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3/29/15 10:37 A

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Aw, hope the pup feels better soon!

Have a great vacation!

I got out yesterday on the trails, really need to do some more yard clean-up today, so I'll have to see what else I can get to!

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3/29/15 10:32 A

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Dalhouise sure does look sad and sore. He wobbled out of the clinic like a drunken sailor walking along the wooden boardwalk back to his ship on a Saturday night.
I wanted him to have his needles up to date and that spot on his left hind leg that is still bleeding looked at before I took him to the sitters on Tuesday. Well during the examinanation it was clear even to me that he had a tooth infection that had to be dealt with.. This past month I could tell something was wrong - and there is No way possible he knew we are going away. I only took out the suitcase on Friday so that he wouldn't know it... Well he was coming to me wanting to be hugged. - sit on my lap - hitting me with his paw so I would cuddle him and pet him. He wanted me to make him feel better...
The doctor said he would almost immediately feel relief after the tooth was pulled because it was that badly infected - he actually pulled two.. I was told.
The old age lumps - I don't know what they really are - they were refered as that so - that is what I call them were removed as well. One on his mid back near tail and on his left hind leg.
Dalhouise kept biting the one on his leg and it was always bleeding. I was concer about infections after he swims in muddy ponds / creeks or when he gets rolling around in the dirt. Camp life is paradise for a health dog. Dalhouse is turning 13 on his birthday and he is a very healthy - young at heart dog for his age.. All those kids coming to camp must keep him that way..
I am happy to say as I close - this morning he is looking alittle more chipper.

( send him a get well postcard:)




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3/28/15 4:29 P

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April 7th is my birthday - I will be in Mexico . We come home very late on the 8th April might as well call it the ninth. Then on the 10 we move to camp and hopefully I will have some postcards waiting for me sayng happy birthday.

--- poor little Dalhouise is having emergency dental surgery done right now.. A very bad infected tooth and having something done to his right hind leg that has been bleeding forever.




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3/28/15 3:52 P

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emoticon Marty! (I'm guessing it's early, but better early than never, right? emoticon

I've walked to work 3 days this week, and today ran to the gym for Pilates (I had to run as I left later than planned, and wouldn't have made it in time otherwise.)

It's so nice out right now, sunny and warm, but not hot yet, lots of folks are out enjoying this weather!

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3/28/15 11:24 A

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Singing to the world that it is going to be my birthday soon ...
I collect postcards from far and near.. If you so wish to drop one in the mail to say Happy Birthday - that would be awesome.
Marty Marquette
C/0 Camp Summit
PO Box 48
St Main. Squamish. BC
Canada
V8B 0A1



( don't worry if this is a different address than before - that was home and this is place of employment. I check both places)



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3/26/15 10:03 P

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Not a lot of hking done today. walked around the park with Dalhouise. Walked to the plaza and back again pushing a little cart.. I had to go buy a new car battery. When I came back from our bike adventure in Surrey I accidentally left the dome light on and so the next day I had a very dead battery. I called the motor club and got a boost.. Dave around for an hour and let the car idle for about half an hour.. Turned it off and went to bed. Next day I go try to start the car it is a no go.. Battery is dead again. I had inklings that it was going before and I think this was the last straw with the dome light left on. Thus the walk to go buy a new battery.. Once I got the batter home the plumber was just about to leave from doing a job here on site.. ( do you remember my last month plumbing bills) well I asked him if he would help me change the battery as I don't have tools.. He agreed - nice guy...
The car works now and so we drove got some groceries and I bought a new hand held GPS.
Remember my GPS died when I tried to turn it on on the bike trip to Surrey. I need to have a GPS for Mexico in five days from now..
I didn't buy a better one - same brand and company as the one I had because it was on sale. Discontinued .. So I got it for 89 dollars.. Regular I see was 199.$. I just didn't want to spend so much money right now. Need it for our vacation and property taxes and ultiities tax coming due in the nex 60 days.
Hopefully it will work ok for a year or so..




