Festering Fester Tips

Pemberton Music Festival starts tomorrow and I am super stoked! I love Pemberton. I love concerts. I love concerts in Pemberton! So, I wanted to share with you a few tips about Pemberton and festering fester survival techniques:

1.       Pemberton has a lot of amazing places to eat. I LOVE Mile One but what you need to know about them is that they are closed EVERY Monday. The Chinese food place WILL BE OPEN on Monday, July 20th (I love the staff and food)!


2.       There will be shuttles from the campground into Pemberton to stock up on food and booze but they only run in the morning and early afternoon. Details TBD.


3.       DRINK WATER. Pemberton is going to be a hot, hot, hot place and it’s easy to get dehydrated.


4.       EAT at the festival. There are a lot of food trucks but a lot of local restaurants will be there too.


5.       Pick up your garbage. We are in my backyard and it’s best to leave no trace (even when you are haggard and packing out).


6.       Party responsibly. It’s about the music and the fun and not all about the booze and the drugs.


7.       Remember that you are human and not an animal.


8.       Let’s all do our part in keep the outhouses clean and DO NOT PISS ALL OVER THE PLACE. I don’t care how wasted you are, clean up your mess you filthy pig.


9.       ADVIL IS YOUE BEST FRIEND.


10.   Take the time to stop and look around. You are standing in the most beautiful place in the world.

Pemberton (and a man) drew me in and I’m hooked. It’s a beautiful place full of amazing people and we are stoked to show it off. Remember that people (like e) call this place home and we ask that you respect it. Due to the heat and fire hazard, because when you are smoking. Don’t flail too hard because we want YOU to keep coming back.

   

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Wine Win

This past weekend I was in Kelowna for a stagette with some of my best friends. We hung out, had a drink on a stationary boat with a dog named Slim, went dancing and on a wine tour. My favourite winery was Quails Gate and I would like to go back again and again. Also, if you have kids…don’t bring them on wine tours. It’s weird. 
  
                     

10 Reasons I’m Stoked for Spring, Summer and Fall

The days are getting longer and I no longer drive to and from work in the pitch black. It’s nice to see the shapes of the mountains and trees while I’m starting and ending my day. With the reappearing daylight and spring-ish conditions I’m started to get excited for the next 7 months! Here are 10 things that I’m looking forward to:

1. Riding my bike and discovering new trails (will begin this weekend).
2. Riding my bike/working out before work. My schedule will change and I will start at 8am instead of 7am.
3. CAMPING! Shayne and I are going to try and camp every weekend, when we don’t have plans.
4. Pemberton Music Festival. Nothing beats rocking out in my own backyard.
5. Planting our garden!
6. Fishing. I only fished once last year and I really enjoy it (and my rod is pink).
7. Taking my first trip to Tofino for a wedding in September (pic below from Ucluelet.ca).
8. Swimming and floating in the awesome lakes around here.
9. Going on a wine tour.
10. TURNING 30.

What are you looking forward to this spring and summer?

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Victoria

A 3 hour drive, 1.5 hour ferry and 45 minute drive is what it takes to get to Victoria. Hanging with the Sarahs made the 24 hour trip worth it. We went on our own lounge crawl and had delicious drinks and seafood! Pagliacci’s is a must visit….trust me! Big Bad John’s is also a place everyone needs to experience.

Here are some moments (I didn’t snap many pics):

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Flails and Bails

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An important thing to remember when skiing (and learning to ski) is that you need to get up and keep going when you fall. This Monday I got to practice getting up from my many flails and falls. This was hard on both my ego and my body but I’m lucky to have awesome friends like Geoff and Danielle who encouraged me to keep going. Geoff was very patient and gave me an impromptu lesson (which was reinforcing what Shayne always tells me). Knowing that the runs I was on were BLUE and NOT green…like I planned for, I feel like I did pretty good.

We went up the Excalibur Blackcomb Gondola and took the Excelorator Express Chair up. I skied the bottom of Wishbone (I think) to the Jersey Cream Express chair which took me up to where I had a lunch break. Getting up there was such an adventure that my tootsies needed an intermission. We then went down Jersey Cream and let me tell you, this is not a run for beginning like ME. I felt pretty banged up and decided that I would reward myself with a cider and make my way up Jersey Cream to the Peak to Peak and down the Whistler Gondola. Shayne joined me and even though he didn’t break a sweat, he was supportive of me and my learning journey.

I only did a few runs because I felt tired and beat up and to be honest, I probably could have done a third run after my liquid courage intermission. Oh well, next week!

I’m grateful for the push and feel more confident in my skills. Maybe Geoff and Danielle will ski with me again (one day)? All I know is that practice makes perfect and I just need to put more time in. My next day up is Monday so hopefully my body hurts less by then and my goal is to bail a few less times.

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Thanks to Danielle for sharing her pictures with me and to Bernie for snapping the one of Shayne and moi ourside Fanatykco!

Vacation 2015: Punta Cana

I’m at a place in my life where I spend a lot of my vacation time going to weddings. Now, this isn’t a complaint…it’s more of a brag. I’m lucky to have such amazing friends who are able to find their loves and tie the knot…..mostly in beautiful destinations around the world. Well, this Friday I’m traveling to the Dominican Republic for the wedding of 2 of the most awesome people I’ve met in Pemberton: Zach and Alia. YAHOOOOO!

A friend, Tara, and I are sharing a room and it seems like a big, fun group of us from BC and Ottawa will be there. I’m stoked for many reasons:

*I love weddings!
*It’s been snowy and yucky here and I’m craving the beach.
*I’m excited to not do chores for 7 days.
*Friendship trips are really fun!
*Unlimited drinks.
*BEACH!
*Delicious food galore.
*No work for 7 days.
*SUNSHINE and TAN!
*I get to watch 2 awesome friends get married!
*Adventures.

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I’ve never been to Punta Cana or even the Dominican Republic. A recent Google search showed me that it shares an island with Haiti, and I’ve been there before. The poverty there made me feel guilty for being on vacation and I stole apples from the cruise ship to feed the workers.

As of right now, I don’t have plans to leave the resort except for a boat adventure (remember Jamaica? I have Gravol this time). I’m staying at this place (below). Have you been to Punta Cana and what do you suggest I do?

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