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9/3/15 11:02 P

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Going to start leading nature and stream hikes on the Konza again starting next week. ..... Got back from my yearly week long backpacking trip a week ago and as usual....it was awesome. Hiked the Holy Cross Wilderness Area in central Colorado.

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8/29/15 1:07 P

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Sounds smart to get the hotel room rather than push a midnight arrival! I don't like driving when I'm that tired...

We have cloudy skies here today, but I need to get a hike in to make my weekly fitbit goals! So I should get out this afternoon... emoticon

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8/25/15 9:33 A

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I'm on my way back... Sunday was very thick with smoke, resulting in the pool being closed, walked the suspension bridges for half price because the views were hidden, but enjoyed it nevertheless and would go back. Saved a bunch of money by driving around and doing our own vineyard and orchard tour. Stopped and took many pictures of this but still no views - Noni didn't even see the lake we drove along side of.. But I knew it was there out of sight... Unfortunate no swimming in the lake. Did a 24k bike ride in the old kettle railway line paths - the smoke has lifted and it was an awesome ride. We stopped and had a picnic from the food I had brought along with us.
Did some shopping along the route Noni found some baking things that she was excited about and I bought postcards. Stopping at the fruit stands and buy fresh fruit.. So yummy.
We seen a few birds, a bear, deer... I don't think anything else.
Stopped a motel last night instead of driving straight home.. I was getting so tired and the car GPS was estimating arrival mid night - no I want to arrive home alive and not exhausted.

Not all was accomplished that I was hoping.. But it was successful in what we did do. Just not enough time in a long weekend getaway. But we are rested, too well fed, and it is good to stay in bed just a little longer and cuddle.
Home this afternoon if all goes as planned without any hiccups ...

Kayotic glad you had a great time too.



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8/24/15 9:29 P

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We're back, had a nice time, even if the smoke started to come in a bit last night, we had a good time, got to do a little bike ride, some beer tasting, and a little exploration on the way home once we left the smoky area!

It was nice to get away, and nice to be home again!

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8/21/15 6:55 P

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Summer camp is all over... Mimi vacation tomorrow ... Come back and fall program begins in full force...
But for now I'm going to relax - hopefully swim, bike ride, hike, geocache, browse some stores




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8/20/15 10:03 A

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Well - I hope we both have an amazing time away to rest, to reconnect with our Loves, and have any stress flee from our lives - if only for a couple of days...



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8/20/15 8:33 A

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It's a bit to the north...Larry's been keeping an eye on it, but it seems that area is OK at the moment.

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8/19/15 3:16 P

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Isn't that area on fire?

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8/19/15 2:27 P

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Larry surprised me by booking a rustic cabin at Rock Creek, so we should have a nice weekend! emoticon It's right on a fishing stream (we don't fish, but I like the sound of it) and the hiking trails are right there too!

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8/18/15 10:07 A

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Kayotic - maybe there should be new topic - how to keep the romance spark going!
Enjoy your weekend and don't get too tired hiking



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8/18/15 9:44 A

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Sounds like a nice mini-vacation for you and your wife, Marty, enjoy!

I'm hoping for something similar for me and Larry, his birthday is next Monday, and I took the day off, hoping we can plan somewhere to go for the weekend. (maybe Mammoth Lakes?)

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8/16/15 8:29 P

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It is going to be a long week as it is our last week of summer camp with two hundred mouths to feed coming in the morning. And then....
I have decided to go to Kelowna BC for the weekend, after that who knows?
So I have informed my new kitchen coordinator or what ever her title is that she will cook breakfast for the fifty or so staff on Saturday morning as I'm leaving camp Friday afternoon. I don't think I will stick around for the staff party.
I have arranged a sitter for Dalhouise. I have booked a hotel for two nights. So off to Kelowna my wife and I go for a mini date weekend.

And I think there are some hiking trails here too



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8/13/15 9:53 A

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For what it's worth, lots of fishermen go up those rock creek trails, it's dotted with lakes all the way...

