April Photo Challenge: VIBRANT Recap

April has come to an end, and so has my monthly photo challenge. It was my month of VIBRANT and today I have my VIBRANT recap for you!

We had just over 3 weeks of rainy weather in Vancouver, but that only gave me motivation to seek out as much colour as I could find. Looking back over the month, I think I succeeded 🙂 I love looking at these pictures, seeing all the vibrant colours brightens my mood instantly!

So what did My Month Of Vibrant look like?

The April Photo Challenge took me…

… from lots of rain to intermittent (but intense) blue skies…

… from murals in Vancouver to murals in Victoria…

… from cherry blossoms in the sunshine to tulips in the rain…

… from bikes to kettle bells…

… from vibrant houses to vibrant statues…

… from good coffee to good food…

… from so much pink to so much blue!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | April photo challenge - VIBRANT recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | April photo challenge - VIBRANT recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | April photo challenge - VIBRANT recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | April photo challenge - VIBRANT recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | April photo challenge - VIBRANT recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | April photo challenge - VIBRANT recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | April photo challenge - VIBRANT recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | April photo challenge - VIBRANT recap

And just like that, we’re into May and a new challenge word! This month is all about FROM ABOVE and you can check out the details here.

Happy picture-taking!

May 2017 Monthly Word: FROM ABOVE

How did April come and go so quickly? One minute, we’re dealing with April showers, the next, we’re looking forward to May flowers! We did have a lot of rain in April so I definitely made sure to brighten my days with lots of vibrant colours. And with that, my Month of Vibrant has come to an end and I’ll share the full photo round-up in a few days time.

May Month of FROM ABOVE

I have a continually-growing list of words or phrases I’m always adding to, when it comes time to think about what my new monthly word challenge is going to be. At some point, I had written down the phrases “looking up / looking down”, which I kind of liked. But, I thought I would put a positive spin on it. So, instead of thinking about looking down, I’m going to think about my monthly word as looking FROM ABOVE!

What do you see, when you’re looking FROM ABOVE? Is it something interesting in nature? Or maybe you live in a tall building and have a great view of the city down below? Or maybe (like me), you take far too many pictures of what you’re eating? As long as you’re taking the picture from above, all is fair game!

So, I’m dedicating May to my month of FROM ABOVE, and I would absolutely love to see your perspective, too! If you’d like to join in, please do (as many or as little photos as you’d like). I’ll post my findings on various social media places – Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter,  tagging #MyMonthOfFromAbove and #MyMonthOfMay.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | May 2017 Monthly Word - FROM ABOVE

Here’s to a month of FROM ABOVE!

March Photo Challenge: TODAY Recap

March has finished, and so has my monthly photo challenge. It was my month of Today and today I have my TODAY Recap for you!

This month was a lot of fun, and reminded me of how I got started with the daily photo challenges. It was nice to simply snap a picture of what was going on in the day – no pressure 🙂

So what did My Month Of Today look like?

The March Photo Challenge took me…

… from lots of snow to lots and lots of rain…

… from strength training on the hangboard to power training on the campus board…

… from baking loaves of bread to simmering pots of jam…

… from coffee dates in the sunshine to coffee dates escaping from the rain…

… from enjoying a pint (of beer) to enjoying a pint (of ice cream)…

… from general traipsing about.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | March Monthly Photo Challenge recap - TODAY

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | March Monthly Photo Challenge recap - TODAY

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | March Monthly Photo Challenge recap - TODAY

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | March Monthly Photo Challenge recap - TODAY

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | March Monthly Photo Challenge recap - TODAY

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | March Monthly Photo Challenge recap - TODAY

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | March Monthly Photo Challenge recap - TODAY

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | March Monthly Photo Challenge recap - TODAY

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | March Monthly Photo Challenge recap - TODAY

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | March Monthly Photo Challenge recap - TODAY

And just like that, we’re into April and a new challenge word! This month is all about VIBRANT and you can check out the details here.

Happy picture-taking!

Saturday Snippets: 08.April.2017

This felt like a really busy week, what with a few site visits + tax season + van work… Suddenly we’re back at Saturday again! I had a few other posts in the queue to publish this past week, but it was not meant to be. So here’s to next week 🙂

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 08.April.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

  • We finished our power training last week – we changed up some of our campus routine and tried to maintain a two-day rest in between campus sessions. I think both changes were a success, and our last session ended on a high note! Now we’re onto a round of power-endurance – bring on the forearm pump!
  • I love Lara Bars – these homemade cashew cookie dough versions look like the perfect climbing fuel.
  • Do you have a favourite donut? I’ve got a major soft-spot for Boston Creme donuts, which is why these cupcakes caught my eye!
  • Are you getting enough protein?
  • Does anyone have any good book recommendations? I’m in a blah phase at the moment, so I’m always on the hunt!
  • Photographers document how quickly some of the worlds biggest glaciers have been receding over the recent years. It’s quite a stark contrast (use the slider bar in the middle of each picture).

