How big is British Columbia?
Bigger than most US states, bigger than most countries.
This Canadian province is so huge that most people who live there rarely see it all. It’s so vast that you’d need well over a month to properly explore it all.
Technically BC is 944,735 km2 (364,764 sq mi), but this means nothing if you have no basis for comparison.
Even comparing BC’s area to the area of somewhere else means very little, until you visualize it… so I figured, what the heck! Let’s visualize these comparisons using MAPfrappe*.
Here’s British Columbia, outlined by yours truly.
Vancouver to Toronto via the air. Nothing more just picks of the fog we have been having in Vancouver and how beautiful it was only a few hundred feet up in the air. In TO for business for the day and then back home tomorrow.
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Gear this time of year is important to me. Making sure I can get warm when needed, stay dry and comfortable on my bike are all part of making even a short trip safe.
AP Stars Toucan Gore Tex Boots
I traded my AP Scouts for the new Toucan boots. Gore Tex and more of a MX boot in the end. Why? I wanted higher coverage for my shins, sturdier boot overall and I do have to admit I like the Gore guarantee. After playing around with the buckles I got these boots to fit really well. Continue reading
Day 1, Part I (all pics are clickable)
As many who read this blog know first hand our everyday lives can get in the way of our hobbies. Since January 2012 until present day, Cheryl and I have both changed our careers. Leslie joining BC Transplant as an In Hospital Organ Donation Coordinator/Organ Donation Specialist and Cheryl still with the RCMP but now well into her apprenticeship to become a Forensic Expert. With this reality of ours, getting away on the bikes for a long stretch of time is not happening as of late. So….what to do??? Make the best of the time we get off and get away.
What can 30 hours get you when on a bike? Real post coming up soon, but 30 hours takes you about 900 KM’s riding through everything from rain, pouring rain, snow, hail, wind gusts I swear were about 70 KM at times, sun, partly sunny and in the end time away from work which is priceless. Big post coming up and it will be all about fitting in riding when work gets in the way.
This is what Leslie does for a living….although not a nurse like Karen and Rob in this tragic story about Emerson, Leslie’s role with BC Transplant is just the same. Educated as a social worker, now trained clinician in organ donation….we are proud to post this story of a mother and father who unexpectedly had to say good-bye to their son. Leslie sees this almost every time she is on call…people say “how do you do it?”
What makes her job bearable with all the tragedy and sudden deaths are families like Emerson’s. And just as important is knowing colleagues of hers in other Provinces are being praised for their hard work, devotion to donation and families. Families mean so much to us at BCT and obviously to organ donation specialists/coordinators no matter where.
Please read and register to be a donor where you live. This is one of the most poignant posts we have ever posted.
“When the time came for my last farewell, I can tell you the knowledge he was going into organ donation surgery gave me great strength. I whispered to him how much he was loved by his mother, by his brothers and sister. I told him that his final act in life was incredible and inspiring. And then I turned my back and walked out of his hospital room, pausing for one last glimpse of my son.
This is the story of Emerson’s organ donation.”
Emerson Curran, who was killed in Yellowknife during the weekend of August 24-25, 2013
Photograph by: Jillian Gummo
My wife and I made our first trip to Edmonton on the weekend of Aug. 24. It was a trip that left our lives shattered and introduced a depth of sadness that we never could have imagined. Yet we left the city with a degree of comfort, knowing that our profound loss was the gain of many others. Continue reading
Just playing around with iMovie…fun little trailer
I have not gotten around to even posting our highlights from our wedding. Perhaps a little overwhelmed with all the pics and the event itself. Wedding was great and a post will come soon. Right now we are on a mini-moon, not our honeymoon bike trip. We are out and about in our own “backyard” of BC exploring. Heading up the Hurley Forest road to check out the Tyax Wilderness Lodge in the middle of nowhere.
Sea to Sky Highway
Sure hope I remember how to use our SPOT Connect… ;-) We will be heading out on a “honeymoon” short get away in a few hours. We always track our trips especially if we are heading off road. Here is the link to our usual SPOTWalla page. Once we get going you will start seeing our track. Feel free to check in on us if you want. Continue reading
The honor guard sets the scene and mood….perfect touch…thanks to Cheryl’s Friends/colleagues for doing what they do best.
Had a great time with a bunch of colleagues that we also call friends at our home for our pre wedding shower. Traditionally the wedding couple do not host the shower but I insisted we have it here and all our friends brought the food and goodies to us. Beautiful day on our deck we built and finished, so all was good. Wedding date August 14th 2013….right around the corner.
Heading to the Sunshine Coast to meet the Justice of the Peace who is marrying us on August 14 and to finalize wedding plans at our venue, Westcoast Wilderness Lodge.
Spending the night at the lodge too!