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3/26/15 9:45 P

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Glad to hear you turned your day around despite some setbacks! Nice pics...

I jogged in to work again, and hiked home. Today is much warmer than Tuesday, I was hot on the way home! Everything is blooming, it's really feeling like spring!

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"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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3/25/15 11:43 A

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Thank you..
Yesterday I walked Dalhouise in the morning around the pond for a hour.



Came home ate lunch and drove to Surrey/ Cloverdale area to bicycle 11 miles around the area waiting for our friends to get off work.




They invited us to join them for supper at the fish and chips restaurant. I thought the area was flat.. Boy I was wrong.. Up hill we peddled and down hill we flew over and over.


Luck was on our side... It didn't rain. We had slight winds and sunny conditions with overcast moments. We rode all around the place exploring dead end streets and nooks and crannies...
In the morning I loaded my GPS - I planned to geocache as we cycled. When I arrived and turned my device on - it did not. I changed the batteries - still nothing - it is dead. I have been having issues with it - having to keep hitting the reset button.. Now even that does not work.
So NO geocaching done today.. That almost changed my mood - but on top the hill looking over towards the route I was about to go I see a spot I exspect to see birds - I didn't see what I thought I would but I was hopeful and once I began riding that was enough happiness









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3/25/15 9:38 A

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I looked for postcards the other day, will have to find a store that sells them here. I don't shop much, so it may take a while!

Jogged in to work and hiked back home yesterday, it was a bit blustery out, but I was treated to scores of daffodils in the park, they are blooming in droves, and quite lovely!

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3/23/15 9:42 P

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Today I feel like I accomplished something .. Checking the bank account early I found to my delight that the income tax refund was in.. Hurray... So I was able to pay off the visa and put some money in our RRSP s for next year tax breaks and some into our savings... Then I went and did some banking for my mother at the bank and while I was there I put some money into one of my account to pay for my life insurance policy that is due in April. Next it was a stop at Service Canada to print out the application for my wife's permanent resident card that is due this year and then over to Walmart to get pictures for this application. Did a stop at the drug store to get a copy of Mom's prescriptions tax report receipt and then a drive to the accountants office so that Mom can get her taxes done. Earlier in the day I collectd all her receipts and papers. Now it is out of my hands - hers is more complicated than mine and so I did not want to make mistakes.
I walked Dalhouise to the post office where I mailed a couple of postcards and bought some stamps and postcards already stamped so that I can mail more. (Hint)




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3/23/15 9:42 A

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We have a couple of pigeons roosting under our deck, would like them to take up residence elsewhere!

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"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

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3/22/15 11:40 A

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stellar Jay
Do you have any more peanuts?

walking I go





Salmon berry blossom

Bears will be eating well

ah Spring


How do you like these blooms ?


for most this is a sure sign of Spring

come on let's get moving - you take too many pictures ..

northern Flicker came back today

I really do need to cut my lawn








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3/21/15 10:11 A

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I've been seeing a pair of finches in the tree out our window lately, so cute!

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3/20/15 8:40 P

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The birds I think are thankful for my food that I provide on these wet - wet days

Northern Flicker

House Finch

Stellar Jay

Song Sparrow

Black capped Chickade

Dark eyed Junco

House Finch

There about ten days before I leave on our vacation.... And return to move back to our place of employment after a six month rest. I am going to miss my daily visitors.. I wonder what birds I will see around camp?

Today is a very wet day .. But I still got out with the Dalhouise








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3/19/15 9:28 P

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My dog used to hate going to the groomers, but she pranced around like a princess when she came home, I bet Dahlhousie feels better all pampered up! emoticon

Hope your rain lets up, glad you had a nice dinner with the new group too! And congrats on the postcards!

I jogged in to work today, finally had a pace below 11 min/mile! It's sunny and warm, not hot yet. So had a nice walk home.

