Sea to Sky and Back Again

Trip Start Aug 12, 2012
Trip End Aug 25, 2012

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Monday, August 20, 2012

Today we ventured out of the city and up into the mountains where we planned to visit the site of the 2010 winter Olympics at Whistler, and stop along the way at the Capilano bridge. Jonathan's aunt suggested the bridge as something of a must do and we couldn’t agree more; the experience was one of a kind. The bridge is literally 15 minutes or so outside of the greater Vancouver area so access is very easy, it is just a short turn off the highway. The Capilano Bridge is amazing, it is a suspension bridge spanning the Capilano River that sways and rocks under the many feet that travel across it. They boast that it is 137 metres (450 ft) long and 70 metres (230 ft) above the water (and rocks) below. Jon and I really enjoyed it and even stopped at various points along the bridge to take pictures down showing how high the bridge is. At times we had to hold on to the railing to steady ourselves because it sways so much with the motion of all the people walking across it; add that to the few people who like to mess around and scare others by rocking it on purpose and you have a pretty bumpy walk across. It was pretty comical seeing how scared some people would get when it swayed, then hearing one of the park employees get on a loud speaker and tell the people "Please stop rocking the bridge on purpose". And to think these people paid knowing that they would be scared, grabbing on to others in their party, one lady with thick broken English kept shouting at random people “Please don’t shake it, stop, please”. Once they got across they were so proud of themselves until they realized the only way back was to cross the bridge again! After awhile of crossing (it does take some time) Jon and I seemed to catch the rhythm in the sway and were able to walk down the center of the bridge instead of stepping around those people who were holding the railing with white knuckles, we both thought that it was pretty fun. I even took a video with my camera on the way back to show how the bridge moves with all the people. Once across the bridge they have several things in the park for you to do including a thing called the “Treetop Adventure” in which a series of trees is connected by miniature suspension bridges. These bridges themselves are pretty high up and we saw several people decide not to do them despite having just crossed the gigantic suspension bridge. These treetop bridges were cool because they gave you a bird’s eye view of the rainforest and several lookout spots. They also had a nature walk along the ground that had several viewpoints and some good spots for taking photos of the main suspension bridge. After we crossed back over on the bridge we did the last bridge called the “Cliff Walk”, these are suspended bridges but they do not sway as they are so reinforced. One of our favorite parts of this bridge was that at one part you are simply standing on glass that looks down to the riverbed below, it seems like you are just floating on air! After leaving the Capilano Bridge Park we continued on our mountain adventure to Whistler taking the famed sea to sky highway. It was a beautiful drive as you had mountains to the right of you and the Howe sound to the left. We arrived at Whistler and were taken aback by the massive resorts and hotels all done in log cabin type fashion, definitely impressive. We took a stroll into the main village with all of the shops and the center park there, we saw the Olympic rings and asked a lady there to take our picture to which she passed the task off to her mother-in-law. After about 5 times of me explaining how to work the camera and her pushing random buttons and shutting off the screen and not getting a single picture of us I politely told her it was okay and not to worry about it. We had just about settled for taking a picture of each one of us in front of the rings individually when a gentleman asked “Would you like a picture? Here he can do it” motioning to a young man in his party with a beautiful (enviable) camera and lenses. The man grabbed my camera and messed around with it for a second snapping some shots then took several photos of the two of us in front of the rings with no problem. After when I looked at the photos I realized he had been arranging his desired settings and had taken a few shots of us not paying attention to him, they were completely candid and actually quite cool. We strolled through the rest of the village and checked out the shops before heading back to Langley. A very long and exhausting day, but totally worth it, beautiful sights and great experiences.

Miles traveled today: 230 miles (370 km)
Total: 1,581 miles
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