July 28: Sea-to-Sky Parkway

Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
Trip End Sep 25, 2011

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Sea to Sky Highway Vancouver
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sea-to-Sky Drive into Vancouver

We packed up and left Whistler mid-morning. We were driving on the highly acclaimed Sea-to-Sky highway, and it has so much written about it that it almost sets itself up for a disappointment because it is tough to live up to all of the hype.   Well, it was a really cool drive with plenty of great views.  As a driver, it was actually hard for me to take it all in, but there were a number of stops along the road where I was able to pull over.

As we left Whistler, there were snow capped mountains surrounding us, which continues to be an amazing sight in late July. As we worked our way southwest, the snow gave way to awesome views of the water, with the mountains growing almost straight out of them.   I have been told that the salmon have started migrating up-river to start spawning, but was disappointed that we did not get to see this.

We did make one short hike to Shannon Falls. It was a really beautiful waterfall, with the water crashing on several layers of rocks.   The girls continue to compare every waterfall to Niagara, and they all claimed to find Shannon Falls more impressive than Niagara.  I agree that Shannon Falls is bore beautiful, but that is where the comparison stops for me because the draw of Niagara is the sheer power and strength of the falls.

We entered Vancouver faster than I expected, and it was actually nice to be back in a city!   Our campground is right under the Lions Gate Bridge, which leads right into Vancouver.  I scoped out the bridge in the afternoon, and found that it is quite convenient to ride bikes across it, so that is what we will do tomorrow morning.  Our plan is to go into Chinatown for dim sum, and then see the city.   Madison is dying for Sesame Chicken, so we might return t Chinatown for dinner, but we'll see how the day goes.

This was day 57, which marks the mid-point of the first leg of our trip. We have driven a bit under 7,000 miles, and learned a ton about the US and Canada, and also about ourselves.
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