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reminder to self: check what breed this is tomorrow. [ETA: mini rex]

walklog:

8-15 VIEX, probably around 3 km. there seem to be fewer participants this year, at least in the livestock categories. saw some pretty chickens though, and baby alpacas. photographing is as always difficult because of dark barns, too many people, and cages. didn't stay long due to errand, didn't even eat bad-for-me food. tomorrow!

also tried to buy a replacement DSL modem, because ours is on the fritz. alas, one can no longer do that in this cow town. WTF is wrong with telus? it takes them 5 days to send us one. 5 days! like, we're just gonna take a week off from work?
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(epilobium angustifolium)

walklog:

9-12 nanaimo river regional park, 2.85 km, 0:44. just a quick walk after grocery shopping; started too late to go anywhere much.

state of the fishie health:

today i felt particularly upset with my goddamn body, so i browsed online to look at recent advances in surgery options. i'm coming to think that the whole "peace with my own body as is" idea was overrated, and that maybe i'll be more at peace if i have some things cut off.
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(adiantum aleuticum). i get a kick out of plants taking root in human construction.

walklog:

8-10 one hour amble through beban park, mostly along the millstone river, which is at low water -- but they've managed to keep the new side channel (salmon habitat) wet as well. saw an owl in flight, but not well enough to identify.
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old earthquake fissure.

walklog:

8-09 extension ridge (abyss) trail, returning via logging roads to nanaimo lakes road, 8.53 km, 3:59, elevation gain 1085m. it was cooler today, and quite breezy -- lovely hike, even when we got rained on for a while after coming out of the trees (naturally). arbutus are in their "shedding" period, where the outer two layers of bark fall off and expose the new, pistachio-green inner layer. and extension ridge is full of arbutus (and manzanita, which is a close relative, also sheds, but doesn't have the new bright green bark, but is wonderfully twisted). this is the first time we've made this loop, and we weren't entirely sure whether we were on the right track (since i had conveniently forgotten the map at home), but it felt mostly right, and turned out pretty well thanks to much mountain biker activity carrying on with a trail after the logging road petered out. didn't meet a soul.

this is about the extent i can walk right now without my feet protesting.

afterwards we went eating at the "mayflower" restaurant on bruce, which was a chinese smorg with nothing to write home about.
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walklog:

8-08 morrell nature sanctuary to westwood lake, all the way around, and back, 10.73 km, 4:31, elevation gain 1451m. if it's worth doing it's clearly worth overdoing -- my feet hurt. i didn't mean to walk that far, but since i hadn't walked at all last week, managed to get out of the house early today, and there was a breeze, it wasn't too hot, and i was still in the mood when i hit westwood lake. by the time i had gone around it, i was no longer in the mood, but had 3km more to go.

about 1/3 of the walk was on unofficial trails, which meant it was nice and quiet -- there is a way to not have to climb up onto the rocky knoll on the north side of westwood lake, which requires a wee bit of scrambling over rocks, but not too bad. lots of garter snakes, a pileated woodpecker, chipmunks, and an as-yet-unidentified squirrel. good eating: sakatoon-, thimble, huckle-, and salal berries (the latter only in the sunniest spots as yet).
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they look like tent caterpillars, but aren't either of the 3 species i know, and the tent is kinda meager. they eat more like leaf miners; just the top of the leaves. hard to photograph because the focus wanted to settle on the tent.

walklog:

7-25 biggs park, partial: 2.52 km, 0:51, elevation gain 187m. just a walk to walk; very humid today because warmfront moved in (no rain; wish it would).
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they might look well-ripened, but they're not. in another month or so one can make sour lemonade from the berries, or jelly.

walklog:

7-24 nanaimo river regional park, 2.76 km, 0:44, elevation gain 228m. didn't take my camera; late walk just to get the blood flowing since i am lethargo-man today.
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walklog:

7-23 woodlands between tiesu and holden corso roads, 5.13 km, 2:27, elevation gain 709m. we set out to try and walk around the other side of holden lake from hemer park, but that wasn't the way (if there is any good way). lots of tank traps on the path out towards boat harbour (the last bit of water on the right actually is a narrow inlet -- swimming might be great there if one can get to it from the other side). that path culminates in major blockage and warnings about private property and to keep out (muchly ignored, as it appears, but we were good and walked back). just as well, since according to google maps we would have come out on a peninsula with a large estate on it.

