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Monday, June 28, 2010

It's All Downhill From Here

In retrospect I should have come up with a better title for this post.  This past weekend up at Sun Peaks was anything but downhill, but the fact that my son and I spent the weekend trying out their Bike Park ... well the title just wrote itself.

If you've never done this type of mountain-biking before, I'd suggest taking a lesson.  It's not for the faint of heart.  I discovered this first hand when we took our first run down "Smoothie Smooth,"  a beginner's run according to the lifties and the guys in the bike shop.  Even the name made it sound like a nice friendly way to ride your bike down the hill.  About half way down the hill my son turned to me and said "Dad, I think we made a wrong turn.  This just CAN'T be the easy way!"

In fact, it was.  In hindsight it really wasn't that bad.  We had a chance to see some of the more serious runs from a distance.  Smoothie Smooth was a cake walk in comparison.  We also were tackling the hill using fixed tail bikes (front shocks only) which is a bone-jarring experience to say the least.  After 3 runs (each lasting around 45 minutes each), we were dirty, tired and a little sore due to a couple of tumbles.

What better way to finish a day of thrashing our ways down the mountain than dinner on the patio at the Delta Sun Peaks?  Their restaurant patio is situated at the base giving a stunning view of the hill and the sunset. 

We started with some cold beverages and worked our way through a prix fix menu that featured local produce, lamb and bison.  It was a good deal especially considering they were one of the few places open during the summer season and could easily have jacked up their prices.

The highlight of our evening came with dessert.  Our server presented a lovely assortment of mini deserts (we were sharing) and named them off:
We have a creme brule cheesecake, raspberry sorbet, chocolate bruscotti, chocolate mouse, and a lemon tart..

We're still not sure what bruscotti are ... but they sure were good.

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