A quick trip to Whistler…


Well, if you read this post, you know already that our trip to Whistler almost ended before it began!  After a whirlwind 18 hours, a shiny new passport, and a departure date 6.5 hours later than anticipated…we were off!

Since it was going to be such a quick trip (only one full day and then Sunday morning for a few hours), I almost didn’t bring my camera.  I really wanted to make sure I was enjoying the moment vs trying to capture it.  It’s a hard balance, but I also knew that I’d feel like I was missing a limb if I didn’t bring it.  So, I compromised and decided to just bring one lens.

BIG COMPROMISE!  haha.

I did take a lot of videos and linked to a few throughout.  Sorry in advance for my annoying laugh and voice!

We ended up getting into Whistler around 9:30pm.  If you’ve ever been (and come from the PNW or Vancouver), you know that while the drive there is STUNNING, the roads are very curvy, and Canadians drive over the speed limit!  And…I say this as an admitted lead foot, who’s married to even more of a lead foot!

All that said…note to self.  Don’t give your toddler a movie to watch in the back seat on a very long curvy freeway.  ESPECIALLY after she’s eaten a garlic kale salad (the one time in my life I curse the fact that my 4 year old LOVES kale salads!)… Need I say more?  ;{

Thankfully there was a washer and dryer on our floor!  And…a bath!

But…it did take a while to wind down after all that…(video here) 🙂

Blog WhislterWe stayed at the Westin Resort & Spa, which is located right in the heart of Whistler Village, and as a FYI, we never once got our car out of the garage the entire time-SCORE!

The next day we got up bright and early, had breakfast at our hotel, and then walked over to the gondola that’s only a few minutes walk away.  We really wanted to take Maya on the Peak to Peak Gondola.

You catch the first gondola in the village, and then ride it up to the top of Whistler Blackcomb.  Since it was summer, and not as busy, we got a gondola to ourselves going up… Blog Whistler 8-2016-1While, there’s no snow, there are a ton of dirt trails and a LOT of dirt bike riders.  It was super impressive to watch from the gondola!  They even do lessons, just like ski lessons! Blog Whistler 8-2016-2 Once at the top…Blog Whistler 8-2016-3Full breathtaking view here.Blog Whistler 8-2016-4Then, we got on the Peak to Peak gondola, and once again…got the entire gondola to ourselves (video here)!! Blog Whistler 8-2016-5The Peak to Peak holds the World’s Record as the longest unsupported span for a lift of this kind at 1.88miles (takes 11 minutes to get across). Blog Whistler 8-2016-6 Blog Whistler 8-2016-7 And…what to do on an 11 minute ride in your own gondola?  Set up the self timer of course, haha 🙂Blog Whistler 8-2016-8 Blog Whistler 8-2016-9 She wasn’t really in the mood for pictures…Blog Whistler 8-2016-11Which is just as well, because when someone generously offered to take a family picture, we got really in focus mountains, but us…not so much (I always feel weird giving a bunch of instructions before handing my camera over!).  Oh well!  Super nice of them to offer, and it’s better than nothing! Blog Whistler 8-2016-12 Blog Whistler 8-2016-13 Blog Whistler 8-2016-14 Blog Whistler 8-2016-15She LOVES her daddy… Blog Whistler 8-2016-16After that, we came home and relaxed for a little bit and chilled in our room (video here :)).

Then we got ready to go out to dinner.  Oddly, I didn’t take any pics!  SAY WHAT!???

Before that though… This little path was right outside our balcony, and there was this gorgeous trail that had the light shining beautifully through the trees before we left for dinner…Blog Whistler 8-2016-17 And…this is the only shot I got 😉Blog Whistler 8-2016-18And…the only shot of me dressed up… Blog Whistler 8-2016-19After dinner, Maya got on her swim suit, and the Huz took her swimming.  She’s SUCH a fish right now (video here)!! Blog Whistler 8-2016-20Pretty sure belly flops don’t count towards “no diving”….whoops.

Honestly, one of my favorite shots!  Love that she’s looking at the Huz til the end! 🙂Blog Whistler 8-2016-21 Jumping in to get rings!Blog Whistler 8-2016-22The next morning, we had breakfast again at the hotel and then walked over to the Nintendo Family Adventure Zone, which was SO COOL!!!!  It’s open from June 18 – September 5, 2016, and I highly recommend it if you are going with kids between the ages of 4-12(?).   Maybe even older!

I took a TON of videos-some of which can be seen here, (sorry about my annoying laugh and voice!).

Here’s a few from my phone…

Ummmmm, are you kidding me??!!!  She LOVED THIS, and went on it twice!

I went on, and went about half this high haha.  BUT…I did backward flips, so that counts for something, right?  At 42!  RIGHT?!  Obviously, I’m still feeling a little silly that my 4 year old bounced higher than I did… ;(Blog Family Adventure Zone-1 This…she wasn’t so great at, but this guy was super nice and rode on it with her to avoid crashing every 3 seconds 😉Blog Family Adventure Zone-2Sadly, after three hours, we had to call it quits and head back.  I will also say that they have a little farmer’s market there and we got some delicious fruit before we left!

Here’s one last picture I took with my phone as we were driving home…seriously, GORGEOUS!

Blog Whistler DriveWhile it was a very short visit, it did the job of recharging our batteries a bit, and of course…celebrating our anniversary 🙂

If you’ve never been to Whistler, I HIGHLY recommend it.  It’s amazing both in the winter and summer, and we can’t wait for our next trip!

dit-elle-Lauren

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