Grouse Mountain Peak

While at the peak of Grouse Mountain, the view of the city of Vancouver was magnificent, even if it doesn’t show up so well in my photos. Also interesting is getting there. The cable car ride to the “peak” is relatively quick and not as troubling as I though it’d be. Personally I still don’t trust it that much as I know too much about how these things work and how potentially dangerous it could be with even a little malfunction, but that’s beside the point. I don’t normally do great with high places, so after my last cable car trip in Germany to (pardon me, I forget the name, will maybe look it up… right now…) Zugspitze, which was… well… let’s just say it probably hadn’t been updated in a few decades, the cable car ride up to Grouse Mountain was quick, well maintained, and smooth. The “driver” warned everyone on board when we approached the supports where the car tends to jostle a bit, it was hardly worth mentioning. Anyways, back to the mountain. Although you can walk all the way up to the tip top, I opted to take the ski lift, which a few dozen other people did to, that was concerning a bit. Maybe less for people using it when the ground is covered in snow, but when the ground is rocky and jagged and fifty feet or more down, it wasn’t as pleasant. I walked back down, on the way I did find the rock wall face intriguing. Mostly the way the melting snow and ice created trickles of water down the sides, but that unfortunately didn’t show up well in the pictures. Still, here’s a picture of the ski lift and the rock face along the path on the way down (or up) the peak trail.

Shot on iPhone XS. Shot on Moment.

Vancouver from the Peak

Well, as mentioned yesterday, my shots of Vancouver from the peak of Grouse Mountain didn’t come out great. May have been greater if I had a better zooming lens, but alas, even my Moment Telephoto Lens couldn’t get quite close enough. The hazy afternoon sky didn’t help of course as I was photographing through clouds. However, here are those shots, plus a lonely wind turbine at the peak of the mountain.

Shot on iPhone XS. Shot on Moment Telephoto Lens.

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Grouse Statues Part II

Hand carved, wooden statues at Grouse Mountain Peak outside Vancouver Canada. After a fairly short cable-car ride to the peak I spent a few hours looking around. The statues are right at the “entrance” where the cable-car goes. During the snowy seasons the place is much busier, but there was plenty to see for a half-day activity after the Capilano Suspension Bridge that morning. On the lower portion of the peak I wanted to see the bear exhibit, but the bears weren’t cooperating that day, I wasn’t the only one that was a bit disappointed. There was plenty to see still though. I did take the ski lift up to the peak of the peak, where there was a fairly great view of the city from there, but… it was lightly foggy and at that height I was above the cloud level, so I didn’t get a great picture. I may stick one in tomorrow’s post though. Most single interesting bit of the trip was the Lumberjack Show at the end of the day, well, the end of my time up there on the mountain. More on that tomorrow too.

Grouse Mountain Statues. Shot on iPhone XS. Shot on Moment.

Capilano Falls

The water fall, or rather the pool at the base, near the Capilano Suspension Bridge. If the waterfall has a name, I assume it does, I couldn’t find it anywhere online and didn’t note it when I was there. If anyone knows, feel free to inform me.

Also, some water trickling down rocks below the Treetop Adventures section of the park.

Shot on iPhone XS. Shot on Moment Telephoto Lens.

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Capilano Suspension Bridge II

The Capilano Suspension Bridge. 140 meters long, much more stable than it may appear. The steepest parts at the ends have stairs and the ends immediately past the stairs are the most wobbly. I can say, as someone who’s historically been not so great with high places, the bridge was remarkably stable and didn’t bother me as much as I thought it might. As a side note though, people are polite, but there were more than a few who seemed bothered by my stopping to take pictures in the middle of the bridge (others stopped too, but technically you’re told not to).

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