Marty, one last big group, then some relief? emoticon

I'll be hiking in to work today, not sure I can push myself to run it! I've been feeling pretty sore the past couple of days and Tuesday's run was so slow.....

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8/11/15 4:27 P

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Thanks for the suggestion, I'll look into that area also. I told hubby (he's not much of a hiker) he has a day of fishing with our son while I hike and the second day we will all have an exploration day as a family!



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8/11/15 10:17 A

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Time off is slowly approaching but...
I'm still torn on staying home and doing many short day trips, or a long haul road trip.. All I do know now is our last week of the summer camp portion is going to be large. I received the meal numbers last night 200 hungry campers are arriving. The only silver lining is the age for this camp session - they are ten year olds - so they will eat less. But still 200 - that is a huge number.
Then it is the fall season with weekends off for the most part ... Hurray



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8/8/15 10:36 A

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Rock Creek is a nice area to hike as well, Tom's Place is the exit, last time we went there was road construction, but still easy enough to get up there, the lakes and trails are great with beautiful views...

Trailtrodder, I have not hiked in Colorado at all, but it sounds nice, hope you have a great wilderness experience!

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8/8/15 12:58 A

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Every year, our "old geezer" hiking club chooses a wilderness area to backpack in August. This year we're going to be hiking the Holy Cross Wilderness Area in Colorado and climbing Mt. Holy Cross as well. We've been doing this for several years now. We hike in on a Monday and come out of the woods in 6 days. Anyone ever hiked this particular area?

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8/7/15 11:39 A

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Arizona sure has some beautiful terrain. I can appreciate the beauty in the desert just as much as the mountains. I hope to get out that way in the next year or two to do some exploring. :)

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8/6/15 12:36 P

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I saw the trail around the lake but I kind of want more seclusion. It looks like there is a trail heading into the canyon on the far end of the lake. I read it was washed out in 2012 so I wonder the condition of it now... I was also thinking Mc Gee Creek which from what I've seen in pictures is beautiful (and it'll be fall so the trees will be turning colors) when we go. I've got some time to plan though.

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8/6/15 10:22 A

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We go to that area quite a bit, Elizabeth (near Convict Lake) but haven't hiked Convict lake. I just googled and there is a trail around the lake, that should be pretty flat. But if you want a bit more, head up to Mammoth Lakes, there are lots of great trails up there, and those lakes are quite beautiful.

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8/5/15 7:21 P

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Today is a camp change over day.. 110 campers left after breakfast - I fed 70 for lunch.. And then took off to town to visit Mom and check on mail at the condo. I must get back to cook supper for the 70 and then tomorrow lunch we have 185 once more for the week. Then after this the numbers drop for the last two weeks - I will get a week off - then the fall program begins and slowly I will get my life back. I will be feeding smaller group sizes, and most weekends off.. I can't wait! But this Camp Life is my career and I can't complain with being off for six months can I!



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8/5/15 5:13 P

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Well I wear a FITBIT that measures by FLOORS.....so give me elevation! ha.

This hike was in the Superstition Mts., Arizona. A LONG GRULING hike, but Weavers Needle was really worth it! It can NOT be seen any other way, but by the hike!

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8/5/15 12:07 P

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Thanks SunnyArizona and Kayotic - it is gorgeous up there - and definitely cooler than the 100's we've been in.

I'd love to get to Tahoe - one day I will. Early October I have a trip planned to Convict Lake off hwy 395 to check that area out. Looking for a good trail in that area where I can put some miles in without too much elevation gain.

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8/5/15 10:38 A

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Looks like a beautiful place to hike!

I've been getting on my local trails, pretty much in our backyard...but I'd really like to get out to some of the Lake Tahoe trails soon...I just need to make it a priority.

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OH I am envious. That looks COOL. My hikes take to Mt. Lemmon here in Tucson during the summers as it is just to darned HOT anywhere else!!

But this is ME: I happily await cooler days!


