Hello, all. I realized that a recap of the final two days of the vacation was missing and I've been caught up with some things on my end (applications, movies/TV, books, videos, etc.), so they've been lacking. But I'm currently watching Bedlam and decided to pull out the laptop and do a bit of multi-tasking. Anyways ...
Day 9 was a rather rainy morning and a rainy day overall. We brought in breakfast (pastries and the like) and ate in the hotel while deciding how to spend the day. One of the things that my mom had wanted to check out was Gastown, the oldest neighborhood in Vancouver and a core downtown area. However, it was on the rainy side, so walking around wouldn't be the best option ... but we decided to gather our things and walk around Gastown. The rain had let up a bit, but there was still a light consistent drizzle. We walked up and down Water Street and window shopped/browsed some art galleries and jewelry stores. The brother wanted poutine from one of the restaurants we passed, but my parents thought that it was a farther walk, so we ended up going to a nice café (The Water Street Café) (and by nice, I mean most people were slightly dressed up while my brother and I were in T-shirts and jeans). The food was pretty good. After walking around in the drizzle for a few hours, we went back to the hotel and hung around until dinner from one of the nearby sushi restaurants that we had ate in two nights prior.
Day 10 was a partial day, as we were catching a mid-afternoon flight home. It was a lot of last-minute packing and checking out and gassing the car up before dropping it off at the airport and going through customs pre-clear. Funny story there, actually. We had to go through a second screening process because we had some apples (along with sandwiches and food gifts for family/work friends). Long story short, we couldn't take the apples with us. Never happened to us before. I tried meeting up with Austin between when her flight got in and when we had to board, but airport security wasn't too allowing. In the meantime, the brother and I got some poutine from the terminal's Burger King. It was alright, but don't go to fast food places for poutine. There are better places to get it from. Anyways, the flight home was pleasant. I managed to watch Safe House and Rushmore. (I was more excited for the latter because it was on my list for a while and I had tried to watch a copy that I got from the library, but either the VHS or DVD (I don't remember which) was scratched up or tracking or something along those lines.) We met the car service in the pick-up area outside the airline check-in desks, made our way home, and called it a night ... but I stayed up to finish The Wind Through The Keyhole.
And so ended the Canadian Rockies vacation.