Before we left on our US Road Trip Adventure, Sascha and I had a lovely weekend in Whistler – thanks to the gift of a Bear Safari from the Vancouver Island folks (thanks guys).
We dropped Zoe at her best friend’s house for the weekend on our way out of town and then went to the Britannia Mine Museum which was really enjoy but can’t quite put my finger on why since it turns out mine trains are slow, and mines are wet, cold and extremely dark. I did keep expecting to see seven animatronic dwarves to appear singing a jolly little song!
We checked in the Westin and had massages, sauna, hot tub and a quick swim. When we got to our room we didn’t have to fight with anyone about who got which bed! It was a lovely, quiet weekend before the mayhem of the road trip commenced!
It was very strange to see Whistler full of bike racks instead of skis and snowboards and to watch all the bikes getting hauled up the mountains on ski lifts!
The safari itself was great – it was just the two of us, along with our guide, Jason. We headed into the Olympic park and quickly saw a black bear in front of us. After visiting the various Olympic venues we found a cinnamon black bear on the slopes beside the ski jumps. The views from everywhere we went were amazing and the weather was perfect.
I felt like I was in a vacation coma for the first week back. It had been years and years since I’d taken a vacation without doing any work and my brain had truly gone into shut down mode apparently!
Zoe was in a (learn-to-ride-a) bike camp last week and had a great camp. She’s almost there with riding. Unfortunately she’s between bike sizes – hers is now too small and Toby’s old one is just a bit too big.
Aly driving lessons have been going well. Sascha and I have been taking turns. We’ve graduated from parking lots to roads in our neighbourhood and she’s been an excellent student. On Wednesday she headed over to Victoria for the rest of the summer to stay with the family and help out with the Skog [link] business down at the Inner Harbour.