Wednesday, October 11, 2017

So many things


So what's been happening?

Riding bikes has been happening. After a bit of a smoky and slightly unsatisfying summer, things have picked up considerably.

There was an extremely high quality trip to Revelstoke, which involved carrying bikes up to the top of Standard Peak and considerable old-skool freeriding to get back down again, then there was  deluxe truck shuttling with Wandering Wheels, and this to top it off we got dropped on Mt Cartier in a helicopter. No bad at all for three days.

It looks steep, because it is

Ricardo riding a bike like the one I bought.

Not a bad place to get dropped with your bike.

Following that, I bought a new bike and christened it by riding the "hardest trail in Vernon" in the dark. Then doing that again the next week. I've been avoiding buying a really expensive bike made of plastic for a long time, but seeing as the next thing on this list of recent occurrences is my 40th birthday I decided that I was old enough to stop caring about it and buy a "dentist's bike". Incidentally, I just went to the dentist and paid him a lot of money. I also go mountain biking with my dentist and he has a nice bike. There's some kind of connection here - if only I could figure it out.


Then we went to Nelson, where we did a "half triple crown" as a warm up to one day maybe going there for the actual whole triple crown ride.

Family train - all aboard for Nelson

Then we went to Whistler and Pemberton. Unconventionally I spent most of our time in Whistler in a ballroom, but I did get out for an after-work ride on Microclimate. Then on the way home squeezed in a Pemberton shuttle with Chuck which provided every type of trail condition imaginable.



And most recently, it was Thanksgiving. Big thanks to Canada for that. We weren't able to go to Mazama this year due to it being horribly expensive to have a baby in America and us being quite imminently having a baby. We had a baby nearly two years ago, but he's all grown up now and rides bikes and stuff, so it's just as well we're getting a new one next week. Eeek.

Thanksgiving 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monthly blog post

Blanket Creek and Eva Lake

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Wrong Way

We went for a hike. We almost didn't go for a hike because we went the wrong way. I blame maps where most of the roads are just labelled "road". Still, we did go for a hike and it looked like this:

Twin Lakes Hike

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The curse of the August long weekend

August long weekend. It's a tricky one. If you haven't booked a camp site prior to the invention of the August long weekend, you're basically out of luck. And now we live in a holiday destination (of sorts) you can't even stay at home without being over-run by tourists. So what do you do? You find the most obscure camping spot you can, at the end of a closed road, and paddle there in your canoe hoping for the best.

In this case we did alright - particularly with our companion band of Vancouverite and New-Westy friends. Our flotilla set sail from the western shores of Arrow Lake, bound for the unknown. Luckily the unknown was hospitable, though we did find ourselves in the company of some typical forest-service campground clientele (who were from Vernon, so they were literally my homies). They thoughtfully passed out from over-consumption of Hey Y'alls and Bud Light by 9pm, so were actually pretty considerate neighbors. And they were from Vernon. During our adventures we discovered a pretty excellent sandy beach that can only be paddled to, which will be worth revisiting another time.

Tav enjoyed most of the experience, in particular the parts that involved throwing rocks into the water...

Arrow Lake Long Weekend

In other news Tav has his name in wood - somewhere in the temperate recesses of Hampshire. It's like having your name in lights, but more environmentally responsible.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Canada 150 and Jungle Hill

Here's a picture from a Rail Trail excursion with Tav a few weeks ago.
It has nothing to do with Canada Day, or jungles.
Post-cruise we are back in Vernon and enjoyed a week with Mum and Peter - who were with us to celebrate Canada reaching 150 years old. Cue matching red T-shirts.




Alternative behavior for Canada Day

Appropriate behavior for Canada Day
Next on the agenda was a trip to the throbbing metropolis of Ione Washington, where Chris is currently living in a tent. Tav enjoyed doing impressions of farm animals and there was a winning combination of bike riding and jumping in lakes. You really can't go far wrong with those two things (three things if you include the animal impressions). 

Although I didn't make any photo evidence of it, the ride on Kettle Crest down Jungle Hill (actual real name) was an exceptional thing. I think we'll need to head back there some day for more.

Tav likes standing on things, and bike pumps.
In Ione, this is how one rolls

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cruising

We went to Alaska on a big boat. Here's what that looked like (in random order, for reasons I can't figure out):


Crusing

Friday, June 2, 2017

Business time

I got a new job. "Yes, you told me that months ago" would be a reasonable response - but I have an even newer job than that. In short, I was looking for a job and then I found a job (and heaven knows I'm... etc.) and then a different one found me. So I'm back in the small world of trying to stop cancer, working with some folks I know and some I'm getting to know. To celebrate this change we moved my office to the basement into the "amazing wallpaper" room. I did get rid of the haggard carpet and painted some of the brown parts green. 

Speaking of brown, if it wasn't for the upstairs bathroom we would currently be celebrating the end of the War on Beige we have been fighting in our house. The hallway is now green. We had to find a colour that would collide pleasingly with purple (living room) and blue (kitchen). It's a fine line between colorful and living in a circus big-top.

Collision
I also was able to live out one of my greatest ambitions - owning a really big paper lampshade. Even since I found this amazing bamboo-stuff importers in our old neighborhood I knew the dream of owning a lampshade that was last fashionable around the time of my birth could be made real. There was a healthy layer of dust on the packaging when I went to buy the Holy Grail, so perhaps it actually dates from the 1970s. Tav greeted our new addition by saying "Ball!" at it every time he passed for three days.

The Dream - realized
And now onto outdoor news. We finally made it to the Kal Park waterfall. This thing is hidden out of sight, which is a shame seeing as it's pretty nice. Tav wasn't terribly keen on the noise, as you might be able to detect in this picture.

"This wonder of nature is too loud"
Then last weekend we did some brief camping at Sugar Lake which is conveniently located about an hour away. We loaded up our truck with the canoe and a large tent from Walmart - then realized our cultural assimilation to the Okanagan is complete. We're going to buy a better tent so we can at least pretend to still be outdoor snobs.

"What if I just lean a little bit further..."

"Mine now"
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Back at home, the massive snowpack is finally melting and has stolen our local beach. On the positive side, the lake is now about 15 meters less far to walk from our house.


As if pictures of our new lampshade weren't thrilling enough, here are some of a pile of dirt and some grass. Those are among the new things that arrived in our back yard the past month. Don't fear though - the pumptrack survives, but has become somewhat gentrified.

Yes, it's a pile of dirt

I should have taken the opportunity to have a go at driving this - but didn't.

A few week later, we have this.

Blueberries and raspberries - one day.