Topic “walking”

Nairn Falls Provincial Park

Nairn FallsFalling water and waterfalls. Context is everything!

Water wasn't falling from the sky last Sunday so some friends and I decided to checkout another kind of falling water at Nairn Falls Provincial Park. The park is 32 km north of Whistler, B.C. and 3 km south of Pemberton, B.C. In addition to its namesake, Nairn Falls, the park consists of campsites, short term parking for hikers, outhouses (pit toilets), water, and a few picnic tables.

According to information sites the park has three commonly used trails as well as access to the Pemberton Valley. We were there to see the falls, a 1.5 km walk from the parking lot.

The walk is an easy one with very little elevation change and no long steep climbs. The trail is dirt with a lot of uneven ground, which may add a degree of difficulty for some people. It follows the Green River, which is quite cold. On a hot day you'll pass through tantalizing wisps of cool air coming off the river. Oh to have a magic spell that could bottle that up! For most of the trail's length there is a steep drop down to the river on one side, something to think about if you have young children, and a mountainside on the other. I found the walk visually appealing. It's almost entirely shrouded in trees, giving it the feel of a forest tunnel.

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North Vancouver Walking Trails

North Vancouver Guide to Great Walks and TrailsSo a number of weeks ago my friend Spacepug and I had just completed a writing session. We regularly meet at a local cafe to spur our writing on. On our way out of the cafe we encountered an overly enthusiastic-friendly-attractive-summer-student-athletic type from the local Recreation Commision handing out pamphlets. I almost turned it down, instinctual reaction, but fortunately I took a closer look before walking away. It turned out to be a guide, and much to my surprise, it looked useful!

The North Vancouver Guide to Great Walks & Trails is a collection of 20 walks in the City and the District of North Vancouver. The walks are set in a mix of urban green space, municipal parks, and GVRD parks, and divided into easy, moderate, and advanced categories. I recognize many of the trails as well known North Shore favourites. Some of urban walks look iffy, but I'll reserve final judgment till I've tried them first hand. Overall it looks like a good selection.

Thus, a summer project is born. By the end of the summer I will walk all of the trails in the guide and blog about them. It's clear from the structure of the guide this was the Rec Commission's plan, and I've fallen for it. So has Spacepug. Sometimes government plans fronted by attractive people are worth falling for.

This Pedometer was Made for Walking

Pedometer and ShoeThe human brain really sucks at measuring things without some sort of device. Unless you're Rain Man or practice, you're probably you're probably not going to be accurate, especially measuring over time. A simple test. How much money have you spent this week? How many cups of coffee, juice, tea, water or pop have you drank today? How many times have you used the washroom? How many steps have you walked?

That last question is the subject of this post.

When I started working from home the amount of "background" walking I did in a day plummeted. The commute from the bedroom to the desk just doesn't compare with walking to work, to the bus, or walking to and from the parking lot. Knowing my steps decreased I was curious to find out just how much walking I did in a day, so I bought a pedometer.

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Boundary Bay/Centennial Beach - May 2009

Tucked away in literally the most southwest corner of continental Canada is Boundary Bay Regional Park and Centennial Beach [ Google Map ]. Last Saturday, after living in Vancouver for many years, I finally made it out to Boundary Bay for the first time. Some fellow SciFi fans and I were having some fun on a mini-road trip exploring Battlestar Galactica filming locations.

Boundary Bay does not fall under my definition of beautiful, but I was intrigued by the grassy low rolling landscape. It calls out to be explored with a promise of something interesting just over the next rise. The constant breeze coming off the ocean made it especially pleasant being there on a warm day. Bird watchers apparently love this place. Birding isn't my thing, but it was fun watching a pair of heron fly past. My visit there was far too short. I'd like to go back one day and walk some of the trails.

Here are the pictures from my visit. Clicking on the thumbnail gets you an enlarged version. In a couple pictures you'll notice some unnatural purples, there were no strange atmospheric happenings, just my insta-point-and-shoot camera getting confused.

Boundary Bay - Regional Park Entrance Sign Boundary Bay - Information Sign Boundary Bay - Entering a trail head from parking lot Boundary Bay - Raised trail Boundary Bay - Leafy tree Boundary Bay - Trail and field

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