Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Run for the Border!

Location, Lynden, WA

Back in the USA!

We are back in Lynden at the RV Park. We arrived on Sunday about 12:30 PM.

Our time in Whistler was very relaxing. We had planned to ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola but weather kept us from doing it. We might have had a chance on Saturday but the lifts were closed for a private event at 3 PM which didn’t allow us time for the ride before then. 

 Peak 2 peak sight seeing route.

Peak 2 Peak gondola between Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains.
Gondola cars on Peak 2 Peak route. Each holds 10 to 12 people. Compare size to photo above.

 We had rain showers most of the 3 days we were at Whistler but it didn’t stop us from strolling through the 2010 Olympic village and checking out all the shops, etc. It is a very nice village modeled on the European ski resorts. There are several large chain hotels as well as chain shops catering to shoppers. Included in the Village is a marketplace area just for grocery stores. McDonalds is tucked away in this area very much out of the normal traffic areas.
 Checking the chair lift map.
 Inside the condo.
Olympic rings in Whistler village from 2010.

Village street scene.
Watching mountain bike riders, Ed, Mark, and Candi.

Whistler and Blackcomb have a very busy summer program of mountain biking, bungee jumping; zip lining, programs for little kid’s right at the base gondolas and chair lifts, and skiing on the glacier at Blackcomb. Yes, they are still skiing and snowboarding on Blackcomb Mountain.

Mountain biking is the big thing with riders putting their bikes on special chair lifts and then riding the next lift up themselves. There is a special tool area where free tools are available to make any repairs you might need. All very nice for the riders. Riders usually wear full safety gear as any falls can be very bruising to the body.

We made our own breakfast each morning but ate out for lunch and dinner most days.

The First Tracks Condo was very nice and is located about 5 minutes south of Whistler Village. It has its own gondola at the back door of the lodge which connects with ski runs at Whistler Mountain. There is also a private gondola which connects the homes at Kadenwood a private development for the rich and famous to use.
 Private gondola.

When we first checked in we noticed a pile of bear scat near the back door of the lodge and were told that there are black bears on all the ski slops. We did see some one evening but they were far up the mountain. Clyda and Candi walked out the back door to take photos and one bear was very nearby eating grass. It was Candi’s first bear sighting in the wild. She was really excited.