Whistler, August 4, Sunday
In reading travel literature about Whistler, we learned that the Rotary was hosting a pancake breakfast Sunday morning as part of a Bar B Q Competition being sponsored by one of the local bars. We put it on our list and Sunday AM we were the first ones in line for pancakes at 8 AM. The first pancakes were not ready yet and they had to find the money jar to take our cash.
The pancakes were great. However, we did think that there might also be at least a beverage provided, if not eggs or sausage also. Nope, just pancakes-and margarine and syrup and plates and napkins. The Rotary had not put one on for several years so while the food and enthusiasm were very good, the prep was a little lacking.
As you might expect,we talked with the people putting the breakfast on and complimented the Rotary for several nice projects we had observed here and elsewhere that had been Rotary sponsored. They did tell us where we could buy milk and coffee so we were able to wash down the pancakes. By the time we left, they had decided to offer coffee and had come up with plans to make it very soon. The size of the pancakes decreased a bit also from the gargantuan ones we were given. The line was a lot longer when we left.
We went to Mass in the local church. The regular Polish priest was on vacation back to Poland and we had a substitute. This was the first dramatic occasion we had to experience the use of the word “eh” in Canadian language. For those of you with strong memories, you might recall that on July 1, Canada Day, we went to a theatrical performance in Canmore called “Canada,eh” where they spoofed various Canadian habits. Evidently the use of “eh” periodically is common in everyday discussion. The priest’s homily was one of those where it was very common. Similar to how the Minnesota long drawn out “oh” in words like Minne’so’ta are spoofed (the actors in the film Fargo are a good example).
Our hike for the day was to and around Lost Lake close to Whistler Village. By now the crowds were out, free parking was gone, and we had to pay for the privilege to park. Darn those yoga people anyway.
Out on the trail we observed in person what a newspaper article had written. Tiny toads were moving from one summer location to another. Hikers and bikers were asked to use caution on certain trails so as to not squish the little things. Well the article and the signs on the trail were not too helpful. Most bikers just kept on roaring through the passage areas and we saw more squished toads than jumping toads.
BUT, Bernie would be proud, we spotted one little mite and guarded it on its passage, slowly, across the path to safety on the other side. Not sure how many we inadvertently squished though. I figured if the savers of the toads were really serious, they would have created little underpasses the toads could use out of wood that we big people could walk over or had volunteers at busy tiny toad crossings to stop pedestrian traffic.
Lunch was at a golf course overlooking a lake and a wedge shaped mountain that one of the Rotary organizers had mentioned. We spent several hours at Alta Lake near our lodging just relaxing, reading the paper and watching people. Like the dad next to us on the left who was trying to assemble the family’s first portable grill and could not do it. The dad next to us on the right was successfully cooking and eventually went over to help hapless dad but even he was unable to get the new grill fired up. Chris of course wanted me to help but I knew my knowledge level was as small as a tiny toad and I stayed put. Or the roller-blader who was zipping along with his left arm in a sling. Or the family enjoying the water despite the signs warning of swimmers itch. Or the stand up paddlers who knelt more than stood up.
We went back down to Whistler Village center for the evening. They were taking down a dome that had been one of the activity centers so we watched that-exciting huh? The line up at “Cows” ice cream store was out the door so we went to DQ instead. The plaza area was the location of one of the Olympic venues during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics so we took a picture of the rings and the sculpture of the Olympic icon.
Our airbnb lodging here was okay but not fantastic. It is a one bedroom townhouse, no A/C which is normal in numerous mountain locations but since the doors and windows on the other side did not have screens, it was difficult to get fresh air in. The lack of TV does not bother us, we have rarely watched it on this trip. But the lack of Internet was disappointing and expensive. I do not remember if the airbnb description mentioned this. When we met the host on Saturday, she said that it was available at many cafes, etc. But that is not my modus operandi so I suffered a bit.
Ed and Chris August 4 8:30 pm