| Double Défis des deux Mario| @pointedespieds
Depuis vendredi, j'ai l'immense opportunité d'être Grande Soeur bénévole pour accompagner les participants lors de la traversée du Lac St-Jean.
Durant mon petit répit de 24 heures, je prends le temps de faire un petit coucou et vous montrez quelques photos de cette première traversée.
La deuxième traversée du Lac débute demain à partir de 8:30. Il sera possible de suivre notre progression via le blogue.
Cette fois-ci, je reprendrai la caméra et ma plume pour vous faire vivre l'expérience à travers mes mots et mes images.
Pour lire le blogue et voir les photos de @laurence_girard de la première traversée 👇👇👇 https://pointedespieds.com/blogue/
3 weeks flew by. Thanks to everyone who made my visit so wonderful and sorry to those I didn’t get to spend more time with! 💕 I didn’t take many pictures in eddy this time around so here is another picture from #Nordegg 🏔 Now back to Van for 2020! ✌🏾
Expedition Journal entry
Day 33- 13.9KMs
Up at 6am we pack up slowly as it’s a cold morning and the sun is slow to reach us. But there is sun! Not a cloud in the sky actually. A Perfect Day! We enjoy our coffee and gorge on big bowls of oatmeal and finishing off the eggs we finally head out. Around 9am we are on route up the river. Easy to follow the tracks of a mining dozer, but lots of small boulders. A few river crossings that involve shoes off, but with it now warm I turn my pants into shorts to keep up the pace. We try out the lifestraw for the first time as we are hauling far too much weight already to add water along. As well as knowing we are following rivers and creeks the entire time. We have a good laughing trying to get the straw to work. It seems as though we have hiked much farther than we expected when we finally see the old warden cabin perched on the hillside. A welcome sight to know we are most certainly on the right route. Sitting down for a snack and stretch we are soon back up and headed up the old mining road to nowhere. The rock walls that make up, feel you are in any old timy western, open up to almost a meadow like scene. We throw our packs off as we reach the end of the stream and scout out the area. Deciding to camp here, close to water before heading up the ridge and into Hoge Pass. We are exhausted and make our coffees, wait only a few minutes and have dinner. Before heading up to the tent on a hillside in beautifully coloured grasses; a backdrop of sandy sides, jagged rocks and a peak pocking over the ridge. A Migraine is making me feel like I’m about to vomit, puts me to sleep early (7). As I stir we head to actual sleep around 7:45-8pm. Stirring lots during the night with sore legs, shoulders, but I think I’m still getting a good amount of sleep. Goodnight Neverland
“Until you step into the unknown, you don’t know what you’re made of.” #roytbennett •
Supper time. It is -16°C with windchill -21°C. The cold feels ok. I am not freezing. Malo is in my sleeping bag. I didn't want to do this anymore but space wise it's just so much better as I am occupying his place while I am cooking. He is also just so super cute all tugged away and hilarious with just his nose sticking out.
I will warm up some soup that I pre-cooked and carry frozen now. As a warm up I got tea with honey. I do spoil myself. I have to as the cold and the hilly terrain demands much of my energy. I even got some Christmas chocolate sent by Leslie one of my followers to Fort St John. While I eat snow trickles down on me when I touch the tent walls. It's all not new and it's just the beginning of this year's Winter adventure.
Walking my way up the Alaska highway with temps now significantly dropping. Not having properly adapted to the temp drop I was a bit cold and will now layer up as needed. I am planning to take photos along the km marks so you can witness how climate and dress code will change over the next weeks. Temps took a good dip and are now at -15C with windchill -22C. The high humidity also adds to the cold.
While I am staying with Jack and his family, Mennonites that live 5 miles of the hwy and enjoy the warmth in the house, Malo is now outside and will remain there no matter if we get hosted or not so he can grow an even thicker coat as he had last year when I met him on the trail.
As a first dog mom, I made the mistake to overdue my caretaking keeping him too warm not allowing him to properly adapt to the weather conditions.
It does break my heart to have him sleep in the cold when I don't. Sometimes we got a choose the hard way but it is ok if it's the right way. The life and lessons in the north are tough but we will listen and follow nature's law and peoples advice for survival.