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New goal: more practical new goal, 130, updated ticker to reflect that goal.

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"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

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3/19/15 10:03 A

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The rain has startd here.. It was nice while it lasted - sunny weather..
Last night out of character for Noni and I - we met with camp staff to eat out tougher. We met at an Indian restaurant. I have been wanting to check it out for a few years but Noni has always refused as she said she was not too fawn about this style of food.. Well finally we went. She ate her portions.. I ate my fill. I thonk I will take my mom here at some point in the not to far future. The price is average - it cost me fifty dollars for the two of us.. However I am not minding it so much as I did enjoy eating goat curry stew... Rice, Nana bread, lamb k bob, and chicken k bob, and noni had chicken curry. With that I washed it all down with chai tea made with milk.
Talking and listening to the camp younger staff... It was good .. I think we are going to start the year off on a good right foot.. We have a temporary new office girl too and hopefully this will help us start well together - as the office staff and I some times have these little major conflicts. It was a good time of fellowship - and I was able to make them laugh a coule of times by being just me.. I am a strange one at times - I am old enough to be their fathers.. Noni their mothers.



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3/18/15 1:38 P

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My body is still sore a day after the scrubbing of the kitchen. I cleaned everything including the ceilings, walls and all table surfaces and shelving.
The hardest part now is knowing I have to go back in and reclean it all before I actually start cooking and serving.
Dalhouise is away at the groomers.. I took him out for an early morning walk and then dropped him off. He was so sad and tried to dart out the door escaping from the hug of the groomer when I approached the door. Poor little guy.. He knows..
Now I am home and the house is so empty without him.. I miss him .. Crazy eh!

After dropping Dalhouse off I walked downtown Squamish to the secondhand flea market. I went in and asked if they had any postcards.. The man behind the counter said maybe and pulled out a bundle over four inches high. What I could see - the date of some postage stamps are 1926
I ask how much.. He was not sure.. We browsed through them and he said I could have them all for 25 dollars - I said I have a twenty .. He said OK and I walked out with a bundle of older postcards..
Not sure yet haven't done due dillgence ... But one quick view on Google is that one set is worth 15 dollars alone. And I have several.. So I may have lucked out big time... Regardless I am happy with my growing collection.



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3/16/15 10:16 A

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Yuck! That kitchen looks nasty, good luck with the cleaning, Marty!

I ended up getting in 7.5 miles on the podunk trail yesterday, I wanted to see where it went, since I've been hitting parts of it the past couple of weekends. Now I know!

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3/16/15 12:22 A

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Thank you so much I realy appreciate ths



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3/15/15 11:36 P

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Marty it may be a few weeks but next time I am going to check out Capital Reef Natl Park and will get a postcard for your collection!

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3/15/15 10:53 P

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Going to work.. I havent said that in awhile. But tomorrow morning I must wake up and get ready to go to work. Over the winter the kitchen has grown a covering of mould to keep warm I guess. So before the fire inspector comes in, before the maintence man can come in and repair broken pipes, before the fridge maintence company comes in to do a cleaning -- I must come in and remove the mould..
Wonderful...
Today I went and bought a safety mask because I am going to wash the kitchen with bleach..
I have a solid day of scrubbing to do.. I am going to be so tired tomorrow night...







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3/15/15 10:57 A

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Doing, if you click "add an image" above the post when you are replying that should allow you to add pictures. It's a new feature SP recently added.

I'm hoping to get out on a longer hike/walk today, I spent most of yesterday doing yard work! While that was a lot of activity, it wasn't really sustained, so a hike on the trails would be welcome.

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"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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3/15/15 12:16 A

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I just got back from 8.5 miles Little Wild Horse canyon loop down through Bell canyon. In the San Rafael swell in Utah. Slot canyons, no technical skills needed. I feel tired but great!! One scramble in particular really pushed my limits, what an endorphin rush!

