The Squamish River
I am slowly falling in love with Squamish. Not really the town itself - although there is a really great sandwich shop with a delicious turkey and cranberry number... but the surrounding wilderness.
Today the adventure north was to try mountain biking for the first time with my sister-in-law. I had a feeling I might love it, and sure enough I think I have found another passion. I should say though that it wasn't really "mountain" biking, more like trail-through-the-woods biking... there wasn't really any real downhill and it wasn't a particularly challenging ride. I think they call it a green run (or the biking equivalent). But still, it was enough of a taste of the sport to have me hooked for more. My brother is a serious mountain biker - like the crazy type. And I aspire to be like him. :D
After our ride, we headed to Alice Lake. Something kind of interesting (and glad I didn't know before) about this lake is that due to the presence of a smelter operational until 1972, the water became so acidic the only life form in it was some metal-tolerant algae. I wish right after the website told me that, they would then tell me that now it supports a host of thriving species... or at least, that I don't need to worry about my skin falling off. So far, so good though. I am a little bit ashamed to say this was my first time this summer getting in the water. I am usually in the water as soon as the sun makes an appearance, so I am glad this wrong is righted. By the way, smelter has nothing to do with the fish - but more to do with extracting metals from their ore. Hmmm another very wrong assumption.