The Riding Fool Hostel
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Today's stage started with a long 14 km climb and we settled into the back of our wave until we hit some new single track. We climbed 500m of elevation but hit a backlog straight away. Luckily we were able to get around them and began another technical decent with slippery rock faces this time. Our hands hurt with the long technical decent and we got a short respite before the Enduro downhill. Once ...
... the other side and walking the trails to Melda's Marsh named after Melda Buchanan the first female Meteorologist in Canada and a staunt environmentalist. Had a little rest at the lake watched the ducks and saw where the beavers had mad a dam where the water is meant to flow under the bridge. Every time the people try to divert the water the beavers dam it up.
Picked and ate a lot of wild ...
... a 9m circumference. We also stopped at the other end of Cameron Lake which was a beautiful sight. A short distance later was Little Qualicum Falls where we did a loop trail past the lower and upper falls and had lunch in the picnic area surrounded by German tourists.
I had heard about Coombs Country Market from my ex-colleague Linna and so just before Parksville we stopped there to take a look. I didn't realise how big it was with so many cars parked along ...
It's been a while since I have added anything to my blog so I thought what better than to update with my recent experience of Christmas away from home.
Before I arrived in Canada, one of my main worries regarding the trip was how I would feel being away from home for Christmas. As the years have gone by Christmas has become more about the quality time you get to spend with your family rather than the gifts Christmas brings, although ...
Thursday was a 45 minute trip to Mt Washington, Strathcona Park once we had ferried across from Denman. This mountain has a myriad of ski runs where poeple from the Island flock to come winter. Their "winter" ran almost into summer as this year they were still skiing at the end of June. As a consequence as we walked a track that climbed steadily between cedar and douglas fir trees we inevitably ran into snow drifts! Being summer and ...