so here we are in Vancouver- the northern part of Vancouver - and we are heading to an obscure little town (that the border guard when we crossed into Canada the first time seemed to think was unworthy of being a destination) called Lillooet (not far from Cache Creek where I have some fabulous photos from our last trip to the area in a post called)
however - this second morning of our trip finds us having a leisurely breakfast in Vancouver and then heading to a gem called the Capilano Suspension Bridge - here are some interesting facts about it from wikipedia
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River in the District of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The current bridge is 460 feet long and 230 feet above the river. It is part of a private facility, with an admission fee, and draws over 800,000 visitors a year.
The bridge was originally built in 1889 by George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and park commissioner for Vancouver. It was originally made of hemp ropes with a deck of cedar planks, and was replaced with a wire cable bridge in 1903. In 1910 Edward Mahon purchased the Capilano Suspension Bridge. "Mac" MacEachran purchased the Bridge from Mahon in 1935 and invited local natives to place their totem poles in the park, adding a native theme. In 1945, he sold the bridge to Henri Aubeneau. The bridge was completely rebuilt in 1956. The park was sold to Nancy Stibbard, the current owner, in 1983.
here are a few interesting tidbits- LOL - also from wikipedia
The bridge has been featured as a setting in episodes of several television series, including MacGyver, Sliders, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, and Psych.
In 1974, social psychologists Donald Dutton and Arthur Aron conducted a well-known experiment on the bridge. Men approached by a female researcher on the bridge were more likely to call her later than men approached on a more solid bridge across the river. Dutton and Aron argued that this supported the theory that the men were mis-attributing the arousal caused by fear to sexual attraction toward the woman. This research supported Stanley Schachter's two-factor theory of emotion.
- anyway - we arrived and got the map and saw an exhibit on the historical stuff-
we decided to do the Cliff Walk first and then go to the suspension bridge - the way to the cliff walk included the totems well known in the pacific northwest -
these are either cats on the shoes or sperm LOL-
awaiting your very own Kodak moment-
then on to the suspension bridge and the other side of the river -
this was not my first suspension bridge but it was by far the wobbliest one - because the bridge had the usual up and down oscillations but had some pretty severe side ot side ones as well which were more disconcerting for some reason-
but as you can see - we made it to the exit through the gift shop and "survived" the bridge...we headed north towards Whistler with a stop along the way in Squamish for a railroad museum and ride on a miniature train...
but you will have to return for those photos (priceless ones I am sure...LOL) because I have reached my daily limit of waking hours and sleep is calling.... stay tuned!
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