|Brandywine Meadows (looking across to Black Tusk), August 30th, 2016|
After returning from our Vancouver Island circumnavigation, our plan was to return to Whistler to get some "mountain" time. During August-September, we did numerous dayhikes, as well as one 2-night/3-day backpack. We soon found out that our 2+months on Pelagia this Summer didn't help to keep us in hiking shape.
|Black Tusk (from trail to Mt. Price), September 13, 2016|
|Looking south towards Whistler (from trail to Cougar Mt.), October 2, 2016|
|Ancient Cedars trail (October 2, 2016)|
Enjoying our time in the mountains, we only managed one 3-night trip out on Pelagia, with one very wild sail (average 7+ knots) for 5 hours. During that short trip, we reconnected with David and Gillian on SV Carousel (our "buddy boat" for a few weeks this past Summer. Pelagia is now "bundled up" for the Winter.
As October came along, the season did a fast shift from Summer to Fall to perhaps "early" Winter. The aspens and other trees have turned golden and other colours. Bears (and other animals) are frantically filling-up with food for their Winter hibernation.
|Bear in our parking lot (filling up on berries from tree), October 8, 2016|
And to everyone's great excitement -- well, perhaps not the bears' -- snow has now blanketed the upper half of the mountains. Lots of snow (over 76 cm fallen as of Oct 18th)!
|Snow on Blackcomb Mt., October 9, 2016|
|Whistler Peak, October 9, 2016|
|Looking down 7th Heaven, October 9, 2016|
|Emerald chair on Whistler Mt, October 19, 2016|
Skiing officially starts November 24th -- we're hoping for an earlier start!