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3/14/15 4:57 P

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Hello.. I did a blog posting - but not everyone reads my blog..
I have started a hobby.... Collecting Postcards.
I would like to eventually have one from every State and Province.
I love getting snail mail and I am sure my postman would love delivering to my address..
So you get to encourage him and me... That sounds like a good thing to do..
Postcards with anything thing that you think is showing off your city... Or anything interesting to you..
My address
Marty Marquette
301 - 40100 Willow Crescent
Squamish BC
Canada
V8B 0L8

I look forward to checking my mail box and seeing some interesting cards... And if you include your return address I would gladly send one back.

Thank you so much




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3/14/15 11:41 A

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Looks like a full day there, Marty, you packed a lot in there!

Larry got the surgery, now for the healing to begin. It went well, so now it's all about rest and recovery for him.

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3/14/15 12:27 A

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Made time ths day to take car inor the service center for the spring semi annual maintence and winter tires removal.. Shopping for the supplies to cook Mac and cheese for fifty people at church Sunday and to go for a two and half hour bike ride and a visit with Mom. I guess it was a successful day... I even BBQ supper for Noni and I. I did some birding while riding our bikes and came across this unknown duck.. It looks like a Mallard hybrid cross with either a Green wing Teal or Wigeon..


supper BBQ

almost got stopped

spring is here

must not forget winter



come on

Dalhouise next week goes to the groomers




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3/13/15 12:40 P

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There's always something to do, isn't there?

Larry broke his leg falling off his mountain bike, he didn't unclip from the pedal quickly enough. Stuff happens! We're taking him in for surgery today...if all goes as planned.

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Time ... I had so much of it that it seemly stood still. Now the days are beginning to go faster and faster. Yes there is a bump in the race track.. My trip to Mexico can't come fast enough.
However last night I did my taxes for 2014 - been putting it off ... but last night I filed them.
Last week I had my eye appointment and this week picked up my new glasses.
Today I made the appointment at the garage to have my car receive it's semi annual maintence done and snow tires taken off. Next week Dalhouise will be going to the groomers.
Before the end of the month I need to take Mom to Vancouver....
Once work begins I won't have many opportunities during the day to get away from work. I need to cook breakfast, lunch, supper..
So as we put all our ducks in their row.... there are so many little things that need to be done before we move from thenCondo to the little cabin in the woods and Work.



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3/11/15 8:51 P

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Wow - how did he manage to break a leg?



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Nice that you can get out and enjoy your bikes, Marty! Thanks for sharing your adventures!

My adventure lately has been taxi service for my boyfriend, he broke his leg on Sunday, so after I helped rescue him of the mountain and got him to the ER, I've been shuttling him around to his doctor's appointments. His fracture is not too bad, he won't need surgery (thankfully!) but his ankle may take 3 months to heal! emoticon The doc is watching it to make sure it doesn't get worse...so my workouts will be fit in when I can! I did get in a long hike Sunday before the accident, about 8.5 miles worth...

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I think the purchase of the bike rack might be my best decision in a long time. It is easy to put on and take off the car. More importantly is the fact that it is extremely easy to load the bikes onto it and off.
As I drove down the highway I kept an eye in the rear view mirror making sure the bikes were still with us. Stress.. But no need to be fretting about that.. When we arrived at our designation about 43 miles from home.... All was well - fastened just as I left home.

The day was cold and overcast, but there were no uphills to deal with. Yesterday's ride was more up than down and Noni did not like it at all - I was not too happy either but I took it in stride figuring I was burning more calories going up. However it sure was pleasant driving along flat dikes and seeing the sights.










This day was suppose to be sunny and 17c ... I don't know what happened because it was cold and overcasted and slightly windy. The good thing was I was dressed for it.. I was chided by my wife when we left home from Squamish, that I was overly dressed.. I proved to be the one warm and cozy as we biked today in Steveston. I have been wanting to do this now for a few years and with our new bike rack - this was the day to do so with the false pretences of a hot sunny day getting me going. Of course I had the GPS - I get to geocache and bike and do some birding all in the same day... Can life get any better? I ask myself.
The only thing that made it better.. I actually found some caches, and seen some birds and the riding was not all uphills. Life is so good.