lots and lots of thimbleberries. also, cascara (not ripe yet), climbing nightshade | european bittersweet (solanum dulcamara) -- first time i've seen that here, and a couple of as-yet-unidentified fruits
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queen anne's lace (daucus carota)

walklog:

7-22 long mailbox loop, 2.38 km, 0:38.
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horsetail fern (equisetum arvense)

walklog:

7-21 hemerglobin park, 4:15 km, 1:20, elevation gain 577m. walked in through the old orchard and then went straight where left would have gotten us back where we came from yesterday. that path comes out on boat harbour rd, next to shallow lakes much overgrown this time a year on both sides of the road. we turned left along the road, and up the hill a small path led back into the park, to the upper yellow gate. very nice; now we know an extra loop in there. all these trails can be cycled.

beach peas are blooming.
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unfortunately overexposed, but that's the best dragonfly shot i've got yet. they sure don't sit still for long on hot days like today.

walklog:

7-20 hemerglobin park, the trail that comes out in the old orchard above the entrance. 2.86 km, 1:25, elevation gain 452m. there is a crossroute shortly before this trail ends up in the field, which i want to take to the left and see where it goes. lots of duckweed in the smaller lakes. also indian pipe in several small groupings.

newly ripe berries: huckleberries and saskatoon berries. also black cherries on abandoned old orchard trees. nomnomnom.

new blooms: hardhack, fireweed, bullrush, various thistles, water hemlock (not so nomnomnom).
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indian pipe (monotropa uniflora). once upon a time they used to be called saprophytes, but now it's myco-heterotrophs. they're non-photosynthetic plants which get their food from fungi whose mycelium they parasitize.

walklog:

7-18 nanaimo river regional park, 2.9 km, 1:09. biggest patch of indian pipe i've ever seen, but it's so dark in that part of the forest that i didn't get a better picture (like in profile so one can see why it got its name) without a tripod.
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than the paramour usually finds. this one is much prettier.

walklog:

7-17 linley valley (cottle lake trail), 3.87 km, 1:52, 797m elevation gain. cottle creek still has water, though not visibly so in all places. found a small (unofficial) trail that goes around the west side of cottle lake. the brandnew development road through the wetland just south of linley rd comes out on canterbury; there is a gravel path towards the upper end that comes from the houses on the hilltop at the left and goes down on the right; want to check that out some time.
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walklog:

07-10 carrington ravine and walley creek trail, 4.85 km, 2:02, 474m elevation gain. showed the paramour two of the shortish trails i'd discovered since i've been walking in every park in nanaimo. saw at least 10 deer, among them this nice buck -- unfortunately blurry because it was taken from the running truck in low light when we were on our way back home -- came around the curve and there he was, with entourage.

newly blooming: selfheal, cooley's hedgenettle, oceanspray, birds-foot trefoil. salmonberries and thimbleberries are ripe!

sore throat in its end stage; never became anything worse.
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sword fern, sword fern, everywhere.

walklog:

7-06 morrell nature sanctuary - > westwood lake -> return, 4.37 km, 2:11, 799m elevation gain. except for the bushwhacking along the fence during which the paramour got lassoed by an aggressive blackberry vine, this was a nice loop. next time gotta take one of the side trails before getting to the end of the old gravel road.
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don't actually know the proper name since these falls are hidden away behind the old storage reservoir and i've never heard anyone else talk about them. we came upon the top (which doesn't provide much of a view) during a short walk in the rain, exploring around the reservoir (which isn't very explorable) and had figured out how one might get to the bottom without sliding down the steep inclines near the highway overpass. today we actually tried that while walking in colliery dams park. and much to our surprise, the falls were actually this nice this late in the year -- the chase river never runs completely dry, but the waterlevel does fall precipitously after the spring runoff.

walklog:

07-05 colliery dams park with side trip to chase river falls, 2.53 km, 1:28, 512m elevation gain.
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running from me at buttertubs marsh. i wonder about that bright red colouration -- what's that good for? mate attractor? it really draws the eye, and makes the turtle NOT blend in with the environment.

