Back to Vancouver
07.01.2014 - 07.01.2014 86 °F
Today is our last day in Whistler...a gorgeous day...86 degrees. It is also Canada Day, Canada's Fourth of July. We started the day with the fabulous breakfast buffet at The Fairmont and then set off on the terrifying (for me) Peak to Peak gondola ride. This ride takes you up to the top of Mount Whistler, you then take another tram to the top of Blackcomb and then back down. Whistler sits at 7100 feet, Blackcomb nearly 8000. The views from the top of Whistler are breathtaking, particularly on a bright, sunny day like this where you can seemingly see forever. The ride up was enough for me. Margaret wanted to do the trek to Blackcomb and I wanted to get back down to the village to watch the US v. Belgium soccer match. So we parted ways and I hopped a gondola back down the mountain and managed to have a gondola mate who was a woman from Texas and she pretty much told me her life story during the 30 minute ride. I managed to find an Irish pub that had the game on in Hi Def and there was a wildly divided crowd, mostly rooting for Belgium which pulled out a squeaker in extra time, after Chris Wondolowski, our local Danville boy, missed a golden opportunity to win the game for the USA with 20 seconds left in regulation. After the game, we got into the car and set out for Vancouver. Our GyPSy Guide worked to perfection on the drive back and the scenery was just as stunning as the reverse trip we had made a few days earlier. Only problem was that the GyPSy Guide plays on the car radio via bluetooth and every time we got in the car my iPod would start with Five For Fighting's "I Get A Little Tired"...and we were both getting more than a little tired of hearing that tune every time we started the car. We stopped at Shannon Falls on the way back and the falls were stunning. We returned the rental car to the Vancouver Airport and caught a shuttle to the Hampton Inn...a definite downgrade from The Whistler Chateau Fairmont...but it served the purpose of being near the airport for our flight to Calgary the next day. We went to the nearby River Rock Casino and sat outside in the warm setting sun. Dinner and the ambience were quite nice. I decided to find a business center in the hotel to print our boarding passes, but my phone had died. There was a central information desk that had a computer monitor with a USB port and I took the liberty of plugging my phone in. The girl behind the desk nearly had a heart attack as she must have thought I was trying to hack into the casino's computer system. I explained myself and she directed us to the business center where I spent several minutes crawling on the floor trying to find a USB port. Finally did only to learn that our flight had been cancelled. We ended up on a flight later the next day. We returned to the Hampton Inn and watched Veronica Mars.