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So I bought the bike rack but so far it remains inside my car. But that is ok because I did go for a hour walk with the Dalhouise and then this afternoon went biking riding with my wife for two hours. Man there is a lot of up hills compared to the down hills.
In the sun it was very warm - but the shaded areas sure were cooler.. Should I wear my jacket or not... One moment I was too hot then I was chilled to the core. For awhile I took off my outer heavy jacket and tried to pedal to keep warm but that wind.
Oh that wind howled in my ears... Litteraly howling so loud .. and cold on my chest and stomach.. So back on went my jacket - and it felt so warm and cozy.













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The sun is shining brightly yesterday and today..
I did cook a breakfast for 30 men on Saturday but only half actually showed up.. So I had lots of left over food that was given away to one of the families that need some extra help..
I was teased about serving the quiche - you know real men don't eat quiche ...
Then I came home and slept two and half hours... I really was not feeling well .. And so once more I lost a sunny bright day.. I manage a short walk with Dalhouise ... Noni took him out earlier in the morning for a long walk..
Today I woke up before the set alarm .. With the time change I wanted to make sure I was not late for church.. Walked Dalhouise then managed to get to church on time.. I think many others did not make the time change as we had a lot of free space today.
Now I am in the process of deciding what to do this afternoon.. I am hoping for a bike ride..
But I am still feeling slightly out of sorts.. But I don't want to waste this afternoon.




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I didn't get out yesterday, spent most of the day fixing up the guest bedroom, so now I have a nice place to do yoga and other fitness videos if I want to. Also more room for guests in there! And I got rid of some boxes from the move a few years ago.

But my plan is to hit those trails today!

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I love the look of that trail with mossy trees! Looks like quite a good birding opportunity area too.
After a too long break I am heading out today to Goblin State Park in Utah. 3 hr drive and I figure 4 hrs hiking so a long day. But I am tired of excuses and this is the time of year for comfortable temp in southern Utah and fewer crowds. Watched Galaxy Quest as preparation....it was filmed there:). pics tonight!

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Yay! It finally got above zero today almost 30 ~does happy dance~ so I took out the otter sled, loaded it with blankets and my four year old and hiked some of the back 80. I didn't realized it had snowed so much since the last time I was back in those hills and I maybe should have worn my snow shoes lol.




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I may hit the trails later today, it's a beautiful day out! If not today, certainly tomorrow....

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What happened to yesterday? I don't know.. I did go,for a Dalhouise walk, I went to my appointment to the eye doctor for my annual four year check.. Yes I was scolded for that he wants to see me every two years. I went now because I know I needed new reading glasses..no choice. Then the day was gone..
Today I have plans to go to Vancouver .. I was asked by my employer to go pick up at the kitchen supply place the new sink and tables he ordered. My kitchen is getting a face lift.. Hurray! Since I want to get some new pots and other trinkets, I will gladly go especially since he is paying for the gas and items..
I will also stop in at one of the supper stores to buy some food for the men's breakfast I was asked to cook for. I have said no on a couple of occasions ... But the man who was going to do it made other plans and backed out after the church organized this function ... So in desperation they asked me to help -- what can I do? I said yes.. And so now I must shop and prepare this meal. Tomorrow about thirty men will be coming - that is not so bad - but the churches kitchen sucks... That makes it difficult to cook..
I have decided to cook and serve .. Oatmeal - bacon - sausage - hashbrowns - Eggs probably scrambled and pancakes. My wife will make cinnamon buns for me to bring later today.

I need to get ready - gotta go to camp to pick up the camp van as my car is too small for the new tables and sink.. I will bring Dalhouise with me so he can run a it before I bring him back home and pick up Noni. Then into the big city we go..
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Spring is getting near, isn't it!

