As I said, on our Whistler trip the boys went biking and the girls went shopping. I actually wanted to do the Monkey-do obstacle course in the tree tops, but I was out-voted 3:1. Which I understand - I do a lot more shopping than they do (in fact I had done quite a bit of shopping the week before), and often it feels like work to me, but shopping is something my girls rarely do so it is a holiday novelty thing for them.
Even in stores that didn't carry Chloe's size she always managed to find a hat or sunglasses to consider.
Carmen tried a few things on but what she really wanted was the 2010 Winter Olympics mascot stuffies. Chloe also chose toys and between Carmen's stuffies and Chloe's bow and arrows (with suction tips that stuck to the interior of the car windows nicely, thank-you) it was a fun drive home. (How often is the drive home from a holiday any fun at all?)
We girls swam both before and after we shopped.
Whereas the boys only swam after the rain shut down the chair lifts up the mountain.
We did a quick trip into Vancouver and went to the aquarium there. I have to say I like the Newport Aquarium in Oregon a little better, but I did love this exhibit. They had maps for each of the tanks in this section of the aquarium showing which inlet along the coast of British Columbia was represented there. It was fascinating that though geographically close, each inlet has such a unique population and ecosystem.
And what's a holiday without food? The eating was spectacular. We went for sushi, naturally. Ken gets the shakes if he goes too long without it. The bakery in the village made amazing crepes. I wish I would have photographed my frittata with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and feta that I had for breakfast at La Bocca. I'm sure I enjoyed it as much as Ken's Pacific Eggs Benedict (smoked salmon instead of back-bacon). Jaclyn ordered a 'hot' Caesar Salad, which would be easy to duplicate with hot bacon slices, freshly sauteed homemade croutons, and a grilled lemon on the side. Pretty much we dropped $130 at almost every meal. Good thing it was only a 4 day holiday, and that 4th day was fast food all the way home so more like $40/meal.
My favourite dinner was a pasta dish at La Bocca, which reminded me of this recipe I used to make from "In the Kitchen With Rosie" (Oprah's former personal chef). I'm happy to remember an old favourite: