Underground to get on the train...
This is the first thing we see when we pop back out in the sunshine about 15 minutes later. We have crossed the whole city and this is the Fraser River at work.
We get off the train in Richmond and walk through a well-decorated mall to get to the O Zone.
Now we're joined by the grandkids - and mom, Maria. We have our first priority: the ferris wheel.
I've promised Becky we'll have a ride. And here we are! She's there just peeking around my legs. It looks close but that's the magic of the zoom lens at work.
We went for another ride since that was so much fun. And I had the camera to get a birds-eye view of the cranberries. The local growers' association have created the Olympic rings and a torch in a maple leaf design over a huge space using over 13 million cranberries.
I could also look back over to the mountains in the north - where we'd started this morning.
We wanted to see the Ice Gate which was created especially for this event. You can see more - and better - photos here. It's covered in glass to keep it safe and frozen. Even so, you can see it has melted and refrozen at some time.
Around a corner, we found a gorgeous display of the symbols of the Chinese zodiac. These have been created from fabric and light up at night. We have a large population here who have Chinese ancestry and many live in Richmond. This is the Year of the Tiger...you can see the Horse, too. They are all playing an Olympic sport - the Tiger is curling.
Since most the events and displays don't open until 3pm, we had fun just looking around. We found a warehouse full of bicycles. These are available for anyone who wants to tour Richmond by bike: helmets are included. This is a partnership with the Netherlands and these bicycles are like the ones you find there. Richmond is very flat so this would be an ideal way of touring around. There's lots to see.
We managed to get on the train to go back home before the huge crowds materialized on their way to hockey games and figure skating events. But when we got downtown to get on the Sea Bus to go home, we had to turn around and grab a bus. This was a good decision and we were happy that we had options. There were so many people all trying to go in so many directions at the same time.
This was our last photo for the day and is a shot out the back window of the train as we enter the long tunnel home. We plan one more day but it will have to wait until next week.