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Trip Date: July 16, 2016

The Heather Trail to Three Brothers is easy and open terrain; including a rocky summit, subalpine meadows & gorgeous wild flowers, and views that extend a ways into the Cascade Range… apparently. We were hiking in a cloud all day and didn’t see the extended views.

Ryan’s been looking to show off Manning Park’s wild flowers for a few seasons now and this was the weekend to do it. The forecasted weather was ~17 degrees, a bit of rain in the morning, and overcast skies throughout the day. It ended up being quite a bit cooler, windy, and a bit more rainy. As for the wildflowers, they hadn’t quite peaked yet, but they were STUNNING and well worth the trip.

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Well, it’s Sept. 1st, Starbucks has their pumpkin spice latte on board, Garibaldi Provincial Park may receive a cumulative 1.4cm of snow above 2000m in the next 10 days, and I wore Ryan’s down jacket AND carried an umbrella to run errands today. Yup, summer is coming to an end – the weather says so, Starbucks says so, and so say my last few (4 to be exact) days before classes start.

We’ve been out in the mountains most weekends this summer, but I haven’t posted any new trips in quite some time. I have a lot of quarter to half-completed posts in the queue; part of the reason why it’s taking so long is because it’s a daunting task, and part of the reason is because it’s been awesome just getting out and doing things, and not focusing on the details and pics in the aftermath. That said, I have a lot of ‘inside’ days coming up so I’ll be able to get to the posts over the next few weeks. Read More

Above photo credit: Hamilton Island Triathlon

Interview: Anne Marie Hospod, Iron Lady, Type 1 Diabetic
Date: August 16, 2016

I have limited experience with triathlons, but I can appreciate the time and effort put in to training and competing. It’s a breath of fresh air to see Type 1s pushing limits and breaking personal barriers in any sport; Anne Marie Hospod is no exception. I’ve been following Anne’s Iron Lady blog for some time and it’s been a pleasure to watch her journey unfold. More recently, our paths crossed and we were able to connect and talk about her path to Ironman.

Anne is an adventurer and an optimist at heart. She has kept her mind engaged by studying medicine and becoming a doctor; she has kept her body active by training for and completing marathons, half marathons, and half-Ironman triathlons. She believes in living a healthy and active life, surrounding herself with inspirational people, and setting big goals that may at first seem impossible.
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