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Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016: Surprise snow

Greetings from Whistler, the ski destination about an hour and a half north of Vancouver. We experienced a short snowfall this afternoon that was a delight to see, and had me worried about the drive home, but rain washed it away.

The view of Alta Lake in the photo is from the lodge owned by the Tyrol Ski and Mountain Club. Frannie in Vancouver Cohousing is a member of the club and arranged to rent it for the weekend, so a gang of us are up here for the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.

It’s a large, rustic building with myriad little rooms to stay in and a big living and kitchen area with a fireplace to share. My room is on the quiet side away from the families, with a bunk bed that I’ve fixed up cosily with my down duvet from home.

I got up early to stream Canada’s No. 1 tennis player in the semi-finals of the China Open in Beijing at 6:30 but was dismayed to learn he had sprained an ankle and had to drop out before the match started. I hope Milos heals in time for the tournament in Shanghai next week.

I’ve been having fun here playing table tennis, napping, chatting and chopping yams for tonight’s potluck dinner, the centrepiece of which is a ducken – a chicken stuffed inside a duck that Fabrice brought from Calabria on Victoria Drive.

I whipped up a mango and cherry protein smoothie for breakfast and a juice from Chaser’s Juice and Deli in Vancouver called Tropical Greens – pineapple, mango, coconut water, kale, celery, cucumber, ginger, lemon and apple. Delicious!

It tasted better than any of the juices I’ve made on my own where I’m throwing in whatever I’ve got. Maybe it’s time to follow some proven juice recipes.

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Thanksgiving dinner at Tyrol Lodge.