Glad you found your cache Marty! That's persistence.

I'll be walking in today, should be a nice day for it too, we're supposed to be warming up again after a cold spell.


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I was surprised when my wife got dressed and was ready to go walking with me this morning.
Normally I walk alone with Dalhouise around ten.
Well today the three of us went hiking together. Cool at first but soon we boh were unzipping as we warmed up walking in bright sunshine.

The scenery was pretty amazing.
Bird sightings were alittle scarce but still rewarding..












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Today the family - Noni and Dalhouise and I went shopping in Vancouver, eating at our now not favorite restaurant and then hiking with a mission to locate a geocache. Lighthouse Park - a beautiful place but our hearts were going thump thump,thump .. Up up up the trail went, then we took this other path that was not a main trail but the GPS said to go that way.. It was up and over bare rock where both Noni and Dalhouise slipped.. Then we had to go down this slippery steep path that almost didn't seem even like a trail.. Eventually we came upon a large trail .. We walked on giving up the idea of finding a cache as the distance now was indicating further away, and we were not going to turn back I that route we just came from. Just hiked on enjoying the sun and wilderness until we came to the shoreline of the coast.
I have been here before so I knew where we had to go to get back to the car ... Off we go.
Once we arrived at the paring lot I give Noni the keys and tell her to rest with Dalhouise as I wanted to go look for this cache one more time. I move at a fast pace back to the General location of cache where we had became disoriented ... I stop to catch my breath... And the GPS begins to settle down - I am about ten feet from it. I look high and low and zap there it is.









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Sorry you missed your hike, Tiffit! Maybe you can go some other time?

Looks like you had a beautiful day for your hike on the dike, Marty!

It's my walking day today, not sure what my weather will be like, it's been cold the past couple of days, but I heard it's supposed to warm up again this week.

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Today is much brighter and warmer than yesterday. I procrastinated in getting out the door - but finally the Dalhouise convicted me and out we went.
I don't know if the trail has an actual name or not, I just know as a general term a walk along the dike.. But we have several dikes so there must be localizing names to pinpoint each area.





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Well, I tried to go to Picacho Peak yesterday but my GPS led me astray and I missed the hike. :-(

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Nice bird outing Marty! You are racking up those life list sightings!

We got in a ski yesterday, not the best conditions, but it's good to be able to put the skis in the snow finally! I only got out once in February....hope we get more than that in March!



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So today is / was the first day of March.. It came in cold like 4 c and rose to 8 c and it was overcast. I will declare it coming in like a lion so it will end like a lamb...
Living where I do - on the west coast of main land BC this month will usher in Spring - we are always a month ahead of the eastern provinces.. I think...
Today after church and a short visit with Mom I came home and napped for two hours.. I must had been real tired.



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Yesterday I finally went to the George Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta BC. It was a fabulous day birding. The drive getting to it was not the most pleasant but all was forgotten in the joy of seeing so many birds, including three lifers.
I went hoping to see the Sandhill Crane, ( I did) but I also saw the Great Horned Owl and the Black crowned Heron.. Just amazing. My listed bird seen for the day ---- Trumpter Swans, American Coots, American Widgeons, Northern Pintails, Rock Doves, Euraisan Doves, Robins, Starlings, Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks, Spotted Towhees, Song Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Black capped Chickadees, Red wing Blackbirds, Great Blue Heron, Northern Shovelers, Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers , Common Mergansers, Buffleheads, Golden crown Kinglets, Anna Hummingbirds, Cooper Hawk, Bald Eagles, and Greater and Lesser Scaups.
I think that includes my list of the day - like I said it was a fabulous day.




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That was nice that your friend decided to let you in on the location of the owl, Marty! I also enjoyed the pics on your blog.

