17 Mar 2009

Just Married: Honeymoon Pt. 3

Submitted by Paul Brown

To record some of our memories from our honeymoon last week and to let some of our friends and family share in the experience, Holly and I wrote up some of what we did and saw. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, follow the links to go back and catch up. All our photos from the honeymoon that were fit to publish are now posted, and photos from the wedding itself are quickly hitting the gallery.

Paul: On Wednesday, we started the day with a walk over to the west side of Stanley Park along the sea wall. At first the idea was to just find a nice place to sit and watch people, but I wanted to see the big 100' diameter tree that I had heard was in the park somewhere. There was a location called "Hollow Tree" on the map, so we thought maybe that was it and headed up that direction. After a somewhat lengthy walk to arrive there, we found it to be less than we expected.

Holly: BIG Disappointment Number One: Hollow Tree!

Paul: Apparently it was a big tourist attraction seventy years ago, but dead trees just don't last like they used to.

We hoped to catch a free bus back to the park entrance, but we never saw one as we walked all the way back down. Poor Holly's feet were killing her from so much walking the previous days, but as it would turn out, Wednesday would be our biggest walking day yet. Once we got out of the park, we ate some lunch and then caught a bus toward the Space Center and Planetarium.

Holly: BIG Disappointment Number Two: Planetarium!

Paul: The space center started off well with a cool physics demonstration in the Rocket Lab. There was a blowtorch and an explosion and an air gun that launched balls to demonstrate Newton's three laws. Unfortunately, this was the only science involved in any of the space center and plantetarium. The planetarium didn't really show us any stars, just a lame movie about a myth that one of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest had about some lady being taken up into the sky to be the wife of the Sun God, Gong. The main idea of the movie seemed to be that cities were blocking the view of the night sky and thus making it difficult to recognize Mother Earth and Father Sky. Something like that.

Holly: After the stupid film, we made our way through the museum, which aside from a really cool Apollo-era space suit, consisted of kids games and aliens, mostly on computer displays with joysticks. And then the Mars Mission Simulator.... It was better than the planetarium but still totally unrealistic.

Paul: It was one of those little theaters like they have in malls where it shakes you around as the story goes so you feel like you're really there.

Holly: We flew in a spacecraft to the corona of the sun to charge some ball-looking-thing with gamma rays so we could then fly it to Mars City to start the new-fangled nuclear generator and save the city. All in ten minutes.

Paul: If escape velocity from the earth's gravitational field is 11,200 m/s, I wonder what the escape velocity is from the sun when you are in the corona? I don't think they mentioned that in the Rocket Lab. It must be pretty fast, because we got from the Sun to Mars in about ten or fifteen seconds.

From there, we walked down to Granville Island.

Holly: On the way, we passed by dealerships for Lamborghini, Aston-Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, Lexus, so we know where you should buy your cars.

Paul: Granville Island was very nice for the postmodern consumer. Everything there was free-trade, organic, local suppliers, etc.

Holly: I had the best hot chocolate I have ever had in my life at Pedro's Organic Coffee Bar. No joke! It was seriously the best.

Paul: There was a pretty good-sized market with fresh produce and meat for all types of ethnic foods. We also saw a nice rainbow ferry taking people from one side of the water to the other, from one rainbow dock to another. A number of art shops and live entertainment venues rounded out the scene.

As it was starting to get dark and "under the bridge" didn't seem like the best place to be alone after dark, we made our way toward Pacific Theatre, where we had tickets to see Holy Mo that evening. We walked several blocks up the street, stopping for a wrap and smoothie for a light dinner.

Holly: Walking into the Pacific Theatre, we were offered free coffee to complete a survey. We weren¦t much help in the survey since we hadn't been there before. The venue wasn't quite what we expected; it was in the basement of an Anglican church, and when we went in to take our seats, we saw that it was much, much smaller than we had anticipated. The stage was simply the middle part of the room, an area roughly 15' by 20' set off with props. I was skeptical as the play started, but it turned out to be the funniest play I think I've ever seen. I laughed so hard I cried, which doesn't happen very often for me.

Paul: The play was in two acts. The first act retells the story of Moses and the Exodus of Israel from Egypt. The second act tells some of the story of David. The twist is that the story is told by a trio of clowns. With no real set or costumes or even much dialog, the acting of the three actresses really carries the show. It was very engaging and brought the story to life. All the names were shortened to child-like (or clown-like) form. Moses=Mo, Pharaoh=Rambo, Yahweh=Yam/Yama, David=Davie, Philistines=Queen Phylis and the Stiners.

Holly: Redeeming Point Number One: Holy Mo!

Paul: By the end of the show, we were both quite tired, but we caught our buses back to the hotel and hit the sack. According to our best estimates from routes in Google Maps, we walked about 9 or 10 miles that day. Whew!

To be continued....


We spent some time with your great pics, thanks for sharing them with us in England! All the best enjoying your new digs. Hey if you haven't heard we are going back to Omaha in July. We look forward to when our paths cross.
(One of my favorite pics you shared was the "hollow tree" in that park) It just oozed and dripped with "the big letdown" when I read your commentary. Oh well spending time with Holly will more than makes up for those moments.