We took the ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, and then over to Vancouver. It was nice to take the ferry and be able to walk around, and my dad wasn’t stuck driving. We had to fly through Victoria to get to the next ferry on time, so it was literally just a blur. We got into Vancouver at night, and the next morning we went out for a few hours.
My dad and brother dropped me off at the University of British Colombia Museum of Anthropology. It was really amazing. They had an exhibit of artwork by Doug Cramner, an exhibit of Buddhist art, a huge exhibit of Native American Artwork, and a whole collection of artifacts from countries all over the world that I found amazingly interesting.
I really enjoyed the Camner exhibit because not only did it have his artwork, but it had quotes of his, some of his favorite jazz music, clips of him talking, and photos from his life. Cramner didn’t take himself too seriously… Even though he was a fantastic artist he referred to himself as a “doodler and whittler”. Then there was a little sculpture that was a Native American Water Monster, and it was just a painted stick, and it said someone said it didn’t look like a water monster, but Cramner’s response was, “When was the last time you saw a water monster?”. I love when people have a great sense of wit, are insanely talented, but don’t put themselves on a pedestal.
The exhibit on Buddhist art was really great, as well. Being a Religious Studies minor, I love to learn about religion, and having taken 4 classes dealing with Buddhism, I really enjoyed learning a few new things about Buddhism. They had a short little video about how art relates to Buddhism, and how it has evolved, and I thought it did a really great job at explaining. Plus, I got to see some things that I had read about, but not seen in person, like Jatakas.
I spent two hours there, and could have spent another hour there easily, but my dad and brother were picking me up. This was a highlight of my trip, and I would highly recommend it to anyone in the area! Totally worth a stop!
We went to Stanley Park and walked down under the Lion’s Gate Bridge. It is a big, beautiful green suspension bridge! It was crazy big.
I know there is so much more to see and do in Vancouver, but it is also an insanely expensive city, and with three of us most activities would have been at least 100 dollars. So, we got back on the road, and made our way towards Banff National Park.
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