Good night from Squamish, British Columbia, where we’re parked in a gorgeous campsite overlooking Howe Sound.
We started the day by continuing our tour of in Vancouver. First, we visited the garage Daryl rents for his woodworking projects. He has all manner of alluring tools, including a belt saw and a combination plane.
Then we went to tour his office. Daryl is a mechanical engineer with Zaber, a company that designs and manufactures high-precision actuators. Daryl walked us through the various departments—from firmware development to circuit design to fabrication and machining. My favorite stop on the tour was the long-term testing room, where the products Zaber sells are being tested 24/7 to get a sense of their longevity for the sake of troubleshooting.
Engineering is a fascinating discipline for which I lack the required skills. But I have so much respect (and gratitude) for the people who do it. Without them, the world would not run smoothly.
Then we drove north about an hour and a half to Squamish, a town surrounded by mountains and the waters of Howe Sound. Along the way we stopped to get some poutine—Fries and cheese curds doused in brown gravy. It was, in a word, sublime.
Tonight’s campsite has the best view of any we’ve stayed in this year—surrounded by trees and overlooking the water. I put a lasagna in the oven then took a nap while it baked.
After dinner, we rode the Sea to Sky gondola up a very tall mountain. At the top, we braved a suspension bridge and got some photos as the sun set. On the way back to our campsite, we stopped to view the stunning Shannon Falls, a preposterously tall cascade of water that is now officially my favorite waterfall.
Squamish is a gorgeous spot. There are three ski mountains nearby if you’re into that sort of thing. I used to be, long ago, but then one year on Christmas Eve I crashed into a tree while skiing and my poor mom had to come to the hospital to pick me up. In the process, she forgot about the turkey in the oven, which burned to a crisp. I don’t feel the need to ski anymore.