JUNEPA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUNEPA JUNEPA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Galiano Mountain hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739600 This hike was fun, it was a hot dry day, but the walk through the forest to get to the lookout bluff was cool and magical. I love forests. <BR> Galiano is a gulf island between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, we took a ferry to get there and back. That makes this hike an all-day event even though the hike itself is about 4:30 hours. <BR> It was sunny and pleasant and the other hikers are all wonderful and interesting people. <BR> Wednesday hikes rock <BR> <BR> The ferry to get there ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:26:26 EST Fresh Salmon Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725751 Tis the season to enjoy fresh-caught salmon. <BR> <BR> My hiking friends and I shared a meal last Friday, we all brought something. <BR> Broiled salmon, polenta, sage butter, gorgonzola cheese, sprouted lentil salad, spinach-avocado-strawberry-pecan salad and a hazelnut creme cake. Such a pleasure to share good food with friends. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l275215063.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wow, my laptop crashed, I am using the home desk-top, it loads photos i... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:14:52 EST Hike to Lindeman Lake and Greendrop Lake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722905 This is my new second favourite hike. My favourite is still Needle Peak. I did this hike for the first time on Wednesday June 18, with 22 other hikers with the hiking club I belong to. I am in the middle with the dark blue jacket and white striped sleeve. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1259407913.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is a 6.5 mile total (going and returning) trail through forest, beside streams, along Lindeman Lake, on to Greendrop Lake. Some of the trees were... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:15:35 EST Thanksgiving in Toronto, Niagara Falls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514629 This year we had Thanksgiving in Toronto. DS is working from September to December on a student experience job placement. I don't have any Toronto pix, we had a good time all together, DS showed us the downtown, our hotel was there, his workplace is close, we had Thanksgiving in the CN tower. <BR> <BR> Sunday we went to Niagara falls for the day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2047862276.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:25:25 EST Hannegan Pass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510727 On Wednesday my hiking group went up towards Hannegan Pass. This hike is in the US in the Mt Baker outdoors area. Because of the government shut down, the ranger station where we register when we go on hikes in this area was closed, but the trails were open. <BR> It was an amazing hike. Some in the group are mushroom lovers, they got several bags full, 'tis the season. Our hike started in no snow, in beautiful autumn colours and ended on a pure-white snow slope. We didn't make it as far a... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:04:55 EST Kettle Valley Bike Ride Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466228 The ride down the mountain <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l744772417.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We stopped at Chute Lake and resort for lunch, this lake was a high on the mountain . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1315947558.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1856542093.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We had a real live rattlesnake incident. This area is hot and dry, not like the wet Fraser Valley we come from. The ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 22:43:24 EST Kettle Valley Bike Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466129 Monday - Wednesday, August 19-21, I went on a bike ride with my hiking friends. It was well organized, so nice to have friends that do this well. <BR> <BR> <BR> We left the Fraser Valley on Monday morning <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l295331414.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1442195488.jpg"> <BR> <BR> arrived in Oliver about noon <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l163595356.jpg"> <BR> <BR>... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 21:19:53 EST Excelsior Trail - Mt Baker foothills http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449452 My hike yesterday was glorious, the trail was a gradual incline and brought us through the forest, above the tree line into the flowering alpine meadows and we had great views of snow-capped Mt Baker and a few other Cascade mountain peaks. It was 8 miles and 5 hours total, and according to my fitbit, 400 flights of stairs. <BR> <BR> Trail start and the lower forest <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l197334491.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 00:17:07 EST West Coast Trail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441782 I hiked and backpacked the West Coast Trail on June 28 - July 3 with 3 friends <BR> We started at the north end- Pachena Bay, hiked to about the half way point (32 km so 64km total return) - Nitnat Narrows, then went back where we started. Most people hike from one end to the other (75 km), we did a return because it was easier to go back to where our cars were parked. One could take the bus back or have a friend pick them up if they go the trail length. <BR> <BR> The trail is along the w... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 02:36:28 EST Hike and Rock Climb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392373 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1094403121.