Fresh off the Pacific Crest Trail, we didn’t fit into a big city like Vancouver, but there we were. The first few days were shocking. Traffic flew by uncomfortably fast, our physical surroundings were unnaturally filled with stern right angles, and there was constant noise. People crowded the sidewalks, but didn’t acknowledge one another. Even music, though enjoyable, sounded foreign. We were happy to rest our feet, but mentally it was rough to switch from 5 1/2 months in the backcountry to city life.
Luckily, Vancouver has some world-class city parks. We found that the calm and relative solitude of Kitsilano Beach and Stanley Park eased our transition.
After a few days in Vancouver, we hopped on the bus and crossed back into the United States. We plan to spend the next few months visiting friends and family while working on the PCT landscape photo book, and this bus ride began that phase. In Seattle and Portland we caught up with friends, some we hadn’t seen for many years. We also began reviewing Shutterbug’s photos, and browsing art books to determine our layout and font preferences.
Our minds are slowly adapting to this new lifestyle, but we still miss the wilderness. Working on the photo book conveniently allows us to relive part of the hike each day. Plus, the book is an exciting new challenge to tackle, and we love challenges!