On Moby News (aka Sprinter Van Conversion):

Awning:

  • We had two dry days this past week, so we made use of them and finished hooking up the awning motor. This required drilling another hole in the roof of the van, so a dry day was key.
  • The cables go from the awning motor, through a waterproof cable clam that, and then down into the inside of the van. We’ve wrapped cable conduit around the wires that are exposed on the roof. So far so good – no leaking roof!
  • Yesterday, Jonty wired connected the wires to the awning controller, and we now have an electrically extending and retracting awning! Very exciting 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - installing a Fiamma awning motor

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - installing a Fiamma awning motor

More electrical:

  • Jonty has been prototyping boards that will house all of our electronic controls and displays. He thinks he’s nearing a version that has all the parts we’ve installed so far. The finished product will eventually be mounted above our inverter and electrical panels.
  • Tidying up all the wires and cabling, tucking everything into flexible cable conduit. There’s something very satisfying about seeing all the clutter disappear 🙂
  • An electrical part returned from being re-programmed. Now it reports values consistent with other components and the multimeter – finally it all works as expected!!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - control panel board

More wall panels:

  • This time for finished the sliding door (top and bottom) as well as the thin panels in between the back windows. I’m not going to lie – some of the covering is tedious, requiring me to use spray adhesive and a good old needle-and-thread, but we’ve been extremely happy with the end result!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - covering wall panels

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - covering wall panels

Pictures from the week of 08.April.2017:

I spent a day over in Sechelt last week, for a site visit. I love taking the early morning ferry – the clouds were starting to burn off, and the short 40 minute hop over to the Sunshine Coast was gave me enough time to snap a few pictures. There were only a handful of people on the outer deck, which made it nice and quiet for me to sit and enjoy the view.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Travel to Sechelt BC

I was near the front of the ferry for off-loading – it’s quite fun to see the doors of the berth opening, to reveal your destination.

 

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Travel to Sechelt BC

It was mid-afternoon when I finished my site visit, and I had a few hours to kill before my afternoon ferry was scheduled to head back to Vancouver. There’s a long straight road heading into Sechelt that runs right along the ocean, and it’s a great place to walk along the beach and enjoy the view.

Blue skies or grey skies, I find something so peaceful and mesmerizing about staring out into the ocean. I’m pretty sure many West Coasters feel this way, too!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Travel to Sechelt BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Travel to Sechelt BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Travel to Sechelt BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Travel to Sechelt BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Travel to Sechelt BC

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 01.April.2017

It’s the weekend, and we’re officially into April! If photography’s your thing, check out my new Monthly Photo Challenge word I posted yesterday. I feel like I’m continually wittering on about the weather, but it was a doozy this week.

We broke a 61-year-old rainfall record on Tuesday, with nearly 30 mm of rain (and that didn’t include the rain the day before AND after). After surviving 27 of the last 31 days of rain, it’s safe to say that all “wet” coasters are ready for some sunshine. Let’s hope April brings a lot of it! 🙂

Here’s a few things that caught our eye online this week. Our Saturday Snippets for 01.April.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter Van Conversion):

Awning:

  • Before the rain started on Monday afternoon, we installed the motor on the awning. Previously, it only had the manual wind-out attachment on it, and the other parts have been in the living room since last summer. Once we get a nice dry day, we can route the cables inside and finish the job.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion awning motor 02

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion awning motor 01

Shore Power Plug:

  • Jonty fabricated a mount for our shore power plug. He cut the aluminum pieces using a plasma CNC, and tig welded the parts together. It turned out really well! He was able to get under the van late this past week to install it.
  • We didn’t want to cut a hole in the side of our van, so the shore power plug is mounted underneath the van, on one of the existing struts.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion -shore power mounted under the van

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion shore power mount 02

Shore power mount mounted under the van (looking towards the front driver side).

Kitchen galley:

  • We’re still trying to figure out a good counter top option for the galley. We’ve ordered a sink, and it should be here mid to late April, so we still have some time to figure things out.
  • We’re back and forth between solid surface (like Corian or Formica) or, more likely, solid wood. We’ll see!

Pictures from the week of 01.April.2017:

I had to head into Gastown for a hair cut this week. I think it’s one of my favourite areas in downtown Vancouver. I love the old, restored brick buildings and cobbled streets. Even in the pouring rain, dodging all the tourists and their big umbrellas, I think Gastown always looks good 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver - Gastown on a rainy day

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver - Gastown on a rainy day

I had a site visit in Sechelt yesterday too, and snapped a few pictures from the ferry. I’ll have a few more to share next week, once I download them off the camera. I always love heading over to the Sunshine Coast. It’s a quick 40 minute ferry ride away, and travelling there always makes me feel like it’s the start of a vacation, even though I’m actually working 🙂 While it was a long day, it was a good way to end the week (and the month)!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | BC Ferries - Sunshine Coast ferry views

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | BC Ferries - Sunshine Coast ferry views

Happy Weekend!