Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mid-Winter Break

In Washington, we are lucky enough to get “Mid-Winter Break” from school I’m not really sure why it started, but in February, all of the schools get a week off.  No complaints from me.  For the past two year, Mid-Winter break has begun with my birthday.  It’s a perfect way to celebrate my birth if you ask me!

On Valentine’s day, Rob and I took off on a Whirlwind driving trip to do some skiing and to catch some of the Winter Olympics. 

We started by skiing at Schweitzer, near Sandpoint, ID. 


Then we headed to Kalispell, Montana.  Rob’s cousins, Rob and Heather Mackenstadt were nice enough to put us up for a couple of days.  Together with their cute family we tried to make sense of the rules of Curling.


Rob and Heather and their children Keegan and Darby.  Thank you for sharing your home with us!

While we were staying with them we were able to ski at Whitefish Mountain Resort. 


Whitefish was our favorite day of skiing.  The weather was nice, the views were beautiful and even though it hadn’t really snowed in a few days, it was cold enough to keep the groomers nice and fast.  If Rob could find a job there, I’m sure we’d be moving to Kalispell.  :)

On Thursday morning we left Kalispell and headed north to Canada.  We went through Banff National Park.  It was one of the most beautiful drives I’ve ever been on.  We stayed in Revelstoke, British Columbia and Decided it is definitely a place we would like to explore more. 

We then headed to Whistler, British Columbia.  We hung out in the Village and enjoyed all the sights the Olympics brought with it.  We were able to see the Medal Ceremony where Lindsey Vonn got the Gold.  We were also able to see Bode Miller Ski in one of the Men’s Alpine Skiing events.


USA and Canada side by side :)


The Olympic rings in Whistler Village


Getting ready for my bobsled race.


Skiing in Whistler.  The men’s combined was taking place the day we skied.  You can see the start gate at the top of the hill.

After Skiing in Whistler, we decided to drive into Vancouver to watch the Canada vs USA hockey game with the rest of the nation.  The streets of Vancouver were CRAZY.  There were people every where, with 20 minute waits at every hot dog stand.  It was fun to be a part of it all.


Vancouver crowds watching the Hockey game.


One of the TVs playing the game on the street.



The Olympic flame.


The Olympic rings. 

We got home really late Sunday night.  Four hours later I was waking up and getting ready for a new work week.  We were both glad that we were able to go up and be a part of the Olympics. 


Loyce said...

What a fun trip, the pictures were great.

Yoli said...

What a way to spend Winter Break! A trip to the Olympics!! Great pictures Cindi and Rob!! And what great skiing!! Ya'll are living the good life!! We have got to find a way to move up there! ha!

Julie said...

Wish we could have been there with you! Love you guys!

Momma Drama said...

Wow! I miss Canada. That is so cool that you guys could go to the Olympics.