Above: Me enjoying some paddling out on Northstar Lake, BC.
The end of the ski season and transition into spring was a busy time in our household. As well as doing some cleaning and purging of unnecessary things whilst waiting for the snow to melt, I was able to fly back to Aus again for a friend’s wedding, have my 30th birthday celebrations down in Whitefish, Montana and drive back to Megs hometown to say goodbye to Tristen as she left on her own Aussie adventure.
It was an amazing few days for the wedding for my mate Damon and his new bride Anna and definitely worth the short trip back. This time I only stayed for 6 days with 3 of them spent out in the small town of Wollombi, NSW for the event. Some great time spent with Damon and my other close high school friends and then it was time to say goodbye to 30 degree sunny days and back to spring snow. It was a whirlwind tour and the day after I flew back to Canada, it was time to have my own celebrations for my 30th birthday.
The weather so far has been very agreeable with hot sunny days in the 20’s making it ideal for some early season camping, hiking and lake time. Meg and I have had a great time exploring some new spots within a short drive from Fernie, namely Northstar and Suzanne lake, the latter where we spent May long weekend. It’s also been a treat enjoying a camp fire or two as last season the fire ban seemed to stretch the whole span of summer.
The time at the lake has also allowed me to try out the new inflatable paddle board my friends back in Aus got for my bday present. Along with my Dad, a bunch of my mates put some money together and I decided to put it towards the ISLE SUP that I picked up from the states a few weeks ago. So far it’s been amazing! The 11ft long 32 inch wide board when fully inflated is super rigid and feels very solid, so much that it fits both Meg and I on it without any issues. The board came with a pump, collapsible paddle and a great backpack to store it in which so far has proved very handy for carrying it to and from the car. Also, the bungee cords and each end make it easy to carry food/drinks and other random stuff for exploring out on the water for hours.
Other fun things during May included a boys bike trip to Rossland, BC. It was my first time to the town as I’ve never skied Red Mountain before and the biking didn’t disappoint. A group of 8 guys made the trip over a couple of days where we got to sample some of the great trails on offer as well as some tasty food and beer (fried chicken waffles from the cafe FUEL is a must!). In between all the fun I managed to cut my leg open after a foot slip off the pedals which had me hitchhiking to the nearest hospital in Trail. After some debate over my health insurance status, I ended up getting some stitches in my shin for the princely sum of $1000. After returning to Fernie however it seems that I was covered under BC health and have since been fully refunded. Crisis averted and wallet restored to good health, the trip was an overall success and hopefully it won’t be the last time out to that beautiful town.
Above: Steve and Meg on the last parts of the ascent up Mt Fernie. We got to hike up this weekend on a gorgeous day.