The Hiking Trail and Being a Girl

I’ve noticed a few blog posts about being female on the hiking trails. Walking solo and finding your place among a mostly male environment.  Made me think about the Appalachian Trail hike I finished back in 2015.  Brought me back to one of the very few strange encounters I had. And yes, it involved a man.   What made me me think back to this experience was reading … more



I’ve always needed a creative outlet as much as a physical outlet to express myself. I swear it completes me to write, draw, paint, knit and build. Not saying I’m good or even okay at these things, but they do make me happy, if there is such a thing as happiness.   Expressing myself means creating a scene using paints or markers, knitting a nice hat or scarf … more


Hot Spring Soaking and the People You Meet

Okay so it’s been a chill beginning to Spring that still feels like Winter but what’s the rush anyway? Let the seasons change in their own time. Let’s all relax a bit and not expect immediacy in everything. This world needs to slow down and…soak in some hot springs!   We spent a few days in BC this week hanging out at some natural HOT springs soaking in … more


The Big City

We don’t live in a big city but I find myself in these booming metropolitan centres more often than I do my own home. What’s rare is when I’m walking a big city street with my husband Peter. We’re in Vancouver and found ourselves doing a little city walk to explore a new part of town to us: Kitsilano.   My limited knowledge understands this area to be … more


New year, new ACL: Let’s Talk about a road trip on crutches!! Part 7

The 16,000 kilometre road trip planned long before last minute surgery scheduled did not change my mind about staying or going. No way am I missing the six communities visits leading into Bell Let’s Talk Day.  Only thing that would stop me is a blood clot, which, well, certainly would not bode well for travel. With the green light from my Doc, we hit the road, not running, … more


New year, new ACL: an extrovert sentenced to the existence of a hermit, no bueno! Part 6

I admit I am fully, completely extroverted. Gregarious. Yes, I get a little bit tired when I am around people all the time. But this fatigue passes pretty darn fast. Why? Because I LOVE PEOPLE!! Which leaves me in this bizarre situation of being isolated in the house. For the most part I am alone. I am broken, sore, in pain, feeling just a little bit sorry for myself, and … more


New year, new ACL: And then I start getting a little restless…Part 5

I’m down to some heavy duty doses of Tylenol to manage the pain. But feel weird. Just feel ‘off’. Which is why even as an athlete I rarely used Ibuprofen. Cut the dose down but then decided ‘fuck it’, and went off completely. Why not? Passing another day, passing time. Getting restless. Passing time. Letting myself sleep as much as possible. Trying to heal. Trying to be present.   … more


New year, new ACL: ‘A little bit better day’, Part 4

Psychologists usually give good advice. When mine tells me ‘the physiotherapy appointment likely won’t achieve anything, but it will feel good to get out of the house, to get some feedback from someone you know and trust’, he’s nothing short of bang on right. Getting out of the house feels as good as hiking a long and beautiful trail. It’s liberating to shuffle around on crutches on the … more


New year, new ACL: Back to ‘regular’ me, Part 3

Okay so I’m not sure how to broach the topic of…er….regularity.  I’ll start with the term ‘side-effects’ and connect it to ‘pain meds’.  Know what I mean? Yup, I’m talking shit already here. There is nothing in my books worse than constipation. I don’t know if it’s having been an athlete with an obsession for so many years over the high-funtionality of every single bodily fluid action, but … more


New year, new ACL: the woes of pain meds, Part Two

Last stop in the Surgery Shop is the post OR area, making sure I’m okay. I’m completely stoned and know it. Dr.Irving the anesthesiologist casually goes about finding the nerve bundle right next to the femoral artery in each quad. I say casual because he knows what he’s doing. Same way the speed skaters make gliding along at 40+ KPH look effortless on those 17” blades. These doctors … more

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