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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sea to Sky Gondola: A Must Do for even the Semi-Adventurous

On Saturday I was able to go to the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, and it was an amazing experience!  Our day started with a ten minute ride up to the summit in the gondola which was actually terrifying.  My advice:  if you're scared of heights make sure you go on a day that's not too windy, unless you want to be rattled by nerves the whole way up.  Even through my consistent screams every time the gondola swayed back and forth I was able to enjoy the beautiful views, but I was still very relieved to make it to the top.

  Once there we made our way across the suspension bridge, which, although offering awe-inspiring views, was scarier than the gondola, if that's even possible.  I made it about two thirds of the way before I had to start running.

Next we walked the Panorama Trial.  1.6 km of paved trail makes for an easy and enjoyable walk for all ability levels that leads to the Chief lookout.

But fair warning, if you do go on a windy day, make sure you hold on to your hat, because as I learned, gravity works.

Here is a photo of me in the process of loosing my hat.

But lucky for me, the staff at the Sea to Sky Gondola are some of the nicest people I've met who exceeded in my expectations of customer service.  To my surprise, they were eager to help me get my hat back, and it was a happy reunion. 

We had lunch at the Summit Restaurant and went on another walk around the Wonderland Loop.  This walk had a more adventurous vibe,  a single lane, through the forest hike.  It was short, but challenging enough to be lots of fun, including puddle jumping, trail navigating, and view appreciating.

Overall, it was a great day that awakened the adventurer in me.  But don't just take my word for it, go to the website and start planning your own gondola experience.  You won't be disappointed!

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