27.03.2014 - 08.05.2014 16 °C
The season at Revy ended in what I can only describe as a huge drunken blur. We had "Gnar Day", a day where everyone smuggles copious amounts of alcohol up the hill and dresses in the most ridiculous outfits they can find. A terrain park was set up at the midway lodge as well as a couple of jumps. After some messy stoke chair laps skiing/boarding we drunk the afternoon away watching some awesome tricks off the jumps, and some even better bails. Highlights for the day was a naked female skier doing a very gutsy spread-eagle star jump trick in front of the stunned/thrilled/horrified onlookers!
Gnar Day at Revelstoke Mountain Resort
With so many people leaving, it was pretty much impossible not to go out every night in the last week. When I made the decision to hitch straight to Big White post our season close (they were open an extra week), there were definitely a few moments when I seriously doubted I'd survive another week of drinking. Somehow, I did. In the end I managed to drag myself back to Revy and, feeling seriously polluted, joined my remaining friends in a very necessary detox/health kick.
Spring in Revelstoke was beautiful. I said goodbye to my friends at Emo's Restaurant and eagerly returned to holiday-mode. As town heated up a myriad of new and exciting activities became available to us. Days were spent hiking in the woods, discovering waterfalls, mountain biking, jogging, BBQ'ing and even attempting to learn to skateboard. There are also a heap of natural hot springs scattered around Revelstoke that I would highly recommend seeing!
The hot springs we chose to visit took a little getting to, we drove about 30min out of Revelstoke where we then caught the free ferry across the lake, driving a further 20min or so down to the start of the track. In summer you can drive almost the whole way to the springs, however as we were only barely out of winter there was still snow everywhere and we had to hike the remainder on foot. We were well prepared in our hiking gear and with plenty of snacks and the four of us made the 1 hour hike through the woods easily, finally arriving at the "Hippie Hot Springs". Upon reaching our destination we were eagerly greeted by five very friendly nude hippies that had been camping out at the springs for a few days. Though we opted for swim suits, our new hippie friends were more than welcoming. So we pulled out our beers and snacks and spent the next 5 or more hours relaxing, telling stories and drinking. By 6 o'clock it was obvious that we needed to make a move if we wanted to get back to the ferry in time, however whilst Matt and I got ready quickly enough, both Alex and Alec were thoroughly loaded on beers and were having none of it. Despite our best efforts of persuasion, neither would budge. So we abandoned them in the woods with only the clothes they wore in, fresh out of food or beers, no car as we were taking it home, and their fingers and toes crossed that the hippies would share a tent. Needless to say when they finally made it home at about 5pm the next afternoon, they admitted regretting their decision on more than one occasion. Regardless, Matt and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing their survival stories including sleeping situations, and the long journey home. Alex definitely came off better of the pair, managing to secure himself a warm spot in the middle of what he described as a sort of overnight "stacks on" hippie team huddle, whilst poor Alec was less forward and found himself shivering on the edge of the tent in the foetal position for most of the night. Alex also learnt that he had in fact met one of the hippies in a previous lifetime, whilst Alec enjoyed the rare privilege of watching how two hippies are able to aline their heartbeats through meditation. As far as the walk home, it turns out people are less than accommodating when it comes to picking up two unshaven, unwashed, unfed, mountain-men turned hippie hitchhikers from the side of the highway. In the end we worked out that both boys had walked at least 10km by the time anyone was kind enough to rescue them.
Easter weekend was not quite as wild as the hippie hot springs adventures. I put on an easter egg hunt for the boys. I have a feeling that I actually had more fun hiding and watching the boys hunt for the eggs, than they did madly racing around to uncover them! We also attended a free pancake breakfast put on by the church, barely managing to sneak out before the sermon started. The weekend ended with team Shred & Bed's orphan easter potluck BBQ at the boys house. Here we were fortunate enough to sample the best ham I have EVER eaten in my ENTIRE life - props on your cooking Alex I don't know if this one will ever be beaten! The fact that it took about six hours to perfect this ham also ensured that everyone was thoroughly polluted by the time it was ready to eat, making for an eventful afternoon and evening.
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. On May 6th I packed my bags (it took me about a week if i'm being honest), and made my way to Kelowna airport. It was a long three hour drive on minimal sleep due to my rowdy goodbye drinks the night before and I have to say a huge thank you to Sam for driving me the whole way there, and then himself back home, all whilst hungover!
I flew Kelowna - LA - Auckland - Queenstown and am now happily beginning to settle into my new home in New Zealand. It's absolutely stunning and I keep kicking myself for not having come here sooner, especially with how close it is to Melbourne! I can hardly wait until everyone starts flooding in for the ski season and am looking forward to starting the hunt for a job, car, house and some new friends! So I'll finish up with that for now and give you all an update once i've got my bearings here.
Once again love and miss you all at home. I'm only a hop skip and a jump away now so if any of you guys back home are in need of a holiday then feel free to head over for a visit!
Lots of love,