Archive for August, 2012

Is It Fall Already?

Just finished covering my up garden. Supposed to get to 37′ tonite. I sure hope it’s NOT fall already!

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Beware of Floating Logs!

Went hiking today. Right at the trailhead I had to cross a creek, and of course…fell in. In my defense, I thought a short log was sturdy, when it really was floating. The cold water did feel good, but could have done without the squish in my shoes!

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Welcome to the Land of Cable

We just got cable. Wonder how much I’ll start watching tv now (vs Netflix streaming).

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Poutine!

I’ve been in Canada for a week and finally eating some poutine! Had it for my last 2 meals. Nutrition at its finest.

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BOB – the Big Orange Bridge [Nelson, BC]

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Kokanee Pass [Nelson, BC]

Took us 56 minutes to drive the 10 windy rugged miles to get to the parking lot. The moment we parked our car it started to rain, so we scrambled to dig out ponchos. By the time we were at the trailhead it stooped raining and we decided to bring the ponchos with us.

I got hot real fast and was lamenting wearing lightweight long pants. Then it cooled off and got very windy and I was cold, and happy I didn’t wear shorts. Then it started to rain which got me even colder before I could put the poncho on. Soon the rain stopped. The sun came out and I was hot again. All in 2 hours.

Hike was stunning – mountains plus the five glacier filled lakes, the wildflowers, the roar of the water coming down the mountain, the gurgling of the streams, watching the marmots eat…

Our car survived the dreaded porcupines.

There is a cabin to hike to, which we didn’t go to since we weren’t spending the night.

Early on in the hike I started talking to a couple and had to ask them 3 times where they were from. Their accent was so strong I couldn’t understand them when the said Edmonton. Finally he says “you know, the town Wayne Gretzky is from!”. I told him I was old enough to know Gretzky and where he was from.

Then I had to laugh to myself that he is using a hockey reference, and one that is 30 years old!

Later, I read that 70’s Canadian PM Pierre Trudeau had 3 boys. The oldest is now the new PM [2015]. Youngest, when he was 23 was involved in an avalanche while skiing and snow flung him into Kokanee Lake, where they tried, but friends couldn’t rescue him.

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It had just got done raining.  See me in a plastic yellow raincoat?

It had just got done raining. See me in a plastic yellow raincoat?

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I Need To Porcupine Proof My Car?

Tomorrow we will be hiking in an area where we will need to porcupine proof our car. “Grab some of the chicken wire at the trailhead and wrap a stiff fence around your car to keep porcupines from gnawing at your brake lines and your tires.”

Hmmm… how much am I going to relax and enjoy the hike if I’m thinking about if we’ll have brakes or if the porc will munch on just one or two tires. Nelson, BC.

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A marmot eating.  [Couldn't find a porcupine eating brake lines.]

A marmot eating. [Couldn’t find a porcupine eating brake lines.]

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