10 Things That Make Me Terribly Happy About Summer

Canadian edition, as my seasons this year have been all over the place. But, nevertheless..

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  1. Learning how beautiful lakes are, particularly glacier fed ones.
  2. Riding bikes, all day erry day. Anywhere and everywhere!
  3. Every weekend brings a new event to Whistler, from Crankworx to Wanderlust to the free outdoor concert series
  4. Smoothies and overnight oats for breakfast
  5. Grabbing the most delicious and healthy pad thai from the Farmers Markets
  6. The sun staying up until late, giving us long days to fill with activities
  7. Temperatures never reaching above 32 degrees
  8. Cider and beer on our front porch
  9. Menchies frozen yoghurt (I found a Tutti Frutti replacement, hallelujah!)
  10. Denim shorts and a singlet is considered appropriate attire almost everywhere in town

Thanks for an awesome summer Whistler, looking forward to next year already.
Hanbel
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Let’s Catch Up

Everyday this place is feeling more like home. We live simpler, cheaper and easier, and I have to admit that I’m loving it!

The last couple of weeks have been busy, any time we’re not at work we’re trying to find something else fun to do. There’s a certain guilt that surrounds free time around here; there’s always a hike to be done, more riding to squeeze in, a new lake to hang out at… and therefore not much time for relaxing.

I think we’re managing a good balance between activities and binge watching Scandal though 😉

Here’s a little peek into our summer…

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Lake hangs with Blake and Tash, just after the birthday girl celebrated 24!

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Breathing in the summer evening air, watching Jose Gonzalez at a free concert; a bunch of mates and a flask full of whiskey included.

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“You take chairlift selfies with your clients all the time, it’s my turn!”

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Taking the kids to see the Train Wreck hike, and checking out the new suspension bridge for myself. We have big plans to hike Joffre Lake with these two, as soon as they return from their New York adventure!

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Helping Chloe ring in her 19th birthday with incredible sushi and continuous sake shots.

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And finally spending a day on Alta Lake with Crina and the generous Keith, who drove and brought kayaks for us all to use. Frolicking around the lake, jumping in for a swim, sun-baking on a pontoon, eating sliced watermelon and giggling with these two created the perfect summer afternoon! We finished up the day meeting Andrew for Crankworx action and even more sushi. If any of you come to Whistler and head to Sushi Village, you have to order the Nicole Roll. It’s not listed on the menu, but it will be the best thing you’ve eaten for a long time.

Life is sweet you guys.
Hanbel.
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Easy Like Sunday Morning

My apologies dear friends and readers, for I have been off the grid this week. I started my new job (!!!) and it’s been keeping me pretty damn busy. This week has been mostly working a 11am – 7pm shift, taking home goodies, plonking down on the couch and falling asleep. This ole body ain’t used to active working!

It’s good though, I’m really enjoying the work so far. The days go quick, the staff are awesome and I go home smelling like butter and sugar… I’m going to get so fat working here!

To counteract my freebies, I’ve been trying to maintain an exercise regime. My days off are dedicated to getting out on the bike and trying some new walking/hiking trails. Before work though, I’ve been getting up before the rest of Whistler and hitting the pavement.

I love Whistler in the early morning. For a town where nothing opens until 10am and everyone my age leads a rather party kind of lifestyle, if I get out for a run at 8am I’ll only see a handful of people out and about. It’s such a nice way to start the day and clear the mind before a full day of work.

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Happy Sunday my lovelies (my Friday, hooray!),

Hanbel
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How to Have a Lovely Day

Oh man, I’ve been a bit of a mess this week. It’s been a couple of emotional days; struggling at work, missing home, falling out of love with the bike park. BUT things are happening, and it’s changing around for me (I promise to give more details very soon).

In light of the last couple of days, I woke up today ready to change my mindset. I’ve started the day the best way I know how: went for a run, did some yoga, had a big coffee and, of course, peanut butter.

I also wanted to shed some light on some of the amazing things about this town that we have been loving over the last two months. There’s always a silver lining, and whistler has plenty!

  1. Peak 2 Peak

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One lazy Sunday morning, we took ourselves up on the Peak 2 Peak and it was phenomenal!

I’m not even sure what path we went on, but we were attempting to find the snow walls. After half an hour or more of walking up hill in high altitude (safe to say our lungs were in struggle town!), we made it to the summit. Next time, we’ll go the right way and have a proper look and play around.

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Harley, you can pay me for advertising any time 😉

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This was a good day.

2. Splitz Grill, beeeeeessssttttt burgers!

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3. Callaghan Valley

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This was part of the Jeep tour I got to do last week, I felt like a very lucky gal to be taken out here and shown some more views of this incredible slice’o’heaven – at sunset no less!

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4. Cheap drinks 🙂

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While the food can be stupidly expensive, it is teaching us how to shop economically and not to waste anything. We had a very lucky life in Perth, but I do think we were a little greedy and spoilt.

Having said that – alcohol is much cheaper. With all of the happy hours in town, drink specials and cheap liquor stores, we are never short of a good drop 😉

5. The cuddly bears

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Jokes, do not cuddle a bear. They will kill you. But they are super cute, and I’m still not sick of seeing them around the mountain!

