Greetings from Vancouver, BC where I’m having some quality time with my sweetie. Off we went yesterday for a walk in Capilano River Regional Park. Snow fell in the last couple days making for a delightfully brisk, white-dusted walk.
This city has a great number of parks. This one lies far up in the northern section on the flanks of Grouse Mtn. We appreciated the quiet retreat away from the buzz and chaos of the city. It’s coastal rainforest up here. Which I just love-
My neck of the woods on the Olympic Peninsula sees snow maybe once or twice a year, never more than a couple of inches and it melts quickly. I like retreating to snow when I miss it, walking in a fresh coating now. I’m glad to benefit from a marine climate the rest of the year.
It’s a real treat to have a stroll through white-dusted lichens, firs and such.
The Capilano River runs north to South through BC’s Coast Mtns and empties into Burrard Inlet. A massive dam and its reservoir provides water to the city, one of three primary sources. A salmon hatchery was put in downstream from this damn to try to preserve the salmon runs. The famed Capilano Suspension Bridge is close by and run privately. All lit up for the holiday it was stuffed full of visitors this weekend. We avoided it. I’d like to see it another time. I’d also like to return and witness spring snow-melt water levels.
The canyon we walked up has very steep walls. It’s astounding to imagine the flow and amounts of water that have carved out this pathway.
Check out this delightful fungus-
Such a pretty city retreat!
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Years to you and yours!