Zero to Cruising http://www.zerotocruising.com Travel, Adventure, Fitness - Making it happen! Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:05:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Spion Kop – Adventures on our doorstep http://www.zerotocruising.com/spion-kop-adventures-on-our-doorstep http://www.zerotocruising.com/spion-kop-adventures-on-our-doorstep#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:01:26 +0000 http://www.zerotocruising.com/?p=35988 One of the things that I love about British Columbia is how quickly you can go from civilization to actual wilderness. We noted it first in Fernie and again here in the Okanagan Valley. For example, one of the trailheads to Spion Kop, a popular local hiking area, lies just 4km from our doorstep. It was there […]

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One of the things that I love about British Columbia is how quickly you can go from civilization to actual wilderness. We noted it first in Fernie and again here in the Okanagan Valley. For example, one of the trailheads to Spion Kop, a popular local hiking area, lies just 4km from our doorstep. It was there that we met up with a couple of experienced Kelowna cyclists, Miles and Doug, for our latest adventure.

Spion Kop

We followed the red trail to the summit.

After studying the sharp elevation change on the trails, we all knew going into the day that our ride was going to be a bit of a hike-a-bike (that’s the expression cyclists use when they are forced to push or carry their bike rather than ride it). That said, I think we all did OK in spite of the oftentimes steep grade.

As it was mid-afternoon on Sunday when we ultimately set out, Rebecca and I only had a moment or two at the top to enjoy the view of Okanagan Lake before we were forced to start back down. Miles and Doug, on the other hand, had brought camping gear with them so that they could spend the night up there. We would have loved to have joined them but since we needed to be at work first thing Monday morning, camping up there is a treat we’ll have to save for another day.

Big thanks to Miles for supplying the beta and the inspiration for the trip. I’m sure it’s one that Rebecca and I will repeat later in the season.

Tween Lakes Resort lies just a 10 min. ride down this scenic roadway, the Pelmewash Pkwy.

Early in the ride. Photo courtesy of Miles Arbour.

Both Doug, pictured here, and Miles were riding fat bikes.

Photo courtesy of Miles Arbour.

Nice view of Wood Lake.

A photo of Miles riding. He was often the one with the camera in his hand taking photos.

Check out this cool piece about BC trail riding written by Miles Arbour.

We saw very few people on these scenic trails and only 1 other cyclist.

I love this shot! Photo courtesy of Miles Arbour.

A brief respite at the top.

Doug (left) and Miles, just before we left them to return home.

Our first view of Okanagan Lake.

Another great photo courtesy of Miles Arbour.

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Settled into our new digs http://www.zerotocruising.com/settled-into-our-new-digs http://www.zerotocruising.com/settled-into-our-new-digs#comments Sun, 15 Apr 2018 17:43:24 +0000 http://www.zerotocruising.com/?p=35962 It’s now been over a week since we landed in the Okanagan Valley. We’ve not only settled into our new digs but have jumped into our new roles as resort caretakers, with both feet I should add. To say that there is a lot to learn would be a huge understatement. That said, I believe […]

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It’s now been over a week since we landed in the Okanagan Valley. We’ve not only settled into our new digs but have jumped into our new roles as resort caretakers, with both feet I should add. To say that there is a lot to learn would be a huge understatement. That said, I believe we’re making the transition as well as could be expected. As past posts have demonstrated, we fully embrace change!

All packed for the big move.

Just as we had surmised, we left the snow behind in Fernie as we drove west. In fact, with each mile that ticked by, we could see the snowpack lessen and feel the temperature increase. I won’t go so far as to say that we’re now sitting out on the patio, enjoying the sunshine but I feel it’s not far off. This, while Fernie continues to get even more snow and our friends and family in Ontario are suffering through yet another big winter storm.

A photo of a photo, Tween Lakes Resort front and center.

New Digs

Our new accommodations are quite cozy. We’re staying in a small cabin on the resort property which many friends, after seeing the pics below, were quick to point out appears very boat-like. I do agree, especially the salon area seating which is almost identical to the one on our PDQ 32. Fortunately for us, the cabin came completely furnished, eliminating the necessity of purchasing a bunch of new stuff.

