We stock up the camper with fresh water etc and head out hoping to catch the 12.35 ferry with only 30 minutes to do 30 miles at 60km an hour. The speed limits are painful here but we make it literally minutes before they stop letting people queue up.
It's another lovely ferry ride lasting only 40 mins and we exit aiming for Whistler with a stop near a creek on Cal Cheak road. It's only a 2-hour drive, 10 km from Whistler, but we have 2 weeks to do this route so need to take it easy. The drive is stunning so mountainous, every turn brings a new view more beautiful than the last with snow-capped mountains in the distance framed by forests of evergreen trees and huge hills and mountains, the roads are littered with avalanche and Bear warnings - that's different! We pass Whistler mountain and some lovely quaint cabin like homes. We find Cal Cheak recreation site with ease, it's gorgeous - that blogger really knows what she's talking about. The only way to describe it is if you're a Twilight fan - you know the big trees in the forest where Edward exposes himself as a vampire (yes this is Jacqs description) the tall thin trees all within a metre of each other that extend so high you think there no way anyone could climb them? We're camped in those, it's so beautiful and although close to the road all you can hear is the creek beside you that flows heavy from the mountain - Bear warnings are everywhere and there's quite a few people camped up here but we manage to get one of the last spots equipped with a fire ring and bench. It's $12 for the night check out is at 12pm.
We go for a stroll to pay at the concession box and walk along the river where evidence of this area being Bear country is clear. We see shredding tree barks covered in claw marks and we grab some snaps by the river. Matt finds a Dirty Dancing log over the river he wants to walk it but Jacq quickly reminds him of his swimming skills (or lack of) and he settles for sitting over the river feet dangling with the current passing beneath him. It's class, so peaceful here. Times like this we miss our mates though and wish we had them here to see this, Matt's certain Steph would be in heaven, Jamie would fit in so well too with his new lumberjack beard.
We head back and sit outdoors playing cards for a while before surrendering to the bugs and heading indoors. Apparently, it's not mosquito ridden but it's full of gnats being so close to the water. We chill and plan our next moves looking forward to exploring Olympic Whistler tomorrow.