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some friends offered to take me with them on one of my favourite hikes to Needle Peak. I like it because it is a medium hike, about 3 hours to get to the top, and at this time of year it has snow to slide down on. Plus the peak itself, being all rock and sticking up like it does, has no snow at the top and the scramble up the rocks to get up is so much fun. <BR> Previous Needle Peak hikes <BR> <BR> <li... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:22:15 EST Puppy Frida http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362896 DD got a puppy in February. She has a lot of different breeds in her, but she most looks lab and great dane (her mom) (Her dad is husky-rotweiller). DD is totally enchanted by her, she is the best, the cutest, the smartest, the nicest..... puppy ever <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l584467529.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> She is 4 months old now, big enough now to come with my neighbour and I on our weekly walk with the dogs <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Mon, 20 May 2013 23:03:10 EST Trilliums are blooming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329114 Trillium bloom for such a short period, about a week and they are gone for the rest of the year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1703387412.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l286135767.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1728636435.jpg"> <BR> <BR> other woodland flowers blooming now, bleeding hearts in abundance <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1217020971.jpg"> <BR>... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 21:44:37 EST Mt Baker snow shoe to Artist's Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297840 Today was perfect snow shoeing weather. I went with a group of 11, it was a beautiful crystaline white snow and a sunshiney day with no wind. Some of us, me included, got a touch of sun burn. We went to Artist's Point in the Mt Baker area <BR> <BR> Starting out <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2041693188.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Miles and miles of area to explore <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1542234395.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img s... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 01:21:38 EST Mt Seymour Snow Shoe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235877 Snow shoe season, yay!! This weekend I went up a north of Vancouver mountain, Mt Seymour. My horizons are expanding now that the kids are grown up, I used to mainly go on the local mountain. But there are a lot of beautiful places to snow shoe within an hour drive from home, this year I am trying some of them. There are three with a view of Vancouver from the top, this week it was Mt Seymour, and while Vancouver was in a fog, on the mountain it was a splendid sunny day. The last photo is... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 15:22:05 EST Italian memorial service http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147855 We had a memorial service for my mother on November 16. It was a splendid sunshiney day, the pastor spoke well and along the lines of how my mother believed. We had a nice entourage of family and close friends of my parents, some of whom I met for the first time. The sting of my mother no longer being with us is mostly gone, I am happy for her, for her life, for what she brought to our family, for her to rest in peace next to my dad in the place of their youth. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 00:35:55 EST Albi, La Cavalerie, Roquefort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134327 I am travelling with two siblings to go to my mother's memorial service in Italy, to be held Nov 16, this Friday. We are bringing her ashes to rest beside my father's in the family plot. <BR> We decided to stop by two cousins who cannot attend on the way there, we were in London on Saturday and are now in France, on Wednesday we will be in Italy, the service will be Friday and then we will fly back home on Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> My French cousin lives close to Toulouse, we stopped in Albi ... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:54:07 EST LSD weekend run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125615 On Sunday I went did a Long Slow Distance run along the dike, then behind the dike through the trees, to the river and then back again. Today was a gray day, I went back on my bike to take the photos. From now on, I am going to take my camera with me on my LSDs <BR> Total run - just over 12 miles, including 7 miles along the dike and 3 miles of trails and 2 miles to get to and from my place to the dike. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I started out on the dike with my neighbour's dog <BR> The dog i... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 23:59:39 EST Tuesday is hiking day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118312 Every Tuesday I meet with a group of friends to hike a trail not far from home, I have blogged about this trail before. It is awesome because it is a really good workout and takes about 100 minutes (75 for the faster hikers) that I don't even notice as the scenery is so beautiful and the conversation is interesting. Usually we drive up a logging road to a start point, this summer I found a trail from the creek at the bottom that leads to the trail we go on, taking this route will increase ... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:57:39 EST Mt Baker hike, Heliotrope trail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076952 <BR> I went with friends on this hike, this indian summer weather is awesome. We went through a forest and up eventually above the treeline to the bottom of Mt Baker's glacier. <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l810658594.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l703542501.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 3 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l548743949.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There were several streams to cross along the w... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:48:21 EST My mom December 21, 1919 – June 21, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961394 My mom passed away recently. On a poetic note she was born on the winter’s solstice and she passed away on the summer’s solstice. On a more bittersweet note she passed away on her oldest daughter’s, my sister’s birthday. Her brother, the last surviving sibling ( he just turned 90 on June 10), said, when I phoned to tell him the news, “She gave a lot to all of you.” She did, as a mother, sprirtually, culturally and materially. She was an artist from childhood, she always had a pencil and... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 00:03:33 EST Run for Water HM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905135 My first half marathon, so many things went as planned or better. <BR> <BR> Photo below is of Jonie the 2:15 pace bunny and me. She ran a perfect pace for me, freed me of the trouble of managing the pace and intervals. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l211596389.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> almost at the finish line <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l689624580.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> DH ran a PB 5k of 25:11. <BR> <BR> I usually run 5ks w... Wed, 30 May 2012 23:58:37 EST My JG 30min run route http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4717778 I have a route that starts at the Mission Leisure Centre, our coummunity rink-pool-gym and ends there, then I finish up with a refreshing swim. I love this route, it has become routine. It goes through a park, across a stream, through a field, up a hill trail, then I turn around and come back. Because I finish with a swim, I don't mind to run in the rain, I am going to get wet anyway, and the swim loosens any running muscle tightness. <BR> <BR> The road to the park <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 01:06:23 EST Snow day at my house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685178 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l815552671.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Its a silent wonderland Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:10:20 EST Yale to Hope in canoe down the Fraser River http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4503959 Today I went on a canoe trip with my oldest DD, an expedition that included large and small canoes, kayaks, rafts, and a motorized zodiac for safety <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l247897939.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l341936952.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l639591015.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l23989596.jpg"> <BR... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 23:42:45 EST mmmmmm Blackberry season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4429068 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l372439269.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l218027551.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l783785664.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 20:44:03 EST Cascadia Masters Regatta, my first race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4395735 Photos first because they take a short time to load in the morning and a very long time to load at night at my rural non-high-speed internet <BR> <BR> Comments later because I have a very busy day today <BR> <BR> I'm back with the comments. <BR> <BR> July 23, 2011, my first sculling race at the Cascadia Masters Regatta with the Fraser Valley Rowing Club's women's coxed quad. We are a range of ages from 28 to 53(me), <BR> averaging 39 and started training together 3 weeks ago, pyramids, ... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 11:50:54 EST Needle Peak part two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4359829 at the top <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l2734105.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My niece and DD <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l603870194.jpg"> <BR> <BR> the girls <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l798556170.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> DD and me and Jake <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l265398874.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 09:47:55 EST Needle Peak Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4357910 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l562731608.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Niece with Needle Peak in the background <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l71058664.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> the hike up <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l902368914.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l478991382.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> the lunch spot <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:41:01 EST Lent Break events http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4194856 I had a hard time staying off SparkPeople for Lent, I actually did go back on once because my daughter was intrigued by the doctor-writer who wrote some inspirational books and she was writing a medical ethics paper for college. I couldn't remember his name and had heard about him on MELTEAGUE's blog, Abraham Verghese. But I didn't check my page or my teams or my mail or my spark friends (except Mel). <BR> My goal this year is to maintain my gains of the previous two years, well, maintain o... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 18:44:33 EST Hike in the powdery snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4041518 Yesterday was hiking day, every Tuesday since September a group of us do a morning hike up the mountain that is the peak second to the left on this photo, the sub-peak of Dewdney Mountain on the far left. This photo is on a clear January day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l876086069.