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Franklin flats to home along the Inlet trail.

My favorite section of the Inlet trail.

My favorite section of the Inlet trail.

Since Jackie is in Patagonia getting ready to run a 70 KM Ultra, I ran from Franklin Flats along the Inlet trail to Read the rest of this entry »

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Alberni Valley Outdoor Club – volunteer trail-builders!

Alberni Valley Outdoor Club work part on Roger's Creek trails (and Xhosa acting like she was helping)

Alberni Valley Outdoor Club work party on Roger’s Creek trails (Ivan, Harold, Randy,Dave, Steve and Mike – and Xhosa acting like she was helping)

Hey, just a quick post here…. I was out for a run with Xhosa a few weeks ago on the Roger’s Creek Trails. Somehow we haven’t blogged about these trails much here, but this is a fantastic trail system right in the heart of Port Alberni, and Dave and I are on these trails all the time – at least several times a week. I’d noticed over the previous week or two that someone had been working on the trail: improving drainage around the wet spots, fixing up stairways, etc. Read the rest of this entry »


Hiking the Inlet Trail in the November sun: Port Alberni the best place to live!

Jackie, Xhosa and I took advantage of our warm November sun to hike from China Creek along the Inlet Trail back to Ship Creek road parking lot in Port Alberni.  We packed a lunch, a thermos of hot coffee and set out for a leisurely 5.5 hour stroll along the sunny waterfront; a world-class gem!

Looking South.

Looking south, down the 60 km Alberni Inlet towards the ocean.

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A big hilly training hike to prep for the Squamish 50k ultramarathon – with an internet stranger!

LP1040214I only knew Nikki, aka @ndscottnygren, through my @running_ultras Twitter account. She’s a Vancouver-based trail runner and ultramarathoner, and she was coming out to Port Alberni for a few days. She tweeted and asked if we could go for a run together.

This was only 5 days before my wedding, and 12 days before the Squamish 50k ultramarathon that Dave and I would be running as our honeymoon! So I wasn’t very Read the rest of this entry »

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Back when we had two dogs… spring wildflowers on the Alberni Inlet Trail

LP1030878These are hard photos for me to look at. They’re from a hike I did with the dogs about a week before Tank died, on the Alberni Inlet Trail, at the end of May when all the wildflowers are in bloom. Dave has been really busy these last few months, so it has mostly just been me and the dogs on the trails.

Now, with Tank gone, it’s just Xhosa and me… Xhosa and I went back there the other day, first time since Read the rest of this entry »


Spring is here, oh yes it is! A break from running to hike up to the Alberni Inlet Trail lookout

Port Alberni, hiking, running, Alberni Inlet Trail, lookoutI’m taking a few days off running because my knee has been acting up. Nothing major – it has a history – but just want to nip it in the bud,before it flares up. I’ve been doing some long hikes instead (which has been great for Xhosa, our dog who just had surgery on her leg two weeks ago). So it was perfect timing when my good friend from my old Tofino days, Joanna, emailed me on Monday to say she’d be passing through town on Tuesday: did I want to go on a hike?

Not to mention… the forecast was for sunshine and warmth. And it Read the rest of this entry »


Xhosa’s last big day out before surgery: Hiking the Alberni Inlet Trail (and watching whales!)

Alberni Inlet Trail, Port Alberni, dogs, cancer, hiking, running, whalesXhosa, our big Rhodesian ridgeback, has been diagnosed with a mast-cell tumour. It’s apparently a fairly common type of cancer in some types of dogs, including ridgebacks. You can see the tumour, a big fatty-looking lump, near the top of her rear right leg.

Well, she’s going in for surgery today. It’s a type of cancer that has a high chance of metastasizing, and we don’t know if that has already happened or not. But at least, for now, we are getting that tumour removed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Our usual ultramarathon training trail, the Alberni Lookout, like we’ve never seen it before – by snowshoe!

2014-02-23 16.56.46This is the trail that Dave and I are on all the time, most weeks several times – up from the trailhead at the corner of Anderson and Ship Creek Road, Port Alberni, up Copper Mountain. But this week, we’ve had so much snow! Dave was working day shifts, so I got out exploring for several days with the dogs – some days in my regular trail runners, some days in my Salomon Snowcross shoes (they have spike, great for gripping in slippery conditions), and some days by snowshoe! Read the rest of this entry »

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From October: Dave and Jackie and the dogs pick a gorgeous sunny day to hike the Alberni Inlet Trail!

LP1020319These pix are from last October – I just didn’t get around to posting them. Dave’s Dad drove us all out to the China Creek entrance to the trail, and we hiked the 13 or so very hilly km back to the trailhead in Port Alberni…. and lucked out by it turning into an absolutely beautiful day!

As I’ve mentioned before, we take hiking as Read the rest of this entry »

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Dave’s dad, Jack, turns 85 today!

LP1020300How’s this for an inspiring man? Dave’s dad, still out on the trails in his mid-80s…

Dave’s dad, Jack Gilbert, was a successful mile-runner in his 20s, until a logging accident shattered his knee. But he’s kept active throughout the 60 or so years since then, still getting out on the Port Alberni trails frequently.

Jack turns 85 today. In celebration of that, I want to Read the rest of this entry »

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