HI folks! Let me just say going without Internet for over a week left me a a little twitchy, but overall we had a great trip. Our destination was Whistler, British Columbia, home of the 2010 Olympics. It was really interesting to see all the work being done to get ready for the Olympics, like the Luge track and ski jumps being built, along with all the other infrastructure needed to host such an enormous event.
I'm not one for crowds, so most of the activities we did were out in the big outdoors, hanging with the locals.
The setting was rich with earthy smells and the sound of running water and fluttering leaves.
I found myself enjoying the smallest of things--patterns of moss, burls on trees, the springy carpet of pine needles beneath us.
Of course, hiking through such fabulous scenery I couldn't help but think of the Setting Thesaurus, and so I tried to soak in everything I could as we walked.
Helen, a writer friend of mine, drove up from Vancouver and joined my family for the hike. It was great to spend time with her and talk shop. Her shoe is on the left.
And speaking of shoes...
My kids had quite the fascination for the slugs and snails! Where I live, the slugs are just tiny brown things, perhaps an inch in length. In Whistler the slugs come in all colors from black to vomit yellow to booger green. I'm sure this guy was on steroids, and I KNOW I heard him gurgle something about world domination in between bouts of maniacal slug laughter.
We hiked out to Lost Lake and had a picnic lunch. Some of the pathways were closed for the migrating toads, but we found we liked the more rugged trails, anyway.
How scenic is this?
We just missed the hot weather, and so with mist or rain every day I was unable to get shots of the mountains. Still, I hope you enjoy the ones I did take. Whistler is a beautiful area in any season and worth visiting.
How was your week?