fallen tree = instant playground
Okay. So, I have no actual photos of us biking around Stanley Park's seawall, but that'd be because we were biking. I do, however, have a few lovely photos to share from the time we spent at Stanley Park, mostly pausing for breaks for the kids, lunch, or just a pretty location for a picture. Stanley Park is one of my favorite places in Vancouver, and this year was the first time both kids biked all the way around the (5 mile) seawall on their own. The last time we did this, Ani was 4 and in the bike trailer, and Lukka had a bike so small he looked like he belonged in the circus.
rowing practice for crew members
Both kids made it around with plenty of energy to spare (we considered going around twice), and enjoyed a picnic lunch at Third Beach, shown below, while the kids played in the sand on a beautiful Fall flavored day. The air was a perfect temperature, maybe 65, while the sun came in and out of the clouds. We spent time stopping quite frequently and the kids loved that fallen tree. So did Stefan!
the long view of Third Beach
I didn't have any purpose to bike around Stanley Park, other than the fact that I enjoy the area and knew the kids would do great on the trail. It's such a lovely location, with the seawall going around the entire park, the views are just magnificent, especially on a clear day. We stretched out our long Labor Day weekend biking around the Seawall on Saturday, and doing a hard hike on Monday (coming soon). Although they often complain that they don't want to do something, they almost always enjoy the time we spend actually doing the active thing. If they're still bickering on the way home, we haven't tired them out enough!