Riding the Rails

We were pleased to find that a scenic rail-trail paralleling the coast of Kalamalka Lake begins just outside our door. Last Sunday, we rode from Tween Lakes Resort to the edge of Vernon and back, sharing the trail with dozens of other cyclists, joggers, and pedestrians (and their dogs) who were also out enjoying the spring weather. We’ve taken note that there are hundreds of kilometers of other trails in the area, either in full operation or under construction, and we’re looking forward to exploring all of them. In fact, we’ve made arrangements to meet up with another local cyclist later today to check out some other nearby trails. Our guess is that these trails will be quite a bit more challenging!

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Blogging pet peeves and our final week in Fernie http://www.zerotocruising.com/blogging-pet-peeves-and-our-final-week-in-fernie http://www.zerotocruising.com/blogging-pet-peeves-and-our-final-week-in-fernie#respond Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:05:25 +0000 http://www.zerotocruising.com/?p=35925 I have a couple of pet peeves when it comes to blogging. The first are blogs that are very infrequently updated as, admittedly, ours has been as of late. The second is bloggers who make up elaborate excuses for why their blogs are infrequently updated, or apologize for their lack of posts. While I am […]

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I have a couple of pet peeves when it comes to blogging. The first are blogs that are very infrequently updated as, admittedly, ours has been as of late. The second is bloggers who make up elaborate excuses for why their blogs are infrequently updated, or apologize for their lack of posts. While I am most definitely guilty of the first, I refuse to fall prey to the second. No excuses. I simply haven’t posted because I have had nothing of note to share.

Our final week in Fernie

Almost daily Facebook questions me, “Are you ready for the snow today in Fernie?” Yes, winter is still in full effect here but this will be our final week having to deal with it. Our plan, as it stands today, is to drive with our brother-in-law to the Oyama area, our new home base, on Friday. I expect that our 8-hour drive west will take us from the full-on Fernie winter to some legit springtime weather. Or, at least, we hope that’s what’s happening in the Okanagan Valley these days. Yes, as fun as skiing and riding our bikes in the snow can be, we’re looking forward to shedding a few layers of clothing.

That said, we did take advantage of a recent snowfall by scheduling a family ski/snowboard day on Easter Monday. As luck would have it, cold snow, warm sun, and a relatively empty mountain combined to make it a truly epic outing, and one we won’t soon forget. It’s worth noting that I haven’t been on a snowboard in almost a decade but in spite of that, still managed to have one of my best days yet. It’s true, my family did try to kill me by leading me down steep black diamond runs but as my posting here today proves, they were unsuccessful. Rebecca, who grew up skiing but had been snowboarding with me the years prior to our heading out cruising, got the chance to try out some of the new hi-tech skis that people are using these days. As anyone who knows her might imagine, she looked like a pro straight away.

I either need longer arms or a selfie-stick!

When you have the mountain almost all to yourself.

Our niece Morgan showing her stuff.

Followed by our nephew, Owen.

I was the only outcast on a snowboard.

Huge thanks to our family for treating us to an awesome day on the mountain!

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Foresight: If I knew then what I know now http://www.zerotocruising.com/foresight-knew-then-what-know-now http://www.zerotocruising.com/foresight-knew-then-what-know-now#comments Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:21:16 +0000 http://www.zerotocruising.com/?p=35901 If only I knew then what I know now. How many of us have uttered that exact phrase? To be able to act with foresight would certainly allow the decisions that we make to be better, wouldn’t it? As luck would have it, Rebecca and I now find ourselves in that very position. Facebook reminded […]

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If only I knew then what I know now. How many of us have uttered that exact phrase? To be able to act with foresight would certainly allow the decisions that we make to be better, wouldn’t it? As luck would have it, Rebecca and I now find ourselves in that very position.

