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A week in Moab – can’t help but have fun!

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Moab is my second “happy place” (behind Tofino) in North America. I just can’t get enough of the laid back lifestyle and amazing rocks. It doesn’t hurt that when we come in the late fall it is still summer like weather and it’s almost guaranteed that I can wear shorts and swim outside!

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We had planned on spending the week boondocking outside of Arches National Park but decided that with temps in the 80’s it would be wiser to spend the money on a campsite that came with shade and a pool. We ended up at Canyonlands RV, where we have stayed before, and had another great stay. It is right at the south end of main street and within walking distance of groceries, restaurants, parks etc.. The only downside is that it is right next to the high school – while this comes with the benefit of Friday night football in the fall, it comes with the negative of 7am marching band practice Monday – Wednesday.

pool handstandsChoosing the pool was definitely a good decision as we were in it at least once a day and many times twice. The boys spent time working on their headstands, underwater summersaults and playing battle with pool noodles.

In addition to spending two days mountain biking at the Bar M trails we also ventured off to the Moab Skate Park for some fun.

We spent our last day on a Fiery Furnaces hike with Jay from Tag-a-long tours. Tim and I did this on a ranger lead tour back when Hunter was 3 (and we carried him in a back pack) and loved it. While it was more expensive going on a commercial trip ($85 vs $16) the group size and experience made it well worth it. The Ranger led hikes have 25 people in them and are all about managing liability. They can also be booked online up to 6 months in advance so are very hard to get when you just show up in town. We were 5 plus the guide and Jay did a fabulous job customizing the experience for us while still managing risk. It made for a great mix of hiking, canyoneering and education. We would definitely recommend this hike and Jay at Tag-a-long!

Another great week in Moab left us looking forward to our next visit!

A week in Whistler – all about family & friends

DSCN0474We spent the last full week of September up in Whistler, hoping to catch some indian summer days while paddling, biking and hanging with friends. We got a few beautiful sunny afternoons to start and end the week, with 48 hours of torrential rain in the middle. We also ended up with surprise visits with friends from Whitehorse who happened to be down for 2 separate conferences in Whistler – that was a treat!

Our friends Steve and Kim live right on Green Lake at the beginning of the Green River. Thanks to recent rains the level came up a bit and we were able to go for a family run down it. We made the most of the paddle and turned what is normally a 45 minute run into a 2.5 hour run, taking time to play on anything we found. Hunter even taught me how to stern squirt (put the back of my boat down under water on purpose).

We gave Tim the next day off and he did some construction at Steve’s house and then they headed out to paddle the CalCheak, which was low but they still managed to find some fun on their way down.

We stayed at the Riverside Campground which is just north of town and had fun biking on the fabulous Valley Trail system, which has over 30 km of paved biking/walking trails. We discovered the skate park and bike parks in Whistler, which were definitely worth the visit!

The highlight of the week for Hunter was the full 48 hours that he got to spend with his cousin Robin who was up from Vancouver. They spend the first 24 hours living with us in the campground and managed to fit in a round of mini golf, a trip to the Village on scooters to play in the skate park and get ice cream, and lots of time spent running around in the woods. The second 24 hours was spent with Aunt Dawn & Uncle Colin at Intrawest where they played in the pool and the games room, explored the village some more and generally ran around.

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Any time we stop near a major centre it is expensive as you feel more like a tourist and money gets spent on dinners out and ice cream. We try hard to balance things and find ways to explore for free while being open to spending money on great experiences or time with friends and family. It’s a juggle for sure!

30 days at the beach gone in a blink…

IMG_552530 days in California in the middle of a Yukon winter – ahhhh….BLISS! The only problem is that it flew by!

As I shared in an earlier post, we weren’t really on vacation – we just moved our life for a month and shifted into different routines. Most days went like this…

IMG_1041Get up and go for a 60-90 minute walk before it got very warm… group program to keep Grandma active!

california officeCome back to the beach house and eat breakfast and tackle some work work and some school work – it’s a rough place for an office!

Head out and enjoy the beach and the water. Head back in for a late lunch and some more work time.

Grab a cocktail and enjoy the amazing sunsets before settling into dinner.

