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5/24/15 10:33 P

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

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5/23/15 8:38 P

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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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5/23/15 11:11 A

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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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5/23/15 9:10 A

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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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5/23/15 9:07 A

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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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5/23/15 9:02 A

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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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5/22/15 4:44 P

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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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5/17/15 10:02 A

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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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5/17/15 9:24 A

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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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5/16/15 3:10 P

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red breasted sapsucker

rufous humming bird

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American Crow

future frogs


Bear food








a good way to begin the weekend











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5/16/15 10:40 A

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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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5/16/15 10:18 A

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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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5/15/15 9:48 A

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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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5/14/15 11:47 A

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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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5/14/15 10:17 A

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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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5/12/15 9:25 P

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

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5/12/15 1:49 P

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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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5/12/15 10:05 A

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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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5/11/15 6:54 P

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Time out with my mother.




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5/10/15 8:24 P

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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!

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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!

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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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5/4/15 1:33 P

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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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5/3/15 9:10 P

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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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5/3/15 8:46 A

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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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4/29/15 6:57 P

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The cooling wands are here..
And my flower bin came and a bun rack pan came also



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Beautiful day to get my trail commute to work in yesterday, I'll hit those trails again tomorrow!

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Haven't been hiking in a while so we'll probably start with an old standby - Eagle Falls down at Cumberland Falls. If it's warm, the spray from the falls is nice and playing in the creek above the falls is fun.



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Inspection report is in.. Well - she is coming back...
I don't know how to react ... When she was here it was raining and our kitchen roof this year has sprung a couple of leaks and it dripped on her head.. Yes you read it. Well number one on the report is not up to code - it needs to be fixed asp but we are allowed to keep cooking but make sure we don't let food get dripped on. She found some mouse poo under a shelf in our new laundry room - we need to raise the self six inches off the floor and increase our rodent program maintence. We need to buy some more food storage containers that are mouse proof and she wants my meat slicer in a container. And she wants me to have a cooling wand to cool my soups -
This isn't so bad - most of this is an easy fix .. I think the rain leaking on her head ticked her off. I complained to the owner today before we got the report because Noni had to move around to avoid being dripped on. They knew it was leaking before we started but they keep putting it off to fix... Well now it might just get fixed sooner than later.

I have order the cooling wands and a storage bin that should arrive tomorrow and two new tables arrived today for the pot sink washing station. I will buy the Tupperware bins on the weekend that will cover the meat slicer and other things she wanted covered.
The roof well that is up to the owner to take care of.. Our health inspector will want this done soon..
Everything else on her check list was passed, and this I am happy about..



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Nice and sunny today. Gonna do a 6 mile hike after work today before the rain comes passing through the next few days.

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Inspection is over...phew.... I have yet to see the final report, however she said she seen no major violations. That is good. We have a couple of things that need tweeting, nothing of real consequence. I need to buy a cooling wand to cool my soups and sauces quicker, a brighter light in the fridge, raise a shelf higher off the floor, and for me to buy more storage containers to keep mice from contaminating cake pans and slicer. I walked her around and described how we serve - she looked over my menu - I told her he two most high risk items I bring in are the turkeys and chicken and in doing so I told her how I thaw them and store in fridge.
Thinking about it - we actually are a safe kitchen, as Noni told her we eat here too so we are not going to do anything that would cause us not to want to enjoy our meals.

For lunch I served Chinease food - processed - sweet and sour pork, chicken In a sauce, spring rolls, fried rice, stir fried Vegetables (fresh) and a soup.


Supper I am serving beef ribs, chicken breasts, corn on cob, friend rice and home made buns and a salad




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We have emoticon sun here too today, so I'll be hitting the trails soon!

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The sun is out, it is about 15c and I am relaxing finally.

This morning we went to the condo picked up our extra matteress with a another staff member then back to camp. Tonight we should sleep well with this matteress.
In the mean time I am going to sit outside with Dalhouise and watch the robins and hummingbirds.

Tomorrow the plan is to go to church, then go visit Mom and hopefully take her out for supper.
But right now I must be still, relax, and not think about what I am going to do next.



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Sounds like you made so good food for a lot of hungry folks there, Marty! emoticon

Yesterday was massage day for me, so I didn't get out on the trails, and we woke up to a nice rain this morning.... The sun was out briefly a bit ago, but now more clouds have rolled in, so I think it will be an indoor day for me.

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My week has ended.. Feeding 161 people- they sure ate a lot. We never got ahead of the on slaught of hungry campers. Our salad bar of over 30 choices was emptied every lunch - normally it last for the next day as well - and of course we make fresh every three days... But not this week they ate everything every lunch time. My soup was eaten every day as well and I made much more than normally required - which is a good thing and the home made bread gobbled down every supper with no left overs.. The quantity was good - these guess we're a little older than our normal and it was cold so this made people more hungry. Besides that they were very active outside all day doing camp things.
Noni and I are exhausted. My day began mostly around 650 and bed again between 2030 and 2130 hr hours. I also had to deal with the bad matteress as well... I was sucking back, back pain medicine, that took away the pain but made me drowsy. No afternoon breaks like I would normally take but straight 12 hours shifts or longer..
But the week is over now... I have the weekend off.. Well not all.. I need to do some work on Sunday to make sure we are ready for health inspection Monday morning.. A few little tweets need to be taken care of before I can feel comfortable facing this inspection.

If it does not rain I hope to bring our mattress from the condo to the cabin tomorrow ...

But for now I am off and can try to relax...




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Got in my 2 trail days to work, and even with the drought, it managed to rain a bit both days!

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Went for a couple hikes at Itasca state park with the girls. Stayed over night and had a wonderful time!




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Hi all, I believe I used to post here last year before my mom became sick ... I'm trying to find all of my old teams to post in again :)

I hike with a group of friends and with my family at different times. Due to a knee injury of mine we will be starting up again the first week of May when doc said I could start hiking again. I'll be hiking a variety of easy to moderate trails around Helen as well as a little trail to the "Indian Seats" throughout the month of May. I'm excited to get back out on the trails!

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I suppose the true test will be if she does that again (filling the sugar container with the wrong kind or other things like that). Hopefully she can learn with your guidance!

I will be jogging/walking to/from work the next couple of days, my routine is a little off, but that's OK. Of course it's been beautiful and sunny the past couple of days, and now it's turning windy...not sure how my trail commute will be!

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Ike's .... 161 guess are coming for supper, and staying for breakfast and lunch for the next five days. It is an international group of some kind - new to our camp.
As I look around we are looking pretty good - we are set to go..
Reality for my new dishwashing girls.. Now is the time to develop a routine and listen carefully to the procedures and systems I have been telling them about. It is so hard to teach during staff training as nothing is routine - we cleaned and cleaned the kitchen area / dishpitt area to get it serviceable .. But this afternoon the whys all come into place and hopefully they will understand.
Two very different girls.. One very clever on the ball - the other - well let's just say I think a few cards are missing out of the deck ....
Or is it that parents just failed to teach plain common sense... Can I help / teach this young lady?
Example - I reminder that she needs to fill the sugar container at the coffee station - white normal sugar.. She goes and fills the container with icing sugar...
There has been more of these little funnies with other simple common sense things ..
Oh well she is friendly and seemly happy right now..




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Had to google the Bruce trail, sounds like it would be a nice adventure! Hope you can get your daughter interested in that one!

No outing for me today, I decided it was a rest day...might try to get to the gym tomorrow.

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The Bruce Trail - I wanted to hike this when I was younger, but never got a chance too. Now I live in BC so chances are I never will.. But one never knows for sure eh!




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My next hike will be a simple and local one along an old rail trail. The highlight will be having my teenage daughter for company. I'm hoping that one day I can talk her into walking the Bruce trail with me.

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Elk - a bear - a cougar...
All in one drive back to camp. We went to the library to hear and see a slide show about a person who leads biking tours around the the world - while there less than a mile away at the shipping terminals an explosion occurred. I heard the sirens but really didn't pay much attention as I was listening to the speaker - then the librarian entered the room and informed us of a explosion and fire... And we were to stay in.. So much for concentrating on the speaker now.. Concern about toxin in the air..






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The kitchen looks great, Marty, you should glide through that inspection!

Nice that you found a solution to your mattress problem as well.

Today was my run-to-work/hike-back-home day, it's nice out, and I think early and late enough that I won't get burned again!




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this was my solution to the mattress issue

me cleaning the oven racks and plugging the leaky drain

bacon anyone?

all ready for me to cook bacon

my kitchen is ready for inspection -- if only I can keep it this way..



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Camp days.. Well the dishwasher is up and running properly. The pot sink is in working order.
My two new dishwasher people seemly are doing well.
The kitchen sink has stopped leaking.. I think I plugged it with dirt when cleaning the ovens.
I did my first official meal last night - chicken cordon blue - wild rice - fresh asparagus with a cheese sauce. And for dessert chocolate chip banana cake. Later for snack we served cookies, a cheese tray, vegi tray.
My day began at 7:30 am and I went home at 8 pm and then... Spent two hours doing my food order on the computer. Longer than normal because most of the history from last year was wiped out and I had to search for things I wanted.
Today I called the rep to order the few things I could not find.. Deliver is tomorrow..

Bed .... You might not believe this but it is true.. I went to the kitchen .. We had a couple of extra metal shelving - so I brought them home to the cabin and lifted the matteress ... Placing between the box spring and matteress went the two metal shelves.
I find it a little hard .. Noni loves it. Our sore backs however seem to be fixed with this solution.

No heat in the lounge ... It is very cold in the evenings and morning for breakfast. Our heater I saw was loaded into the camp truck and taken to the city. Should be back in a few days. I am glad I stay in the kitchen.

Next week we have a new food inspector coming.. .. Inspection - a new inspector I wonder how strict she is going to be.. We are a pretty ruget establishment - I'll be ready as the best we can be...



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I will usually turn dark after the first burn thankfully! ran to work, walked home, it's cold today, but supposed to heat up again by the weekend.

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This day is a new day.
Eco lab has been here and we are up and running.
Heater guy is here for the last 2 hours working on the heater
Stove guy came here to work on pot sink - not my stove - came and left --- camp maintence guy is working on plumbing issues
Pot sink should be working this afternoon - I think I heard that stuff had to dry before he could do more to the pot sinks.. All I know is that I see him in the bathrooms right now.
Slowly we keep moving forward
A good thing my tea order has arrived tat I ordered just before Mexico..

The owner is here and frustrated too



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Today surprised surprise - the plumber showed up, the heater guy showed up, the dishwasher Eco lab person showed up and our fridge / stove maintenance man showed up... You are thinking wonderful everything is now fixed and ready to go -- Right!
Wrong.. I can't believe it.. Nothing is working. Nothing is fixed. They all must come back with parts of this or that so things can work.
We have no heat in the lounge
We have no water to the pot sinks or to the main bathrooms
I only have use of two ovens
The dishwasher is not fully functional and none of our new chemical dispensers are working.
Tomorrow I cook the first official meal for the staff.. Staff training begins.
25 people for the week a week lateral have 161 arriving for the week ..
I sure hope everyone comes back to get us up and running soon.




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Cherry red .... I survived Mexico without becoming cherry red.. However Noni is very dark.. She does not want to be though. I don't understand .. .??
She is Chinease/ Indonesia and so normal skin is "tannish" but she wants to be as white as possible.. I don't understand? .? I like dark..
Me --- I burn cherry red - turn white - burn cherry red - go back to white - burn cherry red with all the discomfort that goes with it - turn white - burn cherry red... You get the idea....



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I don't hear any birds singing yet - I am up before the birds.... No - it is cold here at camp yet I think they are still huddled together some place warmer.
Waking up with sore backs my wife and I. The bed mattress is horrid. I am thinking about placing it on the floor direct get it off the old the old metal frame. Do you think this will help?
Should we use the box spring?




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Did a long hike yesterday, could not find the trail I was looking for and went a bit off track, but there were lots of blooms to admire! I also forgot the sunscreen, and now really regret that, as my arms and legs are cherry red! emoticon

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Mexico was great. Did a couple of hikes but now I am home and back to work



It is that time of year once again.. Back to work. We moved in on Friday morning and been cleaning the camp kitchen getting ready to open. Today Sunday my two kitchen crew helpers arrived and began cleaning and sanitizing fridges - tomorrow's if our plumber comes the process of sanitizing all dishes and pots and salad bar containers will happen, if the plumber does not show -'I will have them wipe all 200 chairs and clean and sanitize tables (24) hopefully the plumber will show... He was suppose to be here on Friday.
Official meal is Tuesday night when all program staff arrive to camp..
25. Staff for the week then a week later the schools come.. And we are busy for the next six months if all goes as plan.



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Hope you're enjoying Mexico, Marty!

I hope I can get out this afternoon, I took the day off work, and have been running around all morning to appointments and errands. It would be nice to have a trail break at some point!

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Look what came in my mailbox this day. My lady friend from Ontario sent me a book "Life on Earth by David Attenborough". What I find interesting is that just last night I watched a documentary about said author.. Showing the history of film and wildlife photography from the beginning till now. But look at the envelope.. So many stamps. She had asked the post office to put as many on as possible..
Also I recieved a postcard from her that she bought 40 years ago and was tucked away In a old cookbook from Banff Alberta.
Then I have a postcard from Amsterdam from Mike?

Now my mailbox will have to wait till next Thursday before I can check it again. I think I will be pleasantly pleased when I get home and open it.





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My next hIke's will be in Mexico

The bags are almost packed and zipped. This time tomorrow morning 1015 we will be in the air on our way to Mexico. With all the crashes these last 6 months my anxiety of flying has gone up a notch.. However I keep assuring my self - whether in life or death I will be with the Lord... But still I struggle with inner stress... But I really want to go to Mexico.
Dalhouise today wow...he really gave me a hard time as I tried to squirt his medicine in his mouth. Giving him his pills are easy just hide it in a treat, but the syringe is a different storey. Growling, squirming, running away the chase - the calming words and the trying all over again.. Finally I am able to get his mouth open enough to squirt -- done. Tomorrow good luck with the sitter giving hm his last dose. They asked me if it was hard or easy -'I said easy - it was honestly until this morning.. We talked about her two year old who hates the squirt and it is a struggle every day giving him his.. Tomorrow she will have to,deal with two babies... Good luck.
Dalhouse now see two,suitcases - we can't hide it any more - he knows..
- my stress about flying is over riding my stress about leaving him.. Gotta think about the beaches - the new adventures - the food ... Stop Watching the News



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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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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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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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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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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
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PO Box 48
St Main. Squamish. BC
Canada
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( 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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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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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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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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We have a couple of pigeons roosting under our deck, would like them to take up residence elsewhere!

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



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