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8/4/15 12:48 P

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Thought I'd share a picture from my hike Saturday. This is in the San Gorgornio Wilderness in Southern California. emoticon

I hope everyone has a great day!



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7/31/15 3:10 P

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I think the weather will cooperate with me tomorrow to be outside most of the day. We're going to head out of the city into the mountains and hike a new trail. The AC 100 (a 100 mile race along mountain trails) is going on tomorrow on one mountain and the Lake Fire closed a large portion of another mountain but a few trails just outside the burn area have since reopened. Going to get an early start and try some where new! emoticon emoticon

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7/30/15 7:40 A

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Dare I put it in writing ~ I'm thinking of taking 2 hikes today. Want to try out my new sneakers ~ a treat to myself for getting back in to daily walking and want to Hike to the huge sand hill but can't wear the new kicks there so 2 Hikes it is!!!

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7/25/15 9:25 A

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Tough brake with the car, Marty (sounds like a brake job with the rotors and pads....) but then we like it when our cars stop when we want them to!

Not sure I'll get out today, I may stick around the house until my massage (scheduled at 2pm). Larry had his ankle surgery yesterday, and he is recuperating, so I'd like to be here if he needs me.

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7/23/15 3:55 P

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Hiking to the garage to home ..
I am having a slight break.. Fed 130 hungry campers this morning and prepared 100 bag lunches. And then drove to town and dropped the car off at the garage. On mom's birthday we took her a birthday cake in the afternoon and I got a flat tire. The tire is ruined.. I have all wheel drive and so I now must replace all four tires - two for sure - but all four because they are getting worn. While there doing a semi annual service and inspection.. Garage just called need something g called a rotor and pads... Something is metal on metal and needs to be repaired..
Go ahead.. But I need the car back by 3:30 as I must return to work and cook supper. Today is BBQ day..
Truck is late .. It has been coming around 7 am .. Today I leave at 9:30 and no truck but I gave clear instructions to the new postion created this week to my dishwasher now front of house facilitator.
This position. Is a buffer between me and dishwashers - we are hiring one more person and having a rotating staff helper .. This facilitator will also be trained to serve some meals so I can have a break - ie - an afternoon and supper off occasionally - this is good if we have the right person.. Right now we do. A young 26 year old who is mature and responsible - and the owner after talking with me has made this transition .. And offered her a job next year if she wants to come back. Let's see how it works out..

Dalhouise likes air conditioners - he sits in front of our new one when we are at the condo.. And now in the car he get in between the seats and let's the cool air blow on him while driving with us. King Dalhouise is no fool of a dog.

So now I wait at home for the phone call telling me my car is ready and my visa is going to cry.




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7/23/15 9:47 A

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I'll be hiking in to work today, my usual trail commute!

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7/22/15 1:10 P

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Sweet water Creek State Park in Georgia

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7/21/15 5:57 P

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We received quite a bid of rain in Southern California over the past weekend. I'm taking my son out for a short hike to a local waterfall after work today! It was dwindling on my last visit but I'm hopeful the rain helped. I also have another waterfall in mind for this weekend if I can get away on Sunday! These places are beautiful but hard to visit when the flow has slowed or stopped. The storm we had just might help a little! *fingers crossed*

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What an ordeal! Hope your new AC is working now! Stay cool... emoticon

I may try to get out here in a few, I didn't hit my steps goals last week, and the hiking really helps with that! And we've been cooler this past week, lots of thunderstorms (and the flooding and mud that comes with them...) have brought the temps down. Should be nice out, it's overcast so I think cooler.

