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Published: July 13th 2007
Last night we all slept heavenly in the heavenly beds. The Westin was REALLY nice. We got up and moving, had breakfast in the hotel 'bucks and headed out. Our first stop was across the Lion's Gate Bridge, the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. This place was very cool. It had a lot of history about the suspension bridge, a series of tree adventures, and some great views. We got out maps and walked around collecting stamps at all the "sites" we visited. Then it was time to head across the bridge. This was interesting. The bridge was very wobbly and there were several people ahead of us that were scared to death. It took us awhile to get across and once we were off of it, we were still wobbly. The park across the canyon was cool. They setup several treetop walks that allowed us to interact with nature without damaging the sensitive floor. We also got to see Grandma Capilano, a 650 year old tree. We wandered around for a little bit and they headed back across the wobbly bridge. We collected our final stamps and our certificate and we on our way. We headed back over the lion's
gate and into Stanley park. We stopped at Prospect Point, which gave us a beautiful view of North Vancouver and the Lion's Gate Bridge. From there we headed to GasTown, which is the oldest section of town. We stopped at a cool pizza place for lunch, Incendio. They we picked up a free tour of Gastown that gave us some history on it's beginning. From there we headed to the Granville Island market. This area was so cool. It was a huge market and we loved wandering around to see the fresh vegetables, clothes, and gifts. We each got a "treat" --fresh Washington peaches for Eileen, Chocolate Decadence Cake for Em, and locally brewed Granville Island Maple Cream Ale for Amy-- in the market and then headed out. Our next stop on the agenda was the Punjabi Market Area. This was a cool Indian area of town, and we all shopped for sarees and indian sweets. Amy and Eileen enjoyed a vegi samosa that was pleasantly spicy. We spent a little time window shopping and then headed out. We started south and crossed back into the US. We stayed at a Hilton Garden Inn in Everett, which is a little
north of Seattle. Before we got to the hotel we decided we should stop for a quick dinner. Spoiled by the good food in Victoria and Vancouver we knew that any old fast food would not do. We settled on Frasier's a sports bar out of some random highway exit and figured they would know how to cook a good ole USA burger or something. We took a booth near the back on what looked to be a dance floor. We had no idea that the floor show had already begun. Yes, it was Kareoke night and we were seated just under the disco ball and spot light. We were treated to the song stylings of Shane, the MC for the evening who has a deep and abiding love for raunchy Country tunes. No one else seemed to be signing up to sing except for a tattoo-laden refugee from Seattle's grunge era whom we dubbed "Seth." Seth chose loud, angry rock tunes and didn't even have a passing acquiatance with the correct key. We stifled our giggles with our fried food and then quickly asked for the bill. We tucked ourselves into our "free" room (I used my hilton points!)
and went to bed.
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