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C&O Canal
Done: 41.8 miles
To-Do: 174.5 miles



Monday I went down to the river to read some scripture, brew a cup of coffee and to whittle.
It was an enjoyable relaxing afternoon...





















My old boy stayed home,, I so miss our times out together






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Iím so sore... my feet hurt. My knees hurt. My legs hurt..... but I finished my hike. I pushed and struggled but I was determined to finish it. Out the door I went ...

Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 2,689.5 miles
To-Do: 0.0 miles

Stage 57: Canadian Border to Manning Park
Done: 8.0 miles
To-Do: 0.0 mi / 0 steps

Trail Award
Pacific Crest Trail, 2690 miles










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7/12/19 5:20 P

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Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 2,667.2 miles
To-Do: 22.3 miles

Almost finished...
well my Fitbit died. Iím using an old fashion pedometer from Walmart. Who knows how accurate it truly is... since that is all I have, Iíll go with those numbers. Based upon past experience I would say itís not too far wrong.







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6/10/19 5:57 P

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Happy Birthday Dalhouise
He is 16 today .... 10 June











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Sunday afternoon went on a hike with the Squamish Environment Society to look for signs of spring. We walked the Woodpecker Trail...
I didnít see any woodpeckers...

Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 2,050.6 miles
To-Do: 639.0 miles

. Noni my wife exploring

me with pad and pencil taking notes



a piece of Alder Tree .. the inner wood turns red once it is exposed to the air. I was told that Natives would use this to dye things red .

Lilly of the Valley?

Stinging Nettles

I do believe this is Bleeding Heart

on the underside you can paint pictures as art .. it looks like someone engraved their initials to declare their love for all time...
( not Noni and I) .. not that we donít have love for all time.

. Life is returning





our Dalhousie stayed at home, I miss our outings together. But this guy was happy to be with his mom ...

good old faithful America Robin was the only bird I saw. I heard a Crow squawking and seen this Wood Duck house, but not the Wood Duck






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March 12, 2019
Activity: 15,174 steps (7.0 miles)
Trail: Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 1,959.7 miles
To-Do: 729.9 miles






























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Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 1,951.1 miles
To-Do: 738.5 miles

This chilly, breezy Sunday afternoon Noni and I went for a quick brisk walk around the pond


Guess what the trails look like..











that looks cold

But these look spring like





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Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 1,941.6 miles
To-Do: 748.0 miles

I do live in a beautiful location





















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3/3/19 6:13 P

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Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 1,903.2 miles
To-Do: 786.4 miles

Last week I was so sick.. a virus was going around my place of employment and sure enough I caught it regardless of all the hand washing I performed. I missed three days of work ... that will hurt next payday as I havenít built up any sick days ... Iím not even sure if I get a sick leave!
But that was last week..
Beginning tomorrow I get to work six days ... get to make up for one lost day...




















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2/18/19 5:36 P

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Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 1,845.3 miles
To-Do: 844.3 miles

So this day is sunny and bright, and I finally got off the couch



























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February 2, 2019 (Today)
Activity: 22,728 steps (10.5 miles)

Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 1,754.3 miles
To-Do: 935.3 miles







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12/31/18 8:36 P

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Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 1,630.0 mi / 3,511,014 steps
To-Do: 1,059.5 mi / 2,282,169 steps

So to end the year 2018 the above is what I stepped. I began January 1st the Pacific Crest Trail. This was a good way to keep track and keep me honest. However I thought I would had been further on my way. But with knee pain and the Dalhousie not wanting to walk, I did not push myself.
I must somehow get myself back into walking daily.

To end the year we at least went outside .... getting me off the couch



























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For those who have been apart of my life these last several years... my Camp Life has ended.
Meeting with the owner a couple of days ago... mutual agreement I must say,.... he is not renewing my contract this coming April . I am done ...
I seen this coming ... I am also not unhappy about it as I was mentally done ...
camp numbers increase every year, longer hours, extra requirements for special meals ( dairy free, soy free, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, egg free ) and no extra help for me to get everything completed. Iím fed up. Itís time for me to leave.

So what is next? .... I have no idea..

