Adventures in North Vancouver

Hey there, Delilah!

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I was so happy to have Clawdeen visit me in North Vancouver, B.C., which is across the water from Vancouver, just like Brooklyn is across from Manhattan. We have bridges and ferries to go back and forth, just like you do, but our buildings aren’t as tall.

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On the first day that Clawdeen was here, Barbie and her friends invited Claween to a party to welcome her. The weather was good, so Clawdeen enjoyed soaking up the sun with the girls. Clawdeen has made a few new friends here.

The weather was chilly, so Barbie lent Clawdeen some warm clothes so that she wouldn’t get cold. Clawdeen really liked a white fur cape and a pink long coat.

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On our way to see the sights, we went through a car wash. Clawdeen lay on the dashboard and looked up through the window when the soap squirted onto the car. She thought this was really fun… like being under the water or in outer space.

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Clawdeen wanted to see the forest so we drove to the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge. At the Suspension Bridge, Clawdeen bravely crossed the bridge, and then posed for this photo.

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Clawdeen also asked me to take a photo of her perched on a log by the edge of the Seymour Demonstration Forest.

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Clawdeen was tired after all the walking and hiking, so we stopped at the End of The Line store where she posed for photos while trying out a wooden tractor.

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She made a new friend here, Bob the Bear, and the two of them had a good chat about interesting things to see in Vancouver. We then headed home for an early night and to rest up for the next day’s adventure.

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The next day, Clawdeen reminded us that Bob the Bear had said she should really see what the city looked like from way up. So we drove up Cypress Bowl Mountain to the lookout, and Clawdeen posed for a photo. Clawdeen wondered if it was possible to see Brooklyn from this high up, but I told her we were just too far away. She blew a kiss to you and Jackson anyway. The bridge you can see is the Lion’s Gate Bridge, which goes from North Vancouver to Vancouver. The forest is Stanley Park. I told Clawdeen that we had an aquarium and totem poles in Stanley Park, and Clawdeen thought that it would be fun to go there next.

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First we went to the aquarium where Clawdeen found Nemo, and his whole family.

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She was fascinated by the Beluga Whales, Aurora and Qila (pronounced “KEE-la”), and really wanted her photo taken with them. The whales weren’t very co-operative but we did manage to get one that had both whales in it, even though it’s a little blurry. Clawdeen was very happy to hear that the aquarium does not capture any whales in the wild, but will only look after whales from other places. Aurora is Qila’s mummy, and Qila’s daddy, Nanuq, lives in San Diego.

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The South African Penguins were very exciting for Clawdeen, and she had a great time waving at them and watching them wave back. She thought they looked like little soldiers. We watched the penguins being fed, and Clawdeen thought this was great fun. Did you know that penguins will eat a whole fish at a time? Clawdeen also learned that not all penguins live in the ice and snow.

The aquarium had sharks too, but Clawdeen decided that she didn’t want to see them. We did see lots of jellyfish, a sea otter, seals, and all kinds of colorful fish. Clawdeen and I were so excited about them that we forgot to take photos!

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On the way out of the aquarium, Clawdeen posed on the back of a stuffed beluga whale and pretended she was riding it.

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We then went to look at the totem poles in the park. Many of them have been there for almost 100 years, and Clawdeen was very interested in what all the characters were.

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She wanted to climb up one of the totem poles and pose for a picture. The totem pole was very big and very high but Clawdeen managed to get part way up for this photo.

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All the climbing and walking had tired us out, so we stopped for a treat. Clawdeen couldn’t make up her mind at first, since there were so many treats to choose from. She decided to have some bubblegum from the gumball machine.

Then Clawdeen left for her next destination. I will miss her, but I know that she is looking forward to seeing you and Jackson again soon, Delilah.

By Katherine Fraser

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