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trees, mountains, landscaping!??

Before I get going, thanks for all the comments on the last few entries, it's really great to know that you're reading these!

So Mary Anne and I got together for lunch and a ride to Stanley Park on Sunday. We ate at Andrew's restaurant and then headed down towards Kits beach and circled around the peninsula to get to Stanley Park. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, and when we took off our sweaters we discovered that we actually have a very similar outfit... we kinda like looking the same though!

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Vancouver is a funny city, spread out all over the place and every house has every detail attended to - I keep seeing men running around in trucks doing the landscaping for an entire street - cutting the grass to the exact same length on each lawn - I wouldn't be surprised if they were coaxing the trees into greater synchrony in their blossoming time!!!

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Where are the ramshackle sheds, the garbage spread out on the front yard, the scrubby lawns with cheesy fake animals on them? I never thought I'd miss them here, but I do. It's too well-manicured for my rural Nova Scotia sensibilities! But, it is gorgeous. I mean, look at these pictures.

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Even the buildings are pretty when there is a blue sky behind them. And the mountains are always there, snowy and scary.

Scary because we'll be in mountains in a few weeks. Ahhhhhh.

Anyways, I really enjoyed Stanley park - it was more of a pedestrian slash rollerblading dodging trip than a ride (Sunday + warm weather = crowded park) but it was so good to reconnect with Mary Anne and remember how much fun we have together. We laughed the whole way around the park.

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Yesterday I headed up to UBC to check out the campus - at one point I was seriously considering going there - and it was as nice as I expected - I didn't really do too much exploring on campus because I found the botanical gardens and ended out spending about 2 hours in there wandering around. Their gardens are so amazing, huge tall trees and a massive asian garden with flowering plants up the wazoo, a north american garden, food garden, gardens from the 7 continents, a wooded trail... man oh man. Little benches and nooks everywhere to sit down and enjoy a book and some trail mix.

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Here is where a large tree couldn't decide if it wanted to eat me head or tail first:

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Yesterday night I went to dinner at the NAAM with Andrew and my friend Lauren from Acadia. The NAAM is a restaurant that uses local organic food and sells their delicious meals for ridiculously low prices. YUM.

So right now it's raining, and making me lazy, but tomorrow is Mary Anne and I's prep day, and we set off for our first official day on Thursday! Wahoooie!

Posted by Ericabikes 17:45 Archived in Canada Tagged bicycle

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