But first..letís eat












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11/24/18 10:57 P

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Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 1,567.2 miles
To-Do: 1,122.3 miles

November 24, 2018
Activity: 4,253 steps (2.0 milesL

Not getting a lot of steps in, however I live in such a beautiful locationó all I have to do is to step out my door ... maybe go for a short drive from my home ... and a few steps from the car .... the beauty is everywhere. I donít need to go hiking, scrambling up mountains or other painful activity on my knee to get a sense of the wonders of creation.
So this afternoon it was decided that we were spending too much time on the couch....
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Ring Necked Duck

female Common Merganser
male Common Merganser















if I donít get moving more... Iíll be just like these Salmon













Not bad for only getting 4200 steps ..




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This day I decided inspite of some soreness, that we should go for a short stroll near the river

















And the baby stayed home




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Tired - exhausted - sore and stressed...
Camp season is finished, I have received my last pay and now I am unemployed.
What does the future hold? There is much uncertainty.....

I will get back into the swing of posting as my life adjusts, but right now Iím burnt out



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10/9/18 12:00 A

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving


















October 8, 2018
Activity: 19,048 steps (8.8 miles)
Trail: Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 1,418.2 miles
To-Do: 1,271.3 miles




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October 1, 2018
Activity: 12,077 steps (5.6 miles)

Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 1,373.5 miles
To-Do: 1,316.0 miles







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Iím 50% finished HALF WAY ....
Well almost
Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 1,346.7 miles
To-Do: 1,342.8 miles



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Home now, what an awesome five day getaway.
Not a lot of walking but that doesnít matter. A lot of eating though, that might not be a good thing!























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If only I could actually do all this walking along the roads and trails.
But No! Most of this is all done working in a small kitchen.

Victoria to Nanaimo is 88 miles. I have six miles to walk to reach Nanaimo and to continue on the Transcanada Trail.

Ladysmith is 55 miles from Victoria .....

I still have to walk 92 miles to reach Campbell River .. and only eight days before I begin the mini vacation there







I hope I remember correctly.. and this train is in Ladysmith.
I love trains. Iíll stop and take photos whenever I can. At this location I was also looking for another geocache



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August 17, 2018
Activity: 12,411 steps (5.8 miles

Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 1,134.6 miles
To-Do: 1,554.9 miles

Hike #2 Victoria to Campbell River BC
114.3 more miles to walk to reach my first goal.

Today I was off. Iíll take it and make the most of it. This morning after my wife woke up.. I get up everyday whether I work or not around 6 am. I asked if she would like to go to the mall. Park Royal to be more exact. She was ready in a flash.... I must mention the mall is over a hour away from Camp highway driving. You know what I mean .... itís not just going down the road ordeal.
We walked around the mall for a while, ate at the food court spent money buying clothes and then headed home. Did a stop ocean side to marvel at the views and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze. Continuing on our way home stopped once more at the Sea to Sky Gondola and had a quick walk about and a coffee.
My relief cook was cooking on the BBQ supper for 20 staff/ campers that still remained at camp and I wanted to get back for supper .. so time to end the day and go home.
Iím feeling rested and happy...
10 days of summer camp remain ...











Up we go from Sea to Sky


















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August 15, 2018
Activity: 13,971 steps (6.5 miles)

Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 1,122.1 miles
To-Do: 1,567.4 miles

Victoria to Campbell River 164 miles
Yesterday 134 more miles to walk ... minus todayís 6.5 = 127.5 miles to go





Geocaching... the only reason Iím here is to seek and find a hidden geocache.

Geocaching is where you use million dollar Statlights to go seek Tupperware that is hidden. Itís the thrill of the hunt .. the find. Using a gps or a smartphone with coordinates you go out looking ... and your gps will take you to places where you never would had stopped at before or even known existed

Geocaching
. My GPS









never know where to look



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7/28/18 12:27 A

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I have walked 1,004 miles .... 2,156,721 steps Since the beginning of January 2018

Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 1,004.0 miles
To-Do: 1,685.5 miles

July 27, 2018
Activity: 20,629 steps (9.6 miles)



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June 16, 2018
10,465 steps (4.9 miles)

Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 725.8 miles
To-Do: 1,963.7 miles

family picnic

brave

what is it?

























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May 31, 2018
Activity: 20,609 steps (9.6 miles)

Trail: Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 614.3 miles
To-Do: 2,075.2 miles





even the Dalhousie join me for a short walk this evening













the dining room





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May 10, 2018
Activity: 17,836 steps (8.3 miles)

Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 468.7 miles
To-Do: 2,220.8 miles























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Today I am Feeling so

I gave the day off to Noni.. she has gone with our friend to look at Tulips.
Iím feeding 55 guess this weekend. Tomorrow (Sunday) we both will be off .. today I must prepare all of todayís meals and the food for two meals tomorrow so that my untrained kitchen manager can heat and serve.
So that means a lot of extra work today, and it is so much to do, Iím tired and feeling sore and so
. Must push through to get it all done..



