In which I went to Whistler

This quarter system in grad school is fast. As in, you feel like you can’t take a week off of work and ever except to catch up. That’s why I tried to cram as much social life as possible into the beginning this time and by getting to work early and staying late every day these past two weeks, I think I’ve managed to do it and not already fail out.

Last weekend I made a last hour decision to go to Whistler in BC with a bunch of co-ressies. While I don’t know how to ski (that one time in high school I never made it off the ice covered southern-east coast bunny slopes), I did have a wonderful time playing in the snow!

We drove to Vancouver Friday after clinic and stayed at some of our Canadian co-ressie's homes before heading up the Sea-to-Sky road in some early gorgeous pre-dawn light.

We drove to Vancouver Friday after clinic and stayed at some of our Canadian co-ressie’s homes before heading up the Sea-to-Sky road in some earily gorgeous pre-dawn light. We kept reminding ourselves that rain at this level meant snow in the mountains.

Whistler was the site of many of the 2010 Olympic events. I'm in love with all things Olympics (the basic reason we got cable was for the 2012 summer games). So excited that they start up again in a few weeks!

Whistler was the site of many of the 2010 Olympic events. I’m in love with all things Olympics (the basic reason we got cable here was for the 2012 summer games). So excited that they start up again in a few weeks!

Ice skating took place down in Vancouver about 2 hours away, but Bri and I thought we could practice a few moves here.

Ice skating took place down in Vancouver about 2 hours away, but Bri and I thought we could practice a few moves here.

The snow was beautiful. They'd double their snow pack in the day we were were there.

The snow was beautiful. They’d double their snow pack in the day we were were there.

While some of the group hit the slopes, I practiced my apres-ski techniques by eating delicious lobster pad thai, drinking and cheering the Seahawks to the NFC West championship and getting a massage at one of the spas.

While some of the group hit the slopes, I practiced my apres-ski techniques by eating delicious lobster pad thai, drinking and cheering the Seahawks to the NFC West championship, dipping in the snowy outdoor hot tub and getting a massage at one of the spas.

The next day a few of us went snow tubing with all the little kids.

The next day a few of us went snow tubing – we were definitely the oldest kids there.

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Glad for duck boots to keep my toes warm in the snow and slush!

High school Elise and Rachel: the last time I went “skiing” was over a decade ago in West Virginia. Mostly I just slid down the bunny slope and prayed not to die.

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Karin, Christine, Kevin and Bri

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Leslie, Gloria, Karen (our wonderful trip organizer!), Karin, myself and Bri

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Super fun trip! Now to talk Jeff into trying a day out on the slopes..

In which we visit Vancouver, BC

Yep, Canada TWICE in one week! And we weren’t even smuggling anything (pinky promise and cross our hearts, hope not to die, dear US Border Patrol). Jeff’s friend Joe from Kindergarten and his lovely wife Jess were there for work and it would’ve been horrible to miss them but for a three hour drive North. I hadn’t seen them since our wedding and Jeff hasn’t seen them since their’s last July.

Joe escorting Jess down the aisle at our wedding; a prelude of what was to come for them.

Joe escorting Jess down the aisle at our wedding; a prelude of what was to come for them.

We started off by heading to Granville Island which is the Vancouver tourist trap disguised as a market equivalent of Pike Place Market here. There a a bunch of cute (read: expensive) shops and nice options for a quick bite to eat. The seagulls are vicious though and you’ll have to heed the signs to watch your plate or they’ll take off with your meal (or at least knock over your tea and tarter sauce, poor Jeff)!

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Can you believe these two have known each other for going on 23 years??

Can you believe these two have known each other for going on 23 years??

DSC_0431After dodging the seagulls and wandering around we decided to head into the city for drinks. Our entire purpose was to visit Jess and Joe and we knew we could always make the quick trip up I-5 anytime to see the city again later.

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Exploring Yaletown. Where they love to keep the dumpsters right outside the restaurants.

Drinks at Yaletown Brewing Company

Drinks at Yaletown Brewing Company

Way too soon it came to and end. It was so much fun seeing y’all! Come to Seattle to visit!

The next morning Jeff and I explored Stanley Park at the tip of the city’s peninsula. Maybe next time I can convince him to ride bikes around the 5 mile long path.

Stanley Park walkway

Stanley Park walkway and beach

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And then we headed home to round out my vacation. We were grateful that the border crossings didn’t take too long and even the I-5 bridge collapse in Mount Vernon didn’t delay us too long.

We have seen everything on that sign except the Golden Gate bridge.. so guess where our next big trip is going to land us??

We have seen everything on that sign except the Golden Gate bridge.. so guess where our next big trip is going to land us??

Also: This makes 100 posts! Whoo hoo!