Pre-Christmas Catch Up

It’s been a while, but I think it’s time for a bit of a catch up before 2017 peaces out.

The last month or two have been so busy, but busy with lots of fun and work.

First up on the fun events list was celebrating Callie’s birthday up at Sun Peaks. She booked a gorgeous condo up there and we stayed for 2 nights. It was such a great and relaxing weekend. I love spending time up at the ski hill…and maybe one day I’ll actually get back into snowboarding again.

Sun Peaks

We had so much yummy food, lots of cranberry Moscow mules and wine, and plenty of chit-chat!

Here’s the link for the drinks we made, I used this more-so just as a guide and kind of eyeballed the measurements. One suggestion is letting it sit in the fridge for a little while and use real limes, made it taste so good!

Sun Peaks Sun Peaks

Sunday morning we headed down the hill and did the annual Homes for the Holidays event. Not gonna lie…I think this year was not so great and Ash and I may have bailed after only a few places.

Sun Peaks

Next up was my work Christmas party. I loooove a Christmas party and this year we did a multi-company party that was so much fun. The food was delish and the music was great. We spent the night dancing and it was the perfect way to start December!

Christmas Party December Christmas Party

Since the beginning of December I’ve been pretty flat out with work. I did get to go on a quick overnight trip to Kelowna for the Jim Jeffries comedy show. That was a lot of fun and we stayed in a gorgeous Airbnb right by the lake.

December Kelowna

I can’t believe how close Christmas is already…I know I say it every year but holy crap, 2017 has flown by. I have some exciting plans coming up for 2018 and I am really looking forward to the new year.

 

Bikes & Beers & Brewloops

October has been a busy month so far!

The first big event (which I guess was actually the last day of September) was Brewloops! This event was, from their website, a beer, bike and live music festival and I can attest to all three.

A group of us signed up for the bike pub crawl, which included tickets to the main festival. Since it only involved going to two pubs, us overachievers decided to start a little early and headed to three other local pubs on our way to the downtown meeting point.

Brewloops

Considering there were 180 people involved, I think the organizers did a fantastic job. I can’t imagine trying to round up that many people, especially on bikes through downtown. We were divided into two groups and each group did a different starting pub. Ours was The Noble Pig, were we spent about half an hour with our included beer (and maybe an extra pitcher or two).

Brewloops

Safety first for these two

Brewloops Brewloops

After Noble Pig it was back down to the park where Iron Road Brewing (you can read my post about checking them out here) had a tent set up. The organizers did a fantastic job timing the event. We were at a lookout on the river just around sunset and lucked out with a double rainbow sighting!

Brewloops

Photo by @staceykrolow

Brewloops

Photo by @staceykrolow

We finally finished the ride at our last stop, the Brewloops festival! There were tonnes of different breweries to check out and everyone’s fav band, Echo Beach was playing! It was such a fun event and I’ll definitely go again next year. So many beers to try…so little time!

My only real complaint was that it was so busy it was hard to walk around and chat with the different breweries to see where they were from. But a sold out event in Kamloops is always a positive thing so no real complaining from me!

Brewloops

Skating Out of September

Although I’ve fallen back into the slacker blogger category, I had a really good September. I love the transition into Autumn and this month has been a nice mix of cooler mornings with warm afternoons.

Another bonus is that the damn smoke is gone. Seriously it feels like we’re living in HD now that I can actually see further than 20 feet in front of me. I’ve never thought of Kamloops as a very beautiful city, but I’ve never appreciated it more than I do now.

One of my friends, Shah from London, who I actually met 2 years ago on my Thailand Contiki trip, has been doing a cross Canada trip and was able to stop in Kamloops for a few days. It being a kind of in-between season, I had a bit of a hard time thinking of things to do. I’m better at thinking of summer activities and when it’s winter it revolves around the snow.

The day he arrived I thought it might be fun to check out Sun Peaks, our local ski hill. I packed up the dog and we headed out. We went for a nice walk around the village trails and then popped into Masa’s for lunch. It worked out being perfect timing because it started raining/sleeting. The first night we ended up going to a pub downtown…although Wednesday isn’t a big evening in Kamloops, had about 6 other people in the entire place.

Wells Gray Park Wells Gray Park Wells Gray Park

Another activity I had planned was checking out Wells Gray Park. Wells Gray is a beautiful provincial park just outside of Clearwater, about 2 hours total from Kamloops. There are tonnes of hiking trails, waterfalls, and camping. It turned out to be such a great time of year to visit, with all of the fall colours.

Wells Gray Park

I’m really hoping I can get back out to Wells Gray again before it gets too cold. There are so many trails and I definitely have only scratched the surface.

Skating

Another fun activity I’ve been wanting to get back into is ice skating! Let me preface this by saying I am quite terrible at skating, but this is my year to learn. I decided this year to swap my figure skates (that front pick can be a real buzz kill, when you hit the ice verrrrry hard). Callie and I went once last weekend and neither of us fell…weoo. So hopefully I’ll be able to improve and maybe learn a bit this year.

Skating

I’d like to try and keep quite busy with hobbies and activities this winter. After the summer of smoke and Netflix, I don’t think I can do a whole winter of that also. (Although how good are the new shows in the winter??)