I had a fabulous weekend. I can't believe how much I managed to pack in... and not be exhausted by the end. This one of those weekends that left me recharged and ready to go, and really feel like I was living like I mean it!
We started off Thursday night heading to the Pixies concert in Victoria:
Smiling even though we just paid around $8000 for two beer.
(That's about $10,000 US right now though, so silver lining...)
The last time I saw the Pixies live was in December 1991 (gasp!) when they opened for Jane's Addiction... they still rocked as hard as 20 years ago!
Friday, my friend Diana and I drove out to Port Renfrew to check out some field trip opportunities for our students.
Typical "wet coast" day on the outer coast.
Had a super-yummy blackberry & walnut salad from the
Coastal Kitchen in Renfrew - highly recommended!
We brought Humu with us, and there's nothing like a happy dog on a beach...
(Ummm, my hands look freakishly large in this picture...)
The west coast can be a wild place - winter storms bring giant uprooted trees crashing down on the beach, where they stay and become fabulous natural art. Here are a couple of my faves from Friday:
Home from the other side of the island, and off to the pool, where on a kick set I saw a naked guy... he obviously didn't realize he was standing in front of the change room door when he was drying off. Sorry, no picture! But it did make for some good laughs! I wasn't laughing, however, when he bent over to pick up his towel - I did not need to see that.
Friday night Jason and I headed to the pub with Will and the Stevenson brothers. More laughs.
(Disclaimer - I did not take this photo)
Saturday I had a really nice 3 hour solo ride. There were a few big thunderclaps, but luckily I managed to stay dry, despite some very wet roads. Yay to missing the deluge!
I love the roads I get to ride on!
Late Saturday afternoon Jason and I went shopping for new running shoes. I never get to pick my shoes, I guess that's what happens when you have a BFF who owns a running store. Norm's choices never let me down though, so no complaints.
Saturday night, relaxing on the couch!
Sunday morning, and a run with the dog. Got to try out my new kicks:
I ran on the Trans Canada Trail, with the claim to fame as being the longest trail in the world. Currently it's over 16,000 km long, and when it's finished will be 22,000 km across Canada - from Atlantic to Pacific to Arctic Oceans. We live within about a 10 minute drive from the island section. Sometimes when I'm out there, I wonder how many others across our nation, especially on a beautiful Sunday morning, are out on a stretch of TCT right then.
Looking down from one of the old rail trestles
that make up part of the TCT.
Wildflowers are out!
Sunday being Mother's Day, I took my mom out to lunch at a local vineyard. Service was reeeaaaalllly slow but the risotto was delicious.
I kind of meant it to be more scenic, but the
leaves aren't out on the vines yet...
Sunday afternoon Jason and I went for a ride together. One of my favourite things to do!
We spent the evening in the hot tub then watching tv. What a great weekend!