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April 23, 2018 (Today)
Activity: 15,884 steps (7.4 miles)

Trail: Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 353.3 mi / 761,038 steps
To-Do: 2,336.2 mi / 5,032,146 steps

Today was gorgeous so on my break I sat outside on the swing and did some light reading







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Work hard 13 dayís straight one day off and ...
play hard ... stop to look at the flowering trees, enjoying Life

a portions of my morning devotions...




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April 3, 2018
Activity: 17,191 steps (8.0 miles

First day of Camp... Iím back to work ... Iím tired and Iím sore

Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 228.2 mi / 491,562 steps
To-Do: 2,461.3 mi / 5,301,622 steps




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Pacific Crest Trail Virtual hike
Done: 177.6 miles
To-Do: 2,511.9 miles

I went for a real hike in my neighbourhood and was delighted to see..




















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Today is St. Patrickís Day... I had to celebrate... donít you wish you were invited to my dinner party?









Noni did all this from scratch



green potatoes

Lamb

chicken and the lamb cooked on the BBQ

Tea Biscuit

So the menu was Lamb, chicken, rice, potato, asparagus, broccoli, tea biscuits and cake and green sparkling water ...



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Itís been a busy day... and yes I had my camera... where do I begin and how do I choose which ones to include or omit ?

Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 168.2 miles
To-Do: 2,521.3 miles

Today after I renewed my driver license and medical health card, we ( Noni) and I renewed our annual pass to the Sea to Sky Gondola












I have so many more... I might post later

Then we were hungry






We have been eating out a lot lately and I was beginning to think I was a second class chef .... not really, but regardless I decided to do a special supper for Noni tonight


















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Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 162.2 miles
To-Do: 2,527.3 miles

No cancer ... what?
I was called last Wednesday evening, put on this restricted diet of no fruits, no vegetables, no seeds or nuts. I could eat all the protein I wanted. I could eat white pasta, white bread or white rice ... from Wednesday evening to Monday. Monday only clear fluids and then that cleansing drink.
I had no warning, usually you are told in advance... I guess someone canceled out.
I had plans to eat with friends Friday evening at an all you can eat pasta bar.. no problem .. I ate white bread no salad. White pasta with Alfredo sauce with shrimp, bacon, and chicken as the toppers. I did not feel deprived.


Saturday morning brunch with my mother .. so I ordered a club sandwich on white bread without the lettuce or tomato and no mayo, and French fries. It was ok.. I was hungry.



The rest of my meals were ... well not so healthy, and I skipped some

Well Tuesday came.. I had a hour and half wait between two waiting rooms. They were running late. I hate waiting. Oh Iím trying to live in the moment. Learning not to always be strategically planning the future or thinking about should have or shouldn't s. I like being in control and here I am with no control and nothing I can do to make them hurry up..
- there is nothing in my past that could have change the situation Iím in now
- there is no tomorrow.. canít plan, strategize about tomorrow until I know the results
- all there is right now ... this moment as I wait

Finally the anesthesia Dr comes and talks and we take that long walk.
Opening the curtains into the hall way ... way down the hall is a room - doors open - very very bright lights burst forth compared to the lights of the hall. Step by step I go towards the OR.
Do I stop this... avoid finding out the truth , hide and turn and run away .. the room is increasing in brightness and getting closer..
enter the room , nice nurse tells me to sit, anesthesia begins to do what he does.. next thing I know Iím in the recovery room... a new nurse is beside me.. soon she reads the results... No cancer detected is all I hear... no waiting... immediately I hear the results...

Now Iím trying to soak it all in...

So last year No prostrate cancer detected.... this year No colan cancer detected...
Well good.... but why is the doctor so concern about cancer showing up in my tests?
I have a problem..what is causing the problem? Donít know... I guess more test will be in the future...

In the mean time
Sunrise

Sunset


And enjoying



Today we both walked around the block... I havenít taken him around since last fall.... even the Dalhousie is feeling life spring back



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Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 155.1 miles
To-Do: 2,534.4 miles. Talk about taking it slow...

