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Day 4: Vancouver BC

Day Four, Saturday, was a really fun day for us. That morning we all woke up, made a huge lunch for 4 + snacks, packed the towels into the car and headed to beautiful Widgeon Lake. Here is a view of the canoe rental area, but this lake is quite expansive nestled in between the mountains. Off in the distance you can see where it curves around the land, becoming a river, but we took the 'left' route to get to the glacial falls.
After an hour + of canoe-ing down the pristine river (literally, you could see all the rocks on the bottom) you stop at a small cove to haul up your canoe onto land so you can take the hour + hike up the mountain. Here are the guys in the back of the canoes. We tied our boats together so we could chat the way there, on the way back it was every man for himself.
The trip up the mountain was interesting. What starts as a fork in the road with the "road" being a gravel 1.4 km 'easier' walk and the sweet little dirt path being a 1.5 km path, we took the interesting route. The guys took L & D's dog, Diesel with them and ran the whole way up. We took it much slower, and after about 45 minutes were starting to get a little annoyed. The path was probably the hardest hiking trail I've ever been on, and when we finally got to the end, the way back said 2.7km back. Um. What? The signs lied! No wonder it took us over an hour to get there. It was bizarre. Finally, anyway, we got to the falls, and good thing, since we were thirsty and that was the best, ice cold water ever!
You can hope all around the falls and submerge yourself if you want. It's freezing, but it's also a good way to cool off. There are two spots that people were hanging out at the falls, probably between 30-50 people up there while we were there. It was so scenic and made me think how lucky people are to be able to just wake up on Saturday and go do this kind of activity. We would have loved to climb even higher (to a reportedly beautiful lake) but that would have been another hour, and not only were we exhausted, but we were on a time crunch. You had to report yourselves & your rental boat back at the dock before 5:30 or you get a late fee, and by 7 they start a search party.
Our trusty mascot, Diesel, who was exactly. exactly like Atreyu in mannerisms, body shape, even bark. It was bizarre, but fun to see a male version of her frolicking around.
Also, that night after all the exercise, we drove over to Bellingham, WA to go to a Dawes concert. Our friends are friends with this band, so we all got in free. I stayed up on the balcony where I had a good view, but mostly everyone else was down front. Other than the time being super late (the first of 3 bands didn't even start until 10PM, and we had an hour drive home at 1:30AM!) the band, Dawes, was awesome. The drummer was fantastic and the lyrics were very good. Posted by Picasa

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