walklog:

6-17 long mailbox loop, 2.41 km, 0:27, new personal best. note to self: do NOT start doing this, checking the timer at the bottom of the hill and then pushing yourself up that last bit just to beat your previous time. you know what that leads to, and it's not good for you. take the seconds off that time above. there. better.

insomnia with smut reading apparently leads to me walking faster. *snrk*.

best smut read:

sean michael's catching a second wind. dakota lost his life partner of 16 years less than a year ago, and he thinks he's coping pretty well, considering. but there's something just not right with him at work. as a veterinarian he's got to occasionally euthanize an animal, and while that was never something he liked doing, now it leaves him shaking and hurling his guts out. his partners in the practice think he should see a psychologist. he's not keen on that, but what the heck. ben, the psychologist, turns out to be sympathetic, a good listener, and a fine looking man, even if he asks uncomfortable questions.

this wasn't actually a real smut read for me. not because the smut is bad, it's in fact quite good. but because stories in which people have lost their life partner bring up memories, and those memories don't go well with smut. the story itself is very good, and i'd recommend it to anyone -- except, you know, the m/m smut which is not everyone's taste. *wry grin*. all the mixed feelings dakota has about getting involved with somebody else so soon, the agony of the loss, the guilt of living, the quandary of having a new lover in the place built with the old. dakota is very well written. ben is maybe a little bit too good to be true -- even psychologists get the blues, and a tad more insecurity wouldn't have hurt for somebody just out of college; he felt like a much older, wiser man to me. but i didn't care that much because i could identify with dakota's feelings and because i was ruminating over my own memories. it was a very satisfying read because so much of it rang true for me even if the details were completely different.
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coming into departure bay. it takes about an hour and 30 min from here to vancouver west's horseshoe bay.

walklog:

6-15 long mailbox loop, 2.40 km, 0:29 -- that's the fastest i've walked this loop since keeping track, and i wasn't uncomfortably out of breath at any time. i didn't wear the monitor, but my heartrate felt solid, nicely elevated, but not pumping like mad.

today i woke up feeling normal for the first time since the attacks last weekend, the ticker not having any weird palpitations, and nothing in my chest feeling ... odd, for lack of a better term.

so far so good. guess it's time to call dr W for rescheduling the stress test. also need to see dr P for new RX later this month.

glass

Jun. 14th, 2008 21:52
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walklog:

6-14 jack point, 4.73 km 1:43, elevation gain 305m. the good part was the light on the way back. the not-so-good part was the sun in my eyes all the way out; forgot about that. tide was in, so no puttering around tidal pools. saw ravens chase a bald eagle. newly blooming: alumroot, couple of as-yet mystery plants.

best smut read:

mike shade -- dust and violets -- jason bought violet house, a run-down victorian, in order to restore it to its former glory. when he settles in and explores, he finds out that no prior occupant stayed for long in the house, and the neighbours think the house is haunted. but jason doesn't believe in ghosts. it's probably mice, or squirrels, or a racoon that keep moving his stuff around. and the cold drafts the source of which he hasn't found yet -- well, old houses are drafty. but some of those breezes are ... interesting, to say the least.

i don't usually care a whole lot for supernatural stuff, but this one was touching. also, hot. :) the house is almost a character in itself, and i really enjoyed that -- but then i also love watching this old house. i had a bit of a problem with the crisis -- the way it was done i didn't see it coming and didn't understand why jason did what he did, and i think it could have been foreshadowed much better. but i liked the resolution, and am fine with it being somewhat open as to whether joshua really is who jason believes he is.
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walklog:

6-12 buttertubs marsh, 2:61 km 1:06. great wildlife evening: 3 beavers, 2 ospreys (one of which was making an enormous racket while circling overhead), a western painted turtle, and the usual bevy of ducks. it's the first time that i've seen either osprey or beavers here; clearly walking late in the evening is the time to go because fewer yuppies use the trail for running -- and this is the first year since the nesting pole was put into the marsh that ospreys seem to be taking up residence and building a nest. that's pretty damn exciting. want that big honking telephoto lens more than ever. :)

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