C O L D ... in Whistler
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(For my siblings...There is a big market area, called Lonsdale Quay in Vancouver but unfortunately didn't get there!)
From Vancouver we took the Highway 99 ( Sea-to-Sky-Highway), through beautiful scenery, to Whistler where we are now camped. Love the names of the various highways: Highway 20 is the Freedom Highway, Highway 24 is the Fishing Highway! It's even colder here, still some snow lying around.... Went up to see the various places where the 2010 Winter Olympics took place - bobsleigh and luge. Couldn't help thinking of my most favourite movie, Cool Runnings! While looking around, we came across 2 huge black bears just bumbling around near the road. In the campsites you have to take everything inside your camper, as bears are active between March and November. They are hungry and can smell food from over a kilometer away, and they even go for dish towels & toiletries.! (The trash cans are bear proofed... Heavy doors, and you have to put your hand right into a little cavity thing and press the button to open...) Don't think that I would like to be in a tent - cold AND bears! The campsite people said that the bears were in camp today. Luckily we are close to the showers and toilets here, so don't feel so nervous about getting out in the middle of the night. Most campsite showers here are coin-operated. They take a Canadian $1 which is called a Loonie, and the $2 is called a Toonie!
Exciting news is that we are booked on a ship, with our vehicle, on the Inner Passage from Prince Rupert, Canada to Skagway, Alaska. We saw it on the Internet, so booked. We didn't think that we stood much chance of getting a booking as the site said that booking should be at least 3 months in advance. But we got a berth, so we are now heading to Prince Rupert where we sail on 12 June. Don't think that the ship is a fancy cruise liner, probably just a ferry, but should be fun for the 3 days that we are on board. It also gives Andy a break from driving, as we have been driving non-stop for a while now.