Celebrating President’s Day…in Canada

A long weekend is a horrible thing to waste. So my brood and I packed up our bags and hit the road.

Destination: Whister, B.C., Canada

We needed some time away from our work and school schedules, and our constant Internet connectivity. We needed a little lazy time. So when we crossed that border, the cell phone data plan was turned off. And we rejoiced in the silence.

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Of course, the joke in my family is that Seattle weather follows us wherever we go. If your part of the world hasn’t received rain in a really long time, try inviting me over. The healing rains of Seattle will soon folllow.

I exaggerate, a bit. We didn’t get rain in Whistler. Just a few days of grey skies.

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But those grey skies were chewing on something. For days they swirled around us. Teasing us with the possibility of fresh, powdery snow.

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The snow finally came the day before we left. And for some inexplicable reason, we chose this day for taking the kids on the Peak 2 Peak gondola ride. This is the gondola ride that takes you from Whistler to Blackcomb, and at one point during the ride you’re suspended nearly 2,000 feet above the ground.

It would have been way more dramatic and life-changing for my children if they had actually seen the vastness of these mountains. But visibility was really poor due to the snow. Tragic!

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When we reached the top, of course we had to celebrate. And what better way to warm your winter bones than with a large cup of hot chocolate piled with marshmallows and whipped cream. Yum!

In case you’re wondering, the mountain of marshmallows is actually below the whipped cream. And each spoonful of this goodness was…delightful.

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This was the majestic view from the top of Blackcomb. See what I mean? You can hardly see a thing.

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But if you want to know what this ride would look like on a clear day, watch this.

Tomorrow I’ll show you a bit more of our trip.

For now, happy Wednesday all! It’s time for me to go read that backlog of email, and wrap my head around the day.

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2 thoughts on “Celebrating President’s Day…in Canada

  1. Thanks for including the Peak to Peak video. I wasn’t aware of the two mountains or the gondola between them. I don’t remember if Joe posted on Facebook, but we also were in Canada over the V-day weekend, but we forked right at Bellingham and went to Harrison Hot Springs. We took Joe’s low-rider VW GTI off roading on a bumpy, rutty forestry service road that after 20km landed us at a rocky beach with only lake and mountains for company and only a small waterfall breaking the silence. I crave that stillness. I had that all the time growing up out in the country. It’s not that there’s not a sound, but the waterfall or cricket or coyote or even a car is heard over the background of nothing, instead of the background of city or traffic or airplane. I think someday, we should pull together a girls weekend at some remote cabin where we go fly fishing and play game and eat popcorn. By the way, remind me to tell you about the best hot chocolate I ever had! xoxox Annie

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