Day #1 of our Baby Boomer Western Canada Tour – Whistler, British Columbia
I (David) was no sooner in the door from my wonder-filled trip to the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Tweet-Up (which I still need to tell you about) when I found us back on a jet and headed off on our greatly anticipated baby boomer tour of western Canada.
Carol secured our tickets for this flight on United Airlines, and while jetting our way to our intermediary stop in San Francisco, I snapped the photograph to the right playing with an iPhone app called Camera Magic.
I think Carol tires sometimes of me always sticking a camera in her face, so I thought this time I would join in the parade.
After a short layover in San Francisco, long enough to grab a sandwich at Boudin Sourdough Bread Company that is, we were back on a regional jet and headed towards Vancouver, British Columbia.
While making our way toward Vancouver, we flew by Mount St. Helen’s. Please pardon all the grunge in the photograph from the dirty airliner’s window. Nonetheless, it was beautiful to see this majestic volcano popping her head above the clouds. Don’t you think?
A little later we also few by Mount Rainer sticking even higher above the clouds.
We hit the ground in Vancouver around 3:30, grabbed a rental car, and were off to make the roughly two hour drive to Whistler.
One of the highlights of the day was absolutely the stunning Sea to Sky Highway coastal drive from Vancouver to Whistler. In this photograph, we were just outside of Squamish when Carol snapped this photograph with the iPhone. I’m continually amazed with the quality of photographs that we can produce from this pocket-sized wonder.
Around dinner time, we pulled into the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, our home away from home for the next two days.
This AAA Four-Diamond luxury resort opened its doors in 1989 and sits right at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain where winter visitors can climb aboard the ski lift right from the back door of the hotel.
Tomorrow, we will be jumping aboard the ski lifts, climbing up the roughly 5,000 feet to the summit, and then we’ll board a glass-bottomed gondola for a peak-to-peak ride over to Whistler Mountain.
A ride aboard this chairlift/gondola system puts you on the longest continuous lift system in the world.
It should be a blast, and we look forward to telling you about it.
Oh! PS. This town is crawling with black bear. We have some cool bear stories to share with you as well.