Every now and then, I am fortunate to receive an invitation to speak at a professional conference in my area of specialization, process control. With the 2015 edition of the ADCHEM conference being held in Whistler BC, I was very honored to be asked to deliver the first plenary presentation of the conference.
I flew on a Saturday from Amsterdam to Vancouver and then completed the trip via the Pacific Coach bus to Whistler. The official conference hotel was the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside which more than met my needs over the next few days.
With all of the travel I had done to get there, I went to bed early on the Saturday night, but was wide awake when the sun came up at 4:45 am PST. With not a cloud in the sky, I jumped at the opportunity to do a good trail run. I had done a bit of pre-reading before the trip so I knew about the Whistler Valley Trail system and planned my run to head out towards Lost Lake and the cross-country trails there that serve as trail runs in the summer. Having the trails all to myself on such a beautiful morning, at each trail junction, I found myself choosing to keep going further away from the village and take in the mountain scenery. In the end, a 5 km run turned into a 11 km one but I was all done before 7:30 am. I took the opportunity to do several more runs out and back to Lost Lake over the next few days and thoroughly enjoyed them all.
I was also very impressed with Whistler itself, with summer activities in full swing on the first weekend of June. There were plenty of good places to eat and shop and the design of pedestrian areas of the village created a very European feel. The photo above shows one of the pedestrian-only public spaces within the village. I did want to give a shout out to Moguls Coffee House, which was one of the few places open for breakfast and coffee for someone like myself trying to stay close to European time. Good coffee and breakfast bagels/muffins.
Whistler is definitely a place I’d like to return to with more time to hike and mountain bike, although I’d stick to the cross-country mountain bike trail rather doing the downhill mountain biking it seemed everyone was doing.