Thursday, September 22, 2016

We have a lot of catch up to do.

“… nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people.”  – Mark Twain.

What I've been doing this summer is being very busy outdoors cycling on the Trans-Canada Trail near my house.  I have a job as the trail coordinator to help with a 155 km section of the TCT between McCulloch and Eholt, and even though it's a part time job, it's a full one.

My goal is to bring bicycles back to it as it's been taken over by gas-powered engines who don't seem to understand the right use of a rail trail is for human powered quads.  

Our friends from England who we met in Nepal reminded me that I was at the hospital in the spring and hoped I wasn't still there.  I've been adventuring with my partner Mark and we are quite happy. We've just had a super busy and fun summer.  The autumn colors are here now and snow will be flying soon.  I gotta stay out of my head and be in joy as the world is just going to do what it wants to do despite my lack of approval.  I'm praying for peace in Syria right now, the end of the grizzly bear trophy hunt, a plan for the TCT that will incorporate regular bicycles back onto the grade instead of super athletes, a free flowing Peace River and a democratic president. 

Acceptance doesn't mean approval.

I was supposed to be at a meeting when this rainbow happened to shine.  Thank greatness the meeting was cancelled and I knew where to go to see the light show.

My friend Jean wanted it so she got it.  It's been a long time since she rode through this 900 meter tunnel.

Wonderful trestles on the Trans-Canada Trail Rail Trail near Castlegar
The light at the end of the tunnel.  On my commute home on my bicycle.  Active transportation corridor for the future.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

White Christmas present

Phoenix Mountain was closed, so we got the opportunity to earn our turns
and check out the snow up on Mt. Baldy, a beautiful mtn to the west of us.
This tree reminded me of an Inukshuk
Mark was super strong as usual breaking the trail.  I was conserving energy.
At the top the rime ice was pretty spectacular.
You can see these structures from miles away looking at Mt. Baldy.
This is proof I was there...
and finally, what we came for after hitting the top.  Pow pow all the way down.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sunny day for a hike above Greenwood

It's a beautiful day and the HF bands should be open, so I've got my radio and a thermos full of hot chocolate in my pack as I explore the hills West of Greenwood.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Purcell tripping into Jumbo Wild

We like being outdoors together and
yep, we kinda like each other...
Larch trees were just spectacular.
Peaking out as usual
Just like the old days
We called it Shangri la

This is where a huge ski resort is being planned by the BC Government in conjunction with a land developer.  The area does have roads going up to it and clear cuts from logging almost up to the glacier alpine, but it's an incredibly small area and an important corridor for wildlife, particularly Grizzly Bear.  It also needs to stay undeveloped if there is any chance that the mountain caribou could be brought back with conservation biology recovery approaches.  Check out HERE the film that was released last month to help keep JUMBO WILD!  The West Kootenay Eco-Society is also working super hard to stop this resort project.