I’m back with a the report about the weekend.
Saturday we first went to the airport To say goodbye to a friend. She is just a great person so I had to do that. I went together with one of my other German friends here. It was sad that she left but I also realized how happy I was that I had the opportunity to meet here and a few other great people. That made me a bit less sad.
From the airport we went straight to Grouse mountain. One of the tallest mountains here in the area. Grouse is 1200 meter high and has a nice trail up. You clime 853 meters on a 2.9 kilometre trail what means you clime a lot. The average on the hill is 31% climbing what is a lot (the steepest part is 56% down). they call the hike also Mother nature Stairmaster. Maybe because it contains about a 2830 stair steps. What is 157 times more then a average stair.
We started climbing at 4:30 a normal time to hike up is between 90 and 120 minutes. I clocked my time at 79:00:01 What is considered as fast so I’m happy with that I think I could go a bit faster if I took less pictures and spread my energy better. I think I should be able in 70 Minutes if I really want it. But it’s hard and to be honest I was happy to be up.
when we where up we went to watch the grizzlies they have up there (they are adopted) and then we took some weird steep and snowy roads up the the highest point. We took some photo’s and walked back. From the trail and back was an extra 2 hours hike. and we took some breaks so right now it was 8:37 when we decided to go down again. They say you should not hike down it’s to steep and dangerous but we wanted to do that and we did not care that the sunset would be at 9:07 so that meant we had to hurry up.
So we started to hike back it’s really bad for you knees. After about 14 minutes we came along a rescuer he just checked of everyone was off the trail. And he asked us of we had a flash light but we did not have this. So we got one. He said we would need it we kept hiking on a good speed and made it all the way down in 55 minutes. It was so hard that we where shaking on our legs but we made it. And it was not completely dark yet we could still see most of the trail only reading signs was sometimes a bit harder. I guess most people think we are crazy but we had fun and when i came home I was so tired that I could go straight to bed.
And then we had this morning I was going for whale watching with one of my Swiss friends. I had to go up at 7:30 (What is early for me) and we went to Granville island to take the boat. We are adventurous people so we took a open boat what means you get a suit and stuff to stay warm and dry.
We had waves up to 1.5 meters what made it fun for us (some people in the boat liked this less) And we got some water in the boat. But of course what happened no whales today. We saw some bold eagles sea lions and seals. But now the good part they have a warranty so no whales means we can go again for free. So this was just a 5 hours free boat ride for us. And Free is always good. So I hope we see whales the next time. And with the waves I still enjoyed my day so no worries.
And that was my weekend in a short line. Want the whole story I’m almost back so then I can tell you the story (may in Dutch as well).