Generally, in life, I don’t have to much FOMO but somehow on my last day anywhere I suddenly have fear of missing out on all the things. This leaves me in a weird position where, regardless of how long I’ve spent somewhere and how much I’ve already done, I have the sense that what I do on the last day has to be momentous and memorable.
I don’t like goodbyes and I guess that stretches to saying goodbye to places too. What can I do to make this last day special and significant? It can’t just be a normal day. Which just means that I make my last day somewhere way more stressful than it needs to be.
So today, for my last day here, I took the gondola up Whistler Mountain. It was snowing and beautiful. The visibility was not as good as it has been on other days (not so special and memorable then!) but everything was so fluffy and white. I am such a kid when it comes to snow so even though there has been snow everywhere the entire time I have been in Whistler, it is so exciting to have fresh snowfall.
I had lunch in one of the restaurants at the top of the mountain (well, almost the top) and, in keeping with Whistler tradition, it was delicious.
Pumpkin cheesecake – divine.
(Trust me, it may not look like it, but it was definitely cheesecake.)
After lunch, I spent some time on the observation deck and on the slopes, some people have serious skills! Whistler really did live up to my expectations – wide-open pistes, plenty of snow, fabulous place for snowsports.
Then back down the gondola with a chatty Village Host, a final wander round the village and back to where I was staying. Decided to have a final dip in the hot tub but found my cunning plan needed some work when I discovered that I had to clear snow (in my robe) to enable this to happen. But still hot-tubbing when it’s snowing remains one of my favorite things.
All-in-all, I don’t think I did too badly for a last day. Back to Vancouver tomorrow. It’s apparently been snowing there as well so I may still be in my ski gear. Unfortunately I returned my helmet to the rental place today so I will just have to wear a regular hat. Which, to be fair, will probably be a less conspicuous thing to wear in downtown Vancouver.
Now I just need to start planning my last day there…