|Hi everyone! My name is Simone and I’m stoked to announce that I’ll be taking over the UNPLUGGED column here at Vancouver Is Awesome.I was fortunate enough to grow up in Vancouver and, like most kids in the pre-home computer era, I spent nearly all my free time outside. I didn’t have any friends in the neighbourhood so I explored on my own–spending hours documenting what I saw in tidepools and carving cedar branches into magic wands with a paring knife (sorry mom). Since then, things haven’t changed much.We live in a reality where information and entertainment is constantly being pinged into our pockets. It’s time to get outside, get away and get used to using our senses again. Stop. Put the phone down. Just hang out for a second. Don’t feel bad if you’re bored the first few times, you’ll get there. So without further ado, let’s unplug.|
I live on the North Shore, which is home to hundreds of hidden parks and ravines. Some of these untapped oases don’t even show up on Google Maps, so the only way to find them is either through word of mouth or completely by accident. One such place is a little ravine at the end of Rosebery Avenue in West Vancouver. I have never seen anyone else in there so it makes for a great place to sit and read or just think. In high school I used to come down here to throw rocks into the creek and rage against the brutal injustice of being 14.
If you look on a map of the area, you’ll see a green rectangle labeled “Brissenden Park”. Don’t go there. You will bleed if you try and enter Brissenden Park; it has apparently been set aside as a thorn bush sanctuary. Keep on down Rosebery and you’ll hit a “dead end” sign. Disobey the sign and walk past it into the trees.
Aside from the small creek–which actually originates from a tiny lake on the slopes of Cypress Mountain–the ravine is home to some classic Westcoast species like sword ferns, salmonberry bushes, and western red cedars.