I have deep concerns about my left knee .. since last fall I have been nursing it, except for that last Geocaching adventure. Well it is sore, stiff and burning ... painful at night doesnít want to bend so I ice it .. I must return to Camp in less than a month now..

Well yesterday I was out ..

















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March 1, 2018
Activity: 10,917 steps (5.1 miles)
Trail: Pacific Crest Trail

Spend most of the day at camp doing a preclean and thus I had 10,000 steps.. Approximately 35 days till I return full time to the kitchen.













Guess who was so happy when I returned home


Bed time



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Monday I went for a little stroll to observe birds at Stanley Park Sea Wall Vancouver







Surf Scooter



Blue Heron

American Wigeon





Bufflehead



Barrow Goldeneye





February 26, 2018
Activity: 13,980 steps (6.5 miles)
Trail: Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 126.1 miles
To-Do: 2,563.4 miles




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Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 117.8 miles
To-Do: 2,571.7 miles

Iím taking it real slow, my knees are sore... what I did today certainly isnít going to help.



I went Geocaching up this mountain, bushwhacking as there is No trail to follow.












Geocaching



this was the first major scramble ... had already hiked a steep incline to get this part, then then climbing on hands and knees began ... just to find a Geocach

the top
the normal view, unless you climb

it was a fantastic day, but Iím feeling it now...



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February 3, 2018 Saturday all day....
Activity: 9,665 steps (4.5 miles)

Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 64.5 miles
To-Do: 2,625.0 miles

This day Noni and I did a day trip to Burnaby (Vancouver). It was very enjoyable
Some mall browsing and then a stop at a Regional Park to observe Birds...
Happy times


Noni celebrating her heritage

female Redwing Blackbird

male Redwing Blackbird

Long-billed Dowitcher

Green winged Teal

American Coot

male Wood Duck

female Wood Duck

Greater Scaup

... that is a lot

It was a good day trip



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February 2, 2018 Ground Hog Day
Activity: 11,596 steps (5.4 miles)
Trail: Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 59.6 miles
To-Do: 2,629.9 miles

Inspired to get out this day
I did not see a Ground Hog.... but I did see













just look at that view, itís breathtaking... really ... well maybe not this day

just following the trail

But then I became hungry... but I was prepared






Well I am soaked I was expecting snow and I got rain... nevertheless what a perfect outing





But once it is all said and done... on this Ground Hog Day, I would like to
do you agree



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Date night



this is my third one this year... third one in January... I must be an alcoholic... canít deny it... there is the proof ...

we shared our dessert



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Pacific Crest Trail
Done: 40.0 miles
To-Do: 2,649.5 miles

Well I said earlier I was not going out. I lied ... but only a tiny lie. I took the Dalhousie to the park. He did lots of sniffing and I tried to get a picture or two without the camera becoming soaked.
Car ride Dalhousie.... Iím not sure if he heard those words or not, but he understood the rain jacket I was holding meant that he was going out..




he looks happy inspite of the sleet







Buffleheads



Can you see how wet it is ? ...







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Yesterday, I couldnít stand it any longer.. I went on my regular Dalhousie walk without the Dalhousie. I must try to walk this again daily if I can. There is always something interesting to see and to take a picture of...

January 26, 2018
Activity: 7,930 steps (3.7 miles)
Trail: Pacific Crest Trail










Happy to see












well I ate well


I had to bring a couple of my knives

But that was yesterday this is today
I might NOT be going out today



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As promised I went out with friends Sunday afternoon after church. We all had a good time and I was able to achieve over a 11000 step day.



















Now today it is pouring rain, Iím not planning on going out .. no sir! Iím staying right inside where it is cozy and dry



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Friday night was date night.





I know you want one!





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Crater Lake Trail
Done: 36.0 mi / 77,544 steps
To-Do: 0.0 mi / 0 steps

Well one more virtual hike complete. It sure takes longer when you only walk a couple of miles per day.
Next I think will be the Pacific Crest Trail. I plan on a 12 months goal to complete

Pacific Crest Trail
Length: 2,689.5 miles
Steps: 5,794,294
Burns: 423,946 calories (121.1 lbs)
Hike from Mexico to Canada, through searing deserts and over snow-covered mountainsóthe PCT takes you through some of the wildest, jaw-dropping scenery in North America



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It snowed


















The smart one
who stayed home in bed.



