Our trip from Portland, Oregon to the Larribee State Park involved circumventing the most direct route because of weight restrictions on Chuckanut just south of Washington’s oldest state park. After setting up camp, we explored a trail leading to Clayton Beach. Later we hiked the Fern Trail to the boat launch which is accessed by car on Cove Road.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Capilano Suspension Bridge

On our first full day, we drove to Canada to visit Vancouver’s most popular tourist attraction, the Capilano Suspension Bridge. One musical group performed near food tables while two individual artists played at venues just outside and inside the park. The entrance area displays a variety to totem poles. We started our visit on the entrance side by taking Cliffwalk, suspended walkways along sheer granite cliff faces with canyon views. Informational signs emphasized the importance of water. One interesting display atop the cliff showed the power of water erosion after 15, 25 and 50 years of flow. We heard more foreign languages on this day than we did during our two-week river cruise in Europe. The main attraction, of course, is the Suspension Bridge that dates to 1889. It is 450 feet long and 230 feet high. We didn’t wait too long in line to cross. It is a challenge to adjust to the sway as well as the distance when looking down. There are more trails on the far side of the bridge. On Raptor’s Ridge, we passed a Great Horned Owl and a Harris Hawk. Trout could be seen swimming in a pond, too. The Treetops Adventure is a unique attraction that connects trees with seven suspension bridges rather than zip lines. Three varieties of trees — Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, and Hemlock – dominate the foliage. I liked the following quote from Hermann Hesse: “Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.” Listen to the trees!