Archive for September, 2013

2013 Ironman Whistler

The third week in August was Ironman Canada.  After 30 years in Penticton the race moved to Whistler, B.C.  Whistler turned out to be an awesome venue location, the Village Stroll is always in party mode, there is tons of things for everyone to do while there, and its not too big to get lost or find your way.

A pre-Ironman training triathlon and social, Sproat Lake.

A pre-Ironman training triathlon and social, Sproat Lake.

When the Canada Ironman moved to Whistler from Pemberton, seven of us Read the rest of this entry »

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Doing our bit: Rescuing baby salmon from Dry Creek!

LP1020120Dave and I spend so much time in the outdoors, that we like to make the time to “help” out there when we can. There is a deep forested, ravine right near our house where I usually take the dogs for walks several times a day. It’s called Dry Creek, for good reason: by this time of year, the creek has dried up to just a series of pools. But it is still a salmon stream, and most of those pools are full of little coho fry.

Well, yesterday morning, I noticed that the lowermost pool – one of the biggest ones, but also one that can dry up quickly because it is on gravels that have been dug up many times (so they are more porous) had gone from about two feet deep to only a couple of inches in a matter of days. There were 60 or more baby cohos stuck in the remaining puddles.

So Dave and I went Read the rest of this entry »

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Exploring California’s Berkeley hills by running (well, OK, hiking too)

LP1020083I had two days in San Francisco for my book launch – but then decided to add on two days to visit my old friend Donald, who now lives in Berkeley. Donald and I studied geology together at San Diego State University in 1985-86 (which means went on a lot of field trips, and crossed the border frequently to go down to Ensenada to eat fish tacos and lobster dinners, and drink margaritas and Coronas).  Lots of great memories from those days (but how did we get so old?) Unfortunately, Read the rest of this entry »

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What better way to do a tour of San Francisco than go running?

LP1020067Woohoo, I’m here in San Francisco for the launch of my most recent book (a collection of tales from the indigenous Yagán people of southern Patagonia, which I have translated to English). My presentation was on Friday night – so Saturday morning it was time to burn off a bit of physical energy, and go for a running tour of the city. Read the rest of this entry »

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