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Winter is here, and I donít like it, No! No I do not.













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Appalachian Trail
Done: 2,202.0 mi / 4,743,108 steps
To-Do: 0.0 mi / 0 steps

Stage 89: Baxter State Park
Done: 12.5 mi / 26,925 steps
To-Do: 0.0 miles

Merry Christmas... I complete my virtual hike of the Appalachian Trail, today.







This was my goal for today and Iím so happy that I was able to complete it...however today is Christmas.
Today I spent a few hours with Mom









Merry Christmas



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Where I have been? A couch potato... that where.
Sorry to say that for the month of November I rarely got over 3000 steps a day. There was a couple of exceptions but not many.
December hasnít been much better yet either..
Today I did get off the couch, not a lot of steps, 6876 so far, but I did get off the couch.









Letís hope this is the beginning of me getting off the couch



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Been so drained and busy for such a long time.
But soon Camp will be done.













Everyday working has kept me virtual walk of the ....
Appalachian Trail
Done: 1,881.7 miles
To-Do: 320.3 miles

The end is in sight



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Appalachian Trail virtually hiking
Done: 1,617.0 miles
To-Do: 585.0 miles

Summer is over... this has been a long hot stressful summer at that. Long hours, working with complete idiots and becoming sick for the last two weeks with a flue, not to mention knee pain.

I'm off for five or six days now. Was semi planning a road trip. But this didn't happen as we are just so exhausted and engery less. Sixty days left before the new fall season ends and I'm off either permanently from camp or six months if we go back next spring. The next 60 days I only see three or four off days on the calander .. remember my relief cook quit and the owner said he was not replacing her... I have to work because he was / is angry with me. I see some issues arising because I'm not sure if I'm willing to push through this. In the past I have, but motivation and "love" for my job is no longer there.
Let's see how I feel after this rest.

My steps have been cut down because of knee pain, I wonder if I'll finish my virtual walk of the Appalachian Tail before the end of camp?





I miss walking with him so much. These days he doesn't walk anywhere, outside for a quick business happening and then back inside... and I must add some days he doesn't make it outside in time. Old age is claiming him rapidly now...



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July 8, 2017
Activity: 20,569 steps (9.5 miles)

Appalachian Trail
Done: 1,209.4 mi / 2,604,977 steps
To-Do: 992.6 mi / 2,138,131 steps

seek another d you shall find

bear horn at the ready

amazing views

the picture does not do justice to the steepness of this hike







she found it



then we came back down to the lake level

So before I could leave.. the Camp owner phone me, the relief cook didn't show up. Chaos but they managed to get breakfast served with some phone instructions from me. I then returned to Camp and cooked and served supper and prepared the supper, gave clear concise instructions on how to heat and serve it. Then at 1 in the dead heat of this gorgeous day my friend and I hiked and geocache.

I'm at 90 floors elevation and just over 20,000 steps in for my day of rest...



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That was supper
These below is lunch for 131 campers







So I actually worked non stop 13 hours straight and managed 20,000 steps equaling 9 miles walked .. it was a busy day...
But now I'm off



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Done: 997.3 miLes since January 12th.
June 11, 2017
Activity: 16,454 steps (7.6 miles)

Celebrating --- I was going to push to get 1000 miles today .. then I decided to wait for tomorrow.
12th January to the 12th of June I will have walked 1,000 miles that really seems like a milestone




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June 9, 2017
Activity: 15,208 steps (7.1 miles)
Done: 982.6 mi / 2,116,626 steps since 12 January


Friday.. oh boy oh boy I'm happy about that. I'm off the weekend and Noni and I returned to our condo. Rode our bikes to the sushi restaurant.. refrained from ordering to much this time.. I always over order... I'm full but not stuffed ...
unfortunately Fitbit doesn't recognize my ride.. but I'm happy with the step count and mileage.

Well next week is our staff party.. when I first started I cooked this... then the owner decided to give me a break and he orders food from local restaurants..
My big mouth .... he was going to order pulled pork ... I mentioned I had pulled pork on the menu Tuesday... I could change it... then he realized pulled pork was nothing really special for the staff and everyone really likes mine. I had causally mentioned .. my big mouth... pay me extra and let me cater the staff party... nothing said... an hour later when I was in my cabin he sends me a message he wants to talk about the staff party can we chat.....
Well I went over to the office... They want me to cook for the staff party and he will pay me extra.
Rough menu ... BBQ steak, lobster, shrimp, corn on the cob ... Salads ... and can Noni make Sushi and some other special vegan meals.. total staff number is 25 to 30 people.
I will like the extra money for sure... the issue more so is attitude.. if drama at camp stays high and I'm so stressed I don't want to go all out and wow the staff, .... i guess I need to keep my feelings out of it and be professional.

