Friday, July 16, 2010

The Pacific Northwest: Seattle, Vancouver and Whistler

Here's a quick recap of our whirlwind trip to the Pacific Northwest:

Thurs evening: Arrive Seattle at 10:30pm. Check into Hyatt at Olive 8. Amazingly new rooms, beautiful bathroom, busy part of town and close to everything downtown.

Friday: Wake up too early, Walk to Pike Place market

Enjoy the many many flower shops and stands

Watch fishermen throw around crabs

Eat gluten-free cookies at 9am

Go to boring sculpture park, but at least you can see the Space Needle

Pay too much to ride the elevator 46 seconds to the top

Ride the monorail back to hotel area

Depart for drive to Vancouver. Arrive Hyatt Regency Vancouver at 2pm

Shop on Burrand Street

Eat at Guu

Head to Commercial Drive aka "the drive" for Mojitos

Saturday: Wake up early again

Walk to the waterfront and see the cauldron. Proof that we were there.

Bike ride through Stanley Park

Grab Dim Sum at Kirin

Drive to Whistler, stop at Lynn Canyon for a free suspension bridge.

Check into Four Seasons Whistler. Ridic rooms - completely beautiful and fantastic bathrooms.

Creep on Amy and Eugene taking Wedding Photos from our super-cool balcony.

Prep for wedding... Watch 15 min ceremony... proceed to cocktail hour... party all night to celebrate the newly married couple.

Accidentally match the bridesmaids...

Sunday: Wake up to try to make Ziplining at 9:30am. Reschedule to noon. Eat overpriced breakfast in hotel restaurant. Go back to bed.

Finally make it to Ziplining

Watch extreme bikers tackle the course, then eat "Western Poutin" since regular Poutin has gravy (wheat)

Happen upon the Olympic Rings

Shower, change clothes, head up Whistler moutain for Moutain Top BBQ. Look for bears on the gondola ride, but none to be found.

Saw Olympic Man at the top of Whistler mountain

Enjoy all you can eat seafood grill - gotta love the oysters and mussels.

Look for more bears. Spotted a Brown and a Black bear!!!

Head to local movie theater to see Twilight Saga: Eclipse.  Why not, it was filmed here!

Monday: Drive back to Seattle to catch our flight home.

Thanks to Albert and Louisa for awesome recommendations!

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