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1st Snowshoe this year

We went snowshoeing up at Mt Seymour for a bit on Saturday.  There was no local snow last year so this is the 1st time we were able to snowshoe since winter 2013-14!

Lots of happy people and dogs on the trails.

Tons of fun and the butt sliding was fabulous 🙂

Gotta remember to bring a plastic sheet or garbage bag for super sliding next time!

Here’s a few more pics from our adventure.

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I love the way the snow covered trees look like they’re praying
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Some kinda no view, Eh?
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Another happy “slider” 🙂

Now that we’ve given our snowshoe muscles their first workout, we’ll definitely be looking to head out for more adventures.

Keep Rambling,

Rich

 

Hiking to Tunnel Bluffs

Saturdays is the day we set aside for hiking as long as nothing else arises and gets in the way.  The day was open, the weather was perfect and we wanted a fairly short hike with a great view and not too many people around.  We’d heard about the Tunnel Bluffs hike from several people, that it had a great view, and decided that was our choice.

We weren’t disappointed! 

Daylight starts to wane about 4 pm or so these days and we figured 4-5 hours for the hike so we were on trail by 10:45 or so.  The trail is extremely well marked and quite easy to follow so getting lost is not an issue on this one.  The hardest part is finding a place to turn your car around so you can park in the lot on the West side of the Sea-to-Sky highway, and then running across the road to get to the trail head!!  The first part of the hike takes you up to a great teaser view point in about 10 minutes.

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After that the hike is a dedicated grunt for another hour or so but you are distracted from the effort by many old growth Douglas Firs and Cedars.  We quite enjoy big trees and this is one of the best groves on a trail that I’ve seen in quite a while for the little bit of effort it takes to see them!

Eventually the trail emerges onto an old overgrown road which has become a lovely, easy to navigate trail.  You follow that for about an hour or so, with a well marked turn-off that you have to follow or you’ll end up on the trail to Hat Mt, a much more ambitious hike, and one I’d like to tackle in the future!

Eventually the trail sign points you to “the lookout.  The bluff you emerge onto is called Taster’s Bluff.  Here we had our lunch and relaxed for a bit before making our way back down the steep trail to the car.  As you can see, the views up and down Howe Sound and of the Sunshine Coast mountains are superb!  Well worth the effort to get there!

Back to the car by 3:00 so 4.5 hours including a nice 25 minute lunch break at top.  We were joined by a couple of amorous ravens who resorted to grooming each other since we didn’t feed them anything!

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A couple more pics from the bluff.

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A lovely hike and one we’ll return to repeat, for sure!

Stats for those who love those sort of things 🙂

 

Pink Snow

Not much to say these past few days. 

How can that be?!!

Too busy to think about a blog post and everyone else has already said it all?

Nah.  Just too lazy. 

Here’s a few pics of cherry blossoms and the “pink snow” they create every spring in my hometown, Vancouver, BC

I love pink snow!!

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Hope you enjoyed that as much as I do. 

Have a nice day.

Rich

Still Waiting for my Official Results!! aka Why Do I Run the Sun Run?!

Okay, it’s the Vancouver Sun Run, I’ve finished in around an hour according to my personal training watch device and the race was over almost 3 and a half hours ago and they still don’t have my official results up on the website yet!!

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m being sarcastic, but I do know that this is exactly what some folks will be expecting.  Here’s the deal: you get a bib with a chip on it that sends a signal to some home device when you cross the start line and then sends another signal when you cross the finish line.  It’s tied to your bib number which is tied to your name so really, given today’s technology, how hard can it be to have it appear INSTANTLY on some website and be searchable? 

C’mon, folks, there’s over 30,000 runners!  Ummm, that is a bit of a large number to coordinate.  Yet when all is said and done, I really do expect that in a couple more years that is exactly what we will see.  And I wouldn’t be surprised if it also had a photo of you as you cross the finish line ready for instant purchase, both for web only and in hard copy.  That’s just how these things are going nowadays. 

So really, I do expect to be able to get my “chip time” sometime this evening and definitely by tomorrow! 

