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Biking in Whistler

July 27, 2023

Me and my friend Laurie

Remember all those steps I took in Hawaii? I wanted to keep up my exercising, so I went on a road trip to Whistler, B.C. with the specific intent to do a little riding.

Laurie—my cello-playing friend—and I lugged the bikes down two flights of stairs, almost got sideswiped by a crabby tourist lady, met a really nice man from Cape Town, saw a sign saying “bear in area,” got jumped on by a muddy dog at a lake, and missed one of our turn-offs, but most importantly, we encountered no bears or heart attacks. 😏

About Marie de Haan

Marie is a gifted pianist, playing since the age of nine. As a teenager, she composed mainly instrumental piano music. She released her powerful debut single, “I Am Broken,” on October 22, 2020, a song whose creation drew heavily upon the trauma she endured as a victim of childhood sexual abuse. Marie held a benefit concert on September 10, 2021, in Skagit County. A portion of the proceeds went to CrossRoads Youth Ranch; this local organization—through equine therapy—empowers “at-risk and sexually exploited youth to heal, grow, and thrive.” She has continued to write music: Christian, folk, and country. Marie loves hiking, gardening, and photography. The Pacific Northwest—where she lives with her husband—is the backdrop for her favorite activities.