Saturday Snippets: 24.June.2017

Gosh, the last weekend of June! How did this month go by so quickly? Here’s a few things that caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 24.June.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

I was on vacation this past week, and we really seemed to cram in a lot of work!

Kitchen Galley:

  • We filled all the holes and grooves with West System 105 epoxy (+ 205 Hardener) and covered any areas we thought would be affected by the under-mounted sink. I’ve never worked with epoxy before, so started on the underside of the counter, where I could make mistakes, knowing they would never be seen ๐Ÿ™‚
  • When you see the big blobs of amber-coloured epoxy all over the wood, I must admit, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. Would that amber colour remain? Would you see remnants of the epoxy on the wood? But it turns out the epoxy sands smooth very easily, so we ended up without any overspill on the filling.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - epoxy on butcherblock counter

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - epoxy on butcherblock counter

More CNC-ing:

  • We’ve CNC’d, stained and installed the back and sides of the kitchen counter. Do you like our ventilation holes?!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - galley design

Sewing:

  • We wanted to make use of the 8020 grooves to hang curtains. We bought a strip of nylon glider, which fits into the grooves and cut some into small pieces, then screwed in a small hook into the centre. These act as runners along the length of the 8020!
  • I had a bit of fabric lying around the house, so sewed up a version of what we thought we might want, just to see if the runners would work. They totally do! So now the โ€œrealโ€ curtains can be made, once I figure out a colour scheme.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - hanging curtains

Pictures from the week of 24.June.2017:

The Dragonboat Festival is on this weekend. Last weekend we had a rest-day (from climbing) and meandered down along the waterfront. We saw a few of the boats getting last-minute practice in. It was a beautiful afternoon to sit and watch the world go by.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Olympic Village

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Olympic Village

Happy Weekend!

Weekend Meanderings: Reflections

I stand by my statement: early mornings are my favourite! The days are getting shorter, which means we don’t have to get up at the crack of 5:00 am to see mornings like this, which is kind of nice as the weather cools!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

There is a definite chill in the air on the clear mornings, and the masses of leaves, crimson and golden, make sure we all know that autumn is here.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village sunrise and a still morning, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

Last weekend we meandered along the Olympic Village seawall, one of our favourite early-morning locations in Vancouver. We see a few runners,ย  dog-walkers and cyclists, but for the most part, it’s quiet and peaceful. Give it a few hours, and the atmosphere changes completely!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

That morning, the water was smooth and still, and the air crisp and clear. It really was a glorious morning! We watched the buildings downtown turn from blue to orange, as the rising sun reflected off the glass. There is something so mesmerizing about the water on days like this – maybe it’s the peacefulness after a crazy week – but we never get tired of it.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

Last week, Jonty’s appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon resulted in a CT scan of his knee, which showed a cracked patella. Not quite what we were expecting, but the bone pieces are aligned (which is a good thing) and the surgeon is hoping the bone fragment will fuse back to the kneecap without surgery (which will be a very good thing!). So, Jonty is sporting a very fashionable full-leg soft splint to keep his knee straight while the bone starts to heal. Another x-ray next week will show the bone is on the mend hopefully!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

Until he can start to walk again, we’ll continue to find good crutch-friendly places to explore, and carry on with bouldering (for Moira) and pull-ups (for Jonty, over a hundred each session now)!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise reflections in the water, Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

Happy Thanksgiving, family and friends! Enjoy this long weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Fallen autumn leaf, Vancouver BC

Fall in the Fall

It’s hard to believe we’re almost through September already. This month is really flying by, and the next few months don’t appear to be slowing down! The leaves are definitely turning colour, and the conkers are starting to fall – I came home the other day with a pocket full of them. They remind me of my mother-in-law – she was a master at picking the biggest, shiniest conkers while out on her walks. Hopefully she will be proud of my selection ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Collecting conkers

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Collecting conkers

The last few weekends have been a mixed bag of weather and health. On the ones with good weather, I struggled with a nasty bug, which put a damper on some of the climbing (for me). On the wet ones, I was healthy but Jonty was not. What can you do!

One Sunday a few weeks ago was supposed to be a good one, and we had a vacation day the next day to climb, so we used Sunday as a “rest day”. We were up early and cycled down to the Cambie Street Bridge in an attempt to catch the sunrise. The clouds were almost in the way, but we still got a few pretty great moments!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village sunrise from the Cambie Street Bridge, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village sunrise from the Cambie Street Bridge, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village sunrise from the Cambie Street Bridge, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village sunrise from the Cambie Street Bridge, Vancouver BC

There was a stiff wind that morning and we were already looking forward to our coffee at Whole Foods, but we persevered to get “the sunrise shots”!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village sunrise from the Cambie Street Bridge, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village sunrise from the Cambie Street Bridge, Vancouver BC

The next day was a vacation day and we headed up to Squamish to jump on our climbing projects. The weather was supposed to take a turn for the worst later in the week, so we were pretty excited to make the most of our day off. On our third warm-up climb, Jonty was leading a route, and did a slight drop-knee to make a quick power-move up to a hold. Next thing I knew, he had fallen 10 feet down and was clutching his knee, yelling to be lowered immediately.