Yesterday we left Dawson Creek pretty late but still managed to walk 1/3 of the 75 km to Fort St. John's. The weather is pretty mild which is really nice for both Malo and I. We found a tent spot in a field on a ridge in a side road. It was crazy windy all night and our tent was flapping so loud we couldn't even hear the traffic. Last night and this morning I sewed Malos booties together again as they looked like 4 pieces of racks by the end of the day. Today we have to cross two valleys so the uphill part will be slow going. Not looking forward to that. The traffic on the Hwy is pretty busy. I have to always keep my mind on the oncoming cars. It's partly scary and partly tiring to constantly be aware of car traffic. I was thinking yesterday, despite the wide shoulder that gives me and Malo room to walk a highway shouldn't be part of something called a trail. The worry to be run over by a motorized vehicle is part of our walk now every step, every day on the way north. Next to the shoulder is a ditch. I am harnessed in and Malo is attached to my belt, so just taking a jump should drivers not pay attention is nearly impossible. So all I can do is from here on hoping that all goes well. I am going to wear my construction jacket now all day and will have to settle once it gets dark. Last night we walked an hour into the dark and despite headlamp and fluorescent vest I am not always sure drivers see me as some blast by way to close to the shoulder. It's funny that a walk in the woods with a few bears around is considered by some so dangerous while people are accustomed to walk along roads and heavy traffic every day which at least for me is much scarier. You can fight of a furry body, different story with one of steel.
| Être passionnée a un prix | “T’es chanceuse de faire ce que tu fais...” Après une année de bouleversement et de changement, je ne me considère pas “chanceuse”. La chance, c’est se lever un matin et gagner le 6/49.
Faire ce que j’aime, ce n’est pas de la chance.
Des embûches, j’en ai eu mon lot cette année.
Bien des gens ont tenter de me décourager, m’ont mis des bâtons dans les roues, m’ont même profondément blessé.
On m’a dit que j’allais être une mauvaise directrice, que je ne comprenais rien à la gestion.
Travailler d’arrache-pied aura finalement porté fruit.
C’est dans l’adversité qu’on devient plus fort au bout du compte.
Après mûres réflexions, je me sens reconnaissante envers ces gens qui n’ont pas crû en moi.
Ils m’ont donné le goût de faire les choses autrement, de sortir du cadre, et surtout, de continuer à être une “mauvaise employée” pour devenir mon propre patron.
Photos: @studios_cocogabby lors de la 3ième Grande rencontre des jeunes entrepreneurs du monde francophone avec @lojiq_org#entrepreneur#entrepreneurship#entrepreneurlife#maikana_zoot#zootherapie#zootherapy#outdoornation#mec_nation#onserejointdehors#imnotlucky#incarnelechangement#bethechange#grjemf2019
Wow today was pretty frosty with -19C. Sunshine but biting cold winds. Lots of Hwy walking which was way too busy with all kinds of farm, construction and oil trucks at least for my taste. There were to many moments when two of those big trucks were of the same height or level were I walked when passing. The shoulder in curves were none existent ot in general often just a foot wide. Not sure why the trail goes on such a busy, unsafe Hwy when there are plenty of quiet, peaceful backroads.
I came to a point when I decided to take a second look at the map and I decided to not to follow the Great Trail which led from one busy Hwy into an even busier one but instead took the less to non car frequented backroads. Stepping of the busy road into a sideroad was already so much nicer. When we then took a left into a frozen dirt road I felt breathing deeply, almost like sighs of relief mixed with deep joyful breaths of quietude. Malo was able to get off leash for a bit to chase scents and a moose into the fields. It makes me happy to see him doing happy dog things.
We arrived in the afternoon in Dawson Creek and it feels really damn good. Kelsey took us home for a coffee and Randy is hosting us for a couple nights.
From here on we will be starting to walk the legendary Alaska Highway which starts right in the centre of the town. But for now feet up, laundry, fixing my wagon, grocery shopping, cleaning, drying gear and SLEEPING IN (a warm environment)
27 40329 November, 2019
We sneaked in on the backroads for a sneak peak on our way north. 🙋♀️ Cheers to Alberta. See you again in 2020 when we return from the Arctic. 😘
Good Spirit Lake. What a wonderful place to be. I skipped the walked on the trail through the woods and walked the shore to Good Spirit Lake Provincial park instead. The sand is fine and soft, the water is shallow and pretty clear. I planned for a dip but the sun disappeared with a rainy looking cover of clouds moving in. I tried a few times to convince Malo to follow me into the water away from the shore as I want to carefully and playful take his fear of water away. I would love to go swimming with him this summer but we will see. So far he is comfortable to walk in to his belly then he turns around. He actually loves to stomp through knee deep water in the ditches along the fields, so who knows. It may just be a matter of time, love and patience to convince my puppy. Anyways, we walked maybe 10 km from Burgis Beach to the park. 10 km of lots of fun, laughter, play, cuddles, sunshine, and soft sand under naked feet. I was looking forward to this. I need more sandy beaches and warm days and less ticks and mosquitoes. 😉
If you've been to the Adirondacks, you know what the excitement feels like when you park your car by the main road to go the trailheads #35mm#mec_nation
5 1729 September, 2018
Banff National Park's newest Warden Metsä the Cowdog warmly welcomes you to the halfway point on route to Assiniboine Provincial Park! 🙈🐶
Had a great solo ski in and out of the Bryant Creek Warden Cabin today! #explorealberta#ski365#canmore#banff#sheexplores