Yes, I know - I suck. It's been ages since I've added anything to this little web site. In my defense, there's not been a lot going on. The usual - play some volleyball, work, play a little bit of poker, hang out with friends. All in all, it's been a good summer.
This past weekend was the Urban Rec Whistler Open. I got hooked up with some friends-of-friends, and played reverse fours at the tournament. It was a complete blast - there were so many people I knew up at the tourney, so we had a great time. I took off a little early from work, and drove up to Whistler on Friday afternoon. It was an easy drive, and I was at the condo by about 6:00. This was way too much fun - there were like 25-30 of us sharing three, three bedroom condos. It was pretty much chaos - people everywhere, but it just added to the fun. Friday night we all partied at Buffalo Bill's, one of the local bars, until late into the night.
On Saturday morning we dragged our sorry asses down to the tournament. I was playing with some new friends - Sheri, Oahn and Dan. We weren't the best team out there, but we won our share of games and had a great time. It was an amazing day - sunny, warm but not too hot. Even managed to play the whole day without any major injuries. I know - you're all shocked.
After the tourney, we headed back to the condos and got cleaned up. Moira, Jonty, Moira's brother, his girlfriend, Mark and I went to Earl's for dinner. Good meal, but the worst service ever! It was comical it was so bad. That evening we crashed the hotel next door's hot tub, got kicked out and then headed down to Garfinkels for another night of rowdiness. A good time was had by all. I was pretty sore from the full day on the grass, and crashed a bit early. Not long after I got back to the condo, another group of people came back and we stayed up pretty late just talking, laughing and having a good time.
Sunday morning we were out by 11ish, and headed back to Vancouver. I decided to take a little side detour on the way home, and headed down into Squamish Valley/Paradise Valley to take my little SUV off the beaten track. I headed out onto some logging roads, into the back country a little ways. now let's be honest - this isn't "off roading", but it was a little more than most cars could handle. I did head up some single lane paths into the bush, and test the off road capabilities of my truck. It's not bad - not a Jeep or anything, but more than enough for what I'm looking for. I did almost get stuck at one point, trying to cross a washed out part of the road... The scenery was amazing - there are a few photos below.