Spelunking Riverbend Cave, Parksville

Ron and I had lunch at Realm.

Kate was in town on a media junket. They treated me to join them on her tour of Horne Lake Caves.

Though it’s #1 of 29 things to do in Qualicum Beach I hadn’t been there since my Dad brought the family on a camping holiday 50 years earlier. (Closed that day for renovations, he tells me.)

There are some short sections you can explore yourself for free. Or sign up for one of the award winning tours. (From $27 / person.) An expert guide like Myles Fullmer makes for a far richer experience. Myles is a passionate caver. Seven years guiding here. He met his wife at Horne Lake Caves.

Though I’d been to a few wheelchair accessible caverns over the years, I’d never caved for real before.

It’s adventurous. Physically challenging.

Myles showed us dozens of things we’d never have noticed on our own. Best was a stone Buddha formation protected by a perfectly clear reflecting pool.

Fantastic. I’d recommend this attraction for anyone physically mobile enough to scramble. I’m already planning to return for the 5 hour advanced version.

Surprisingly, Myles likes winter even better than summer as there is more water. The caves are open every day of the year aside from Christmas.

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more photos 

details – Horne Lake Caves

By the way, Myles explained the difference between caving and spelunking. Caving means to explore, survey and document the caves, main purpose is the accumulation of knowledge. Spelunking is the visit of caves without any kind of justification, the touristic visit of caves.

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Will Aspartame Kill You?

“… aspartame has been approved for human consumption by regulatory agencies in more than 100 countries and received wide consumer acceptance with consumption by hundreds of millions of people over the past 20 years, representing billions of man-years of safe exposure.” 

No, Dumbass. Here’s Why.

This in response to a study out of University of Manitoba – Artificial sweeteners are tied to long-term weight gain, diabetes risk, Canadian docs say

When it comes to nutrition, there’s more crap written than eaten.

Thanks Dave.

This is Us – Kate and Toby

Have you been watching This is Us?

It’s excellent.

One of the story lines is the charming romance of two obese characters.


That’s Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson. And Chris Sullivan as Toby, her boyfriend.

37% of Americans are currently obese (50% obese by 2020).

34% more are currently overweight.

Fad diets and reality TV doctors don’t seem to be helping. Overweight in the 1st world is here to stay, I think.

tea in Turkey

Turkey has the highest per capita tea consumption in the world, at 2.5 kg per person—followed by the United Kingdom (2.1 kg per person). …

Tea is an important part of Turkish culture, and is the most commonly consumed hot drink, despite the country’s long history of coffee consumption. Offering tea to guests is part of Turkish hospitality. …