Oh I'm not finished... my other parttme winter job... called me .. a client has booked the facility for a wedding in July . But has no cook and can't find one.. am I off? Would I do the wedding...?
Well I'm off... will I do a wedding for 60 people?
I have told them two or three times I'm not interested in cooking weddings... to much extra stress... everything has to be perfect .. this is a day that is remembered forever... if something goes wrong... You understand why I would be stressed..

Well I caved... I agreed to cook this wedding... I have a gut feeling it won't be my last...
They also want a BBQ .. BBQ chicken, maybe a roast beef , veggies.. a full sit down menu buffet style. And of course the bride is vegan and wants a vegan choice as well. Noni probably will have to make a vegan cake and I'll buy other deserts.

Meanwhile I worry about Mom and my Dalhousie who has his birthday tomorrow... Saturday 14 years old... been at my side all his life since six weeks old... we been through so much together.




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May 31, 2017
Activity: 13,304 steps (6.2 miles)
Done: 918.0 miles

Dalhousie had a enjoyable day
















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May 30, 2017
Activity: 15,176 steps (7.0 miles)
Done: 911.8 mi / 1,964,007 steps since January 12th

... wow.. I'm getting close to 1,000 miles.. it seems like a lot
I was a little sore the next day after that 30,000 steps... however I ended up with another 15,000 the next day and again today.

















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May 28, 2017
Activity: 30,334 steps (14.1 miles)
Note: New record for me today
Virtually hiking
Appalachian Trail
Done: 897.7 mi / 1,933,676 steps
To-Do: 1,304.3 mi / 2,809,433 steps




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May 26, 2017
Activity: 17,270 steps (8.0 miles)
Done: 879.9 mi / 1,895,397 steps since January

















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Monday morning.. so far it still is only 11:06 am



























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May 12, 2017
Activity: 20,461 steps (9.5 miles)





It's Friday and the group of 200 are leaving
and I'm off until Tuesday.

However Monday I go back to see the cancer doctor and get the results of the biopsy...



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What a glorious weekend to be OFF .. is this what it's going to be like this year? I could get used to this..
* it was a full day, a visit to too bird areas and a picnic
















369 photos taken .. so I'll break up my one day adventures of exploring ...





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April 23, 2017
Activity: 10,058 steps (4.7 miles)

Relaxing day.. first was church, a visit with mom, driving lessons for Noni and the a picnic / campfire

took my cake to the nursing home and shared with mom and residents



















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The circle is complete -- Squamish to Horseshoe Bay to Gibsons, to Powell River, to Lund, to Vancouver Island-- to Comox, to Gold River, to Campbell River, to Port Hardy to Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay to Squamish (home) over 1300 km (807 miles) driven from Monday to Saturday ... not counting the three Ferries, and I still managed to get over 84968 steps in. I even broke my record with 81 floors the one day.
What a Road Trip it was..









stopped here and spent money

Fitbit registering flights of floors

yes I spent some evenings on the treadmill

waiting to go for a walk

exploration at the Fish Hatchery

exploring a Super sized Walmart


I do believe this was the record breaking day (81) floors

Elk Falls





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Over 20,000 steps done today and 75 Floors climb... hopefully this helps
And half an hour swim in the hotel pool


Road Trip - this was day Four... will catch up once we get home so many things we seen and so many pictures

So bad - very very bad !
We were out walking with the Dalhousie stopped to take some pictures and somehow began talking to a local. This person highly recommended to go to this bakery ... the magic words -- Noni always checks out bakeries. Most are terrible with only a few things.. this one was is the best one we have ever walked into so far. ( Noni loves to bake)























Well go ahead and scold me...



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It's 6:30 am.. I'm up, Noni is up and the Dalhousie is up.

Heading out the door very soon. But first reflecting more on yesterday

















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March 20, 2017
Activity: 17,415 steps (8.1 miles

Road Trip
Well we're off on another exploration. Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.





















