The Secret is out; How I save my sanity

Driving along the old Marine Drive around the West Vancouver Yacht Club.

Driving along the old Marine Drive around the West Vancouver Yacht Club.

Highway 99, aka the Sea-to-Sky Highway, is the key to my sanity.  Phew, my secret is out.  Over the years, I’ve driven this highway countless times and many of those were purely for the purpose of re-balancing my inner peace.

The Sea to Sky Highway that heads towards Whistler and Pemberton is nothing short of spectacular. With every sharp curve and turn there’s a new and different breath taking sight to behold. The road bends, turns, and winds it’s way with the mountain on one side and cliffs falling into Howe Sound on the other.  This is what brings me back from the brink of insanity.  My foot on the peddle presses me forward knowing that every turn leaves my  problem further behind.  The problems are not left behind forgotten, but somehow the stunning scenery reminds me that there is beauty in everything and I need to take the time to breathe and open my eyes again.  It simply renews and strengthens me to face whatever is at hand.

A peak from the Sea-to-Sky Highway down onto Horseshoe Bay

A peak from the Sea-to-Sky Highway down onto Horseshoe Bay

The final destination never seems to change.  I always seem to end up at the Howe Sound Inn & Brewery in Squamish.  It’s where I grab a patio table, order a drink, open whatever book I’m reading at that moment and just let the healing begin.

My delicious mid-afternoon lunch on the patio of Howe Sound Brew Pub

My delicious mid-afternoon lunch on the patio of Howe Sound Brew Pub $9.99 + $4 for the salmon…total deal!

In other words, it’s my Zen moment. The next few hours are simply spent on re-connecting, healing, reflecting, relaxing….all those good things that a person needs when stressed out.

Last week I made my trek back to my ‘not so secret spot’ anymore and just took in the beauty this drive had to offer.  I grabbed the opportunity to say my good-byes before our family heads out for our year of adventure.  Closure.  Reflection.  Anticipation.  We’re all good now…me and the Sea-to-Sky Highway are looking forward to meeti

Furry Creek - looking north off towards Squamish

Furry Creek – looking north off towards Squamish

ng up again when I return.

Furry Creek overlooking the Georgia Straight

Furry Creek overlooking the Georgia Straight

Britannia Beach - A couple enjoying the view.

Britannia Beach – A couple enjoying the view.

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