Clothing optional Wreck Beach.
Sometimes close to 1,000 people are there, but comfortably spread out. Food venders are available. Canada is less up tight, for the most part, than USA. Clothing optional beaches can be seen as legitimate recreational resources. This one is located on University of British Columbia's campus; just down over the bluff. Beach maintenance is a co-operative effort from the city, university and a non profit organization. Both gay and non gay people enjoy the beach.
On other years, I haven't biked to Wreck Beach fearing the possibility of my bike being stolen. Bikes parked at UBC Campus at the top of the Wreck Beach trail could be vulnerable. There are plenty of buses from downtown out to UBC also. Often, if I bike to Vancouver, I leave my bike safely in the hotel and then take the bus to places like the beach.
On this trip (what ever year it was) my hotel room was right around the corner from Davie Street, heart for much of Vancouver's gay night life. Walking along Davie one experiences a city that is not only alive, but quite healthy, after dark. Many communities are dead, except inside bars, but Davie St. offered lots of good food, bookstores and popular nearby beaches that were still being used at midnight.
Next morning I bicycled back to Bellingham using only one bus segment; the #321 from Surrey to White Rock. It is one of many bike rack equipped buses.
Rolling back into Bellingham, was a good time to relax in the sauna of my local gym. Timing was right. This friendly and handsome cyclist, I have visited with around town, was there.
An intelligent conversation, even with a non gay man, is nice, especially in the nude. Finding out a little more about someone, who is already slightly familiar, can be one of the best "on the beach" type experiences there is.
One person said, "at least our jaws got exercise from the conversation." It started raining again, so as the group parted, I thought I would spend the rest of the day at my computer.
Someone had invited me to a birthday party up in Burnaby, B.C. and I thought it would be a fun bicycle ride. The ride would take about 6 hours; approximately 50 miles by bike. I could return next day since they offered to put me up for the night.
Bike Shop BoysAs I turned on my computer, I noticed the rain had stopped. Pavement was even dry. That's a good day, by Bellingham standards. I decided to ride toward the north anyway. If it started raining again, one could always turn around and come back. Even if I didn't get to Burnaby, and the party, it would be a nice ride with flowering cherry in bloom.
When I got to the US Canadian border, it was still dry. I decided to go across. A map of Vancouver metro area led the way.
Part way into Canada, a large bike shop was on the left. "Did they have any bike maps of the area?"
They didn't, so it wasn't really worth crossing the busy street to go in, except for one thing. A real cute, I mean really cute, cyclist was in there all dressed up in tight fitting lycra. Just watching him pull up his shirt to wipe off his glasses made it worth going into the store.
Soon after that, I was at the house where the party was
to begin. Three people were celebrating birthdays; one of them
being my friend Rick. There were also lots of grad students from
Simon Fraser University. We danced in the living room.
At one point, I watched the floor flexing and
had visions of dancers landing in the furnace room. It was a nice
way to flush out those winter doldrums.
The event was Vancouver's 2003 Gay Pride Parade.
It is a progressive city so "gay" is just another "feather in the cap"
of civic pride. Fire trucks and police squadrens hold signs that
say, "serving with pride."
Dancing is a good way to stretch and cool down during
long bike tours. BC bars are now smoke free for a healthier experience.
Feel the energy.