Is This Thing On?

Remember me? One could argue that this update is more than a little late in coming. Of course, I suspect that ONLY one would make that argument since that’s probably the number of people still checking out this site. And that one is me. Sigh. I have only myself to blame. Shame, shame, shame.

I did manage to get out for a couple of warm rides. So nice!

In my (weak) defence, it’s not like I haven’t been doing any writing. I have. A lot, actually. But none of it has ended up on my blog. Or any other public venue for that matter. For reasons not entirely clear to me, I decided to embark on the daunting task of writing a book of my cycling trips. Well, my trip in 2014 anyway. Not surprisingly, the book has taken some time and, well … pages. A LOT of pages actually. Clearly I have a tendency to babble but when put in book form, well … that tendency becomes all the more obvious. And it makes for a very big book. As such, I’m now deciding if I need to brutally cut down the content or split it into two books. I mean, the only thing better than having one book that no one wants to buy is having TWO books that no one wants to buy. Plus, it would double the number of books on my bookshelf … well, if I had a bookshelf. Either way, there is still quite a bit of editing to do before I get to the printing stage but, in theory, the bulk of the writing is done. Emphasis on the word “bulk”. Sigh.

As for other activities, my summer once again had a noticeable dearth of cycling. Even less than last year. It wasn’t without activity though. For the third time in as many years I found myself back in Kenya – this time to finish off the shooting for the ongoing documentary project with my friend Gage in Philadelphia. It was another great trip. Kenya really is fantastic. As is Lucy, the subject of the aforementioned documentary. Although, I’ll admit it was sad to leave the beautiful hot and humid weather we were experiencing in North America to go to the more temperate climate in Kenya. First World problems, of course.

The road to Wote in Kenya is more than a little picturesque

As for the rest of the summer, well … the four weeks prior to going to Kenya and the three weeks after returning from Kenya, were spent in Philadelphia editing the documentary. That editing has continued since returning to Ontario in September (interspersed with some corporate work to pay the bills). The documentary still isn’t finished but it’s getting very close. I have to say, as projects go … this one has been an incredible experience. For a whole lot of reasons. Hopefully the documentary will garner some interest and actually get shown somewhere. Time will tell.

Jack, the dog.

In the meantime, I’m now getting ready to return to my favourite province for three months of house/dog sitting in beautiful BC. If all goes well, I’ll be sitting for three families – two repeats from last year (i.e., Jake, the cocker spaniel in Peachland, and Jack, the border collie in Killiney Beach … the latter has been proudly watching over my blog since my previous entry), and a new place near Salmon Arm (there’s actually a dog and a cat there). Anyway, that adventure will begin early in December.

And thus endeth the update. Now I have to go find some more photos to include. If you don’t see many in this update that means I was unsuccessful in that endeavour. (I say that as if anyone is still reading!)


Update: I found this video from one of my daily hikes in Killiney Beach back in January. I had put it on Instagram but now it’s here too. I love BC.

Another Day, Another Dog

The severe lack of updates lately can pretty much be attributed to the lack of real individual adventures lately. That’s not to suggest that I’ve been bored or not doing anything. Quite the opposite. I’ve been THOROUGHLY enjoying my time in my favourite province. And even getting some freelance work done along the way.

I now find myself in location #2 of my house sitting adventure in British Columbia. If location #1 (i.e. Peachland) was small, then location #2 (i.e. Killiney Beach) is TINY. I’m in a much more remote location (ex. 15 km to the nearest store) but I’m not without any of the modern comforts of home – it just happens to be someone else’s home … and dog. And speaking of the new dog, that would be Jack in the photo above. Yes, dog #1 was Jake and dog #2 is Jack. Typically he seems to be more than a little camera shy but I managed to sneak that photo of him. Otherwise, he’s a lot of fun. As for my new location, the mountains and woods here are beautiful as are the trails that meander around and through them. Plus, there’s an ATV to assist with any excessive snow removal.

Gratuitous drone footage has been more than a little lacking because, well … it’s been VERY foggy and cloudy since my arrival in Killiney Beach. I would estimate the sun has made an appearance for all of five minutes. The forecast suggests a continuation of that pattern for the foreseeable future. I’m holding out hope that the forecast will be wrong. Sadly, it hasn’t been yet.

Either way, the lack of updates lately means that today’s photo gallery has more than a few photos – some of which I’ve posted to my Instagram account, others are being revealed for the first time (for better or worse).

Taking The Plunge

Not that this really needs to be said but I’ll say it anyway … No, I didn’t actually take the plunge. It’s not a big secret (or a little secret) that I’m not a fan of swimming on even the hottest of summer’s days so I’m certainly not going to be tempted to go swimming when it’s -8°C. That said, quite a few people did go for a swim in Peachland’s annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim this afternoon. I opted to take the drone for a flight instead – I think my fingers almost got frostbite while controlling the drone! Yes, I’m a cold weather wuss and I’m okay with that! Between my frozen fingers and the short duration of the plunge, this isn’t the best drone footage I’ve taken but it’s better than nothing.

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