Snow and Sunshine – Spring Break 2013

When you think Spring Break, you generally think “beach”, right? Me too. However, that’s not what my spring break vacation looked like this year.

Pictured below: Spring Break 2013

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Peter and I snuck away for a few days in Whistler. You might know it as the ski resort town that hosted the 2010 Olympics.

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You may not know that it’s also one of the closest towns to where we live, by land. People often think of the Sunshine Coast as an island because you have to take a ferry from Vancouver to get here.

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See? Theoretically, you could walk from our house to Whistler. But there are mountains and wolves in the way. So we took the ferry and had a little road trip (see our road trip playlist at the end of this post), stopping for explorations along the way. The sun was bright as we pulled into Squamish and stopped for a picnic lunch, the Chief looming over us.

Overlooking the Squamish Valley.

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Neither of us had been to Whistler in a few years – well before it became an Olympic spot. It was interesting to see the changes the games had made to this little mountain village.

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We had great weather, even waking up to snow after our first night. This is the view from where we stayed.

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It was colder than the Sunshine Coast.

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We ate giant hot dogs, drank Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day and explored in the snow.

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This sign made us laugh. It looks like you might be decapitated.

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I stopped to pet a bear.

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It felt like something was behind me…

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Spring Break 2013 Playlist

(Yes, I did burn this on a CD. What can I say, our car is from 1995, we’re fortunate I didn’t have to make a mixed tape!)

1. Here We Go – Dispatch

2. The World (Is Going Up in Flames) – Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band

3. Mountain Sounds – Of Monsters & Men

4. Man on Fire – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

5. Welcome – Hey Rosetta!

6. Stubborn Love – The Lumineers

7. Ho Hey – The Lumineers

8. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

9. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons

10. Little Talks – Of Monsters & Men

11. My Girl – Yukon Blonde

12. Home – Philip Philips

13. The General – Dispatch

14. Changes – The Stars

15. Heart of Gold – Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band

16. Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

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6 thoughts on “Snow and Sunshine – Spring Break 2013

  1. Some of both! We went up the mountain on the gondola and did the Peak2Peak (didn’t ski though). Lots of walking around the village, it was my first time there in 15 years. Of course in true family style, lots of time was spent picking out restaurants or the next coffee place. We had great meals at 21 Steps and Elements (and made a few meals at the rental).

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