Trip Start Sep 10, 2009
17Trip End Oct 22, 2009
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On Saturday, I went to Granville Island markets on a little bathtub ferry. I'm not really big on markets but this one was ok and they had all sorts of interesting food there if you had cooking facilities
After that, I went back to Stanley Park and walked for hours. I saw some Raccoons, they were so cute. The raccoons live under a bridge and unfortunately, despite the signs, people feed them and the swans and ducks. One of the raccoons had a discussion with a swan over some bread - the swan was quicker eating the bread so that finished the fight. There were Grey Squirrels all over the park, they are very busy at this time of year getting themselves organised for winter, collecting pine cones and storing them. I walked around the Lost Lagoon which I didn't have time for last time. A lot of the birds have left but there were swans and mallard ducks. I also saw some of the biggest seagulls I've seen in my life. After much searching and getting lost at least twice I found the Stanley Park Totem Poles - these poles represent some of the major tribal groups in British Columbia.
On Sunday I took a bus up to the University to visit the British Columbia Museum of Anthropology which was amazing. There were lots of really old totem poles, canoes and other First Nations artifacts. Again though I was disappointed not to see more weaving etc
After the Museum I went to the UBC Botanical Garden which unfortunately was all the way down the other end of the UBC campus which is huge. I was too tired by then to look at everything but they had a very nice Canadian native garden which I enjoyed.
Those two days of walking didn't do the arthritis any good so I had to rest yesterday and today I've just walked around the local area and in the Pacific Spirit Provincial Park. I also went to a second hand shop my host told me about and bought a very good ski jacket to take to Churchill with me for less than it would have cost to hire one. I don't know whether I'll bring this home with me or give it to charity here. It was such a good buy, I may hang on to it in case I go to other freezing places.
The last few days have been very quiet which I needed - I was very tired after all the moving around
One more adventure and then I will be happy to come home. So the next update will be in a few days from Winnipeg following my Polar Bear trip - I don't think they will have internet access at the Tundra Buggy Lodge.