Thursday, September 2, 2010

Looking at Whistler Skies.

This past weekend my husband and I took a longer-than-usual Sunday drive, doing a round trip of four hundred kilometers to play tourist on Whistler Mountain for the day!

If you watched any of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games held this February in Vancouver, you would have seen many televised events from the ski hills and sled runs of Whistler. .
Getting up to Whistler Mountain was always a challenge. A precarious two-lane road hugged the hillsides too tightly for comfort and the sheer drops on the open side gave
many a passenger pause on the return trip!
Snow and falling rock closed the road with some frequency…and the endlessly twisting road was never a joy to drive in the dark.

All this changed with the announcement that Vancouver was getting the Olympics. Work began on the new Sea-To-Sky Highway, with its extra lanes and added security features.
Now it is a joy to drive, although still challenging in the winter, and the scenery is quite stunningly beautiful. It was a wonderfully moody day, weather-wise, when we went, and my camera seemed always to be pointing at the sky, torn as it was between sun and cloud...

I’m posting my favourites for this week’s ‘Looking At The Sky Friday’, graciously hosted by CrAzY Working Mom at the link below. Do stop by for skies that will inspire!
I have also put a few Whistler photos on my main blog, ‘Imagination Lane’, for the ‘Project Genesis’ forum. If you would like to check these pics out or learn more about the eco-friendly ‘Project Genesis’, do follow this link:



Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh wow, how gloriously beautiful. Those mountains are amazing. Now I REALLY want to make that drive!!!! maybe we can make it happen next spring.............I love all ofyour spontaneous adventures! Lovely to just get in the car and figure out where you're heading on the spot. Quite wonderful!

Tete said...

I'm not sure which is more amazing, the mountains or the clouds. It's all so wonderful- thanks for sharing!
I'm glad there were no views over the edge.

Crazy Working Mom said...

Those wispy clouds look like they are coming out of the top of the mountain. Very nicely captured. Thanks so much for sharing with us! Very captivating photos.

Happy Friday!
-Tisha, Looking @ The Sky on Friday

Kim, USA said...

Wow these skies are fantastic! Happy weekend!
Blue sky

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

craggy peaks
kissing passing clouds—
the old flirts

Looking at the Sky…through Trees

Lynette Killam said...

Wonderful comments, everyone..thank you so much! And MMT..your poem is perfect and it! said...

These are all amazing!

That road sounds much better now.

Belle said...

So nice! And yes these shots are amazing.

Eden said...

Beautiful series of sky photos. Great shots.

Thank you for the visit.

EG Wow said...

The sky shots are awesome! I visited Whistler a long, long time ago and remember the wining road and the beautiful breathtaking views! NICE!

Lindy MacDuff said...

Beautiful, breathtaking views! That drive on the Sea-to-Sky Highway sounds exhilarating!

Thank you for your visit and comment on my sky view post. Wishing you a great start to the new week. =)

Irene said...

Wooow! Beautiful images. Those mountains are amazing!

Kay L. Davies said...

Hi Lynette --
Last time I went to Whistler I was living in the BC Interior, so went the other way, across to Lillooet and DOWN to Whistler. It's been quite a while, though. Have been on the old Sea-to-Sky several times, but not for a long, long, long time.
Your pictures make mountain photos in Olympic TV coverage pale in comparison, or maybe we were distracted by all the the events and athletes! I tried to get tickets for some Olympic events but that silly raffle system they used, well... anyway, some of my family got to some hockey games in Vancouver, and my youngest brother got last-minute tickets to see Alexandre Bilodeau's gold medal presentation.
I love Magical Mystery Teacher's magical little poem about the crags and clouds, too.

Linnea said...

Those are amazing skies you captured during your visit. I visited Whistler several summers ago. It was simply gorgeous - a great summertime destination!

Catherine said...

Truly beautiful Lynette!

sebi_2569 said...

superb; bravo

SquirrelQueen said...

Magnificent views of both mountains and skies.

Powell River Books said...

Thanks for stopping by my Skywatch Friday post and commenting. It has been over twenty years since I've been to Whistler. OK, let's be honest, probably more like forty but who's counting. We really wanted to attend some of the Olympics since they were so close by, but we never made it through any of the lotteries and refused to pay the higher prices on resales. But it was fun to watch them on TV. - Margy

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Lynette, Looks like you have done alot of traveling in your lifetime.. That's so neat. I haven't --but would love to....

I would love to take this drive to Whistler.. I enjoyed the Olympics so much. I also had some Australian blog friends who just got home from a Canadian/Alaskan trip. They went to Whistler... WOW!!!!

Thanks again for sharing... I hope to look at lots more of your posts.

manikchand said...

Marvelous pictures, its almost as if the clouds are trying to say something to the mountain!