Week Six: Rock Around the Clock


We were ten minutes away from departure when Jochi drove up on his scooter, pulled up his goggles and said, “You know about the rockslide, right?” I slammed the back hatch of the Jeep closed and grimaced, not wanting to hear the rest of this story. Apparently, an entire cliff face had collapsed onto on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, burying both lanes of traffic in truck-sized boulders and severing the only direct route between Vancouver and Whistler. The $775 million highway upgrade for the 2010 Olympic Games had not proceeded fast enough to prevent the rockslide or to prevent the sudden disruption of our plans to soak in Meager Creek Hot Springs this weekend. “Don’t you watch TV?” Jochi asked incredulously. I could only shake my head and thank him for the news before marching back upstairs to research last-minute alternatives.

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