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Most of the time here on the West Coast our winter looks like this, we have green winters with lots of rain. This photo was taken two weeks later January. Our sno... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 13:07:31 EST Snow Shoe Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4008304 This year I started snow shoeing. I have been wanting to do this for a few seasons, but didn't find the time to fit it in. Since the start of the school year, a group of us, anywhere from 3 to 10 of us gather every Tuesday to hike and Thursday (since January) to snow shoe. Our local ski hill, Hemlock Valley, offers a free day to the ladies on Thursdays from January to March, so we jumped on this. Two in our group have been before and know the trails, for the rest of us, every outing is an... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 22:58:30 EST Monster Erg 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3999371 This weekend I competed in an indoor rowing competition. Last year was the first year I competed in this event at the standard 2000m distance, three years ago my son was competing and for fun I entered the 500m parents event, I got hooked on indoor rowing and have been erging(another name for indoor rowing) ever since. The first two years on Spark I worked out regularly, I improved all the time, it was very satisfying. I lost weight, gained muscle, strengthened and healed my gimpy shoulde... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 21:35:41 EST I am a cardio junkie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3814336 LOVE those endorphins <BR> <BR> I regularly swim 3 times a week, go for a hike every Tuesday, go for a long walk every Thursday, run 3 times a week, and indoor row when I can. I love the benefits of strength training, but struggle to make that a regular workout. <BR> <BR> As for goals, there are so many. When I am just keeping active, I tell myself my goals are primarily that, keep active, exercise regularly, stay fit, feel good. I do have a few specific goals as well, there are so man... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:44:50 EST 5k Police Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3650203 Today DH and I ran personal bests in the Abbotsford Police Run. DH last ran a 26:13 PB on May 30, 2010 and today he cracked 26min and ran a 25:37 race. and I last ran a 28:31 PB on April 6, 2008 and today I ran 28:26. I am going by chip times, because that is the time we spent running the 5k, although by race rules one goes by gun times as the gun starts the race. As usual his age class is very competitive, the medals were all by runners under 20 min and he was 9/19. I got a bronze and was... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 18:38:24 EST Grouse Grind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3605597 Today DH, DD and I hiked the Grouse Grind, a trail up Grouse Mountain on the North Shore Mountains to the site of an alpine ski area overlooking Vancouver. Today is still a summer day, no snow on the mountain, and we went up the trail that was shady and dry. It is 3km long and fairly steep, nicknamed nature's stairmaster. DH didn't like the built-in stairs, probably 75% of the trail. A lot of people frequent the trail, and teams use it for training, the UBC rowing team and a girls soccer tea... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 01:22:37 EST Air Show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3546510 DD and I volunteered at the Abbotsford Air Show parking cars. Volunteered, well kind of, we don't get paid, but our rowing club does. The show organizers give out, over 3 days Fri-Sun, money for tasks that need to be done and pay non-profit groups to do them, it is a good deal for them because no one would work and spend all day for $3.47 an hour ( 20 volunteers made the club $2500 working 7am to 7pm, do the math, 12x3x20=720 volunteer hours $2500/720= is $3.47/hour), but for our club, $25... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 12:20:18 EST Flour grinder anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3522656 Does anyone use a grinder to make flour from wheat? Wheat is easy to buy from the health food store and a long time ago I read about fresh ground flour for baking, I think I could get used to ultra tasty and nutritious bread. But I don't know what kind of a grinder to get or where to get it <BR> If someone has experience, please tell me what you use Tue, 10 Aug 2010 16:21:42 EST ABCs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3512255 A - Available or married?------married for 23 years <BR> B- Book? -----To Kill a Mockingbird <BR> C- Cake or Pie? -----pie - pumpkin pie ymmmmm <BR> D- Drink of Choice? ----green or mint tea or ovaltine <BR> E- Essential Item? -----running shoes <BR> F- Favorite Color? -----red <BR> G- Game to play or watch?-----football <BR> &#8232;H- Hometown? ---Dewndey <BR> I- Indulgence?-----chocolate with nuts and raisins <BR> J- Job? -----dairy farmer <BR> K- Kids and names?----- Marina, Eric, Silvia ... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 11:25:18 EST Day 35 Zurich August 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3510994 Today we are in Zurich at my cousins' place and it is Swiss National Day. <BR> <BR> They brought us to an evening gathering that included a bratwurst dinner, some political speeches, alphorns, fireworks, and the lighting of the big fire. Up on the hill we could see the fireworks around the lake. Swiss National Day, the last day of our holiday. Tomorrow morning early we will leave for Vancouver. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l634112217.jpg"> <BR>... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 21:53:26 EST Day 34 Sils Maria - Glarus July 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3510393 With DD, we did a hike up the postcard-pretty Fex valley behind Sils Maria (where my grandmother liked to vacation) in the Engadine. My mom took my sister and I on this hike when we were teenagers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l42437470.