Well. We are settling in very nicely at the rental house. It really feels like home and I don’t ever really think about the old place. Traci feels it too and Andrew just plain loves life in general.
Today a big box came. It was 3 sleeping bags I ordered from MEC online. $140.00 bags on sale for $35.00 each. It’s the beginning of our camping kit. Between running races, we will be spending weekends hiking and camping in the greatest outdoor playground in the world, Kananaskis Country. Traci and I are going to a “be prepared for Backcountry Camping’ lecture that will help us learn the right ways to cook, sleep and be safe out in the wilderness. We really won’t be random camping as there are many established campsites that are maintained by the provincial government. They are all equipped with rustic toilets (read: not having to bury your makings), food lockers (read: not having to hand over your food to a bear in the middle of the night) and flat tent sites complete with firepits and supplied wood. The key is they are nowhere near roads. You gotta get there under your own steam. Andrew is stoked for tent camping and is already a pretty accomplished hiker with 4 ambitious day hikes under his belt from last year when he was just barely 4 years old.
So far this year we have gone on a 4 hour hike which showed that he was ready to carry his own water. Last year he found the full 1.5 liter camelback a bit too heavy. Last weekend I filled it right full, plopped it on his back and never heard a peep about it. Good news for sure.
It was a great hike down in the Weaselhead Natural Area. It’s in the City, but you might as well be anywhere but.
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We pretty much gave up everything we owned to gain the life we wanted. It seemed like a nightmare while we were down, but now that we have come out on the other side, it feels like it was supposed to be exactly this way.
We have all been running again. I took a week off from the TKO gym as I was feeling like I was nearly broken, so some rest was a good thing. I go back tomorrow. I ran 3 times and had 2 nice hikes in the last week and it really refreshed me. Traci is running 3 days a week and is loving it again, and Andrew is just running. everywhere.
I have started to train for my Mountain run in August. It’s 14.5kms and 3000’ up to the turn around. I will run hills and trails every chance I can get. These are only 150’ high hills, and it’s only 5k, but I felt good enough after to give me hope that with a good amount of hill training I should be good for the race.
Yesterday I got home a little early and we just packed a few tasty snacks and headed a total of 8 blocks away for a great hike in the Sandy Beach area of Calgary.
The Elbow River is as low as it ever is during the year. In a month this will be almost to the underside of that bridge for a few days. There is an extraordinary amount of snow in the mountains and this is one of the places is floods when it all melts.
Otherwise, work is a grind, but a great grind. Andrew loves school, Traci is doing great with her custom jewellery business.
Life is good!