If you would have told my mid-20’s self that, by the time I hit my mid-30’s, I would be a full-fledged early riser, I would have laughed in your face. But here I am, in my mid-30’s, and I’m (dare I say it?!) an early riser!! When the alarm goes off, between 5:30 and 6:00am (for 6 days of the week), I may not always want to get up, but I never regret it, once I’m up.
There are a few great reasons to start getting up early:
- It’s quiet! Especially on the weekend, the world doesn’t stir much before 8am; the roads are quiet (which is great, for those early-morning cycles), you get your choice of waterfront view, and a big bonus is there are no crowds!
- You can get stuff done! Our lives seem to becoming increasingly busy, but it’s amazing how productive you can be in those hours before 9:00am, especially on the weekend!
- You get to watch fantastic sunrises! Enough said.
The days are getting shorter and the sun is rising later, so we are taking advantage of these still-light mornings before the seasons change. During the summer, we try to eat breakfast down by the water, once a week. It’s a nice way to start the day! This past week, we walked down to Kits Beach and had our choice of bench, overlooking the water.
From there, we walked down past Granville Island, along the seawall, before heading up towards our respective workplaces.
Yesterday morning, we hopped on the bikes in an attempt to catch the sunrise. A great place to do this is on the Cambie Street Bridge.
We trundled down to the Olympic Village seawall and, again, we had our choice of bench!
We had almost an hour to enjoying our breakfast and morning coffee as the sun rose, before the rest of Olympic Village began to stir.
We never tire of mornings like this 🙂
We have been on vacation for the last two weeks, and by “we”, I mean Jonty, because I don’t officially head back to work until Monday. The weather has been hot and humid, so it’s a good thing we are early risers, as we’ve been able to enjoy the calm, cool early mornings for a bit of climbing and cycling.
On a handful of mornings we’ve cycled down to Olympic Village to have our breakfast by the water. If you live in Vancouver, you should really give this a try – any beach will do! The warm sun on your skin, the smell of the ocean, the quiet, calming views… it’s a great way to start your day, whether you’re on stay-cation or not!
The other day, we started our morning down along the water then made our way over to Granville Island to check out a marine-electronics store (we’re already putting together a to-do list for when Moby arrives!!). Sadly, they were closed for inventory that day, but we did a quick stroll through the island to see what was new. Weekday mornings don’t have the same claustrophobic feel as some of the weekend days can have, and it was nice to walk around without your personal-bubble feeling squeezed. The silo paintings have finally been finished!
After living in Vancouver for almost 12 years, we have finally crossed off a Vancouver Bucket-List item – we cycled down to Waterfront Station and took the SeaBus over to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. We’ve never been on any of the SeaBus routes before! We tried to act all nonchalant about it, but secretly, we were pretty excited (sad, but true).
We celebrated our monumental journey with a taster flight at the Green Leaf Brewing Company, which is located right on the Quay, a stones-throw from the SeaBus terminal.
The forecast is still looking hot for the weekend, so we will enjoy our last few stay-cation days with a few more rocks climbed, bicycle routes traveled, and craft-beer sampled.
Happy Weekend! 🙂