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March 18, 2017
Activity: 16,541 steps (7.7 miles)

Done: 403.3 mi / 868,682 steps since 12 January

Today was an indoor day for the most part. Mall walking and a little time spent walking around a fair..



















No way will I go on those rides.. but it did bring back memories of my younger days in my hometown many years ago.
The following are more my type..













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March 16, 2017
Activity: 3,232 steps (1.5 miles)

Today is a write off.. failure when steps count..
Miserable outside...
However very productive when it comes to work.
All morning meetings with the Camp owner and Camp Director, discussing about this up coming years menu and scheduling and changes to procedures. It appears I will get most weekends off and an occasional week day off .. they have hired a relief chef and a kitchen coordinator.

After this I drove over to our part time job and discussed how we can continue to work occasionally with them over the next six months. That was another two hours of talks.. wow time flies by fast..
Then returned home ate -- this was just after two
Sent three emails to different people concerning extra work I do in preparation of the Camp season...
My eyes were growing heavy so heavy. Fitbit says I only had 4.5 hours sleep last night. Yes that's about correct. Went to bed normal but couldn't sleep.. got up watched a tv program .. back to bed tossed and turned .. mind racing about the meetings and menus running through my mind.
Woke up early.
Prepared notes and skipped morning coffee and breakfast and drove to camp. 45 minutes drive in the rain ...
Heavy eyes.. about 3:30 went for a nap - 6 pm wake up for supper that Noni has prepared.. and now I just sit on the couch.. not motivated to even to try to get my five thousand steps minimum in... I know I will regret this decision
I know I will feel guilty tomorrow

What am I to do.. don't bother telling me.. it's too late .. I'm going back to bed and read.



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After the Provincial Park walk - we took the Dalhousie home and Noni and I went up the Sea to Sky Gondola. It will be our first time in two years. First time we ever bought a pass... this year the company changed passes from seasonal to annually. I'm also counting on more time off of camp this year. The promise of a relief cook for weekends... so I hope to use this pass much more.

















It's going to be awesome ones the clouds roll away



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Woke up, looked outside -- I'm certainly torn between hating this winter and loving what my eyes behold. I decided to go for a little drive out to camp to check in...



























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I am planning on staying inside today. Sure I have to walk the Dalhousie, however Im thinking I'll not even get 5000 steps in today... that is my minimum daily goal I have set for myself





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Fingers crossed..
I woke up from a strange dream, I'm not all that into dream interpretations, but....
My dream... my younger mother was living in the house of her late parents who were alive in the house as well.... for some reason I was having a issues about what room I was to have with my late older brother.. I was involved in a breakup and was moving in, also quarreling over the use of the phone and limiting time talking to girlfriends. I wake up...
Laying in bed for a few moments I realize I don't need to rush to the washroom...
I go there anyways and all seems normal once more.. has the infection finally broken..
There seems to be no issues at this time..... fingers crossed. Today is the last day for the antibodies.... I am also just realizing I actually had a full night sleep too instead of the several wake ups...

Side note...
We were at the pool the other day, two younger female teenagers came in and for at least half an hour sat together at one end of the pool in tiny two peace bathing suits. The area they were in was getting wonderful sunlight streaming in through large windows. They used their cell phones taking pictures of each other posing .. I know things like this happen, I know often worse poses take place behind closed doors ... but these tiny two piece bathing suits were not concealing much. I wonder where those pictures would end up out their in cyberspace.
I talked to the life guard about this... she only said she saw them too and wished they would actually swim, there is no rule saying you can't take pictures and they were in a quiet part of the pool and were not taking pictures of anyone else, so nothing could be said or done....

Yesterday morning when I walked the Dalhousie to the park, in a backyard next to it I noted...
In the yard was three very young girls wearing pjs and housecoats - not sure if they had slippers on or not - certainly not dressed for outside on a cold morning. One was playing with a huge dog with a stick, one was just walking around, another was doing something in the mud.
What really caught my eye though was a very small boy wearing nothing - Nothing - but a sagging diaper who was in the garden picking up things. The temperature was if I remember correctly was -4 c It may had warmed up slightly by the time I walked Dalhousie but it still was cold I was wearing three layers and I was chilled.
Eventually a man came outside wearing a black housecoat talking on a phone. I just kept on walking in the park and the man stood in the door way talking on the phone not really paying attention to the kids ... that was how I left the park.... what in the world is wrong with people?



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