Previously, I posted about our travel in the North Cascades & Vancouver.
After our adventures there (and there were many) with Bryan’s parents, Scott, and Kelly, we all caravaned north about two hours to Whistler. I’ve long heard about the legendary ski resort there, but have never seen pictures of the park in summertime. The mountains did not disappoint. Bryan and I completed a 10-mile hike (just the two of us) to Ghirabaldi Lake on the first day. Lake Ghirabaldi has THE CLEAREST BLUE WATER. None of these photos below were altered. The only downside to our hike was that we did it on BC Day which meant the trail was teeming with people … but once we got to our destination/lunch spot, I could totally see why. We chose not to swim in the (icicle-like) water, but a few crazy people did.
On the second day, our whole group took a couple of fun ski lift rides up to the very top of Whistler for our 5 mile hike up and down the ridge. We got really lucky on the weather: 3 days of perfect temperatures.
We treated the backyard jacuzzi at our condo like a mini-spa. You could find us most days out there with something to drink and warm water and bubbles all around us (yes, it got cool at night!). We certainly missed it when arrived in Ucluelet (our next destination).
Ucluelet is a small coastal (“surfer”) town on Vancouver Island. It took over five hours to get to – between a 2 hour drive to the ferry, 1 hour ferry ride, and 2 hour drive across Vancouver Island (with a stop at the highly touristy-but-hilarious Goats on the Roof grocery story. Yes, it was aptly named). We were exhausted by the time we arrived, but the view from our condo was certainly worth it.
The next day, we took an fun boat excursion around the Broken Islands to see wildlife (bears, seals, etc) and had the most beautiful (if slightly chilly) weather. The husband-wife team who led the tour were so cute (they lived on the boat!) and fun. They kept saying “A boat is romantic!” I didn’t believe them at first, but it was certainly true by the end as we all ended up pairing off as couples – mostly to keep warm.
We also drove to Tofino (Ucluelet’s surfer-hub/town neighbor). Tofino was the young-people hangout with artisans, yummy coffee, and fresh seafood. We also had one night of a steak dinner cooked by Scott and Kelly. We spent some good time exploring the quiet ocean views in front of our condo and playing Apples to Apples. One of the most relaxing parts of the trip.
Next up: Seattle, Olympic, & Rainier!