Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Yvonne & Andy hike to Cougar Mountain


Yvonne and Andy dropped in for a visit from Switzerland. I've known Yvonne for about 10 years, through a few crazy times in my life and I feel so blessed to have crossed paths and have her as a dear friend.

I got to meet Andy for the first time! He's very sweet, fun, and easy going. They really compliment each other, I love it when that happens!

Our Cougar mountain hike was quick. We'll have to come back to complete this one. The hike was considered easy. The trail wide with dense old growth forest lining the path. It felt like you were walking along a mouse maze. You saw nothing but forest either side of you, yet the drop off on the right hand side was very steep. Once we walked high enough above the tree line, we had a nice view of rolling mountains. The trail opened up and it was breath taking. It was 1hr in and another back, at a slow easy pace. Thankfully George kept up no back issues.

Earlier that day I tried on a couple different doggie type carrying frontpacks (looked like those baby carriers where the legs hang out the bottom) that I was considering just incase his back would give out during the hike. George looked embarrassed when I tried to put him in, and wedged his feet in the opening so he would not slip into it (insert cartoon dog here). I gave up. I think it would have crushed his ego if I would have posted a pic ;)
Daizy enjoying sweet grass, before throwing it up that night.....

I'm not sure what type of grass it was....but it was definitely considered a delicacy to these connoisseurs. I almost picked a piece to see what the fuss was about.


Yvonne came down with a cold but it didn't stop her from hiking.

We went for hot toddy & finger food afterwards in Whistler at the Four Seasons in the lounge which faces a garden patio. I enjoyed the jazz piano, cozy lounge, relaxing view, but I'm not sure I'll ever mix chocolate with popcorn shrimp, artichoke dip & Peta and Cajun wings after a hike again. It felt like eating dessert before dinner, now I know why you leave that til last.

Afterwards, we drive home to play cards (learnt a new game Romi) and enjoy decadent light & dark champagne truffles (Yvonne is my truffle dealer) and a nice red wine.... THAT was heavenly.

I miss Yvonne tons already and hope we get to visit Switzerland next summer.

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