Our trip began Friday with an early-morning lift to the train station. We boarded the Amtrak Cascades and chugged along for about four hours until we reached Main Street Station in Vancouver. From there, a quick hop on the sky train put us at our hotel downtown -- it was the birthplace of Button (the Sutton Place Hotel bear), who had come back to Canada with us (strapped securely to the outside of Wyatt's backpack) to see where he had come from (we acquired him on our last stay in April 2013). We arrived by noon, had an early check in, and promptly decided to all take a quick nap . . . which meant we all woke up about three hours later. It was lovely.
A late-afternoon urban stroll led us to Gastown and one of Vancouver's top wood-fired pizza joints for salads and pizzas and very fancy beverages, including the Golden Goddess for Wyatt. Then back to the hotel for baseball watching and some more sleeping. We had an early morning and full day planned for Saturday.
A picnic under the blooming cherry trees in Stanley Park, time at the play ground, and then a bit of a hike around to the totem poles . . . and then back to Burrard street left us all tuckered out. It was during this part of the day that Wyatt repeatedly asked to "go get Dad's office car and drive back to the hotel please." Although he rode a fair bit on Byron's shoulders, Wyatt hiked a good number of miles that day. He was a trooper. Until we got in the cab to go to dinner east of downtown, that is. Within five minutes, he was fast asleep.
Sunday morning we went to Granville Island for breakfast and wandering and then took a water taxi to Science World for a few hours of exploring. We saw a very old t-rex, discovered that together the three of us weighed about the same as 7,000 hissing cockroaches (but less than one giant tortoise), and visited a display of what seemed like millions of Legos.
Afterward, we headed back out into the sunshine for some eating and hanging out in the part of town known as The Village (formerly the Olympic Village). Then we caught the train for Seattle and settled in for the return trip. Wyatt and Button slept all the way home.