Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Whistler, BC

The weather in the Northwest is no joke. The sideways, driving rain leaves you feeling soaked for days. But even the worst case of seasonal affective disorder can’t compete with Whistler in late summer.

After driving up through Vancouver along the Sea to Sky Highway, we dropped our bags at the Delta Hotel in Whistler, all along the way sampling plenty of the region’s specialty: pouring rain. The next morning, though, the rain had quit and Whistler showed its true colors. Craig and the team at Epic Ride showed us just about everything that makes this place so incredible. After riding CreamPuff and Pemberton (using Blackcomb helicopters as our personal chauffeurs), we checked out the awesome Alta Lake. Afterward we made a pit stop at the Howe Sound Brewpub in Squamish for a few pints of their Devil’s Elbow IPA. There are few better ways to cap a perfect day.

About with some nasty weather is part of any road trip. Sure, it put a bit of a damper on our Northwest excursion, but the road is all about the unexpected. And while being carted around in a helicopter is pretty great, nothing beats the road.