free bus shuttle service schedule and headed right for it. The walk was good. It wasnt far.

The weather was cold and semi-rainy. I found that it wasnt cold enough to not break a sweat when briskly walking around. My thick sweaters were becoming annoying and unwanted.

I got to the Suspension Bridge, which is more of an Eco-Tourist park with a few attractions to see. I had some trouble getting in as my ticket wouldnt scan. The problem was fixed right away and I entered the park.

Its funny how I didnt realize a suspension bridge is suspended in the air, which means it sways as you walk across it. It was a little scary to feel it sway side to side as I walked. It made it fun and daring, actually. The bridge is very well made with no chance of danger. Fun fact: It's said the bridge can hold the weight of five elephants.

This is the view from the Bridge. The fog trying to find its way out of the forest is stunning. In fact, this entire area was breathtaking.

Across the Suspension Bridge was a set of smaller bridges that go from tree to tree. They called this section the Tree Top Adventure. It was decorated with lights that made the experience glow beautifully.

I walked from tree to tree like I was 12 again, in my own private tree house.

I loved it. It wasnt easy capturing how amazing I thought this place was...

The only drawback were the crowds. It was very crowded.

The final area was a Cliff Edge Walk. This consisted of a thin and curved walkway past the edge of a cliff. I can imagine if you're scared of hight's this could be scary... I didn't think so... The park is very well done. I would recommend it. Like I said, the only drawback are the heavy crowds. I heard of another suspension bridge further down the line that's not as touristy. Perhaps next time, I should venture to that one.

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Vancouver's history made me curious about the afterlife. It made me want to explore more eerie areas... Areas around the world that are reported to be haunted. Areas where perhaps tragedies of war have occurred. It left me wanting more...

As I thirst for answers of the metaphysical, I hunger for the physical. Each trip leaves me wanting more. Each trip leaves me with a hunger for life that only another trip can satisfy.

See you guys in Tokyo.

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