Happy Mother’s Day!

Yesterday, I went for a walk in Gates Park, Port Coquitlam and enjoyed the weather and the great friends I have in the Surrey Trekkers Volkssport Walking Club.  But I was tired and figured that I’d pass on the Sunday walk in Stanley Park.

But Holly woke me up at 2:30 AM this morning to let her go outside, and it dawned on me that it was Mother’s Day.  A sharp pain pierced my heart at the thought of my dear Ma, who passed several years ago.  The more I thought about it, the more I missed my Ma, and I couldn’t bear the thought of being alone and without her again today!  Mother’s Day isn’t just for moms still alive – because as long as any of their children are still alive, their moms live on in their hearts.

So I stayed up, watched the Blue Jays game that I had taped from the day before and had several cups of coffee.   I decided that I was going to go to the Surrey Trekkers’ and Vancouver Venturers’ walking clubs scheduled 10 KM walk in Stanley Park, after all!

Besides,  I never get tired of walking around the seawall and today’s forecast was calling for a beautiful, sunny and warm day!

I wondered who’d be there to walk with – it’s the great thing about a walking club – you get to meet, walk and talk with a great variety of personalities and each of us share at least one passion – walking!

I drove into the city and arrived at the Runners Room on Denman Street at 9:20 AM.  The walk begins at 10:00 AM, but registration is open at 9:30 AM.  I stood outside the store and watched as friendly faces started appearing.

First, there was Nancy and Doug, and then Cheryl and Dick, Rob, and Patricia, who was one of the organizers of the walk.   But then I saw my friend Connie, with whom I’ve walked the park last Fall, with my buddy, Reg Dutton.  Connie is a few years older (heck I hate mentioning a woman’s age) and I remember her telling me that she had a son, but I didn’t know if she’d be seeing him, because he and his family live in Edmonton.

Brilliant! I thought.  I’ll be her walking partner today, and I’ll try to make her Mother’s Day enjoyable.  

But as I hugged her, she introduced me to her son Ralph, who had flown in for the weekend to be with his Mom on Mother’s Day!  Connie introduced him to me, and the rest of the gang and everyone was happy that he’d be walking with us.

Within a few minutes, we were all walking around the seawall.  Connie and I were lagging and having a great conversation.  Ralph was quite a ways ahead of us when Connie called him by phone and asked him to wait for us at the water park because she wanted to show me the trails inside the park.

Stanley Park, in downtown Vancouver, is world-famous and popular among the residents and tourists, alike.  It has a seawall that stretches 10 KM around the park.  Every turn along the seawall is another breath-taking view!  However, after joining the walking clubs, I’ve learned about the lake within the park, as well as some other places of interest.  So I was excited to be finally getting a chance to explore a new world!

Here are some pictures and video clips from our walk in the park.

Connie and Danny on Seawall

And then we met up with Ralph and started walking through the interior of the park.

Here is a clip from a war memorial for fallen soldiers.

War Memorial for fallen Canadian Soldiers

We walked by Beaver Lake, through the rose garden with over 3, 500 rose bushes, gardens and then Connie took Ralph and me to a spot that’s hidden and unmarked.  Someone, many, many years ago, carved these faces in a tree stump.  It’s not visible from any of the paths during the periods where’s there’s lots of foliage on the bushes and trees.

 

I can imagine a few of my old hippy friends from the 60’s, walking through these woods back then – high on some psychedelic magic and then coming across this figure!  It would be like something from one of Hunter S. Thompson’s Rolling Stone articles, that he wrote in the seventies and eighties!   (He’s still one of my favorite writers).

Our walk covered the seawall for the remainder of the trail, and the first thing we passed was the wading pool.  Here is a short clip:

Wading pool and English Bay

A little further along the waterfront and we came across a talented artist who was showing her paintings.  Here is a link:

Artist’s painting gallery in the park

We finished our walk in two hours and said our goodbyes at the foot of Denman Street.   Ralph and I shook hands, and I thanked him for sharing his Mother’s Day with me.  I reached out to hug Connie, but she kissed me on the cheek, and for that brief moment it felt as though I’d know her for years.  I quickly turned and headed down Denman Street; I didn’t want Ralph and Connie to see the tears rolling down my cheeks.  But they were tears of happiness!

Here are a few of the last pictures I took. 

The following two pictures are where the over-sized traffic island used to be – and what a crowd pleaser!

And here’s the last video clip from our walk:

One last view of English Bay

I’ll close by saying that this was the best Mother’s Day I’ve spent since my precious Ma passed.  I’m so thrilled that Connie and Ralph shared their special day with me!   Today’s walk was my favorite one to date – and I’ve been on some beauts! 

Mother’s Day is best when celebrated with love and chocolates!  And if you join a walking club, you’ll never be alone on special occasions, again!

Dedicated to Connie and Ralph; my best friends forever!

Hugs,

Danny

Today’s Tune (from Danny’s library of purchased music):  

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11 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day!

  1. Danny you are amazing. We are so happy you found our club and your positive attitude is infectious. Nancy & I look forward to enjoying your company for many more years.

  2. I enjoy your stories Danny, we should have walked Stanley Park today, decided not to go and I was sorry afterwards. Have never seen those carvings, will find out where they are.

    1. Thanks for sharing your feelings so eloquently Danny. Connie is a beautiful person and I’m sure you added to her enjoyment on Mother’s Day as she did to yours.

    2. Thanks, Sue! I will probably have trouble finding it but it’s close to the ped walkway over the Stanley Park causeway. The next time I go there, I’m going to put a marker nearby, for future reference. I’ll also be writing a story about the carving on my blog, so stay tuned…

  3. Pre-walking Cambell Valley, I missed a good walk in Stanley Park but there will be a next time.
    Nice story and little videos Danny. Keep them coming with that smile on your face.

  4. What a wonderful story! Yes Mother’sDay isn’t just for our mom’s when they are alive for indeed they do live in our hearts forever! The walk looked amazing and I’ll have to try to find those carved heads! Very cool!

    1. Thank you, Sharon. It was really weird finding the carvings in such mystical surroundings… Let me know if you want help finding them – I never turn down an opportunity of walking in Stanley Park!

  5. Danny,
    Ralph and I thank you for joining us in our Mothers day walk. It made it all the better for us. I enjoy “showing off” Stanley Park to friends and family. To me it is one of the most beautiful places I know. Hope we can do it again one day.
    Connie

    1. Connie,
      I’m so happy to hear from you! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for sharing the day with me. Ralph is such a nice son, and I know he loves you as much as I loved my dear Ma. Yes, Stanley Park is a treasure – but so are you, dear Connie. And I’m so blessed to have you as a gal pal.
      Hugs & Luv,
      Danny

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