I did get to walk to work and back (well, I jogged in, walked home) on Thursday, and last night it snowed (finally!). Our XC area is closed, and no signs of if/when it will open again, but maybe my ski season is not quite over yet. Our yard looks so pretty, winter wonderland!

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Nice photos on your blog! Very cool that you got to see the bird!

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I contacted my friend who has been posting pictures of the Great Gray Owl. At first he was hesitant of telling me where.. Must have felt guilty because he called me late last night and gave good directions of where he has been seeing it. I wake up several times in the night with anticipation because of this new information. Up at six am - I am out the door just before seven and on the trail by 0710 hr hours. I walk with much hope building and failing as I begin to think I won't see it. I turn my head and there it is... I get two quick pictures before it flies away.. I am so pleased, so full of joy.... I seen it, that is all I needed and a picture as proof.
Later in the morning when walking with my wife we seen it again and Once again I was able to quickly snap a few more photos. I am a happy happy camper...



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Watch out for those owls! www.fox4news.com/story/28097033/its-
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We did hit summer like weather earlier this month (a few days into the 70's!) but have cooled down the past few days, still no snow though! It will be sad if my ski season is over before it really began....

I have seen daffodils blooming this week as well! emoticon crazy!

Got my hike to work in yesterday, and will again tomorrow.

I've been on a couple of full moon hikes, they are lovely! Also have spent a few nights out in the back country (and a bit of it on the JMT), and while we did hear of a bear there, we never saw it! Mostly annoying critters that threaten your food supply, like marmots!

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Oh yeah, night-time hiking is a pretty cool experience. I lead full-moon hikes a couple times a year and they are a big hit. Owls are pretty neat to see and hear, in fact we have called screech owls to our yard on several occasions. What a hoot that is! LOL!

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Out the door to drive to the Estuary.. I have heard reports that a Great Grey Owl has been spotted in the area. People are being careful not to mention the exact spot.. So I went hiking at dusk last night two trails and then this morning I went out again and rehiked the two and another one. The last trail looked more promising with many ever green trees. No luck..
Nevertheless I enjoyed the hike.
It is a strange feeling last night walking in the woods in darkness. Oh the thoughts of bears, cougars, wolves and other things that go bump in the night..... That entered my mind..
Then I began thinking about the people who are about to through hike the PCT trail or the Appalachian trail. Months of wandering in the wilds - that would be scary..

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Wow, Springtime already for you guys! Hooray! I have enjoyed this winter and will be sorry to see it go but I will also be extremely happy to be out on the dirt trails again and clean dry roads to run on.

Glad you are able to enjoy some warmth and hiking or walking. I got a good walk in this evening with my son before it got dark, but boy it is chilly!

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No hiking but...
Spent several hours walking and sitting in Vancouver. Chinese New Year parade brought us to the big city and then we walked around afterwards looking and investigating different markets. Who needs to travel thousands of miles to get a taste of China when it is right in your backyard. On the other hand... This is only a taste of the real thing thousands of miles away - just wetting the appetite - a tease. Hmmmm I wonder if a future vacation to China should be in the making or not.



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I'm still hoping for some more snow to head our way! Like Marty's area, spring has hit Reno early this year, we already have blooming and budding plants and trees, and it's February! Too early for winter to be done. We've also had quite a few 70+ days! I'm enjoying the sunshine and dry trails. but I love skate skiing, and was really hoping I'd get to use my ski pass more this year. Glad you are able to enjoy some snow sports, Changinghorses!

As for me, I did a 7 mile hike yesterday, even though it was cold and windy at times. Just have to dress properly!

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I only wish now about the possibility of x skiing or snowshoeing. The wonders of winter once we do get pass the complaints and hatred of snow offers a great time in the outdoors. Especially for the younger at heart and capable people. For me I would be happy withus couple of snowy days - say like in December or January only.. I am pleased that spring seemly has arrived now in February .



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We keep getting more snow here in PA! It keeps piling up nicely. The snows are big like Boston area but it keeps making a nice pretty and fresh new layer to enjoy. That is if you can get past griping about it.
I am the one that says "Yipee" I can go X-C Skiing or Snow Shoeing! Some people hate me, but that's okay.
I am making the best of it! How about you?

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Well at least you didn't end up with a new bike, Marty! And the odometer sounds pretty handy, it's nice to know how far you went!

Hope the meet-up hike went well! We enjoyed hiking and biking in Phoenix a few years back when we went to a friends wedding.

Olympic hiking sounds great too! Get the toddler hooked early on the great outdoors!

I should get out in a bit, it's a beautiful day here, and I don't want to waste it all inside!

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The hike sounds like it will be fun.

I should had gone for the car ride to Vancouver or Whistler! If saving money was the goal.
We went for our bike ride but that did not prevent a stop to do some shopping... Our tires were a little low so I stopped at them community center that has a little bike repair corner to pump up our deflated tires. The pump was broken - more air went out of the tire than what went in. Still enough to ride further to where we bought them last year... So off we ride tomthen bike shop.
As quick as you can say one two three I have purchased Noni a nice new pink basket, an odometer and a new U lock. Leaving the store 30 minutes later I was two hundred dollars less.
Ouch...
From there we can continued to ride around the village - over and around to the beach area and then eventually back home. From the reading of the new odometer IT said 13.5 km.
I estimate between three and four Km to the bike shop from our place. So this would be about 18 k in total. 10 miles.roughly.




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Tomorrow morning I'm heading out for another Meetup hike; the DH will take our daughter to both of her piano rehearsals so I can go. :-)
We're going to hike South Mountain in Phoenix; I've never left from this particular trailhead (it's on the other side of the mountain) so I'm really looking forward to going.
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I have been out for a walk this morning with a couple of friends, now I have to decide what to do this afternoon. It is sunny and warm. I see effects of wind blowing the tree branches and long grass growing in my flower pots - so I am debating whether or not I should go for a bike ride. Noni wants to get out of the house.. I could drive to Whistler or Vancouver but this will cost gas money and most likely money spent shopping as well. I want to save some money so I don't particuly want to do either of those last two options. Noni is pasting around the house so I know she is very bored.
So I thnk it will be a bike ride.. After all it is sunny and warm - the rains will be coming back too soon..



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I'm thinking somewhere in the Olympics would be nice. I have such a great view of them from my apartment and I feel like they're calling to me. But likely a small easy trail outside Wenatchee. I'm going there for my spring break and taking my toddler so I can't do anything too strenuous.

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Those kinds of things can be hard to predict! Maybe next year it will work out for you.

Got in my hiking to and from work today, I had a good pace this morning for walking, over 4MPH. More blackbirds singing on the cattails!

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Looks like I won't be going either...-17 degrees with winds up to 20 mph leaving a wind chill up to -50. Fingers crossed for next years night hike!




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The sun is shining and it is very warm out. I went for a morning walk with Dalhouse and a friend from church then I came home and suggested to my wife's that we drive to West Vancouver.
My friend told me about Ambleside Park that has a pond with lots of birds. Blue Herons, Swans, Ducks, Teals, Spottd Towhees, House Sparrows and Gulls. He was correct. I brought a container of bird seed and Noni was so happy to feed the hungry flock. Then we went walking and walking and walking along the Seawall.
We had made a quick stop at the mall where I bought a new pair of shoes, lunch and some groceries.
I thnk this will help in breaking the February Blues - cabin fever..



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Sounds nice, maybe you can find someone else to go with you? Or go by yourself!

Hiked back from work today, the redwing blackbirds were singing on the cattails!

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Was supposed to go on a lantern lit snowshoe hike this weekend, but now that he has seen the forcasted temps for Saturday, he may bail. Ugh I really want to go and missed it last year cuz I wasn't living up here then and couldn't make it that weekend. Wish I knew the wind chill value ahead of time that would help. This hike is only once a year.




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