Don’t tell anyone, but Port Alberni is one of the best trail running destinations on the planet.
Dave grew up here. While Jackie was off travelling the globe, Dave was exploring every trail and logging road around. He knows this place better than anybody. And these last few years, now that Jackie’s settled into Port, he’s been showing her all of his special routes.
The silent companions on this blogging venture are Dave’s two dogs. Xhosa is a gentle giant, a Rhodesian ridgeback). Tank is a tough little Yorkie who makes sure he stays up front for even our longest runs. You’ll see them in a lot of our pix.
Why do we run?
We run for the joy of running.
Our runs are fun! We follow new and unknown trails (it doesn’t happen often, but every now and then we come across one that Dave actually didn’t know about). We stop to check out the rocks in a quarry, looking for fossils and gold (Jackie’s on quality-control here; Dave would be mining everything up there if he could). We stop to check out the flowers, or take pictures, or eat berries. We stop to throw throw the dogs in a creek on a hot day.
We run as an excuse to be outside, to explore, to chat and hang out. Sure, we both enter races (Dave is a hotshot Ironman triathlete, and Jackie does crazy multi-day ultras). But that’s not what it’s about. It’s about caring for yourself and respecting your body. It’s about staying fit enough that you can get to places that most people these days, sadly, will never see.
The aim behind this blog is to share with you our joy of running.