Vancouver/Whistler - Gold for Canada!
Trip Start Jul 20, 2007
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The other thing of note that had us puzzled as we approached our destination, was why were all the traffic lights blinking green - should they be doing that? In Toronto if you come up to a blinking green light it means that you can turn left across the traffic, without fear of being hit
After meeting up with our friend (Joshua's dad) Marcel who we would be staying with, we headed off to get something to eat, but first we stopped at his current place of work. He is currently the site foreman for building the 2010 Winter Olympic Oval. The Oval will house the long and short speed skating events. It is incredible to see the giant stadium coming to life and from his description of how it will look, we can't wait to see the finished project and see the Olympiads compete in it!
We decided to spend our full day in British Columbia visiting Stanley Park and checking out Whistler, where most of the Olympic Games will be held. This would be our GPS automated tour guide Mandy/Amanda's last day of directing us and it turned into quite a comical adventure. She ended up getting us quite lost on our way out of Stanley Park
The public transport in Vancouver is kind of different to that of Toronto. They have a hybrid between a bus and a street car - look no tracks! After a while you get used to this and it suddenly seems like a better approach. For one thing: no ripping up the road every summer to fix the tracks. That and the ability to 'transform' from tracked to trackless travel, giving you more flexibility. Still, there is something unsettling about suddenly noticing a bus rolling silently along, powered by overhead electricity cables, rather than lurching and gurgling along as is the usual mode for buses.
On the way up to Whistler we encountered a majestic view of beautiful snow capped mountains with valleys filled with sparkling water beneath. They were doing some hard core road widening in preparation for the Olympics, which is harder than you would think when a mountain is involved
We eventually made our way up to Whistler where we were surprised to find that a lot of people were out holidaying there, despite the fact that it is predominantly a skiing town. The parking area was packed to the brim - It looked very much like the car park of a shopping mall on the day before Christmas. Well after finding a spot or rather 'creating' a spot for our car, we wandered around the beautiful (rather touristy) town of Whistler. Most of the people had bicycles or cars with bicycles attached. There were some pretty keen looking 'extreme riders' who were decked out in full body armour, for their rush down the snow-less slopes. So rather than risking life and limb, we got back into our car and headed home - We needed to get ready for a rather hardcore day of traveling tomorrow.
Here's the plan: Get up at 4am, Fly down to San Francisco, a slight delay prior to flying off to Las Vegas. Then jump into a car, drive for four hours and arrive at the Grand Canyon just as the sun is setting. Take some dazzling pictures, contemplate how big it is (and probably how hot it is too) and then collapse exhausted into a rented hotel room.
Yes, it is a cunning plan that hinges on everything snapping together in synchronicity - like clockwork!
As I write this, we are sitting in the San Francisco airport with our plain delayed now for an hour now...