A couple weeks ago, my husband and I joined some of my coworkers at a brewery for a couple beers after work. One of the coworkers came here from Ireland. He is the same guy who gave us great insights on the best places to go when we visited Ireland last year. That is to say, get out on the West Coast, away from tourist traps, into the country, and find small pubs that have great fiddle music lasting into the night. As we sat around the brewery chatting, he told us a story of a living in a bear-infested neighborhood nearby. By now, I was into my second Shake a Paw Smoked Porter (really, and most honestly, good, especially[…]

We have been submerged in wildfire smoke for the last week or two. So many fires in the interior have sent the smoke our way, but it is sitting over the Vancouver area like a very large hen incubating her progeny. My husband’s cousins were evacuated for two weeks at one point but have finally returned to their home near 108 Mile. The dry weather and lack of rain make wildfires an issue every year, but it seems to be getting worse year after year. The drought we’ve had has turned the grass brown, brought out the ants in great numbers, and made it harder for the black bears in the nearby mountains and forests to find food. The invasive[…]

I feel like a turtle poking its head out to sense the sun and warmer weather after having hid myself in a shell most of the winter–for the past two months to be precise. I’ve had a few times when I’ve been able to run outside, but not many, having to rely on mostly indoor activity or careful hiking/snowshoeing. Even last weekend we had planned to go to Kamloops to visit family, and all three highways were closed that would take us there. We are watching the summit weather to see if we can go tomorrow instead. Yet, the fickle skies are rainy this week instead of snowy, and the sunshine is peeking through more and more. The overnight temperatures[…]

A couple nights ago my husband (Morgan) and I went to a “meet and greet” for volunteers for the Blue Dot Campaign. We met with one of the town councilors on Coquitlam’s board. Coquitlam is the last and toughest of towns near Vancouver to adopt Canadians’ right to a healthy environment. There’s a lot of work to do there, but that’s not the point of this post. One of the women at the meeting said that a bear and cub had been spotted at Mundy Park, and she was really sad that in the past a similar spotting had resulted in a shooting. I had decided to run in Mundy Park this morning (for the shade) and, sure enough, saw[…]