The other day I rushed home from work, changed and hopped on my bike . We live one block off a bike
route. There are several bike routes around Vancouver. North to South and then East to West. Lots of valuable info here . You can download the map here . Here I am crossing a major artery and for bikes, you can control the signal lights to cross by pushing the button
Soon I find myself at Queen Elizabeth Park more info here2
I'm not used to all of this exercise so I stop to rest. It was uphill nearly all the way
In most of our parks, you are not allowed to ride your bike so when I see other people I dismount and walk
This is the highest point in Vancouver. This is where our drinking water reservoir is located, underneath where I am standing. At one time it was a large man made lake with a fence around. The City decided to put on a cement cover for a parking lot and then install this water feature
In the background you will notice the Bloedel Conservatory. Inside are many varieties of flowers and birds flying around. It is an inside tropical garden (info here3) Not long ago it was going to close due to lack of interest but now the City has decided to refurbish the dome at a cost of Millions of $$
I can help myself. When I see water I just have to play in it
The water sprays different patterns . . . and I believe there are also lights which can be turned on in the evenings
Hard to believe that not more than 2 months ago I could hardly walk. All seems nearly normal now but I do take it easy and take care to not stress myself . NO, these are not my shoes.
See, I'm not alone in shedding my shoes
There she is on the other side in the stunning, orangish dress with the high slit (not that I was paying that much attention)
I ride over to the other side of the Bloedel Conservatory and you can see Downtown Vancouver in the distance. At one time you could drive up here and watch the "submarine" races . Ah, the good old days
Vancouver is surrounded by mountains on the North. It is hard to get lost here. You are taught from a young age that the mountains = North
Queen Elizabeth Park (QE park for short) is known for their gardens. It is built on an old volcanic crater. This is the sunken garden
Sort of has that Butchart Gardens feel . . .
It's been a while since I have been on the lower level
Here, at the top there is that pedestrian bridge which goes over a small creek, which then waterfalls down to the bottom
There are also many flowers which I noticed were recently planted
This sculpture looks like a piece of white cheese
and I was not the only one enjoying the view
This is another garden looking towards the East
And I met some new friends today . . .
not very talkative though . . . but I think they liked my bike