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l709566921.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l983828368.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 17:08:10 EST Day 33 Maloja - Celerina July 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3510252 More parental roots routes. Of my 8 great-grandparents, 6 of them are Swiss, also out of my 8 great-grandparents, 4 of the Swiss and 2 of the Italians were born and raised in Italy. My roots in Switzerland are in the cantons of Glarus and Graubunden(the Engadine) This day I visited the Engadine villages of Stampa near the Maloja pass, and Celerina. <BR> <BR> Stampa - Maloja (village of origin of bis-nonno Giacomo Stampa) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 15:59:49 EST Day 32 Bergamo July 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3509644 This will be my last day in Bergamo, tomorrow I begin wending my way through Switzerland eventually to be in Zurich to leave for Vancouver on August 2. <BR> I had hoped to do one more hike close to where my mom grew up, but it rained, really rained cats and dogs. So after the rain died down at around 7pm I went to where the trail started and did just 15 minutes up, because when I come back one day, I am going to do this hike. <BR> <BR> Here are some photos of the start of the trail in Map... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 12:31:43 EST Day 31 Bardonecchia July 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3509425 One of the many reasons I went to Torino, besides that DD will be studying there, my dad had studied there, and I had never been to this Italian metropolis before, is that in the westermost edge of this province is the small town where my dad was born. Towards the end of this holiday I am cramming in more and more family roots routes. My grandfather was a military career man, and he was stationed in this Italian town close to the French border when my dad was born in 1907. Now there is no lo... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 11:37:07 EST Day 30 Torino July 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3508319 Torino <BR> This city of millions (1million in the urban area with several more in the surrounding suburbs) was the capital of Italy for the first 50 years after Garibaldi united the country around 1870. <BR> It was also the home of the Italian monarchy, and the streets and monuments and squares still reflect this, Via Regina Margherita, Corso Umberto, Viale Vittorio Emanuele II etc <BR> It is also the home of FIAT, Juventus and Ferrer-Rocher, Nutella, kinder chocolates and Tic Tac breath min... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 01:43:26 EST Day 29 Bergamo July 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3503975 Back at home base. <BR> I did a hike on a mountain close to where my mom grew up, she said her dad took her and her brothers hiking every Saturday morning, I am trying to retrace her steps. <BR> This is Mount Linzone <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l251590565.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l757403220.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> along the trail <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l21005... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 20:18:37 EST Day 28 Urbino July 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3503842 DD and DS are taking more Italian classes, this time in Urbino, another walled city. The walls in Urbino are made of bricks, while in Bergamo they are in stone <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l493685595.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l359743958.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Urbino is surrounded by rolling hills for miles, while Bergamo backs on the foothills of the Alps and fronts on the plains of the Po valley <BR... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 19:35:44 EST Day 27 Gatteo a Mare July 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3503757 In the neighbouring village of Cesenatico there is a statue to Italian cylcist Marco Pantani, a talented but troubled champion. At five foot seven and 126 pounds, he had the perfect physique for climbing in the mountain stages of road bicycle racing. He died of a cocaine overdose at age 34 and he grew up in this seaside community <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l499285570.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 18:58:43 EST Day 26 Gatteo a Mare July 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3503728 An early morning senior's exercise class on the beach <BR> all the young people are still fast asleep lol <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l233172315.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I got a bike to ride around on, went bicycling early in the morning and after supper, after a day at the beach. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l512225022.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The kids are enjoying the beach, the sun, the sea, <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 18:42:37 EST Day 25 Gatteo a Mare July 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3503677 Gatteo a Mare borders on the Rubicon, and there is a memorial to Julius Caesar on one of the bridges <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l339023418.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l403628231.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 18:25:34 EST Day 24 Gatteo a Mare July 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3503655 The kids wanted to go to the beach so we went to Gatteo a Mare on the Adriatic coast <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l724093287.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l836886244.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> DD and DS on the pedal boat <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l217242141.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 18:18:23 EST