A few weeks ago, Dave and I decided to have a go at the Fort Whyte Alive Twilight Run 10K. Aside from swallowing a few bugs along the way, we really enjoyed running the trails in this spectacular place. There were tons of people participating in either the 5K or 10K and every participant received a cool new headlamp to light the way as the sun began to set. Afterwards, we enjoyed some s'mores by the fire and then made our way back home.
That same week, we ventured over to a nearby neighbourhood to check out Humboldt's Legacy, an eco-store that is chock-a-block full of eco-products and clothing for you and your home. It was awesome inside! We browsed through racks of Patagonia gear, checked out some of the nibbles on hand and marvelled at the gorgeous textiles displayed on some of the shelves. If you are ever in Winnipeg, this is a don't-miss!
Over the past two weeks, I've been out on Vancouver Island visiting our friend, A. Her husband recently deployed and it presented the perfect opportunity for some time together. We watched their son play each morning in the backyard, we browsed through shops, took walks, made awesome dinners each night, and even managed to fit in a bit of rock climbing.
We ventured over to Pender Island and drove around, stopped for a fantastic little lunch at just-opened Woods on Pender, and then into the Sea Star Vineyards show room where we sipped some fantastic white wines. We also headed in Victoria to make our way (very slowly!) down the street for Car Free Victoria day where we took in the music and looked at all the awesome wares on sale from a variety of vendors. I also got to see Victoria's Patagonia store and discovered the Sitka store as well. Gear-a-go-go! Being on the island reminded me just how much I love it there and it was so hard to say goodbye!
From Vancouver Island, I made my way to meet Dave in Toronto. We were going to a friend's wedding and this was going to provide me the opportunity to meet his college buddies, as well as to see his mom and wander around the places he grew up. The wedding was fabulous - one of the best ceremonies I've ever seen! We danced and laughed and thoroughly enjoyed the poutine bar that was set up toward the end of the night.
The next day, we ventured to Orillia to meet his mom for lunch before she headed off to work. It was so great to see her and I loved our chat over our toast and coffee. We toured around Coldwater and Orillia and I even got to meet one of Dave's friends from preschool. The towns are lovely and I can see why Dave talks about the area he grew up in the way he does. Everything was super green and there were trees everywhere! We stopped in for a tour of Mariposa Market and grabbed a quick bite and a pint at Brewery Bay Food Company.
As we move into July, I want to wish you all a very Happy Canada Day and Happy Fourth of July!