Iâ€™m currently on vacation in Europe and this month also marks my seventh year in Vancouver. To celebrate, Iâ€™m highlighting a few things Iâ€™d miss about Vancouver if I moved away:
I didn’t do the Grouse Grind this summer, I meant to but laziness got the best of me.
Iâ€™ve blogged about Grouse Grind several times before; itâ€™s not surprising that itâ€™s on my list of fifteen things Iâ€™d miss if I moved away.
The Grouse Grind has been referred to as ‘Mother Nature’s Stairmaster’, because it’s a hard relentless ascent! I like to call it the place where-you-take-visitors-you-hope-will-never-visit-again.
Everyone’s first experience with the Grind is different; Iâ€™ve retold my first, almost disastrous experience before.
The Grind is an exceptionally steep and rugged two mile hiking trail. Itâ€™s usually closed through the winter months.
Men and women of the lower mainland have for years used it to test, prove and solidify their athletic prowess.
I love the Grouse Grind, I always start my summer intent on hiking it several times but that usually never pans out. Itâ€™s a great all around work out, it doesnâ€™t take that much time to complete even though itâ€™s hard.
Thereâ€™s a great feeling of accomplishment when you manage to finish it â€“ you hardly ever get that elsewhere.
I used it as an endurance training for my first half marathon and it helped quite tremendously.
As if finishing a difficult hike isnâ€™t reward enough, the amazing views from the top of the mountain is like an extra bonus reward!
Once on top of Grouse Mountain, there are lots to see and do, and a nice ride back down on the gondola.
The trail ends at the rocks, itâ€™s always a welcome sight.
This is me from Sept 2004 after Iâ€™d finished the gruelling hike.
A section of the trail.
View of down the mountain from the gondola
Viewing area at the lodge
Folks milling in.