Merritt, Vernon, Squamish, Capilano trail, Whistler,…

Part three
On the way down the Capilano trail something extraordinary happened. I was in the middle of bridge over Capliano river when I saw a bird, probably duck, falling down into the water. While I was wondering what that could be, a big eagle flew over my head, no more than 3 meters away – wings spread wide in an elegant curve through the cold air. My heart jumped and I was stunned: it was way over when I first thought about taking camera. Not that it could be of any usage, anyway. My cheap old Canon won`t be able to make more than a dark shadow even if I was expecting this. But fortunately I saw the way eagle disappeared and I though it could be sitting somewhere on the pine near other side of the bridge.

And I was right :happy:
Eagle was patient enough for me to find him (or her), to make few photos despite a miserable light and to watch him/her for a while. San agreed with me that it was really unusual – she said eagles are not common that high in the wood and mountain on this part of the year.
At the beginning, no one was around to see it flying and later, when few kids appeared, I was smart enough not to say anything. I guessed eagle would not like to be more disturbed and I didn`t feel like pointing finger in his direction.

Since I didn`t have a chance to experience a "real" Canadian winter – snow on mountain passes was just a short example for what it could be like sometimes – we decided to go and visit Whistler. I don`t think I have to talk too much about that probably the most famous village in B.C. It was center of the winter sports society all over the world last year. Just to mention that its First Nation`s name is Skwikw and that the area was important trading route between Squamish and Lil`wat people long before white men came there. First Europeans called the mountain London Mountain because of fog covered peaks but name Whistler remained thanks to hoary marmot`s call. Well, we couldn`t find any marmot but the place is beautiful :up:

Callaghan Valley – Around the World snowshoe trail
We went to Callaghan valley, a place about 14km south of Whistler, toward Squamish and Vancouver. The day was beautiful, blue skies, crisp and cold air but even -9C at noon felt like a warm day because there was no wind. I don`t know how to ski so the only option was to rent a snow shoes and take a walk on Around the World snowshoe trail. A part of it was closed so only about 9km was available. For those of you who have never seen it, this is how snowshoe look like:

I felt great, not tired at all and was sorry when it was over but day was coming to its end and soon sun escaped behind mountains and it became considerably colder.

Callaghan Valley – on Top of the World
In the evening we went to a Pemberton, a village about 30km north of Whistler. Until 1960. this place was accessible only by train but that changed when Highway 99 was built. There was only one purpose we decided to drive that far even though my body craved for laying beside fireplace, enwrapped in soft robe… San remembered that few years ago she was there in one restaurant and ordered mussels, a specialty of a local chef. I was thinking if those are really as good as those we had in Poreฤ, Croatia last year. To say the least: they were excellent!!! :chef: And it was the end of a perfect day – hot mussels in cold night, more than 100km from the nearest sea ๐Ÿ˜†
This was about all that happened during our Winter Adventure. We visited few more places around Vancouver but some of it was already mentioned before.
At the end, I must mention someone special. Wherever we went and no matter how long we stayed, there was one gentle soul that waited for us patiently. And the moment we would open the door she would be around purring. And meowing.

:heart: Cleo :heart:

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48 Responses to Merritt, Vernon, Squamish, Capilano trail, Whistler,…

  1. sanshan says:

    Wherez werz youz ? ah needz ma belly wubz!

  2. gdare says:

    Carol, thanks.:sst: this is the loudest and the most talkative cat I have ever met. But we like each other so much :heart:

  3. gdare says:

    And we complied to her wishes ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Dacotah says:

    Awesome experience with the bald eagle. Great photos. Love Cleo, so pretty and cute how she waited.

  5. edwardpiercy says:

    "even though my body craved for laying beside fireplace, enwrapped in soft robe…"Uh huh. I can imagine you did. :pA great trip and so glad you got to see the eagle. :yes: Cleo has very nice coloration to her fur. Once again, thanks for sharing all this.

  6. gdare says:

    Well, it felt nice for a while ๐Ÿ˜† But after all that walking on the snow my body needed some food too. So, it was easy to make a decision :PThanks for reading :happy:

  7. Stardancer says:

    Wow. What an incredible encounter! And adventure!I'm very glad that you and San (and Cleo!) had such a wonderful time together, Darko.Hope your next adventure goes as well.:smile:

  8. raniakasim says:

    "Walking over sky, following a bird…"do u think that this eagle think about this saying , any way i prefer cats Cleo seems so cute

  9. sanshan says:

    Being a tortoiseshell , Cleo has what is called "tortitude". Very typical of that breed she is extremely talkative and demanding and moody.

  10. Dacotah says:

    You are welcome Darko. Glad you two like each other.San, she's a cutie. I have two cats of my own. The boy is more talkative then the girl. ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. gdare says:

    Rania, I think this song is in the core of its being. Thanks :)Star, it was among the best times of my life. And it is just a beginning :happy:San, meeooowwww meeooowwww meeooowwww meeooowwww meeooowwww at 4 a.m. :DCarol, she likes me but she keeps her own set of rules. And I must obey ๐Ÿ˜†

  12. Dacotah says:

    ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. sanshan says:

    She likes Dare better because she knows I won't put up with the 4 a.m. belly rubs.

  14. gdare says:

    This is why she always comes to me first ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. kalynka says:

    Looking at the pics I start loving winter-time and going outside I stop ๐Ÿ˜† Is it the last chapter of the story :awww: ?

