Active British Columbia 

I feel very lucky to have been able to take this long holiday in British Columbia. The mixture of activities and relaxation has been fantastic so far. The past few days we spent time in Kelowna. This is a city on Lake Okanagan. It is a mixture of a slightly Western looking town and modern hipster kind of area. The landscape is something similar to Colorado with rolling hills, parched by the sun. The area has many vineyards with farming being the main industry before tourism arrived. I learnt some of these things on my morning hill runs. I got up at 6.20 and ran the local Knox Mountain the last two days. It is a tough 3km climb but well worth the views.  

   
The second photo was one of many deer I met on one of the trails. They were very confused by this crazy Irish man running down the mountain leaving a dust trail in his wake. 

We head back to Vancouver tomorrow so possibly one more run up the mountain in the morning. For now it is time to chill, eat and drink a few beers. 

   
   
This was some of yesterday’s fun on the Kettle Valley Railway bike trail. A fun 22km ride along a railway line which was replaced with a cycle path. An impressive 18 trestle bridges were refurbished on the trail after a fire in 2003! 

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Sheep Trails and Deer Antlers

I’m sure this title is a little confusing for many! It is, however, a good reflection of my run on the Western Way Trail yesterday. I went fishing for the afternoon and stuck on my trail runners to do a similar run on the trail as I had completed 2 weeks ago. I decided to veer off the trail early on and follow the bog and lakeshore to the base of the mountain before returning along the marked trail. As I ran through the bog my only secure footing was on the trails made by mountain sheep. It was incredibly soft and slippy ground but I feel I am improving on this terrain. The mountain is only a 25 minute scramble, but it is very steep, sometimes scarily so, and can be slippy under foot. The views from the top were incredible as always. On my return journey I spotted a very unusual object on the side of the trail.

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Red Deer antler found on the trail. Amazing.

Red Deer shed their antlers (made of bone) in March and April every year and they grow back longer the next year with more points (tines) on them. The antlers can grow at a rate of an inch per day.

I completed a very tricky 17km in 1hr 45 minutes and was glad to hop in the lake for a quick cool down. I had caught dinner earlier so I cooked up a tasty brown trout when I got home.

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Brown trout for tea.

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The view from the boat mooring on the Gleann shore of Lough Corrib, Galway.

A Valentine’s Date

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Back to Castlehackett for a date with the hills today! A good run considering the illness early in week. It’s nice to get my training on track after a minor set back. Nothing like running in a wood where you can see deer, jays, ravens and other rare wildlife and still have one of the best workouts in the West of Ireland.