It had been several years since we had last seen Lief and Kane, our little ‘nephews’, after they moved back to their home town of Whistler, British Columbia. Kids grow so quickly, I was worried a bit that they would’t love us or remember us like they used to. The family lived in Nova Scotia for a year and half, while Adam was flying for Provinical Air and Peta transferred to Lululemon in Halifax. They would come hang out with us almost every weekend back in Nova Scotia where we go to the skate park, to the beach, and have campfires in our yard. So yeah, we were really excited to hang out with them again! And of course as it always is with the best of friends, it was like no time had passed.
The boys took to showing their skills. They went to the skate park while I went for a run with Peta. I heard the kids and Adam all tore up the bowl. Stefan was totally blown away. They’ve grown into amazing fearless athletes.
Whistler was in the midst of a heat wave when we arrived. We spent our days lake hopping from the secret gem Hippie Lake to Lost Lake to Rainbow and Blueberry.
We really got lucky with our timing. Matt Mays and El Torpedo, and Gord Downy and The Sadies put on an amazing free concert at the Whistler Olympic Plaza in the Village. When Matt Mays introduced City of Lakes with a bit about Dartmouth, Adam jumped up and cheered. He was the only one in the crowd with a few cheers fist pumps from Stefan and I. Not to be too biased, but Matt totally blew Gord’s performance out of the water. It was incredible! If only the set was later in the evening when the sun went down and the crowd’s energy transformed the mood.
Saturday we went to check out the Farmer’s Market in town after a quick dip in Lost Lake.
I met a local encaustic artist Linda Jones who was set up painting live in front of the Mountain Gallery.
Peta and Adam’s neighbour across their street makes this delicious homemade balsamic vinegar.
The village is truly a playground for all ages!
The heat was so intense, standing still made you sweaty. Playing, SUPing, swimming, and fishing at Hippie Lake was our favourite place.
The kids already had canvases and paints, looking forward to painting with me. They each chose a photo I had taken of them at Hippie Lake, and I gave them painting pointers and tips. I wish I had taken photos of their finished paintings. They looked so nice!!!
One of the best times was paddling down the River of Golden Dreams. Two pairs of us paddled canoes, a few on SUPs, Kane paddling the windsurf board, we headed out from Blueberry Dock to the river. It was so scenic, through clear waters, little rapids, sandy banks, twisty turns, and marshes. We passed by herds of guys drifting on tubes and drinking beers. Others in blow-up dingies. We stopped for a yummy picnic lunch before finishing the river paddle.
With such memorable rich visits like our time with friends in Whistler, with family in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec, our hearts are growing bigger and bigger. Each day that passes we fall deeper in love with this new life, albeit temporary. Life is meant to be lived, and for the first time in years, I really feel like we’re living it to the fullest.