Ka Ti


Ka Ti

These travel blogs are a way of keeping a journal about the journeys I make and the things I see or do along the way. I am no natural author and photography is not something I'm particularly skilled at! These blogs are written for myself, and not to make recommendations to influence anyone else's travel plans. If you are interested in anything here, please feel free to leave a comment.

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Nanaimo June 23rd 2013

Whilst Whistler still has many charms to keep my interest, I was starting to feel the pressure of living constantly in the Whistler 'bubble'. Whenever I've previously wanted to get out of Whistler, I've usually always headed down to Vancouver to enjoy some shopping and noodles from the Food Court in the Pacific Center. This time, I decided I would head over to Vancouver Island, to the quiet town of Nanaimo for some rest and relaxation. I was in a bad mood when I set off and the journey down to Nanaimo wasn't particularly enjoyable. The Greyhound route along the Sea-to-Sky highway was beautiful as ever - offering views of the various lakes and snow covered mountains. I left Whistler on Sunday afternoon, along with many of the participants of the "tough mudder" event that took ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler April 17th 2013

The end of the season is fast approaching, with Spring having well and truly sprung! Patches of grass are appearing at the base of Blackcomb mountain and the Pitch 'N' Putt can be seen now the snow has melted. Whistler Council is hard at work planting spring flowers and crocuses can be seen lining every walkway in all their purple, yellow and white glory. The temperatures continue to be mild, with sunshine lasting all day long. I had my final shift at work so now is the time to enjoy some spring snowboarding. The snow is less than optimum condition, but the beautiful 'bluebird' skies more than make up for it. The awe-inspiring views make for lazy board days and relaxed traversing down the runs. The number of holiday makers has dwindled and I have found ... read more
New set-up
View from the chair lift

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler February 7th 2013

Another great team building activity this week was a Snowmobiling Wilderness Tour. There have been a couple of trips organised by my manager, and today was my turn! Myself and five colleagues got the opportunity to go on a 3pm Wilderness tour with Canadian Adevenure Tours. We met at the booking office site in the Carlton Lodge in Whistler and filled out our damage waivers. From there it was a short walk over to the shuttle bus. The journey over to the Callaghan Valley took about 20-25 minutes. On the drive over, our guide talked to us about the tour that we would be doing. I was definitely nervous about going snowmobiling as I had heard how physically challenging it could be and I was also nervous about using machinery on snowy/icy ground. The guide was ... read more
Alpine level
Group Photo

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler February 6th 2013

It's been a while now since I last had time to write or had something I'm able to write about! Working in the hotel has been keeping me pretty busy - I was promoted to a supervisor role in the beginning of January so these last few weeks have been a huge learning curve! Nothing much has changed really - just more paperwork to fill out, meetings to go to and emails to read. One of the great things about my job is that my manager is always looking for great ways to get the team to bond. We've done various activities this week including going tubing at the Coca-Cola Tube Park and snowmobiling too. The tube park was a lot of fun! There are pre-made snow runs which you go down in a giant inflatable ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler December 12th 2012

Living and working in Whistler for a season entitles you to Spirit Pass. Getting a lift pass for the whole season means that you need to attend a Spirit Pass session. The Spirit Pass session basically informs you on the history of Whistler, the main rules and tips on staying safe on the mountain and also, as a worker in Whistler, how you can improve the overall experience of the people who visit each year and make it the great town that it is. The session was hosted by local celebrity Mike Douglas - pioneer of the first ever twin-tip ski amongst other things! To be honest, I'd not heard of him before todays session, but afterwards, I was wondering how I could not know about him. His relaxed, friendly approach to his presentation meant that ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle December 2nd 2012

A friend of mine had her birthday last Wednesday and to celebrate, she wanted to go to Seattle for the day. I headed from Whistler to meet her in Vancouver the night before and on Wednesday morning we headed over to Pacific Central in Vancouver to catch the BOLTBus down to Seattle. The journey takes around three and a half hours (including time spent in Immigration) and for $20 return, it's a pretty cheap deal. The journey itself was pretty uneventful - only the experience in Customs and Immigration seems worth mentioning. Before getting on the bus and departing from Vancouver, we needed to fill out the standard declarations forms for entering into the USA to speed up the whole process for everyone passing through Customs. We got off the bus and queued up inside, waiting ... read more
Toffee Apples
Pike Place Market
Fruit Stall

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler November 27th 2012

The snow has finally arrived here in Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb has opened up the mountain! Opening day was a little sketchy, with only a few of the 200+ runs open, and not all the way down either. Since then, snow has fallen pretty much every day - with 25cms falling last thursday. Theres a big high pressure weather system moving this way so there's the expectation of snow and a low of -20 degrees celcius down in the village. The cold weather combined with the new festive decorations makes it feel like Christmas is really on the way.... read more
Fitzsimmons Creek
Olympic Rings
Down in the village

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler October 26th 2012

I've been up in Whistler Village now for 10 days. It's given me plenty of time to explore the village and the surrounding areas. One of my favourite places in Whistler is an area called The Lost Lake. The area surrounding the lake is known as the Lost Lake Park and makes up part of the cross country skiing trails in Whistler. When there's no snow, you can also follow the trails by foot. Over the last ten days, we've explored a fair majority of the trails - from easy walks, to more uphill challenges, there is a trail for any mood you might be in. There is no real way to describe the view of the lake, so see for yourself in these pictures!... read more
The Lost Lake
Lost Lake Map
The Lost Lake

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler October 26th 2012

After a final breakfast of bagels and fresh fruit and the third check of the hostel room, we checked out and headed for the bus stop. We had booked the $15 bus ticket to Whistler Village the week before so we all we had to do was turn up at the bus station and check in out luggage. I hadn't really gained any baggage from my week in Vancouver so my baggage allowance was fine and I headed out towards the bus. The other girls had gained even more luggage since arriving in Vancouver and had to pay a fair amount extra for the extra baggage weight. We boarded the bus and settled in for the the two and a half hour journey to Whistler Village. The views were amazing on the drive up - I ... read more
Whistler Village water feature
Low cloud cover

North America » Canada » British Columbia October 24th 2012

After spending most of my first week in Vancouver in the city, I decided to head out to the Lynn Valley to walk through the woodland and see the suspension bridge. Some of the others wanted to come too so we set out in our little group to head over to North Vancouver. We got a day-pass for $9 from Granville station and headed down to Waterfront to catch the Seabus over to North Vancouver. The trip takes around 15 minutes and on a clear day you can see all of North Vancouver shoreline and the harbour. After arriving in North Vancouver, we caught the bus over to Lynn Valley. It was a short walk from the bus stop to the actual park entry and from there we walked directly over the Suspension Bridge. The first ... read more
The Creek
Group photo
Walking through the woods

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