Pierson shares this story with a simple caveat: It’s all true.
“It was November 2018, we had been staying in Whistler (British Columbia, Canada). We were out shooting a waterfall, trying to get a taxi (pre-Uber days), and we were looking at a 45-minute wait till the cab could arrive.
“There was this guy there who overheard us on the phone and says, ‘Hey, I can give you a ride to Whistler.’ So we decided to throw caution to the wind and accept his offer.
“The guy was super polite and interested in what we were doing. He told us that he is a helicopter pilot. He asked us what we were doing the next day, and we explained that we were rushing to get back because we were leaving back to the States the next day.
“‘Too bad,’ he said. ‘I could have taken you up in the helicopter.’ I got on the phone and extended our stay three days.
“The next day he picks us up in Whistler, and he’s got a dog with him. He drives us out into the woods. It was feeling a little sketchy. We didn’t know this guy or his dog, and we’re out in the middle of nowhere and there’s no helicopter.
“Suddenly a helicopter comes in over the trees and lands in front of us. He swaps with the pilot, gets in, and away we go, dog too.
“Long story short, he takes us to the top of a glacier, we snowboard a bit, and he invites us to see this ice cave. Apparently the ice cave has been forming for tens of thousands of years. It was massive inside, like 600 feet deep, and it was so blue, it was like being underwater.
“It was an amazing experience, and I’ll never forget it. Unfortunately this ice cave collapsed about a year ago. Sadly, it’s gone forever.”
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