Today we hired these for a little jaunt around the seawall of the glorious Stanley Park. I was impressed with their resemblence to my beloved Raleigh Cameo from my adolescence. Louis thought they were distinctly uncool. He turned down the offer of a retro handlebar basket that would have added to the indignation.
I love cycling as a way of getting around to explore a new place. There was beach after gorgeous beach with their backdrop of mountains. This definitely is my kind of city and its cycle network is extensive. It hasn't taken Vancouver long to be added to my list of places that I'd like to return to again and again. Just a small question of working out how to find the pennies to do that!
We detoured to Vancouver Aquarium which sets incredible standards for conservation and research. This is what greets visitors outside.
We were rather taken with the beluga whales. The cetaceans at the aquarium have a rigorous training programme. Some of the aspect of their routines have been introduced so that their health can be checked. Apparently they'll give pee samples on demand! The aquarium has a rehab programme and returns injured creatures to the wild wherever possible. Only those that would not survive out in the big wide world remain there permanently.
I'm rather pleased with my shot of this beluga showing off!
Now I knew Louis would just fall in love with these guys who carry their young and their dinner around on their tummies. Sea otters now rank an equal first with meerkats on his favourite list of animals. I think that this is the old, blind one who arrived at the aquarium with gunshot wounds. He seemed pretty content in his manmade habitat.
Here's me and Louis nearing the end of our tour near the English Bay Inukshuk, the symbol for the 2010 Winter Olympics. We survived in spite of the attempts of several novice cyclists to run us off the road! We reckoned that we deserved a reward for all that strenuous activity and dodging old guys with a death wish. So it was back to Bella Gelateria for huge cones. I reckon that we could end up looking like ice creams if we stayed here too long!