Summer 2014 was a full but adventurous summer to say the least! As many of our friends know Alison and I travel to a small town in Alberta, called Vermilion in late April to help Alison's dad with the busy seeding/ summer season. We're fond of referring to ourselves as nomad's since life for us consists of moving back and forth between Alberta and British Columbia. At present it's a 3/4 split with most of our time spent in BC; however, this may change once Alison has graduated from Trinity Western University.
Seeding season 2014 was as seeding normally goes, busy. We had a fast start by broadcasting most of our wheat. This is a method in which we spread seed mixed with fertilizer out onto the ground then come behind with a 62' precision cultivator which tills the land and thus places the seed beneath the ground. The last portion and all of the canola was direct seeded, using our newly acquired Seedhawk 72' drill and air cart.
After seeding it was onto farm projects and spraying. After a month and a half of continuous farm work it was due time for a break; therefore, we headed for the mountains where Alison would race in the Banff Bikefest. Alison raced hard and well but unfortunately didn't quite finish how she would have liked, it's tough when you're essentially without a team and have to compete against those who have team support during the race. As for myself, I found a few trails to ride on my mountain bike.
Later on in the summer, mainly August, Alison and I found ourselves in full fledged adventure mode. First weekend in August, Alison was at the Tour de Bowness a three part stage race located in Calgary. And myself, I was in Crowsnest Pass driving trails I hadn't seen since my bachelor party. The next weekend after a friends wedding we were on the road again headed back to BC for some well needed vacation, and our first stop was the Whipsaw trail.
The Whipsaw is a 75km trail located near Princeton BC. It is British Columbia's equivalent to the Rubicon Trail and a local 4WD mecha. We had a good friend along, Brennan with his girlfriend Jaime and Jaime's daughter Bailey. Arriving late to the trailhead we were forced to camp on the side of the road and after getting lost in the morning we had a late start to the trail. It took us all of approximately 8hrs to complete the 75km trail at a relatively fast pace, a testament to rough terrain found crawling through the alpine meadows. We camped at Lodestone lake the second night and were all back on the road heading in separate directions the next day.
After the Whipsaw it was on to some family vacation on the Sunshine Coast, complete with plenty of swimming, hikes and an epic backflop from 40ft while cliff jumping, classic. Soon after we arrived back on the mainland it was back to Alberta for Alison's ITU World Triathlon competition. We decided on a different route back and settled on taking the Crowsnest Highway back to Alberta, it's good to change things up sometimes. The scenery along hwy 3 was beautiful and we both enjoyed it thoroughly.
Alison enjoyed a big success in this years World's competition placing 1st in her age group for the sprint distance. It definitely was a great experience for myself to see my wife standing on the top of the podium in front of some of the worlds best triathlon competitors waving the Canadian flag.
And now, we're back at home. I'm driving bus again for BC Transit and Alison is back at it in her last leg of the journey to graduation! Make sure to check out my photo gallery for the latest edited photos!