Facebook reminded me that in March 2010, 8 years ago, we were working hard to diverge ourselves of all of our stuff. The sale of our house was due to close and we would spend the next few months surreptitiously living out of an 8’x8′ closet in our martial arts gym.

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Fast forward to today where we have sold virtually everything that wouldn’t fit into our bike bags, we will soon be forced to reverse that procedure, to acquire all the bits and pieces that one needs to live and earn a living on land. Knowing what we know now, how will our purchase decisions be different from what they were in the past? Think second-hand stores to start!

For those who are interested in the topic but are new to this site, there are quite a number of posts that talk about our stuff-purging process. Skip to the beginning of the blog and read from there to more easily find them.

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We’re moving to Lake Country http://www.zerotocruising.com/were-moving-to-lake-country http://www.zerotocruising.com/were-moving-to-lake-country#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:18:04 +0000 http://www.zerotocruising.com/?p=35888 When Rebecca and I moved back to Canada 1 month ago, we had no real plan for where we’d ultimately live or what we would end up doing. We have always contended though that when the time came for us to work again, we would just figure something out. Well, now we have a plan. […]

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When Rebecca and I moved back to Canada 1 month ago, we had no real plan for where we’d ultimately live or what we would end up doing. We have always contended though that when the time came for us to work again, we would just figure something out. Well, now we have a plan. In a couple of weeks, we’ll be relocating from Fernie to Lake Country to begin new positions that we accepted over the weekend.

We play together nicely

There are not too many couples that can say they have lived, worked, and played together 24-7 for a decade and a half. Rebecca and I would be among those who can though. Having been separated for periods of time the last few weeks while Rebecca went to work and I sat pondering life (and other much less cerebral stuff), we both had a chance to reflect on that. Is being together so much a good thing or a bad thing? Do we still enjoy our time together or did we relish the separation? The answer was obvious to both of us… we work best as a team and feed off one another’s energy. It’s for this reason that when an opportunity arose to once again work together as a couple, we jumped at the chance.

A huge bonus to moving

This past weekend, Rebecca and I traveled to Kelowna to complete the second of two interviews for a new job. In conjunction with that, we were able to reconnect with our old cruising friends, Kevin and Dena. To say that we were stoked to be able to do so would be a huge understatement! We spent a lot of time sailing with this crazy couple but haven’t seen them in years since they ended their sabbatical to return to life in Canada. As expected, we shared laughs and stories as if we had only been apart weeks instead of years. In my opinion, good friendships are like that. To be living near them will be a huge bonus for us.

Kevin and Dena outside their beautiful Kelowna home.

So tell us already… what’s the new job?

The position we applied for, and ultimately accepted, is that of caretakers for Tween Lakes Resort, a members-owned-and-operated property on Kalamalka Lake. We’ll be living on site year round and from all indications, will be quite busy during the operating season. The only sad part about our taking on this new role is that we’ll be leaving our family behind, something that, over the past month, we’ve grown quite accustomed to. They’ll just have to come to visit us in the summertime, right?

The view from the needles ferry while driving from Nelson to Kelowna.

Note that like a moth to a flame, we are once again drawn to the water.

It’s hard to tell the sky from the water!

In the meantime, for the next week or so at least, the two of us will be playing house, dog and fish sitters as Russ, Deb, and the kids are enjoying a spring break vacation in Hawaii. They’ll no doubt be enjoying some beach time today while we’re here contending with another 6 inches of snow that fell overnight! Does that sound fair?

We’re housesitting…

and dogsitting too!

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It’ll take more than a few feet of snow to stop us http://www.zerotocruising.com/itll-take-more-than-a-few-feet-of-snow-to-stop-us http://www.zerotocruising.com/itll-take-more-than-a-few-feet-of-snow-to-stop-us#comments Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:14:49 +0000 http://www.zerotocruising.com/?p=35872 Just in case you were afraid that we weren’t getting enough exercise, here are a few pics taken while riding some trails around Fernie.

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Just in case you were afraid that we weren’t getting enough exercise, here are a few pics taken while riding some trails around Fernie.

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