Whistler, BC, Canada
24.09.2011 - 24.09.2011 20 °C
Woke this morning to find the sun shining outside – the things we do for this country seeing we are from the Sunshine State. Our buffet breakfast was very nice and we sat looking out the window at all the tows that go up to Blackcomb Mountain.
We decided to get on the sight-seeing trail as soon as possible as rain is predicted for tomorrow (Sunday). We bought one ticket for the Peak-2-Peak gondola ride from the hotel and had to line up with the bikers and tourists at the booth for the other. You see, the slopes are now used for downhill mountain biking and there are men and women of all ages with their bikes heading for the mountain.
The gondola to the first mountain, Whistler, is in two stages so you have to make sure you stay on. Once we reached the top the view was magnificent - 360° view over the entire valley. I thought that that was it until Ross pointed out that the Peak-2-Peak bit was another larger gondola ride across a very deep ravine to Blackcomb. What a sight – and what a feat of engineering again. The wind was blowing quite strongly around the middle of the ride and I was not looking forward to the return trip.
Once on land again we took to a walking trail that led us to Fitzsimmons Lookout. While we were climbing through the rocks another tourist indicated that he was watching an animal below us. It came out and we were lucky enough to see a marmot. It was beautiful. It is so annoying that other tourists do not stay quiet and yell out which of course scares the wildlife away. I did not get a photo which was disappointing but the memory is there. We finished that trail and started a walk that took us up to the reservoir of water that is used to make snow. It was quite windy but very lovely in the sun. Once we went back down we had to face the trip back over the ravine. All was well and we made it back safely. The view over the ravine is amazing but it is so high up. I did take a look down.
Back in the village we took a bit of time to look at the shops and also to share a toasted Panini. We had been told where the Olympic rings and flame were so we took some pictures there. The concierge had also told us about a 5 km trail to Lost Lake so we headed off on that walk. We actually saw a blue tailed bird and we had to be careful not to stand on the tiny “toads” that were migrating to the creek. It was a pleasant walk through the rain forest. While we were in this area we checked out the pro shop but once again we did not find what Ross was after.
We’re going to have a quiet night in downtown Whistler – dinner then watching TV.