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Aug 6, 2017 - The magic that can only be found in caves

Day 10, Keith As Leah indicated I had booked us a tour at the Horne Lake caves for today so we intended to hit to road early to make our tour time. We said our goodbyes to Auntie Karen and Teddy (her dog) and made our way out of Cumberland. Google maps showed highway 19 as the quickest route to the caves, but we had left early so we took highway 19A. After all, we are on motorcycles so we decided on the more relaxed and enjoyable road. After about 45 minutes of bliss driving on such a scenic highway we hit the Horne Lake road. The first...

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2017 BC Bike Trip

Jul 6, 2015 - Day Two Parksville to Black Creek

Day Two July 1 Distance for the day 105.6 km Distance remaining 3118 km of 3300 km Time in the saddle 5 hr 3 min Total riding time 8 hr 59 min Meters climbed for the day 597 m Total meters climbed 1552 m The shoulder pain eased off during the night. Good Thing too. Initially I couldn’t even roll around without sounding like a cougar attack. By morning the pain was tolerable and by the end of the riding day it took its place beside other aches and pains. We got up at around 6:30 and put away our tents and our dreams. Breakfast was cereal,...

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Dec 6, 2009 - A little touch of Christmas at Milner House

Horatio "Ray" Milner a renowned philanthropist and business person, bought the 28 hectare (70 acre) estate at Qualicum in1937 as a retreat from his busy business life in Alberta. He began to work on the garden with his first wife, Rina. Both loved the garden and forest. Sadly, however, Rina passed away in 1952. More extensive work on the 4 hectare (10 acre) garden portion of the estate was started in 1954 after Ray’s marriage to his second wife, Veronica. Veronica named the estate "Long Distance". In her words, "We called this house this...

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Nov 4, 2008 - Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Combs

November 3, 2008: Because we had enjoyed our first trip down to the Harbour, we decided to do a return visit today in order to do further explore the harbour front by doing the complete walk along the boardwalk and then stopped at one of the harbour front coffee shops for some refreshments. The harbour is an interesting landscape of a wide variety of boats, small float planes coming and going and the ferries do their part to get the many passengers to where they are going. November 4, 2008: Today we headed north of Nanaimo to the towns of...

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Apr 20, 2008 - Day Two of the Nanaimo AAC Trial

We were happy to see no new snow this morning, and it warmed up and melted most of the snow that fell yesterday. However, we continued with the trial indoors at the Agriplex. Midas was the first dog on the line this morning for an Advanced Snooker run. He ran his little legs off and did everything I asked of him but the buzzer went while in the last tunnel needed to qualify so he didn’t Q but I was still very happy with his run. Another highlight was the last run of the day for Gino. It was Steeplechase and I never expected he would ever be...

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Nov 30, 2007 - step one off Lasqueti - Qualicum

Tired. Probably of being wired. Left Lasqueti today. Cleaned my house as I spoke to it, telling the space I'd be gone for four months but that good people would come and keep it warm and cozy. The cats were weirded out. I've been prepping them for weeks though and they knew at some point I was going to be gone. So goodbye cats, goodbye house, goodbye island of loved ones, goodbye winter, goodbye familiarity... Dreamt the other night that I was in a vehicle that wouldn't stop, I tried to pump the brakes and there was no slowing. Here I am....

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J and G V overseas

Jun 15, 2007 - Burnaby to Qualicum Bay

Woke up early this morning anticipating the trip to the island. We left Burnaby Caribou RV Park on schedule around 8:00 after hooking up the car. Oops, forgot to install the Brake Buddy. Pulled into a parking lot (hoping to be able to get out again) and did the install. Back on the road at 8:15. We reserved a place on the ferry, and we have a 30 minute window to pick up the reservation. It's a rainy morning in Vancouver and it's rush hour. These drivers are nuts! We will NOT live in a big city if we move...we agree on that. Anyhow, we...

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Aug 10, 2006 - Greetings from Hornby Island

Well, so far, so good! We left Bill and Sue's place 3 days ago and branched out on our own. We chose a good day to travel on the 8th because it rained all day. Despite the weather we had a great day using three ferries to get up the Sunshine(!) Coast and across to Vancouver Island. We have a BC Ferries Sail pass for 7 days and like true Scots we are trying to get our money's worth out of it. We used 2 ferries yesterday to get to Hornby Island so that makes a total of 5 ferries so far. We don't really feel that we are really on holiday until...

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Gilmour Four on Tour

Jun 28, 2006 - Game 7 and BC

Well game 7 was very upsetting and diapointing to say the least. But I am still very proud of how far they got and what a run it was. Thats all i am really going to say about that. (its taken this long to just write about it at all!) Well i am back in British Columbia now on Vancouver Island visiting with all my family . ITs really nice to see them all and I am having a great time. the weather has been amazing so its been beach, lake and river all the time!! Just what I love about BC! Just figuring out some job stuff so i can get my broke...

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