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It’s taken the better part of a school year to figure this out; I’ve realized my time isn’t as abundant as it was when I was 18 years old.

My adventures and, subsequently, my blog entries have slowed down. I’m allocating much of my time into papers, exams, projects, and research. I’ve given up numerous weekends to these things and, collectively, I think it has taken a toll on me. I was of the mindset that school would be a Monday – Friday gig and I could continue doing what I do every weekend; spend time outside. Instead, in order to stay on top of things, I’ve had more ‘inside’ days than I’m happy to admit. I realize there are two reasons why this has become troublesome:

  1. My expectations of student life were absurd.
  2. Social media influences.

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Trip date: February 27, 2016

My sister, Skeena (the family dog), and I recently checked out the Woodland Walk trail, located in Burke Mountain, Port Coquitlam. We were looking for a quick, mellow jaunt through the woods.

The Woodland Walk trail is a relatively flat hike; one of many trails created by the Burke Mountain Naturalists from abandoned logging roads in the Burke Mountain area. It includes some long, gradual ups and downs. The end destination is the Woodland Waterfall. From there you can either continue up to Saw Blade Falls or return via the upper/lower loops. The trail is accessible year round and does not encounter very much snow, though during winter months, I have seen snow at Saw Blade Falls – only a short distance and some elevation away. The best time of year to go is during spring melt, when the falls are at their best.
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The second peak of Mount Seymour is the last peak before the main summit in the sequence of bumps starting from the parking lot. Unofficially known as “Second Peak” or “Second Pump”, the BC Provincial Government is in the process of renaming it “Tim Jones Peak” after the long time Team Leader of North Shore Rescue, who passed away on January 19, 2014 while hiking on Mt. Seymour. BC Parks and the BC Government have already approved the placement of a memorial plaque, a new SAR helicopter landing pad, and the placement of a rescue cache on its summit. For more information, please follow the facebook page.
Trip date: December 16, 2015

This was a solo snowshoe up Tim Jones Peak (aka Second Peak) in Mount Seymour Provincial Park. The weather was fantastic, the trail was somewhat heavy with traffic, and the views were beautiful. This trip was shortly after our first heavy snowfall on Mt. Seymour. This is an easy to moderate hike/snowshoe behind the Seymour ski hill with great views of Vancouver and the North Shore mountains.
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