  16. Furie says:

    Ooooo pretty! Love that valley. :happy:

  17. Spaggyj says:

    Ha, that snowshoe makes you look small :eyes: I imagine they are difficult to wear. That valley is indeed magnificent. The snow looks so pure, untainted by feet and vehicles of city life :happy: Cleo is gorgeous, she is the same breed as my Mojee ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. thaodp says:

    really like your adventure :up: :whistle: I think that eagle must read your blog :left:

  19. edwardpiercy says:

    Originally posted by thaodp:

    I think that eagle must read your blog

    Exactly! ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. gdare says:

    Alla, I plan to make one or two more posts about our winter adventure and that`s it – but if you stay around you will see more interesting stories from Canada ;)Mik and Kimmie, it was gorgeous, the valley; snowflakes were frozen together forming a giant plates about 2cm in size :eyes: This is a crop from a high-res photo:Snowshoes are not difficult to wear, not at all. They are light (made of aluminium mostly) and make it easier to climb on the steep sides of the hill. Going down is a bit tricky butI got it easily, even though I walk in them for a first time in my life :DMit, as Ed said, exactly!!! :happy:

  21. Spaggyj says:

    Oh, my…. That is… Well, it's an astoundingly beautiful crop. Seriously. I knew they were light shoes but they sure look tricky… I bet getting it for the first times says more about you than it does about the ease of snowshoes ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. risis1977 says:

    Finally you got the eagle to see :hat: . . Love it . . Wonderful trips . . :yes:

  23. gdare says:

    Kimmie, thank you :oRisis, they were following us all the time but in a distance; it was a first time I saw it so close :happy:

  24. rose-marie says:

    Wow – a designated snowshoe trail? I have never seen that before. Over here, people wear snowshoes in parts where the snow is sort of loose and won't hold your weight.Originally posted by gdare:

    Going down is a bit tricky

    Nah. Just sit down and let gravity do what it does best :up: :p

  25. Furie says:

    Lets see, we'll take the bridge that Rose owns and move it into that valley… :sherlock:

  26. volkuro says:

    The second photo could have been taken in Quebec. I'm happy you have experienced "le vrai hiver". Did you walked a little bit off trail with the snow shoes?

  27. SittingFox says:

    Cleo! :cat: :DLovely sighting of the eagle ๐Ÿ™‚ And the marmots are sleeping at this time of year :zzz:

  28. gdare says:

    Rose, tricky part is to sit down and not to sit on snowshoes at the same time :left: Anyway, there were a lot of snow but there were bumps too. :insane:Louis, I tried, yes and found myself a bit deeper in snow, but shoes held my weight. The only difference is that it was harder to walk there. San told me Quebec look similar only the mountains are taller in BC :left:Mik, you are designing your new kingdom? :insane:Adele, Cleo always have something to say – either she wants bellyrubs or to eat or she wants to share some new knowledge with us :faint: Originally posted by SittingFox:

    And the marmots are sleeping at this time of year

    Ah, that`s it, then :cheers:

  29. sanshan says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    San told me Quebec look similar only the mountains are taller in BC

    …actually I wouldn't even call them "mountains" in Quebec. More like hills… :whistle:

  30. gdare says:


  31. volkuro says:

    While I was reading Darko's answer, I was sure that our winter Sandroid would add her own little comment to it…and yes, there it was. rolleyes:Did she also mentioned that the Quรฉbecois are more welcoming and festive? :whistle:

  32. sanshan says:

    Yes, the men definitely welcome women more…And I have to admit I miss the festivals every single day. Lobster-fest, beer-fest, jazz-fest, any-old-reason-to-drink-fest.

  33. volkuro says:

    you're just jealous… la la la…

  34. sanshan says:

    I miss the vibrancy of Quebec culture but not the winters. No way.

  35. gdare says:

    Originally posted by sanshan:


    Sounds familiar. Like in my youth… :awww:

  36. CedarFox says:

    That's awesome that the eagle flew so close to you :up:I always thought a snowshoe looked more like a tennis racket strapped to a boot. I guess not :p

  37. There2ia says:

    Welcome by an Eagle in such a great adventure and bring you both luck and happiness in your life. even the pict of the eagle is not clear but It is clear that it is big… ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. gdare says:

    Eric :left: :right::sst: I was thinking the same but didn`t want to say anything before we rented them :left::cheers:Tereisa, we thought so, too. Thank you :happy:

  39. sanshan says:

    I heard some terrible news yesterday. The reason we didn't see many eagles at Squamish is because theren't wasn't a very big run of Chum salmon this year. Many of the eagles are starving and have resorted to hanging out at the garbage dump. The wildlife rescue shelter is full of emaciated eagles right now. They do think that things will improve in March though when the herring run comes in. Fingers crossed.

  40. gdare says:

    :awww:Unfortunate way to realise how all the things in nature are connected….

  41. kalynka says:

    Of course I'll stay by ๐Ÿ˜‰ But your contdown, Darko, makes me worry ๐Ÿ˜ฎ It says "0 days until My first spaceflight" :faint:

  42. gdare says:

    Ah, actually it happened yesterday. They seemed to reschedule flight time and I was the last to know. Check out this post ๐Ÿ˜‰

  43. kalynka says:

    Wow :yes:

  44. gdare says:


  45. AnitaMargita says:

    Thanks for sharing your winter adventure, Darko. ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. gdare says:

    Anchi, it was not The Main Winter Adventure, the one that happened in Canada. But it was nice, anyway ๐Ÿ˜€

  47. AnitaMargita says:


  48. gdare says:

    :doh: :doh:I made a mistake, THIS one was a part of Winter Adventure in Canada. I must've been sleepy when I commented :left:

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