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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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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I’m an Ironfan

I was in and out of Whistler all week in the lead up to the Ironman race.

For about an hour I watched finishers and those in transition. Inspiring for sure.

… 3,000 endurance athletes to the corridor — about 60 per cent of whom come from outside the country — which is up from last year. …

Ironman descends upon Whistler for fifth year

Ironman contract renewed until 2020

Whistler agrees to continue hosting duties despite lack of support from Pemberton

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.

skiing Sunshine & Louise

It’s been quite a few years since I last skied. But I finally got around to buying new equipment. (My old stuff was from – perhaps – 1979.)

I warmed up at Sunshine day 1 skiing with Henry and friends. Mostly Greens & Blues.

Next two days I joined up with the Longs and friends for Louise and Sunshine.

Ski BANFF Feb 2017 Longs

It was typical weather for the Canadian Rockies in February. Cold but gorgeous.

Ski BANFF Feb 2017 Longs

Ski BANFF Feb 2017 Longs

Ski BANFF Feb 2017 Longs

The 3rd day at Sunshine was my favourite. Eagle Creek my favourite run. We had plenty of snow.

Ski BANFF Feb 2017 Longs

skiing Sunshine the next 3 days

I finally bought new skis. Wish me luck.

It’s going to be a little cold.

goats-eye-december-2016

Sunshine Village ski runs and lifts are accessed via an eight-person high-speed gondola. The gondola takes people from the parking lot (or bus terminal) to Goat’s Eye mountain in 10 minutes and to the upper Village area in 18 minutes. …