IMG_0877Finish up with a game of cards and then hit the bed before starting all over again the next day.

For the last two weeks of our visit we took advantage of a great one week free offer at Triple Threat, a gym just down the street, and enrolled in boxing classes as a family – lots of giggles and one heck of a work out. We went 3 days a week at 4:30, which after a day spent walking and surfing sure left us exhausted.

We picked up a set of dirt scooters while there and all the kids (big and little) had fun with them.

It was great to have a lot of cousins come through over the course of the month – nice to have play time together since we live so far away.

We all learned about the local seals and sea lions – the warmer waters this year are playing havoc with their feeding grounds and many of them are winding up beached due to exhaustion and starvation. The lifeguards and Sea World pick up 3-4 a day and rehab them back to health…

IMG_5785Overall, a fabulous month that flew by way too fast. Oceanside seems to be a perfect fit for our family and we look forward to heading back again this fall…

Life relocated

IMG_0886We have picked up and moved our lives to Oceanside, California for the next month. It’s not vacation – it’s just LIFE elsewhere… I am still working and school learning still happens in some way, shape or form.

In addition to all the great things that come with being here (sun, beach, fresh food etc.) we are also getting to spend time with family, which is a nice treat for all of us.

IMG_0873It was funny how freeing it has felt to be away from the cold and the snow. We have been here for 2 days now and I find us surrounded by the reminder that life is meant to be fun…  It is either the magic of California or the lack of weighty winter layers, but smiles abound, along with a few new toys.

IMG_0874How else can you explain that we got Grandma Lynne to test out the new Mountain Scooter AND to do so inside the house???

IMG_0875Hunter has decided that this is his window to be independent in the kitchen. He is busy making his own breakfasts and lunches and is mastering the art of blender drinks, and kindly teaching it to his cousin.

IMG_0877Crazy games of night time cards are building social skills, along with a whole NEW vocabulary thanks to Grandma Lynne’s friend Kathy.

Today we joined up with a San Diego Teen/Tween Homeschool group and played 90 minutes of Laser Tag, with breaks for air hockey and foosball – rough day at “school” for all of them!

This afternoon was spent playing in the surf and then we enjoyed an evening walk/scooter around town. Nothing but smiles for us right now. Feeling pretty grateful for the decisions we have made and the path of adventure that we are following. #LifeisanAdventuretimeislikeariver

How easy it is to slide back into “old normals”…

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Weather in the Yukon for the past three weeks has not been great  – it’s been hovering around the zero mark and we had snow on September 30th. We’ve been out for a few walks outside but there has been very little “playing” outside. There has been a lot of inside time and more focus on school and work BUT this has left things feeling fairly unsettled and unbalanced.

I had a sense that it might have to do with the lack of outside adventure time and that was confirmed 100% when we rolled into Tofino today and moods were raised across the board. It was sunny and 18c outside. We got here about noon and spent over 2 hours at the skatepark for Hunter. He was thrilled and was on the go with his scooter almost non-stop. We headed back to our condo at South Chesterman Beach and Tim and I hit the surf, with grins and giggles. We eventually came out of the surf – more because we were exhausted, not because we wanted to leave.

 

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A quick round of family cards, with Big North and Little North doing their best to hold their own, and we headed back out to catch the peak of low tide and explore Frank Island and the tidal pools. While going new places brings excitement, there is also a sense of comfort that comes from revisiting a place you love. That’s how we all felt as we headed down the beach to Frank’s Island. It’s an easy 15 minute walk from the condo and sits between south and north Chesterman Beaches’. At high tide it’s a fully disconnected Island. At low tide, it’s a wonder of tidal pools with amazing starfish and sea anenome colonies! Science in action…

We closed the night off with drinks and chatting with friends Steve & Kim – old and new friends at the same time. Steve & Tim have an old shared past, and the 4 of us have a new shared friendship from when we connected last fall. We are staying in their condo here in Tofino and it is great to catch up on the winter’s adventures…

South Chesterman Beach

South Chesterman Beach

We are excited for what the next six days bring and how it helps us reconnect with what we continue to learn is important for defining our “new normal”…