Wednesday, May 9, 2007
May 9 -- Vancouver, BC
This whole trip has been full of "WOW!" moments, and today was no exception. This morning we drove north from Victoria about 70 miles to catch the ferry to Vancouver. It was a beautiful mountain drive. We then rode for about 90 minutes on the BC ferry to Vancouver. The first picture was taken from the Ferry of the Islands in the Bay. Instead of touring Vancouver today, however, we drove North another 70 miles on the Sea to Sky Highway to the ski resort, Whistler. Every turn was a WOW moment. The rugged snowcapped Mountains were spectacular. The second picture with the deep valley was taken along the road to Whistler. They are working on the highway to widen it in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics, which are scheduled for Vancouver. They will definitely use the ski slopes of Whistler for the skiing events. The road work was a mixed blessing. It took longer to get to Whistler because the construction speed limit was 30 miles an hour versus the normal 50 to 55 miles an hour. At the same time, the lower speed limit made the trip less nerve racking. They are literally moving mountains to widen the road, and they close the road for two hours each night from midnight to 2:00 am to do blasting. It will probably take the full 3 years to complete the work. Whistler was a beautiful and expensive looking Village. Skiing is still going on and will until June 3. The third photo is of Chateau Whistler and the fourth photo was Whistler Mountain. Note the ski slopes on Whistler Mountain. After having lunch at Whistler, we turned around and went back to Vancouver. The scenery was even prettier from that direction. Tomorrow we will tour Vancouver. And, yes, we found the stations showing both American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. The stations in Vancouver are primarily from Seattle, so we are hearing a lot about hometown boy, Blake Lewis. We'll watch tonight to see if Blake goes home. It was a blessing that Billy Ray got the boot from Dancing with the Stars. His fan base kept him on for too long even from his perspective.