Now, back to why do I run in this race, originally started and sponsored by the Vancouver Sun, a local newspaper?  And that’s not so simple.  When I started running, a bunch of years back, it was to increase my level of fitness and lose a bit of weight. 

As a child, I had serious problems with asthma- inhalers, the whole shebang, so just being able to run as an adult is a liberating experience.  Anytime I get into a rut or think I should stop running, I remember those times as a kid when I couldn’t do things like play soccer because I would “wheeze out” and have to stop, pull out my inhaler and wait for the drugs to kick in so I could breathe easily again.  That memory re-motivates, invigorates me and gets me out of that rut, instantly! 

But that’s just running in general.  Why do I run the Sun Run?  I have to admit that for years, I poo pooed all the folks that ran the Sun Run.  I thought to myself, who is crazy enough to want to run in a crowd of 30,000+ runners?!!  Part of my joy of running was and still is, the solo aspect of it, where I just get to be with myself and the experience of feeling the road under my feet, and watch the landscape pass by.  That’s all energizing and wonderful, but over the years, another side of me has been emerging: the social side.  The part that wants to be with other people doing and sharing things together that we all like.

For running, that started to come out seriously when I started running with my best friend.  He was a former marathon runner and although he’s quite a bit taller than me and a decade older, our paces were well matched and as we started running together and training for half and full marathons, I began to experience the joy of running with another person.  Especially on the long slow runs you do to build up your endurance for the long distance races; marathons, half marathons and ultras.  It was enjoyable to run and talk about stuff.  We also had quiet times together, where neither of us needed to say anything, and that was fine, too.  

So a bunch of years back (6 or 7), I suggested that we try the Sun Run.  He agreed and the rest is history. I wouldn’t miss it for the anything, now! 

Yes, I piss and moan during the race about how long you have to wait around in crowds before you start, that make you feel like just another sardine, of people just stopping in front of you when their interval timer goes off, of walkers taking up half the road, of being bumped by runners from behind, of bumping people in front of me, of running in the pouring rain, of running when it’s too hot, and all that stupid stuff. 

Yup, in spite of all that, I love it!  Absolutely love it!  All the positive energy, all the different ages, all the high energy music at the start and from bands stationed along the way, all the people watching along the sidelines cheering you on and just being with all those other thousands of people doing crazy, fun stuff.  The guys that wear the banana suits, the guys that were running with nothing on but a pair of briefs with an adverstising message tatooed all over their bodies, with the team that was wearing hats with antlers, with the team of mostly girls whose shirts had printed on the back “Your pace or mine” and the list goes on. 

You don’t get that when you run by yourself! And you wouldn’t want it then, but I always come back from the Sun Run energized and with another great t-shirt to wear for the next few years.  Maybe underneath it all, I just do it for the great t-shirts, LOL!  NOOOOTTTTT!!!!

I also remember my first run thinking, why are people throwing all those clothes off to the side of the course.  They’ll never get them back!  And then I was told, the clothing was picked up by run volunteers and given to those who are less fortunate.  I was astounded and amazed.  It wasn’t just for fun, it also gave back to the community!  Since then, I always wear a piece of gear or clothing that I’m not using anymore that someone else could be using and discard it as I start the race.  I like that better than joining a team and fund raising.  I’m not very good at fund raising.  Did that once and didn’t really like it. 

So for those of you who have never experienced anything like the Sun Run in your hometown, here’s a couple of pics to give you a feel for this event. 

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Waiting to enter the wave start.

 

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In the wave crowd and moving toward the start. It’s the multicoloured balloons

 

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Get ready to run!!!!!

 

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Just passed the finish line.
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Stretching and watching all the people stream out of the finish line area

Sorry, no pictures during the run.  Too focused on running!  Had a really good pace and time 🙂

Maybe you should start a Sun Run in your community!  You don’t need a newspaper to name it after.  We do ours the last Sun-day in April (more sun puns there).  Think about it.  Community doesn’t just happen, it has to be envisioned and then put into practice.  In a small way, this is putting community into practice. 

check it out.

Rich