6. Beavertails

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I really wanted to dislike these. I was hoping they would be far too sweet and gross. I was right, but if you go halves with a mate it’s a fun little treat! Once every six months will do though…

There’s plenty more to love about Whistler, like when the sun finally comes out and you grab a six pack and picnic, ride down to a lake (there are many options), bask in the sunshine and stare at the mountains. Or when you and a mate from home go on a hike through the most luscious green forests, talking non-stop for two hours straight. Or when you come home from a long day at work and your loft is toasty warm, you’ve discovered another season of Archer on Netflix and you settle in with a glass of wine or cup of tea.

I also love that I get to share it all with this amazing dude, one of the most patient and positive people I know. He’s constantly trying to see the best in any situation and motivates me to do the same. Love ya kiddo!

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Hanbel.
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Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

Okay, best thing about my job: Fam Tours.
A fam tour, or familiarisation tour, is a chance for all local businesses to get front desk staff of whistler to experience their tours. FOR FREE.

Essentially, as we are the face of the company, and the staff who spend the most time interacting with guests, it’s important for us to understand the activities that we are recommending to them. If we have a great experience, then we are much more likely to encourage every guest who checks in to go to that particular business.

Works for me, I get to see and do whistler for very, very cheap 😉

Last Thursday kick-started my week of awesome, in the most intense way: the Sasquatch Ziptrek. Spanning from midstation on Blackcomb mountain to midstation on Whistler mountain, this zipline spans over 2km and can reach speeds of over 100km/hr. It was pretty sweeeeeeeeeeet!

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I really should have saved that one until last, because going to do the TAG Superfly a few days later was a mistake. Although the company seemed more organised, and we got a chance to do four ziplines out at Cougar mountain, everything seemed so slow!

It did give me a chance to take more photos though, and the lack of rain helped me out a bunch.

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We were taken up to Cougar Mountain via ZRZ, because Whistler doesn’t do anything half-arsed.

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One bonus was getting to hold hands with the lady ziplining next to me on our last run. She was so cute, and it made her day to do that.

It doesn’t end with the ziplining though… Just yesterday, Crina and I also got to take part in one of the coolest activities in Whistler – bobsledding!

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So many helmets, so little time!

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The tour started with a walk down one section of the course, which was such a privilege. As the fastest course in the world (a fact which will never change by the way), it was insane to even see it, let alone get up, close and personal.

We were given our team, our gear, safety instructions and away we went! (With a driver on the back of course..)

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This experience was absolutely breathtaking. Like, literally. Getting up to a top speed of 88km/hr, feeling almost 3 g-force and finishing the course in 51 seconds was enough to take your breath away.

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I can’t wait to give this a go in the winter, but for now… summer is making me super happy!

Hanbel.
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I Choo Choo Choose You

Hellooooo friends and family! Still alive over here, kicking life goals and generally enjoying every moment. #sorrynotsorry

I’ve been working for a couple of weeks now, and absolutely loving it. There’s tonnes to learn and so many different processes that I’m not used to (not to mention that Whistler is still unfamiliar to me), but it feels so good to get the brain working again. It’s a great team to work with, our boss is one of the kindest and funniest people I’ve met and I’ve also had the pleasure of training with two other girls around my age.

On on of our days off, one of my co-worker gals, Crina, and I decided to make use of the beautiful weather and head off on a little hike.

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We made our way down to Function Junction in search of the train wreck. Following the trails through intense greenery and beautiful trees, we found our way to the train line.

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Where we played around, because why not?

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Nailed it.

The trail was super easy, and only around 5km long – a nice introduction for us both.

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Time for a little back story about the wreck… In 1956 a train came off it’s tracks trying to make up time and speeding along an area in repair. The nearby families and community decided to leave the boxcars there and subsequently set it up as an authorised graffiti zone.

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Every boxcar is covered inside and out with artwork, with many incredible faces staring back at you.

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You’re also in the middle of a forrest, clamouring over roots and around trees to take it all in. It was pretty spectacular and such a unique set up.

Forgoing the train tracks, we took the trail back to discover Cheakamus River and it’s gorgeous waterfall. Seriously, this place does not get any better!

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This is life for me these days; working with some cool cats, finally making money instead of spending it all, and getting out biking or hiking in my spare time.

Andrew updates:
He has started coaching in the park, and can’t wipe the smile off his face. He has started to discover the fun side to tipping, and even got tipped in beer yesterday. I’m super proud of the effort he’s been putting in over the last couple of weeks.

Whistler is the kind of town that doesn’t open until 10am, doesn’t get going until the afternoon and parties late into the night. It’s also the kind of place where nothing happens unless you make it happen. Andrew has been down at the base of the mountain most mornings, organising lessons for other coaches, shadowing their classes and now getting his own gigs. He’s consistent and reliable and I think the senior staff are starting to notice and reward him for it.

Happy happy days over here! Much love,
Hanbel.
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One Second in Whistler

I have loved this app, re-watching the little clips always puts a smile on my dial. I just mashed our first four weeks of Whistler life and it’s a nice reminder how nervous I was in the beginning and how life is steadily improving here, day by day.

However, I seemed to have forgotten my camera and miss having actual photos to look over. I started work last week also, which makes it a little more difficult to pick up my phone all the time. So, please enjoy my last One Second Everyday video … for now.

 

Ahhh Whistler, I’m so glad we picked you.

Hanbel.
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