|The Coastal Range from Whistler Mountain|
Third day in Vancouver. We picked up a hire car and drove seventy miles or so northwards to the famous ski resort of Whistler. There we paid an extortionate amount of money to experience the Peak2Peak gondola ride - not I hasten to add the kind of gondolas they have in Venice bur capsules that hang precariously from metal cables. These Peak2Peak cable cars link lofty Whistler Mountain with Blackcomb Mountain and the middle span of unsupported cable stretches for a world record 1.88 miles.
|Whistler Mountain - 7156 feet above sea level|
At the top there was snow, fantastic mountain scenery and views and also this chappie from the squirrel family. It is a hoary marmot. My picture doesn't give you a true sense of its size - bigger than a domestic cat. These creatures live in mountains near the tree line and hibernate for an incredible six to eight months each year:-
Later back in Vancouver we went for a drink in "The Dover Arms" where an ageing rock band were pumping out familiar tunes from yesteryear and walking home we passed a restaurant called The Ukrainian Village which of course made me think of John Gray in North Wales. I wonder if they serve rescue hens?