March 19, 2007

Riding a Shuttle from Vancouver to Whistler

Fitzsimmons Covered Bridge, Whistler
We flew into Vancouver, B.C. with our three boys for a ski/snowboard trip to Whistler/Blackcomb. We had a great driver for our shuttle ride from the airport to the ski resort. It was pouring rain during the 2 1/2 hour ride, but Daniel kept us entertained with stories of Vancouver and Whistler.

From the airport, we drove through downtown Vancouver, and into Stanley Park where we saw the damage from the wind storms this winter. About 10,000 trees were destroyed in the park alone, and another 19,000 trees were lost in other areas.

Vancouver is the host city for the 2010 Winter Olympics. In preparation for the events, there are several transportation improvements going on right now. We experienced some of the road work on Highway 99. There is a lot of work to do.

The drive was beautiful even with the rain. It is different than driving into the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Everything is so green, a nice sight coming from the brown yards and bare trees in Minnesota. It was fun seeing the water and islands to the west of us as we drove toward Squamish. Mini-waterfalls were pouring off the rocks on other side of the road. I was nervous about how the rain would affect the skiing in Whistler, but Daniel assured us it would be snowing at the top of the mountain.

Check back tomorrow for more on Whistler...