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Two hundred hungry campers everyday for the last two weeks... I'm exhausted. It has been extremely hot. The thermometer read 36 / 40 c everyday as well. At least I have been drinking lots of water.
At night there has been no relief.. Hot and sticky. My wife even has allowed me to have a fan.. She hates fans - says they make her sick. I shower .. A few moments later I am just as sweaty as I was before the shower.. So my point is.. My sleeps have been restles, waking up uncomfortable and tired.
But today and tomorrow I am off.. Time to recharge - to get some needed recuperation.
So off to Vancouver we drive.. Stuck - dead stop both lanes of traffic as emergency crews deal with an accident. I hope no one dies.. But it seems very serious. 45 minutes late we are on our way.. At least it was overcast and 20 c as we sat on the highway waiting for the road to open.
We are heading to Vancouver to buy an air conditioner if we can find any. We do a couple of stops in large stores to be told they don't have any left.. Not looking good for success ..
We go to Costco - my membership has expired over a year ago - we are hopeful they might have an air conditioner - nope - but I did renew my membership and get a new credit card. And a hotdog.
Ok onto the mall. Final stop with not really much hope of finding an conditioner - surprise - surprise - we go into Sears and they have just received a shipment of them. We buy one..
Service sucked - but I have it and now I'm just waiting to turn it on.
( it was laid down in my car to get it home so we have to,wait three hours before I plug it in and turn it on.). It better work....
Oh we came home - sat it up,right - went out to eat supper..
Now I'm writing and resting..



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6/26/15 11:09 P

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Take a deep breath Marty! You'll get it done, it seems that's what you do...and good luck!

My computer has been acting up, so I "refreshed" it, then couldn't get it back at all. I had my IT guy (my boyfriend Larry) take a look, and he did some investigating and decided that our wireless was not up to the task of hooking up my laptop and our new wireless devices (TV and blue-ray player) on the network. So I've moved into the basement office where I can get on a wire. It's much better now!

I did get my hiking commute in 2 days this week. We're supposed to have thunderstorms tomorrow, so don't know what I'll do then!

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So it begins .. Again.. Summer camp is about to start on Saturday and we have 200 registered.
20 will be leaving two days later to go on a canoe trip leaving me 180 to feed three meals every day. This is a large enough number to cause stress.. Where and the world am I going to store all this food.
Right now at 6:30 AM I am expecting the delivery truck. Over 8000$ in supplies are on their way. And this is most for four days, with a little carry over. I will be going to a three day delivery, more stress as I have to stay on top of inventory and cooking all this food / storage, and reordering. Yes I do it all my self ...
200 people wow... 180 people for days on end.. Spring groups usually only have 180 for a day or two at the most and then they leave and the next group is small so we can bounce back. Now there is no bouncing back just. More and more mouths to feed.. Food to order, food to store, food to cook...



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6/20/15 4:21 P

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Hope you're enjoying your well-deserved day off Marty!

Tiffit, loved Athens and Delos when I visited Greece! (and Santorini was beautiful too!) How fun for you!

I should be able to get a hike in this afternoon. I'm going to finish my lunch and head out!

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Walked all over Athens yesterday, and although it's not technically a hike we did go up to the Acropolis as part of our walking tour. My next real hike, aside from all this urban exploration, will likely be up to the caldera on Santorini. We'll probably also do a half day on Delos to see all the amazing ruins.

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21 days of work with no day off.. I am so ready for this weekend. But first I need to get through today. 85 people here for breakfast and lunch and 250 for a BBQ supper.
I hope to go to a movie, maybe find a geo cache or two, possibility of going to a bird sanctuary, and of course my wife wants to go to a mall to do some shopping.
Oh - my mother has been complaining so I must go visit her as well..
These are my weekend plans.
I hope you all are about to enjoy your weekend and have some rest too.



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At least she let you keep the salad bar!

Been getting in my usual hike commutes, and we've been on the bikes a couple of times, now that Larry is able to get back on it! He had the screws taken out of his ankle on Monday, and is doing great.

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Stress no more for a few weeks... Today was our follow up health inspection. I had the kitchen, dish room, dish/ laundry room and my dey storage spotless. Two days of cleaning and wiping everything. It looked good - no it looked fantastic and we were feeding 100 people ( 230 people yesterday lunch) on top of that yesterday to boot..
She came and looked - then talked with me for two hours.. We have a couple of issues like a new cooler/ freezer unit to give me more dry storage space.
In my dry storage I have four freezers and so I need more storage space.. But the cooler is also at max capacity so just get me a new extra one. This won't happen this year but I can see it happening for next year..
Talked about my salad bar .. She doesn't like salad bars... But after our talk we have solutions that makes her a little more acceptable to ours..
She might come back this fall only for a check in..
Two hours - this is my longest time ever spent with a health inspector..
Secretly maybe she was trying to catch me..



