I am constantly being blown away by the beautiful places in my own backyard. Just an hour or so into the woods in West Vancouver is Whyte Lake - inviting green water nestled in between giant Cedar and Douglas fir trees. The water was deliciously warm after being heated by the sun all morning, calling for us to go for a swim (and also very important - it seemed leech free). It was quite a popular spot and we hadn't anything to swim in, so I will go back another day for a dip. And probably many more days after that.
During our hike I learnt a few interesting tidbits of information from my companions. Did you know that the Guinness family (of Ireland) built the Lion's Gate bridge? Our city would cease to function without this bridge - it is a very big deal. They also own the plot of land our trail started in and are building a development in the area.
Another thing topic of conversation - A man in Florida went to retrieve his golf ball from a water hazard on the green and a croc grabbed his leg (it was going for the ball, but overshot a tad). His quick-thinking friend hit the croc with a golf club, only to be accosted for hitting the thing by an irate woman who had befriended the hungry crocodile. She had built their friendship on marshmallows.... which look suspiciously like golf balls.... So I also learnt on that hike that you probably shouldn't feed golf-course-resident crocodiles marshmallows.
Oddly enough with an entirely different group of people later that night marshmallow eating crocodiles came up in another conversation.... how bizarre.