Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mountain biking in Whistler where left is right and right is right!?!

Mountain biking in Whistler on the Valley Trail is a must when you visit. It has gorgeous mountain views with a huge network of trails. Too bad when you tell your wife to turn left at the fork in the trail, she goes right, and when you tell her to turn the other "left", she almost bikes into a rock and falls off the bike. I guess the scenery confused her!! lol

We are currently staying at Nita Lake Lodge which is located in Whistler Creekside, which is one of the ares just south of Whistler Village. Our balcony is overlooking Nita Lake and the surrounding mountains, where you can step outside and start mountain biking on the Valley Trail, or fish for rainbow trout in the surrounding glacier fed lakes. Truly paradise!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Relaxing in Whistler at Nita Lake Lodge

Had a one week business trip to Vancouver, and now extended it 5 days in Whistler. This lodge is really wicked!! Our balcony is overlooking the shores of Nita Lake and surrounding by snow capped mountains!! Walked right outside the lodge today to catch a nice rainbow trout. Hiked some really nice trails to some stunning waterfalls. Also, the Kokanee Crankworx festival is going on in the main village, and will check that out tomorrow...it's the worlds biggest mountain bike festival..

Photo: Brandywine Falls, near Whistler

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Paddo, Paddo, Paddo...tan ya ghe up!!!

In January, 2008, we ended up taking a trip to the north coast of the Dominican Republic. It was awesome, since we got it free with AirMiles, so no complaints there.

We stayed in Playa Dorada area, and rented a car, to take various day trips from that area. One of the places we went to was Playa Encuentro which is near the town of Cabarete. It is really famous for surfing. I decided to finally take a short course on surfing instead of just going into the water, and trying it out. So, we get this guy from Buena Onda Surf School, who are located right on the beach. Well the guy who taught me some basics was awesome, and I learned a lot of stuff that I thought I was doing right before, but never had anyone in the water telling me my mistakes as I surf. The problem was the language barrier, as he had a very heavy Spanish accent. My wife was taking pics and filming, and it was classic, since he kept telling me this one thing, which became the "quote" of our trip to the DR...it was "paddo, paddo, paddo, tan ya ghe up!!" Of coarse what he was saying was "paddle, paddle, paddle, then you get up!!"

Well, I did just that in the water, I paddo, paddo, paddo....

This place was awesome, and the people of the DR were really cool. Driving in this country was really fun, as it wasn't boring like back home in Toronto...you needed to pass, skid, avoid potholes (more like giant caves), avoid old motor bikes and brake all the time.

This is the type of place, on the north coast of the DR that I would love to live....

Catch you on the water, and remember....Paddo, Paddo, Paddo...tan ya ghe up!!!