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It was a nice day to be out, I remembered my sunscreen, and the hat was handy...tomorrow we're going out on the bikes!

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Another loop near Brown's Mountain tomorrow morning at oh-dark-thirty! We're leaving at 6:00 in order to beat the heat. :-)

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I'm sure it felt like weeks in dog time! Looks like a beautiful day!

I got in my trail commute yesterday, had a quick jog in to work, finally broke the 11 min/mile! and an early walk home as I had to take Larry in for a pre-op doctor visit. He will be getting the screws removed from his ankle, and we heard he can drive again about a week after that! I have to say we are both pretty excited about that!

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So Sunday was an off day. I haven't any more of these for three weeks I think.. If I hear correct the next three weekends have bookings and this means I am working.
So on my last off day we / Noni and I made the most of it.
Church - a little hike at Brandywine Falls - a long stroll window shopping in Whistler and an enjoyable supper at the Keg on the third floor patio.
Even though it was only one day it felt like a whole weekend : yet not to busy to tire us out.




























Thus ended the date with Noni.
No not yet - we stopped in to say hi to my Mom then it was time to go back to camp and spend time with the Dalhouise. I had to leave him home as I knew we would be going in and out of stores and eating out.. He was a happy pooch when we got home - you would think we left him for weeks or something...



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Sounds like a nice time, Tiffit!

We got the bikes going, after some pumping of tires, and fiddling with the bike racks. Larry really enjoyed getting out again (he broke his leg and has been out of commission for a while!)

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Had a wonderful group hike this morning around Brown Mountain, followed by breakfast at a local joint. Despite the heat, we almost all made it back without a hassle and I met a couple of really interesting new folks--one of whom I hope I can help professionally (he's just starting out in healthcare and I may be able to introduce him to some of my contacts at the hospital).
All in all, a great morning!

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What a great looking spread, Marty!

We should be getting out on the bikes today, hoping it goes well, with Larry's leg still healing. We'll be keeping it easy and low key!

Did a bunch of yard/gardening stuff yesterday, maybe a little more today, I can't stop buying plants! Today I got a purple pepper at the grocery store! emoticon

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day's end and now I can have a rest with the family

So on the BBQ I cooked hotdogs and beef burgers and some chicken. In the oven I baked vegi dogs and vegi burgers.
Salad bar had about 40 items on it. Such as toss salad, spinach salad, potato salad, pasta with tuna, pasta salad, couscous, bean salad and there was a few more. We had sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, - oh I can't remember all we had lots to choose from.
I also placed out some tomato soup,and navy bean soup and a insert of fried rice.

Like I said the owner is happy.. All the guess we're very satisfied.
Even before I began cooking I had people coming up to me. Marvelling at the aroma of charcoal whisping around the camp. People were surprised it was not gas but a real BBQ ..
My point exactly to the owner later.. I think he thought I could not BBQ for this many and long.. Two hours out there in the sun and waves of heat from the BBQ and the sun - I loved every moment .. And the food was a success too



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The little flirt







The kids are running and playing and goes and sits in the middle of the field...


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Practice for tomorrow when we are expecting over 200 hungry guess



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Thanks, My Monday Nature walk was wonderful, so that more than made up for it. And I never have to hike that Friday trail again.

This weekend I will probably garden one day and take a long walk at Lake Zorinsky the other day. It is an in town paved trail, but it is good for building endurance. There are 2 sections, one is 3 miles, the other 4 miles. I hope to do both sections, but if I only get the 4 mile section done, it is still good.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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Got in my trail commute yesterday, I had to get out early, since we had a social event last night, and I needed to get home to get ready. It's warming up!

