Monday, August 31, 2015

Photos from land to water

Let's be truthful here.

I know many of you only look at the pictures on my blog posts. That's okay. I get busy too and I do not have time to read long-winded posts. And sometimes it's just nice to look at pictures. 

I snapped this picture in Golden, B.C. After my crazy drive through the rain storms, I was thrilled to see blueish skies and no sign of rain. 

I met Jack and Lisa in Kamloops to drive to the ferry together. They were headed north on the island to visit family. It was a weird coincidence that we would be in Kamloops at the same time. 

Three of my favourite things: 1. Salad 2. Bar and 3. Mis-use of a word. (Can you spot the error?)

At DeMilles' in Salmon Arm, I ate this entire pint of strawberries. I was excited to eat fresh strawberries. It's been so long. I was tempted to buy an entire flat. 

Waiting outside the West Vancouver ferry terminal, I took this picture. I could smell the ocean. I took a walk while Lisa and Jack settled down for a quick coffee. 

And we were off.  Let my Vancouver Island adventure begin! 

This is my Titanic moment. 

Stay tuned over the next week for more pictures and tales for my adventures! I promise I will get back to writing about running. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Road Trip 2015: First stop Kamloops

I have only driven through Kamloops on my way to somewhere else. It's a perfect first stop when you are driving from Red Deer to Vancouver or Victoria. It's 750 kilometres which takes about 8 to 8.5 hours if traffic is on your side.

My pal Lana, who was part of our 13 Miles and Higher running group, now calls Kamloops home. Once I decided that I would drive to B.C. for my holidays, I asked Lana if I could sleep on her couch or pitch my tent in her backyard.

After a crazy drive through rain storms I made it to Kamloops at a reasonable time. I had dinner with Lana and Al and their kids. They have a wonderful home and a lovely swimming pool! The next morning we got up early to meet Audrey for a run. Doug and Audrey were in the city by random luck.

We headed to the Rivers Trail for a short out and back. Audrey was pressed for time so we kept it short. 

Just two weeks ago Lana ran the Kamloops marathon. Then a week or so later, she celebrated her 40th birthday by running 40K. This was her first run since her birthday 40K. 

Lana took me to a popular park on Sunday. It was beautiful. I loved all the hills. What a perfect spot for hill training.

Of course we had lots of time to mess around with photos. In the end we finally got the timing (sorta) right for our jumps. 

Our hike ended with a quick pint at The Noble Pig. Apparently the pub used to be a hotel's swimming pool. How cool is that? The brew was great! I enjoyed a nice sampler with fries and a salad. (Click on the link and check out the funky beer names like the Fascist Pig Pilsner and the Prodigal Swine Dark Amber)

I loved Kamloops! Lana tried to convince me to move there. Imagine all the running and hiking we could do, she said! Maybe one day! It was a great start to my holiday. I spent another night in Kamloops on my way back to Red Deer and I had some time to check out the downtown and to run up Kenna Cartwright once more. 

More than anything it was so awesome to get caught up with old friends! 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Road Trip 2015

I am back on Alberta soil. My B.C. trip was awesome. I'm back in Alberta with new memories and a heck of a lot of apples.

In all my suffering Versa and I covered 3,288.6 kilometers from Red Deer to Tofino and back. Whew! The driving was awful on the first day because it rained until about Golden. At times I considered pulling over to the side of the road to wait out the storm. Other than that first day, the weather was absolutely beautiful. The Versa held up well! Not bad for a seven-year old car!

I took tons of photos – of Tofino, Kamloops, Ucluelet, Nanaimo and Port Alberni –  that I can't wait to share with you over the next few days. In the meantime, I have to do laundry and clean the Versa. I came back to an out of control garden. Thank goodness I still have a couple days before I am back in the office. 

I have a lot of work to do!