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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…

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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”…

Weekend in Sedona – let the energy flow!

hiking sedonaWe really enjoyed our very short visit in Sedona back in November so decided to catch it again on our way westward last week. We stayed at the Distant Drums RV Resort in Camp Verde and drove up to Oak Creek / Sedona on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday we had a bit of a late start and didn’t get riding until around noon. We opted for the Bell Rock trail system in Oak Creek, which is a combination of green and blue trails. Trailhead’s are small and filled with tourist cars so we ended up parking in the main lot next to Bike & Beans – free and lots of space.

After a fun afternoon of biking in Oak Creek, we headed north into Sedona to grab some groceries and go for dinner at Picazzo’s – an organic restaurant where at least 50% of the menu options were gluten free. It was a wonderful treat for me and the boys were gracious enough to come along!

Sunday we woke up early and headed up to the Bell Rock Parkway trailhead to get a parking spot. We ventured out for a scramble/hike and made it to the top of one of the pinnacles, which was full of some stretching our comfort zone moments (more for me than the boys…).

We spent the afternoon at the Sedona Skateboard Park – it is a fabulous facility – really well made and maintained. Lots of friendly kids of all ages out. Hunter had fun with both his BMX trick bike and his skateboard while Tim and I sat in our lawn chairs and enjoyed the sunny afternoon!

I am so glad that we headed back for the weekend. The scenery is magical, to say the least. Big blue skies in the background of red red rocks as far as you can see. Takes your breath away!