Sorry you didn't get the "nature feeling" on your Friday hike, Thestral, maybe next time?

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I got a good hike in last Friday, it was about 6 miles. I am still so out of shape that by the end it was more of an endurance test. The trail description said it was good for hiking, biking or trail running. The forested part would work for all three, but the prairie part was definitely just mountain biking. I also never ever got that relaxing I'm out in nature feeling. Took leisurely nature walks for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Saw about 50 Canadian geese, adults and babies. Babies were about 6 inches tall and still all down. I didn't have my camera that day, so took pictures with my phone. Don't know if they will turn out or not.

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Sounds like a nice ride, Marty!

I got in a short trail run yesterday morning...I have a late Pilates class today, so probably wont get on the trails, but I'm walking in tomorrow....

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Saddle sore, but feeling engergzed. Putting on my cool looking mirror sunglasses I hop onto my bike saddle and head out the gate. Construction.. Half the road is missing and the other half is cracked and pot holed. But it is sunny, and I have supper all prepared (lasagna) so I have time to go for a long bike ride. We - my wife and I drive the four miles to the single lane bridge, ah we keep going to the four mile / eight mile viewing spot along the river bank. Do I stop? No even though this is the furthest we have ever gone on this road. We keep going and going to we reach some houses... We come to the house with the huge yellow smiley face hanging on a tree. This is where cell overage ends when leaving town towards the camp.
At this point we turn around. I am not sure what way the wind is blowing. I thought we were facing it but as we return back home it still feels like we are facing it, it is becoming more difficult to make those peddles go round and round.. Are we going up hill? It looks flat and when driving the car I never notice a difference in engine sounds.
I now and then look up to admire the mountain being swallowed by a cloud - just majestic.
I notice the wild roses in bloom as I coast on past splattering the brush along side the road with pink blossoms - not to mention the wild berries that are still in flowering mode.
We are well past the construction zone and I only hear the wind in my ears and the chirping of birds. I must make time to to do this again, but not today as I seem to have sat a little too much on that tiny little seat.



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Got in about 5.5 miles yesterday in the sun. I may try to get out later for another hike, but right now we have a bit of a thunderstorm! emoticon emoticon

Enjoy Tennessee, EO!

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Heading to the mountains of Tennessee tomorrow for nearly a week :D

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Got out for an 8+ mile hike today, even though it is a bit muddy from all the rain, it was nice out. And then when I got home I planted my sunflower seedlings. emoticon

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Tomorrow morning I'm doing a dawn hike at Fraesfield Mountain in north Phoenix with our Meetup group. The weather is still absolutely beautiful and unseasonably cool so I'm really looking forward to it.
It should be an easy 3-mile loop, so not more than 2 hours tops which gives everyone time to hike very leisurely, take pictures, stop for hydration, etc.
:-)

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I'm going for a walk along the east end rail trail here in Hamilton. There are a number of defunct rail routes in Hamilton and area that have been converted to scenic trails, the best of which have a slight grade climbing the escarpment which dominates my city. Bordering on these portions of the trail are stairways climbing the escarpment and numerous hiking trails for variety in both exercise and scenery.



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I'm going for a hike along the east end rail trail in Hamilton. There are a great number of defunct rail routes in the Hamilton area that have been converted into scenic trails. The best of them have a slight grade to them as they climb the escarpment that dominates and defines the city.Also along the routes are hiking trails and stairways for additional exercise.



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May the 24th, or Victoria Day as we call it here in Canada, is always on the 24th, but is observed on the first Monday preceding that to give us a long weekend. I'm sure Queen Victoria wouldn't minds as she's not around to enjoy the festivities.



