Dear Canadian Mountain Magic Families,
We’ve had a great past few days and are so excited to share what we have been up to. It’s amazing (and sad for all of us) to believe that we only have six short days left!
On day 6, the Canadian Mountain Magic group drove to Whistler, British Columbia to embark on the Guided Glacier Walk. Hanna and Brooke led the group to a great lookout near the top of the glacier. There, the group enjoyed the beautiful view of the snowy mountain peaks and took in the fresh, crisp air. Before descending the glacier, the group walked through flora and submerging snowy rocks. Ben showed great leadership by helping Alle, one of the guides, lead the group through the uneven terrain and snow. To get down the glacier, Harrison was the first to slide down its side. Laughter was heard throughout the rest of the day as stories about walking and gliding on the freshly compacted glacier snow were retold.
On day 7, the group headed to the Stawamus Chief Mountain’s base. Trip leader Jess led the trip members on a hike under thick, luscious trees. Blake encouraged Hanna and Brooke throughout the hike. Zack S. and Ethan were briskly walking to the songs they were singing. The group stopped at the Chief’s second peak to eat lunch under a blue sky. Jake and Harrison helped Trip leader Boh find the third peak. The group effortlessly climbed to the Chief’s third peak, the view being a great reward for us all! On the way down the Chief, Zac H. helped Trip director Courtney down the mountain. What great encouragement he provided!
On day 10, the Canadian Mountain Magic group witnessed the festivities of the 125th anniversary of Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia. The trip members rode tandem bikes alongside the coast of the Pacific Ocean. To the right of the group, rippled water, elegantly constructed bridges and houses, and grandiose mountains were seen. To the left, great granite cliffs and vegetation were exposed for the group to admire. Jack and Zac H. were paired up and demonstrated great teamwork to the rest of the group. They encouraged each other on their tandem bike and communicated well in order to successfully ride it. What an amazing example for the rest of the group! Jake kindly offered to ride the tandem bike with Trip leader Jess at the back of the group. He and David were enthusiastically admiring the scenery the entire way. Their positive energy was definitely contagious!
On day 12, we hiked to the Doctor’s Wall in Penticton, British Columbia. There, the trip members and Trip leaders Boh and Jess participated in a High Ropes challenge course. Jake showed great leadership by being the first trip member to rapel down into a cave. David and Jack conquered their fears by rapelling down the cave, which set a great example for many trip members. Following the ropes course, the trip members eased their way downstream the Lazy River in tubes. What a refreshing and fun activity under the hot Okanagan sunshine! The group left the banks of the Lazy River with Elvis songs stuck in their heads from having seen them impersonated by a King look a like.
We hope to be in touch again soon as we set out on the tail end of this amazing journey!
With Excitement and Love,
The Canadian Mountain Magic Team
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