Not good!

Once he was down and we were trying to figure out what happened (and how bad it was), he said he heard a tearing / fluttering sound in his knee and then his knee just collapsed (like the key was turned off on the engine – no power!).

Definitely not good!

With the aid of two makeshift crutches, he made the sloooooow trek back down to the car (the standard 20-minute hike took close to 1.5 hours), and headed into the Squamish ER.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jonty's crutches

The ER doctor there was very good and got Jonty an appointment with a highly-regarded orthopaedic surgeon in North Vancouver, so hopefully we will find out his true diagnosis today at his appointment! (We’ve been consulting Dr. Google over the past week, making our own assessments.) He’s hoping for the best, but preparing for a few months worth of recovery. Unfortunately, that marked the end of his performance session this year ๐Ÿ™

The good thing (for me!) is that being on crutches has not prevented him from making pie on the weekend – he just needs to sit down to do it!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jonty's crutches

So, without a belay partner, I’ve been getting back to the climbing gym to boulder, and Jonty has been working on his pull-ups (currently over 50-a-day!), since he’s out of ideas of what he can do safely right now. I think we’re both looking forward to hearing what the surgeon says today so Jonty can get back on the road to recovery as quickly as possible!!

Weekend Meanderings Vancouver | ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com

Pedal Pictures: Seeking Sunrises

If you would have told my mid-20’s self that, by the time I hit my mid-30’s, I would be a full-fledged early riser, I would have laughed in your face. But here I am, in my mid-30’s, and I’m (dare I say it?!) an early riser!! When the alarm goes off, between 5:30 and 6:00am (for 6 days of the week), I may not always want to get up, but I never regret it, once I’m up.

There are a few great reasons to start getting up early:

  1. It’s quiet! Especially on the weekend, the world doesn’t stir much before 8am; the roads are quiet (which is great, for those early-morning cycles), you get your choice of waterfront view, and a big bonus is there are no crowds!
  2. You can get stuff done! Our lives seem to becoming increasingly busy, but it’s amazing how productive you can be in those hours before 9:00am, especially on the weekend!
  3. You get to watch fantastic sunrises! Enough said.

The days are getting shorter and the sun is rising later, so we are taking advantage of these still-light mornings before the seasons change. During the summer, we try to eat breakfast down by the water, once a week. It’s a nice way to start the day! This past week, we walked down to Kits Beach and had our choice of bench, overlooking the water.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Breakfast at Kits Beach, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Breakfast at Kits Beach, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Breakfast at Kits Beach, Vancouver BC

From there, we walked down past Granville Island, along the seawall, before heading up towards our respective workplaces.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Granville Island, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Granville Island, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Granville Island, Vancouver BC

Yesterday morning, we hopped on the bikes in an attempt to catch the sunrise. A great place to do this is on the Cambie Street Bridge.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

We trundled down to the Olympic Village seawall and, again, we had our choice of bench!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

We had almost an hour to enjoying our breakfast and morning coffee as the sun rose, before the rest of Olympic Village began to stir.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Seabus in False Creek, Vancouver BC

We never tire of mornings like this ๐Ÿ™‚

Pedal Pictures: Vancouver Stay-Cation

We have been on vacation for the last two weeks, and by “we”, I mean Jonty, because I don’t officially head back to work until Monday. The weather has been hot and humid, so it’s a good thing we are early risers, as we’ve been able to enjoy the calm, cool early mornings for a bit of climbing and cycling.

On a handful of mornings we’ve cycled down to Olympic Village to have our breakfast by the water. If you live in Vancouver, you should really give this a try – any beach will do! The warm sun on your skin, the smell of the ocean, the quiet, calming views… it’s a great way to start your day, whether you’re on stay-cation or not!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village and Science World, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jonty at Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jonty at Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village and Science World, Vancouver BC

The other day, we started our morning down along the water then made our way over to Granville Island to check out a marine-electronics store (we’re already putting together a to-do list for when Moby arrives!!). Sadly, they were closed for inventory that day, but we did a quick stroll through the island to see what was new. Weekday mornings don’t have the same claustrophobic feel as some of the weekend days can have, and it was nice to walk around without your personal-bubble feeling squeezed. The silo paintings have finally been finished!

After living in Vancouver for almost 12 years, we have finally crossed off a Vancouver Bucket-List item – we cycled down to Waterfront Station and took the SeaBus over to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. We’ve never been on any of the SeaBus routes before! We tried to act all nonchalant about it, but secretly, we were pretty excited (sad, but true).

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Seabus view heading to North Vancouver

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Seabus view heading to North Vancouver

We celebrated our monumental journey with a taster flight at the Green Leaf Brewing Company, which is located right on the Quay, a stones-throw from the SeaBus terminal.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Beer Flights at Green Leaf Brewing, North Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Beer Flights at Green Leaf Brewing, North Vancouver BC

The forecast is still looking hot for the weekend, so we will enjoy our last few stay-cation days with a few more rocks climbed, bicycle routes traveled, and craft-beer sampled.

Happy Weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