I have accepted that if I want to explore Vancouver BC and area, then I would need to venture out in the rain. Simply, I arrived in this beautiful city at the wrong time of the year. Today, however, I overcame the fear that the rain may dampen my day and make for an unpleasant experience. I had an amazing time and I am pretty sure I smiled for two hours straight, even in the rain.
I started my hike at the main parking lot of Cleveland Dam and then wandered through the Coho Loop followed by venturing down the Giant Fir path, all within the Capilano Canyon area. Along the short hike I was amazed by the mini waterfalls, the Cleveland Dam, the larger falls, and the greenery. Really, no words can express the joy of walking along the paths, soaking up the rain, stopping to capture the scenery, and letting my brain wander without disruption.
I wish I remembered some of the thoughts I had during the hike to share with you, yet my mind is blank. The only thought I remember is when I walked towards the second viewpoint for the Cleveland Dam and out of no where, out loud and on my own, I said “Wow, this is effin’ amazing” followed by a little hop, skip, and jump to the edge of the path in order to take in the scenery. As I left the viewpoint all I thought about was, “yes, this is the best!”. My step was a little faster and my feet seemed to lead me onto the Giant Fir trail without me even realizing I was detouring from the trail that would take me back to my vehicle. I followed my feet without question or thought for that matter.
In summary, if you are willing to go out in the rain, I highly suggest this short yet gorgeous hike. Covered by trees you are somewhat protected from the rain. And, being a little wet means you will feel a little less timid about getting closer to the dam and fall mist. But seriously, get out and do something. Do not let the weather cramp your style.