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Relaxing Respite Retreat – Take 2 (2 nights that is)!
Our second Relaxing Respite Retreat was nearly a duplicate of our first one early this month! Only it was nights instead of 3. How quickly we become creatures of habit! There are so many amazing places to visit in beautiful British Columbia, but this trip was more about rest than about exploring new ground. And we were looking to just relax and do very little else. We decided to return to the same hotel we stayed in earlier this month during our first Relaxing Respite Retreat!
I’ve decided that our respite times deserve a name! Hence the Relaxing Respite Retreat moniker. I feel like it keeps the focus clearly before us! It is not an adventure getaway or a camping expedition. It is firmly rooted in relaxing, taking respite and retreating!
Nita Lake Lodge – A Paradise for Respite
Nita Lake Lodge, in gorgeous Whistler, BC is one of our favourite places for total relaxation! With a balcony view of Nita Lake, a gas fireplace, a comfy king-sized bed, a mini-kitchen and a spa-licious bathroom, complete with a huge soaker tub, frameless glass shower and heated floor, it is perfect for a mini getaway for caregiver respite!
Caregiver burnout is a very real thing and taking time to care for oneself and reconnect is most important!
We packed some wonderful meats and cheeses and put together our own charcuterie board to enjoy with a bottle of Sandhill Barbera Wine. Some dark chocolate, fruit and coffee to enjoy in front of the fireplace.
And a epsom salts and essential oils soak in the huge tub! So many aromas to choose from to help you relax, unwind, rejuvenate. In the short course of a 2 night respite retreat, I managed to sneak 4 soaks! Ahhhhh! Soothing!
We kept our breakfasts super simple – coffee made in the room, yogurt and croissants from the hotel cafe – brought back to the room to enjoy in front of the fireplace with some cafe jazz album streaming from the tablet to our bluetooth speaker! A quiet lazy, pajamas kind of morning! Just the change I needed from the caregiving crunch that happens each morning as my in-laws require assistance with their morning routines, often followed by a doctor’s appointment or visit or other tasks around their place.
A couple of slow, quiet mornings to do nothing. Ha! Well, it was almost that idyllic! Of course we still made a 9am phone call each morning to ensure that Frank’s dad had the correct dosing for his morning insulin injection, that he rolled his insulin pen to mix the insulin prior to injecting it and to just generally see how the morning was going. So, while we were away, we didn’t completely leave our caregiving behind this time. I do wonder though, if that is ever really possible? Sort of like parenting I supposed. Do parents go away and ever really leave the thoughts of home and concerns of schedules and health issues behind them at the door? Hardly ever. Let’s be honest. Caregiving for aging parents is much the same.
Purebread – Mini Flourless Chocolate Cake
So during our first Relaxing Respite Retreat (which you can read about here), we were also celebrating Frank’s birthday, so I was on the hunt for a decadent chocolate cake! When we arrived to Nita Lake Lodge, I asked the front desk staff for a recommendation on the best chocolate cake in town! And they pointed me to Purebread. As you’ll read in my other post, they were out of chocolate cake by the time we arrived that day, so we tried their chocolate raspberry loaf, which fit the “decadent” bill without any trouble at all!
This trip, we decided we should try for chocolate cake again! And this time we were successful in picking up a mini flourless chocolate cake that was out of this world! There were no less than a dozen other amazing looking treats that I am sure were equally as evil!
While we were there, I snapped this photo of a great “pour over” coffee set-up! Would be super easy to install in a custom built-in coffee bar! Frank is already busy designing one of his own!
Mountain Views and a Cigar with God
We were blessed with a gorgeous clear day and a vantage point from which to enjoy the breath-taking mountain views to be had at Whistler. Truly God’s country! While I have never downhill skied, it is something that I would love to try one day. Frank has skied Whistler before, so hopefully one day we’ll give it a try together! I am sort of thinking that I need to find a smaller bunny hill to start out on though!
However, we did enjoy the view, none-the-less! Frank even sat on a rock, overlooking paradise and shared a cigar with God. If you’ve never heard me use that phrase before, let me explain! Frank is not particularly a smoker. The only time he enjoys a cigar is when the view is spectacular and in conversation (read: prayer perhaps) with God. People have all sorts of interpretations for what prayer is. We like to think of it simply as a conversation with God. And where better to have a conversation with God than when enjoying the majesty and wonder of his hand-work! And snow-capped mountains on a sunny, blue sky day is certainly a display of his creative heart poured out for us… and most worthy of a praise-filled conversation! A clear summer night with the Milky Way stretched out overhead is another!