When my son, Brett, was in the 5th grade, his teacher asked the class to write about a place they loved. He chose Whistler, a place he had visited five of his ten summers–half of his life. At age ten, he still loved our week in Whistler. And now, twenty-two years after our first visit, I’m here enjoying my week(s)–this time alone, but I’ve got to say, I still love my time in Whistler. Brett is almost twenty-seven now and working (and dogsitting for me) while I take that week that once meant so much to him. Way back in the fifth grade, he made a poster with two snapshots (developed from a roll of film, no less) of Whistler Mountain and the following description:
All The Places to Love: Whistler – by Brett Miller
Whistler is the best place on Earth!!!!!!! We go to the village, have lunch/dinner. We go to our condo, swim, and go to bed. In the morning we watch the sun rise over the mountain. Then we swim, see beautiful scenery from the golf course, in peace and quiet. Later we go to the village, buying things here and there. I enjoy the sight at night of satellites and shooting stars. Where else is quite so peaceful?
I couldn’t agree more! I framed his words and pictures and have looked at them every day for almost seventeen years.
Why do I love this place so? The mountains are awesome and the wildlife is incredible–although I haven’t seen a bear yet this year. When I listen to the creek rushing through the valley it feels like lifeblood rushing through my veins. Looking down at the creek or up to see the top of the mountain, my heart is full, my spirit lifted.
I’ve been here nine days as I write this and have seen the beauty that nature provides surrounding my everyday activities. I have golfed, explored the trails to Lost Lake, shopped at the Farmer’s Market, indulged in a hot fudge sundae or two at Cows and, this year I experienced a fantastic outdoor concert with Michael Franti–Wow!
And now my time is in Whistler is coming to an end. One more golf game with my friends, one more night to watch for shooting stars and one more day to infuse this beauty into my soul. I miss my son, my family, my friends and my dog, so I’m ready to come home. But, I will be bringing back a sense of peace and joy from my time in Whistler.
As Brett said so many years ago, of all the places to love, Whistler tops the list.