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Dalhouise is not a happy camper today.. But I don't care! It is for his own good even though he doesn't understand.
Ring - ring - ring.. Our neighbour phones us.. His dog was killed last night by a cougar. He is phoning to let us know to keep our dogs tied or in the house as this large cougar is hanging around the area - also we must be aware to make sure none of our campers are wandering alone either - safety...
anyways I pick up Dalhouise and carry him back inside the cabin. Later in the morning I go get him and fasten him to the chains I have. One of the staff replied that they have never seen him tied up before.. I replied. It happens now and then. I have one at the cabin entrance and one at the entrance to the dining tent, just for occasions like today. The one by e cabin does get used more often in the middle of the night if Dalhouise decides to wake me up to go outside because I don't want him eaten..
So now he is sitting with me on the swing tied.. I guess this OK .. He is happy to be sitting with me.. ** I am off now - it is the weekend.. Hurray



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I don't understand why the May 24 weekend is a week before the 24th. I remember in my youth going to the cottage on this long weekend - this is opening season for most cottages and trailers and for planting the gardens.. Not now.. Middle of the month is just to early.. Cold rains, possiblity of snow still looms heavy.. I think the government should change it back to the May 24th. And keep it there.
I did have a good day yesterday. I walked around the Boundary trail, sat by the pond spotting some birds and relaxing, sat on the swing with my pooch Dalhouse, rode my bike to the beach with my wife, watched a movie on TV, had a nap and I let my wife cut my hair.
I think that covers everything ...
Now today... It is pouring rain right now.. Sounds pleasant as it hits the tin cabin roof, and pours off onto the ground. Looks nice too as I peek out the windows and see rain falling unto green tree leaves. I think today another restful, napping afternoon is in store for me. This morning we will drive into town to attend church - have a stop to visit my mother at the nursing home. That might be a little stressful.. Depending on her mood.




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Great bird shots there Marty, especially the hummingbird!

I got out on a longish hike yesterday, about 7.5 miles...they were having an endurance race on the trails, so I saw quite a few runners with their numbers, and came upon one of the aid stations! They were running 15 miles or 50K, pretty impressive! Only got sprinkled on a little bit.



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red breasted sapsucker

rufous humming bird

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American Crow

future frogs


Bear food








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It's been raining here off an on all week...not complaining! We need it. emoticon But I do enjoy walking/hiking more when it's sunny and warm, so I'm hoping the sun will appear soon!

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Deliver came - delivery came around 8:30 ish we were just finishing breakfast. So all my stress and anxiety was not needed... But I will make sure I stock pile enough food to the future to cover delivery days. Last year we had nothing but issues with them coming late in the afternoon many times, I was told this issue was solve... Sales people are liars.

Today if it is not raining the plan is to rest,do some easy hiking and or do some cycling, keep an eye open for any bears wandering along the road and hopefully see some birds and get a picture of these. Most importantly not to be ran over by any crazy speeding intoxicated car drivers.
Long weekend is here... Hurray.. Pay day was yesterday, I am off for three whole days. I usually fill theses days up with activities - but so far I have no plans other than the above mentioned

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It's been cloudy the past few days and rained last night, but I still got in my trail commute yesterday, just a few drops on the way home!

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Hope you figured it out Marty I think I would switch today and tomorrow's lunch around if you can improvise today the truck should be fine to serve today's lunch tomorrow.




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Good morning - kind of..
I had a stressful night worried about today's delivery. My lunch ingredients are on that truck.
The truck until last delivery has been arriving around 630 - 8 AM perfect timing. Last delivery truck arrived 12:30 just after guess sat down to eat lunch. I am to be dropped numbers 1- 5 to get here early - I was drop number 9.
What to do if it is late?
I can change menu from perogies to Mac and cheese... So we can feed the 115 people..
Supper is here.. Turkey dinner
Tomorrow's breakfast is here
Tomorrow's lunch I can impervise ..
So should I just refuse this order if it comes late and reorder everything for next Tuesday? .
Long weekend OFF ...???



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Hiked home from work this afternoon, took the detour through the arboretum. Nice day!

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My hiking buddies and I just did a bunch of smaller hikes to test out my knee. We did the shortest first and kept getting longer just so I could stop at any time. I'm glad to say my knee did wonderfully! And we completed all the hikes :)

We did Monroe Cemetary, Minihaha, Bad Branch Falls, Crow's Creek, Panther & Angel Falls, and Hemlock Falls. Each set of hikes will be longer and more challenging until I'm completely back to normal!

