How was the weekend?

I bet you were lazier than some of us this weekend, because let me tell you, we took on quite a challenge, but we made it!

Sunday was the day. Equipped with lots of water, snacks and some caffeine we were optimistic to reach our goal: Hiking the Grouse Grind.

I mean, I’ve read about it before, heard from others how hard it was, but really I didn’t believe it. I got proved wrong. It turned out to be one of the more challenging hikes I’ve done so far. Not that I’m a professional, but I thought I’d be fitter. 😀 The hike is about 2.5 kilometres long and has an elevation gain of 800m with a total of 2,830 stairs! That’s pretty tough.

The hardest part for me was the beginning, because you go up and up and up… and there seems to be no end. Then, finally a sign! It tells you that you reached the 1/4 mark. Pretty demotivating to me. But it turns out none of us is a quitter, so we kept going, reached half way and kept going! From that point it was clear, there’s no way back down now.

On our way we saw a lot of people struggling, which made me feel a little better, because I knew I’m not alone. Of course we also saw people passing us with such lightness, but I told myself “they’ve probably done this many times before”. I also think the actual challenge was not the hike itself, but the fact that you want to be faster than others. You try to pass people, or at least not lose sight of them. You try to make it up the mountain in less than the average time of two hours, which makes the hike even harder than it already is.

After seeing the 3/4 mark I felt motivated to reach the top. I could feel I’m in the homestretch and I increased my pace. The feeling of finally reaching the top was incredible. Since the weather was very cloudy, the view was very limited, but at least the air was nice and cool, perfect for a workout like this. After everyone arrived we had some food and drinks at the Chalet before we went exploring the mountaintop a little further.

We tried to spot the two grizzly bears Grinda and Coola, who reside at Grouse mountain, but they were asleep. On our way back down with the gondola we got lucky and had an amazing view over Vancouver. All in all, I’d say it was a pretty successful day.

Would I do the Grouse Grind again? – Maybe.

What about you? Have you done it? Or is it on your list? Was your weekend active? Or lazy?

Tell me more about it next Pub Night, 7pm at Sailor Hagar’s in North Vancouver! It’s only a short walk from the sea bus and has a beautiful view over Downtown Vancouver. Plus, it’s a real neighbourhood pub, as Canadian as it gets. 😉

See you all there!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

Go whale watching at least once in your life!

This weekend , I rented  a car and went to see Vancouver Island with some friends. After spending the first day in Victoria we decided to do a go on a AMAZING experience: Whale Watching!

As you can see on the pictures, you have to be really well dressed with warm clothes even if they provide you with a massive Eskimo suit!! The zodiacs go really quickly and the wind can be freezing even though it seems warm when you are on shore! For the people that don’t like a fresh breeze and water in their face and prefer to have facilities on-board there are bigger boats. But personally I would recommend to go on a zodiac or semi-covered zodiac to get a real feel of how impressively big and beautiful these animals are!

An orca (killer whale) is the size of two elephants, and a blue whale is the size of 6 to 8 elephants! Unbelievable! I only saw a bunch of orca’s – but it was enough to make me feel humble and awed by these awesome and gorgeous animals that live in the ocean!

From Victoria on Vancouver Island, the cheapest company  is Ocean Exploration ( Adult $79, Student $75) and the most famous is Prince of Whales! This is the one we took because the other one was full, and it was really good! We saw all the islands around the area and had a really nice and fun time out on the water.

If you want to go from Vancouver, we have a good address for you! Vancouver Whale Watch (the photo above) works with us and they have already send  a lot of INTERNeX people out on the sea and they all saw whales after a few minutes! And right now is the best season for spotting e.g. killer whales!  It’s more or less the same thing to go from Victoria or Vancouver for whale watching because you will see the whales between these two cities. If you want to book the trip with our partner, feel free to come at the office or contact us at pr@internexcanada.com for more info!