June 2017

Woke early and passed away the morning until just after 6. Then we made our way downstairs for the breakkie. Ate like champs.

Loaded up the car and checked out. We took off for the long journey to Banff National Pearl. We stopped off at Tim Hortons in Golden for lunch. Had a veggie sandwich and then continued on our way.

We crossed into Alberta and into the park. We drove south to the town of Banff. Went to the tourist information and then to Safeway for a few provisions. Then headed up the hill to the Tunnel Road Campgrounds. We checked into Village 1 and camp site G-50.

We unloaded the car at the site. Then while Natasha drove over to get wood for the fire I went ahead and put up the tent and started the fire. We unloaded the wood when Natasha came back. Then on went dinner.

Within minutes we were eating veggie sausages, peppers, onion and potatoes. For dessert we had s’mores with Digestive Cookies, Reese’s cups and vegan marsh mellows. Cleaned up the site.

We went over to wash our dishes in the building sink they had. Then I got ready and headed out for a run. I ran down the trail and back for a four miler. Natasha and I headed on downtown to get milk for our morning cuppa.

Back home and put the extra items into the tent. The good in the car and off for a walk. Ended back up from where we left. Climbed into the Subaru and got ready for our sleep.




Woke up early.
I made breakfast for our start to the day. Natasha headed to work for a few hours. I went out and deposited a check at the BOA. Then got gas at the ARCO.
Back home and I loaded all the supplies into the Subaru. In and out, in and out. I hooked up the security camera in a different location on the soffit beside the arbor.

Natasha arrived home and we loaded the camping food into the ice container. Then we headed North on the I-5. Crossed the border into Canada at Sumas. We stopped off at The Cactus Club for lunch.

Next we drove on up into the town of Merritt. We booked into the Travelodge and got room 213. Talked to a girl from the Philippines there by the name of Joy and oh boy was she a joy. Great conversation followed.
We unloaded our bags into the room.
We headed on downtown and went into Yaki Joes Pizza for dinner. They had a 45 minute wait so we popped in next door to the Subway and ate the usual there. I decided to do a random run around town and back to the hotel with three miles under me belt. I ran by some murals and stars of fame. The big one was of Elvis. Two girls standing there offered to take my photo with it. They said it was the only mural in all of North America that was sanctioned by the Elvis Presley Estate.

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It is said that Elvis and his crew drove by Merritt in the late 1950s on his way to Vancouver. A wonderful woman named Dolly, who runs the only official Elvis fan club in Canada had a dream. Her dream and support of this fan club led to this Elvis Presley Estate sanctioned mural. Yes there is a signed contract with EPE and yes it was is a highlight of the Route Blue Creative Highway Experience. Worth the drive and the visit to Merritt, BC. Elvis is on the building.
Ran back up the hill to the hotel and got in after a grand 3 mile run.
Relaxed the rest of the evening away. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Up and at them. Headed over to see Bridget at her place. We went out and ran a five miler. Great chat and planning along the way.

At home I watched a movie. Wilson.

It was alright

I jumped started the motorcycle with the new jumper. Let it run for a while. Then took it around the block to charge it up. It still didn’t start. Time for a new battery.

Hung the mirror on the dining room wall.

Made and ate the dinner. Passed away the evening doing nothing. .

Up in the 3am hour.

Headed on down to Renton and met up with Olivia. We went on a 7 mile run down along the Cedar River Trail and back. It went great and she did fabulous.

Bye bye and headed home. Had the breakkie. Passed away the morning. Took lunch and drinks up to Natasha and then headed to Costco.  Bought a few items here along with my own lunch.


Natasha arrived and we went to Tengu Sushi for dinner. Then had the dessert at home while the evening passed away.

Now leaba

Woke early.
Headed down to Gasworks Park to meet Bridget for a run. We met and ran the Lake Union Loop for a 6 plus miler. Had a great chat as usual along the way. Said our goodbyes and headed off.

I went home and had breakfast. I did the laundry. I started in on cleaning the grout on the kitchen counter tops. Then I removed the old doors off the bedrooms. Drilled out the new glass ones and cut out the hinges on all three. Then hung them up.

Natasha came home and I made dinner. We went through our lists for Banff. Had dessert and passed the evening away.

Woke up early and passed away the day.

We went over to the Law Office for a wee bit. Then headed on down to Mod Pizza for lunch.

Back home and we watched a movie later on downstairs in the cooler climate. Life.

Feck, this one was good.

Was meant to go running today with Olivia but we didn’t get around to it.

Passed away the evening and now I lay in bed

Woke up before the alarm that went off at 3:45am.
Scott and Kristine were out and about. Made great pancakes for breakfast. Matt and Philippa got up and we all got the day started. Loaded up what we might need in the bags for the day and headed out.

We walked through the tree line.

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Came through into the clearing in a while. Could see the mountain in front of us now.

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We continued on hiking and went up along the snow. Used our ice axes along here and pretty much for the rest of the day.

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We stopped off along the way for snacks and meals. I built a dolmen in memory of my friend Theresa Hubbard. God be good to this lovely woman.
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Kristine decided soon after this point she had enough of the trip. She rested on the rock pile as the rest of us went on.

I broke away from the group and continued up at my own pace and reached the summit after a good leg burn hike up.

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It was truly a great view of al the mountains that could be seen all around us. Rainier, Adams, Shasta, Bachelor and Hood.

I sat and dined here looking back down from where we came. An hour later Matt and Philippa summited. They said Natasha was weary of the open air areas coming up and went back down to Kristine. Scott took her down.

We chatted at the summit for a while and then went over to have a look down into the lava dome.

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I then headed back over and jumped into a snow chute and rode the whole way back to the gang on the rocks. Kristine gave me some cream filled puffs that she had brought up in a cooler. Delicious. Ate some more here. Matt and Philippa came sliding in about an hour later.

Then we all got ready and slid all the way down to the open area before the trees. So approx. about 50% of the journey. Here we packed the ice axes in our packs and walked back out to the trail head.

This was truly a great hike and probably our big one for the year. We had snacks galore and chatted for a while. Then we headed out. Natasha and I stopped in Kelso and had dinner at Taco Time. Then I drove the rest of the way home. Arrived at our castle right before midnight.

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