This is the story of how I was supposed to go to the zoo with a group of friends, but we ended up in Canada.
Saturday morning, I awoke to rain followed by a flurry of texts saying we should ditch the zoo for a road trip. For those of you who know me, you know I really like having a plan for the day. I typically spend a week prepping for any trip by mapping out the destination, tracking down all of the hot spots for eating and shopping, and top it all off by creating the perfect playlist.When we (Adam,Morgan, Michael, Anna, and I) arrived at the park & ride asking each other "So how do we get to Canada?" I knew this trip was going to be an adventure.
A couple of hours later we were at the border, everyone was antsy and on the verge of reverting to the childhood "Are we almost there?". As we approached Canada we were scrambling to jot down the rest of the directions (from the iPhone). The only challenge with this, was the fact that all we knew about our destination was we were shooting for Granville. Whether Granville was a street, part of town, etc, we didn't have the slightest idea. After a few wrong turns and directions from a gas station clerk, Granville was spotted! We found inexpensive street parking only to realize we didn't have Canadian currency. Digging through pockets, purses, and seats we were able to scrounge up enough American change to pay. Whew! By this point coffee was definitely in order.
After coffee and dessert the crew decided to burn off some energy. Chasing pigeons was the obvious choice... I was a wee bit mortified.
Anna and Morgan graciously allowed me to snap a few shots..Ahh.. a little more my style... Birds I can do without...
Next, we wandered Gastown... taking in the "scene" and looking desperately for a cozy place to eat since we were hungry and it had started to drizzle.
After searching high and low for good eats we ducked into Steamworks Brewing Co.. At our table we were delighted to find the brewery "hit the spot". The downstairs was toasty and full of people enjoying life! We were seated right next to the open kitchen which kept us very entertained, at one point a cook even broke out singing. As if all of that were not enough there was even a "Hemingway Daiquiri" on the menu.
I will treasure the memories of this trip for some time to come!
When was the last time that you went on a spontaneous trip?
Ps- Thanks Morgan for snapping the action photo :)
Source: Oh Darling Let's Be Adventurers (unknown)