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After he flew by and landed in the tree next to the
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But before this while I was enjoying
watching the

and the
and

but now after the

it is time for bed.
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Time out with my mother.




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Small world indeed, LifesGreat!

Back from a trip over the hill, got to enjoy seeing some old friends last night, and spend time with family today, before heading home.

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5/10/15 12:49 A

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Today was a good day to be outside



















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5/9/15 9:04 P

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Sounds fun Melinda!

Small world Kayotic, I worked in Grand Forks for over 8 years.




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5/9/15 2:14 P

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Been hitting the trails quite a bit this week, a couple of days were on the wetter side, but not too bad. I hope to get out for a short one in a bit.

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5/9/15 1:23 A

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Wow a week has come and gone. I been busy feeding 200 people all week - time flies when you are having fun..


Dalhouise is tired from watching us





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5/8/15 2:04 P

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Nice ! We have friends that just moved to Maine, so hope to get to Katahdin in Sept this year.

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We're going to Iceland in a few weeks for our delayed Honeymoon and we're hoping to do a lot of hiking while we're there. After that we have a trip to Mt. Katahdin planned for June!

~ Melinda

"It's a new dawn, It's a new day, It's a new life, For me, And I'm feeling good" - Nina Simone "Feeling Good"


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5/7/15 9:33 A

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I lived in Grand Forks as a child. Should be fun visiting those states, the badlands have some great scenery!

I'll be headed to work on the trails again, we had thunderstorms yesterday afternoon, but I managed to avoid getting rained on, hoping that works out for me again today!

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5/6/15 3:12 P

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I'm heading towards Dakota Territory!

Edited by: LIFESGREAT2DAY at: 5/7/2015 (23:27)



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5/6/15 9:16 A

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Hope your mom enjoyed setting the pace for you Thestral!

Lifesgreat, where are you headed on vacation? We love to plan outdoor activities too!

I'll be trail commuting today and tomorrow, this morning there is a bit of a breeze, but the sky looks clear, so maybe that will just help keep the temps down!

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5/5/15 8:28 P

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Planning some hikes for the vacation we get to take this year...so excited!!!




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Very short hike on Saturday. It rained early morning, but turned out quite nice. My mom went with me and I let her set the pace and distance.

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I spent the morning making kombucha, then soup, and planting some seeds I bought yesterday. Took a short hike this afternoon, it was really nice out! I did remember to put on the sunscreen before heading out though!

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No bears today either - but I keep searching

Yesterday I was off and it was sunny after having a week of rain and dark dreary days that reminded me of fall not spring.. Noni and I took a drive to Vancacover with our bikes attached to the bike rack so we could do some cycling around the Sewawall. I think a few other thousand people had the same idea. Yes it was a little crowded but there was lots of room to move about.








Seen some birds also




and some flowers


It was a good day.




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5/2/15 10:39 A

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Enjoy your hike Thestral!

Marty, I didn't see any bears in those pics! pretty flowers though.

I'll be hiking in to the gym to day to go to Pilates. Then we're running errands for the rest of the day!

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I had some time off, so down the road I went for a bike ride looking for birds, bears, and flowers.
I think a dogwood tree flower
salmon berry flower maybe?

me enjoying some of my 30 for 30 time outside this month partaking in the David Suski challenge




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Hi. Been having very short destination/purpose walks this week, and tomorrow I go on my first hike in decades. Well, maybe only 1 decade. I am going to Eugene T. Mahoney State Park in Nebraska. It is between Omaha and Lincoln. Don't have Internet on the weekends, so will have to wait till Monday to report back in.

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Nice.

Not sure how much I'll be able to get out today, I have to take Larry to the doctor this morning, and then it's off to work!

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Yes - ice inside to cool down



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Those look fancy, Marty, do you put ice in them?

Got in my trail commute today, really nice out there!

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