Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Spring in the GAT


Finally decided to take a day off work and soak in some of this great spring weather that has slipped into the mix of cold and rain. It was glorious.

The following three photos are all of the same spot at the top of the hill on Trail 9 heading down to Western Hut. Not the same ride in the spring as it is in the winter on xc skis. Those old fogies below would have been diving for their lives with the sound of an out of control BvT barreling down on them.

Spring 2011
Trail 9 to Western
Winter - February 2010 and March 2011
Danger, Trail 9 DANGER on Trail 9

By lunch I had completed a reasonably sized loop earning myself a couple of cheese and onion bun sandwiches and a Bavaria. I wasn't entirely sure where I was going to sit back and enjoy said lunch until I can across the big "X" beside a small runoff cascading over the side of Eardley Escarpment. Sweet. And to top it off there was a perfect breeze keeping the blackflies at bay.

Western (as seen from the outhouse) Lunch at the falls near Western

I saw a bear!! Just as I was spinning around to eye up a picture of a trail sign, when I spotted (and heard) a black bear bolting across the trail only metres away from where I was moments ago. Cool! And boy was he big too! I tried to follow but I was making way too much noise to even hope to get close to him. I went back and snapped the pic to mark the moment. And for the record, no I wasn't able to get a picture - the bear was that quick.

Trail 9... it was here where the bear bolted across the trail

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


St. Joes vs. St. Pats

I dropped by Sara's school today to catch their season's first touch football exhibition game. It was interesting. Both teams looked strong in the warm-ups - throwing, catching, running - everything appeared to be well oiled and ready to roar.

Well once the whistle blew, things changed a little. There were fewer completed passes a more Hail Marys situations. As an outsider it appeared as if the girls were always waiting for a full scale tackle rather than a friendly touch followed by a raised hand and the ref's whistle. It made for some comical pics.

St. Joes vs. St. Pats
St. Joes vs. St. Pats St. Joes vs. St. Pats St. Joes vs. St. Pats

In the end the match was won by St. Pats on the last play of the game. (boo) Luckily they have a couple more exhibition games on the schedule before they start their 2 week season. GO JAGS!!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Nepean Storm 5 km Race

Emma, 26:38

Ok, officially it is the The EpiPen® TAKE ACTION EVENT (previously the Allergy/Asthma Information Event) but given that there were players from 5-6 different Nepean City Soccer Clubs I think the title fits.

Nepean City
223 Paula meets Pooh

Sara finished 3rd overall (out of 250) and first for her team with a time of 22:55. Emma was not that far behind with a finish of 26:38. Well done girls! We celebrated with a Tim Horton's smoothie (no milk allergies in this house).

Ready, set,...
Sara, 22:55 Emma, 26:38

This was the second year entering the event as part of the team's spring conditioning and I'm sure they'll sign up again next year. As parents we love the small size and the great location and parking. It makes for a quick and painless morning... of course we didn't run so we can say that honestly.