Back Where I Belong

Admittedly, today’s headline leaves a fair bit of room for interpretation. I mean, where do I REALLY belong? If I was currently somewhere with a temperature that never (or at least rarely) went below 25°C (77°F), well … that would certainly put me back where I belong. The same could be said for being back on my loaded bike, cruising down a hill (gentle or steep) with a friendly tailwind (and probable dehydration) as my companion. However, that’s not the case either. It would seem there are a few places I belong.

As morning views go, I like this one.

As it stands, I currently find myself belonging at “home” … in someone else’s house. For the third consecutive year – and after an absence of a little over ten months – I now find myself house (and dog) sitting in BC. Peachland, BC to be precise. And yes, it’s as beautiful as always – with a name like Peachland, how could it not be? Side note: While Winter is certainly scenic here, I really need to look into coming back here in the warmer months – specifically early August. As I discovered as I pedalled through the area back in 2015, the peaches here are … well, perfect. And peaches have always been my favourite.

One notable adjustment I needed to face upon my arrival was getting used to shorter days again. Just as Ontario was starting to enjoy sunset times beyond 5:00 PM, I found myself once again facing sunsets of 4:30 PM. Well, 4:37 PM to be exact. On the upside, after being here a week, sunsets are approaching the 5:00 PM threshold. Oh, and there are mountains. And a lake view. So yes, things are pretty good out here.

Personally, I prefer nature’s cloud over the online version.

As for those mountains, on one of my first mountain hikes last week, I found myself walking in a cloud. Literally. And while I spend my fair share of working-time making use of the internet’s version of a cloud, I find nature’s version of clouds far more impressive. That said, nature’s version doesn’t allow me to work remotely – ANYWHERE. For that, I need the online version and a decent internet connection. Fortunately, I have a great internet connection here in Peachland … now all I need to do is find a project in need of a video editor!

While I wait/hope for an influx of editing projects, at least I have time to work on some small personal projects and take the opportunity to explore the mountain trails in the area. I have to say it’s VERY nice living on the side of a mountain and being able to hike in the mountains without having to drive anywhere first! And it’s pretty remarkable the difference just a few hundred feet make when it comes to the amount of snow on the ground. On one hike, we (i.e., me and the dog) started walking on a thin layer of snow. A few hundred feet of elevation later and it was knee deep. And with the aforementioned dog being a cocker spaniel, well … knee deep for me was dog-deep for him! Commendably, he was a trooper and pressed on … although, I’m not sure he entirely approved of my improvised trail used to descend the mountain. In hindsight, I probably could have found an easier (and safer) route. It was fun though!

Either way, the question still remains … Where do I REALLY belong?

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154 Days Until Summer

Once again, as Fall has moved into Winter, updates to this site have been more than a little lacking. Actually, they’ve been non-existent. I know, I know … not the best way to gain (or even keep) followers. Summer really can’t come soon enough! On the upside, the winter solstice is behind us and each day is once again giving us SLIGHTLY more daylight hours (or minutes) to enjoy. The downside being that warm weather remains a distant memory. And hope. This was particularly true as I took to the roads on my winter (aka. beater) bike. However, despite the cold, wind, and snow, it was a generally successful ride … the ice hiding under the snow only got the best of me once – with no damage being done to either bike or body. But it does make we wonder if this is why skis were invented … then again, where’s the challenge in that?

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Closure

3.5 months for it to grow.
Mere minutes for it to go.

With my originally “planned” return date having passed, it seemed like it was time to put the final closure on this year’s ride. I know, I know … you thought that was the point of the previous post. What can I say, I’m dragging it out. Side note: I didn’t REALLY have a “planned” return date … more of a general idea that I would likely be back in Ontario in early October. Although the thought of continuing back over to Florida HAD occurred to me.

Anyway, with my trip officially cut short, it was time to do the same to my travel beard. Sigh. Just as it was starting to get unruly too. Okay, maybe it was getting unruly a while ago. At least it was itchy.

If all goes well, this image documenting the demise of my travel beard should be animating. If it just appears as a still … well, then all didn’t go well. I haven’t made a lot of animated GIFs and have had mixed results as to whether they play or not. On the upside, it appears to be working on my computer. On the downside, you’re probably not reading this on my computer.

And no, I’m not sure if this particular animated GIF was a good idea. As is often the case, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Fortunately, I can always UN-post it.

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