Archives for September 4, 2011

Chair lifts and zip lines and high wires, oh my! The last play-out of the summer

Summer holidays are essentially over. ‘Boo!’ say the children. ‘Hooray!’ says the mom. (Picture that Staples commercial; you know the one. Dad and kids shopping for back to school supplies. Kids looking downcast. Dad looking gleeful. The song ‘The most wonderful time of the world’ playing in the background).

Egged on by the good weather, we decided to take one last spur-of-the-moment, end-of-summer-vacation vacation. We had already taken one very long road trip early in the summer, so it had to be someplace close by. Given that my children aren’t happy relaxing by the pool for more than an hour at a time, there needed to be lots of exciting activities within an easy walk or car ride from the hotel. The opportunity for exercise out of doors is a must. Family-friendly restaurants and ice cream shops are important. A great yarn shop would be wonderful too!

Everyone we asked for suggestions said the same thing; Whistler!

Given that Whistler is primarily a winter sports destination, there were lots of summer time hotel deals to be found on-line. We managed to find a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo with kitchen, hot tub and heated swimming pool right at the base of the mountain for next to nothing. It had a gym, but I didn’t set foot inside it; too many fun ways to exercise out of doors!

We were only a 5-minute walk (or scooter ride, if you prefer) from the Kid Zone, the upper village and the chair lift to the top.

We luged,

We gyroscoped,

We bungeed,

We dared to scooter at the skateboard park (the most awesome skate park I’ve ever seen!),

When we got tired of the Kid Zone, we visited Monkido, an outdoor, treetops adventure course with ropes, aerial swings and ziplines. Talk about a workout! Two and a half hours on the course made a Bosu class seem like a piece of cake.

Yep, that’s me coming down the final zipline…

Our last day was spent taking the chair lift to the top of Blackcomb Mountain, connecting to the Peak to Peak Gondola over to Whistler Mountain then up the last, open t-bar chair lift to the peak. Awesome rocks, great hike and amazing views!

Alas, no yarn shop to be found (I checked the Yellow pages under ‘yarn’, ‘wool’ and ‘craft supplies’ but got nothing), but I brought a relaxing, mindless knit to keep me busy on the drive and poolside.

I’m feeling refreshed and ready for the challenges September will bring. How about you?