Place 72 – Day 57: Vancouver, BC – Quarry Rock & Honey Doughnuts

Quarry Rock Hike

We were up at 08:00 and had bagels for breakfast.

We left the house around 10:15 and walked to the train station. We caught a train to the city to then catch a bus.

We got on the bus which took us all the way to Deep Cove, about 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

We got off the bus and just started walking. We walked for a bit and then noticed a sign saying we had gone the wrong way and had to turn back and walk all the way back to where we had come from! Luckily, other people had done the same so we weren’t all alone. We also got to see some really nice houses here, so not all was lost.

Once we returned to the right place, we began the walk up to Quarry Rock.

The trail up to the rock was 1.2km with the majority of it being on stairs but through some gorgeous woodland and higher up and up the mountain.

It took us about 30-45 minutes to get to the top, dodging people and crossing rivers (on bridges).

Once we got to the top, we had a stunning view! The weather wasn’t great, so there was no sun, but it was still nice to sit down and admire.

We walked back down the trail as we were very hungry and thirsty!

Lunch & Doughnuts

We were recommended a cafe called Cafe Orso so we went in, grabbed a table and each got a coffee.

Along with the coffee, we got half a tuna melt each with a tomato bisque, which was great!


Cafe Orso | Deep Cove, BC

Rating:- 8.5/10


We left after our lunch, incredibly full, and went for a bit of a walk and sit down by the beach.

We then went to Honey Doughnuts to see what all the fuss was about. This place was recommended to us by more than one person and the queue was out the door, so we had thought it would mean it was amazing!


Honey Doughnuts | Deep Cove, BC

Rating:- 7/10


We weren’t amazed by the doughnuts, they were just OK. Kim had a chocolate glazed and Curtis had a cinnamon sugar.

We left here and had a bit of a sit down whilst we ate.

We then left and caught the bus back, which took about 50 minutes.

We stopped off at the liquor store and bought some cans of Jameson, Giner & Lime to try.

Evening

We got a lot of admin done in the evening, as well as going for an evening walk.

We weren’t hungry after our lunch so Kim had a salad and Curtis had some toast.

We watched some TV and went to bed. We were exhausted!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 78 – Day 2: Hurricane,UT – Zion National Park Emerald Pool Trail

Alarm Fail

We had set an alarm, but incorrectly, so we didn’t wake up at the time we wanted.

We had breakfast and had a conversation with our host and then had showers getting ready to go out.

Finding Parking

We made our way to Zion National Park to go for a hike, but on the way the was a sign stating that the main carpark was full so we had to park in the town just before.

We were unsure where to park, so we stopped at the visitor centre and they said we can park there for $15.

We parked up and took the free shuttle to the park.

Emerald Pool Trail

We didn’t want to do a crazy hike today, and the weather wasn’t great either, so we found a short one called three Emerald Pool Trail.

We had to take the bus from the National Park entrance (where we had to pay $35 for entry in total, lasting us 7 days) up to stop 5 which was where our required trail was.

We began walking the trail and we noticed that the path wasn’t really wode enough for the amount of people, but we made it work.

We got up to the emerald pool section, which was a small waterfall and that was it. The higher section was closed, unfortunately.

We turned around and walked back to the area we got dropped off.

Horses

We saw a paddock full of horses, so we went to see them and say hello.

Walking Part Way Back

We didn’t want to take the bus back from this point as we wanted to explore more, so we asked the lodge nearby how we can walk to the next bus stop down the road and they told us.

We walked on a sand track which is used for the horse riding and this took us quite a bit of time but it was nice as there weren’t many people there, other than the horses we came across.

That being said, we did see some deer too!

We walked on and on and saw some tremendous mountains and rocks.

Arriving at the bridge we needed to cross, we has to get some photos as the were no people around.

We wanted to take the bus from this stop, but it was full on 2 attempts but on there 3rd the driver said she could fit 2 people on, so we squeezed in and rode the bus to the end of the park.

We decided against taking the bus from here to the car as it was set to be absolutely full again, so we walked for 30 minutes to get there instead.

Drive Back

We got the car and drove back home. On the way, the mountains looked crazy, with the contrast of the clouds, snow topped mountains and desert.

We got some more beautiful scenery and then arrived home.

We got home and relaxed for a while. Curtis watched hockey and Kim had a nap.

We went to the supermarket to get something for dinner and decided upon hot dogs with a side of caesar salad.

We are up early tomorrow to get parking at the park itself and to hike some more!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 74 – Day 6: San Francisco,CA – Ocean Beach, Sutro Baths & Trail Walk

Breakfast

We woke late today, which was excellent.

We waited to have breakfast until we got outside, mostly because we had no cereal left!

We went out with a plan to go to the beach but first had to get breakfast. The first couple of places we looked at were near us, but couldn’t find anything good, so we jumped on a tram and went out to the Beanery, where we got a coffee a few days ago.

We got a coffee from there but went for breakfast at a place called the crepevine.

Kim got a crepe and Curtis got eggs and bacon.


Crepevine | San Francisco,CA

Rating:- 8.5/10


Ocean Beach

We took a tram from here down to the beach, which is where we wanted to explore.

The weather was lovely, but it was a little chilly by the water, and the water itself was freezing!

Sutro Baths

We walked up from the beach to Sutro Baths.

These baths were previously used as public seawater pools, but now they are ruins, but they look really cool!

Trail Walk

From here, we walked along a trail for a very long time, but there were excellent views, including out to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Long Walk & Bus Home, Briefly

We decided to go home from here, but we had to walk to the other side of the Golden Gate Park to catch a bus, so we made the 40 minute walk the and got to the bus stop perfectly on time.

Once we got home, we got changed into jeans from shorts and went right back out for dinner.

Dinner

We took a bus to the shopping mall where we got dinner yesterday.

We weren’t too hungry yet, so we had a walk around the shops until we got hungry.

We went up a place called Blaze Pizza for dinner as we smelled it yesterday and it smelled incredible so went to check it out.

This place was basically Subway but for pizza. We got a BBQ chicken pizza and a ceasar salad to share…it was terrific! We also got a lemonade, which we refilled twice.


Blaze Pizza | San Francisco,CA

Rating:- 9/10


Packing

We took the bus home and had to pack for tomorrow.

We got all packed and then relaxed whilst watching more of the Madeleine McCann documentary.

Tomorrow

We fly at a fairly early time tomorrow and will need to leave the house around 06:00, so an early night tonight for us, hopefully.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale