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barnavalancheWhat a day! It started with the discovery that a major roof avalanche had cut off the horses from the arena (and the pony from getting out of the barn after the night). It took me a while to shovel out a small passage (Graham, you would have loved it!) so that the horses can move around again, and they actually seem to enjoy their little snow bridge now!

After my chores around the farm (Ellen, you would have love it!), I met with Dave for an update on what’s been going on business-wise in the Methow Valley. Then Dave was kind enough to drive me to the “end of the road” (where the road is closed in the winter) and the start of the Methow Community Trail (MCT). This is just a few km’s past Mazama. Thank you so much for that, Dave!

My goal was to ski the entire MCT today. I couldn’t have picked a better day: Starting west of Mazama, it had started snowing and the groomed trails already had powder on them again. Going was slow in the beginning and I was cursing my wax 🙂 (Richard, you would have loved it!). But then it cleared just past Mazama and the snow was great … (read on)MCT on the Suspension Bridge

Winthrop Winter Wonderland

The day I left for Winthrop early in the morning, the roads were bad. Of course it had to snow the day/night before and I wasn’t happy when I left with the car loaded with skis, the dog, some food and lots of gear. But we made it okay and actually enjoyed the scenic drive!…

FYI

An interesting piece of information from the Westworld magazine “In the Chilcotin [rural/remote area located in the central interior of British Columbia, ed.], the federal government’s review of the Taseko Mine’s proposed destruction of Teztan Biny/Fish Lake – which is filled with rainbow trout – is ongoing. This, even though studies from both First Nations…

First Skate Ski Nov 27

Winter has hit early this year, with lots of snow around already. We have made it through the first deep freeze with temperatures down to -19 degrees. It has warmed up since, however, and was very enjoyable today for our first skate ski at Nordic! The conditions are great, and everybody is happy to be…

November Swims

Yes, you are correct, we are still swimming in the lake! Looks like last year’s record (mid November) can be broken since I have company this year: Mark and John have been swimming with me, even pushing longer distances and quite happily agreeing to the next swim each time we’re out. Anybody who has never…

XC Race

Yesterday (Halloween!) I raced my first trail race! Even though I train exclusively on trails for the running portion of my triathlons, I have never actually competed in a XC race. So yesterday I participated in the Kal Park Race in Vernon, BC (the last race of the Interior Running Association series). We started in…

Updates Soon!

Since returning from the World Championships in Kona, life has been very busy. Catching up on the grading of my students’ works has taken most of my time but of course I can’t complain … after all I got to go to Kona and fulfill my teaching responsibilities from that more than heavenly spot. The…

Going Off Road

Pre-XTERRA: This weekend will see the first ever XTERRA (off road triathlon) in Kelowna, organized by Rob Swan. I decided to give it a try … even though I like my road bike, skinny tires on clean roads, no ruts or logs, just dry roads with lots of traction 🙂 It will be a great…