Sept. 28, Whistler - Lord of the Squirrels

Yeah!!!  We made it to the lake up high

We had an exciting night.  Tom thought for sure that Kevin got up in the middle of the night and was loudly crunching the fritos bag and crunching super loud while eating fritos and the crackers in the closet.  Lori thought Francine got up to pack the cooler and her food.  They weren't quite sure what to think when they heard snorting in the living room.

Francine, however, woke up to crunching rocks and snorting.  She thought for sure there was a bear on the gravel rocks below our 2nd floor balcony.  While running out to the balcony to look at the bears, she realized there was something in our unit.  All this woke Kevin, who went into the living room and made banging noises and tried to scare whatever out of the unit.  He got our patio door closed, which we had purposely left wide open.  It wasn't long before we heard an animal back on our patio.  It was a raccoon, eating the crackers dropped on the chase out of the unit.  He didn't seem concerned about us, shining a light thru the window.

In the morning, Francine went to the front desk to report the wild animal that was in our unit.  She thought it was a bear, while Kevin thought it was a raccoon.  The girl asked Francine if there was a mess and if anything was broke.  No, only a trail of empty baggies that had held gorp, crackers and fritos.  She confidently said it was raccoons then, and that they also get up to the 4th floor.  They snort when they get full and sleepy.  So, no bear.  Kevin did speak to a maintenance guy who said that yesterday a bear did get into a unit, and made a big mess.

Tom and Lori went home after breakfast.  Francine and Kevin had to hit the new descending trail, Lord of the Squirrels (L.O.T.S.), built by the bike club, WORCA.  The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is building a climbing trail, which isn't quite finished, but it seems the locals were doing the loop, and hit the climbing trail and then descended on LOTS.

It was quite a grunt going up a descending trail, but was worth it.  This is the first high alpine trail that bikers are allowed on.  20 mile day, and Google Earth said total elevation was 5800 feet today, starting in Creekside base area.

New, high alpine trail for bikers

Last bit of trail before we turn around

Kev at the turnaround point.  Whistler in the background.

Almost at the end of Lord of the Squirrels for us

Now descending on Lord of the Squirrels

Francine coming up to a sporty section on the rocks

Francine diverting onto the easier option

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