We were up fairly early for Tom to get ready for his cycling race, which began around 10:00.
The weather was cold in the morning, around 2°C.
Tom went out to the briefing and we got ready.
The race was beginning at 10:00, but it was a running start to the bike, so Curtis walked down with Tom to the start to catch the beginning run.
After the run, Tom was on the bike and taking some laps.
We sat out in the sun and relaxed until we noticed we were very much on the way of the course, so when there was a break we drove the RV further down and out of the way.
There was some beautiful views and mountains around the place, too.
Tom did around 6 laps and then was done for the day.
Curtis watched hockey and then we sat and played cards for the rest of the night. We couldn’t even fire up the generator to charge devices as it wasn’t working for some reason, but that’s a tomorrow problem.
Up at a decent time tomorrow for Tom to do a few more laps and then off we go to another place!
Curtis started the day with a coffee and apple juice after walking to work.
He looked into a possible setup for someone that wanted something a little specific and Curtis wasn’t even sure if it was possible!
Curtis helped with a few small issues and then he went to do some banana bread judging. Two colleagues had said they were each better at baking banana bread, so they went to war and each made one for everyone to test and vote on!
After lunch, Curtis did some more research for his project as well as had a phone call with a software company in relation to this project. They are also based in Vancouver and not far from Curtis’ office…And the guy was British.
Curtis installed some extra RAM in someone’s laptop and once that was done, he spent a bit of time seeing if he could develop a little something himself for the project, partially due to interest but also in case it would work for what he needs.
Kim got to work and got set up and spent the first bit of her day watching more training videos.
Then some information came in about some travel Kim was booking so she went back over to reception to get some help with that. That then spiraled into other mini training sessions.
It was then time to pack down guitar hero and put the kitchen back to normal.
Kim then went into a meeting to get a better understanding of what another string of her role would be. She also had a good chat with the lady she would be working closely with for it.
Then it was time to set up for the pot luck people set up to celebrate Eid. There was a wonderful spread and Kim provided some Brookies that went down well.
After stuffing her face with amazing food Kim went back to her desk to do a little more training. This then got a little tedious so kim decided to start setting up spreadsheets and other documents to get her started in her role. Things like template emails, lists of the more random items that get purchased on occasion and other stuff like that.
Then her computer was about to die so Kim and a colleague went about clearing the kitchen. All the food that was left had been polished off, so that made it much easier!
We both finished work and headed home. Once we got back, Kim headed back out briefly to pick something up whilst Curtis played some games.
When Kim returned, we went for a walk for about 20 minutes. We walked along the seawall, which is just outside our house, and along the private harbours and by the restaurants. This was a nice thing to do as the weather was very warm and the sun was going down, glistening off the water.
We had to fight through a horde of geese to get back home, but once we did we had dinner.
We ate the same as yesterday to finish it off.
We watched the Billions season finale and then an episode of Chernobyl.
We got up with plenty of time to get ready, but someone else was in the bathroom, so this meant we really had to rush when it was available.We hopped in the car and drove to a ranch called Lone Star Ranch. We got there, were welcomed really nicely and signed some forms.We got led out by our wrangler to meet our horses and get helmets.Curtis got a white horse called West and Kim got a dark brown horse called Julian.We were shown what to do and how to control the horses and off we went!We walked though creeks, up steep hills, down steep hills, through jungle areas and beautiful fields. We even got to trot a little bit, which was exciting!
After our horse ride, we had some time to kill, so we had a snack and said hi to the other animals on the ranch. There are some sheep and goats, as well as some cats, so we said hi to those.
We played the game washers for a bit, which is similar to cornhole. Both of us got much better at this as time went on.
We were next taken by Robert to do some clay pigeon shooting. We were using military style pump action shotguns and it turned out Curtis was pretty good at shooting but we both had a great time, if not a bruised shoulder.
We shot for a while and it was great fun!After we finished shooting, we olayed some washers with Robert, and Kim beat everyone!We then went leave but bumped into the owner who was very lovely. We got talking and she was interested in our blog, too, which is great! We thanked everyone again and headed to the car.
We got into some shorts as it had gotten warm and we drove to Barton Springs pool.Before we paid our $9 entry fee and entered, we sat outside and ate our chicken wraps we bought.This pool is a natural pool which has been created in the middle of a large river/creek.The water was incredibly cold, but it was beautiful and the sun was in the perfect spot.
There was a diving board there, too, which Kim took full advantage of!
We spent a couple of hours here and then drove back home, but it took a while due to rush hour traffic.
Accidental Nap & Dinner
We had been out non-stop for over 8 hours, so we were very tired.We showered and then watched one video and before we were having dinner, we had an accidental nap! It felt amazing to get some solid sleep for an hour.We then had dinner, which was the exact same as yesterday.We have another fun day planned tomorrow, but just a bit less hectic.
Today was another day of hiking in Zion National Park.
We were up early, at 06:30, to get to the park for a good time and hopefully park our car right there, rather than having to take an extra bus.
Luckily for us, we arrived around 08:10 and were able to get a space easily.
It was cold out, but we had a hike planned so got onto the bus to get us to stop #6, which was where we could hike to Angels Landing.
Angels Landing is one of the most difficult trails, mostly for its steep inclines and twists, but also due to the ending, which we will get back to shortly.
As you can see above, the sky was beautiful at the early time we got there and the sights helped us with our 2 hour upward hike.
Once we got to the top, there was the most infamous part of Angles Landing, which was the steep incline with 1000ft drops at each side with just a couple of chains to hold onto as you made your way up.
This part was a full blown climb, which we started to ascend.
We quickly decided it wasn’t for us. Yhere were too many people coming down the mountain and not paying attention or moving, so as it was a dangerous area, we decided against climbing.
We sat for a little and then walked back down the mountain, which took us around an hour.
We walked from stop 6 to stop 5 and sat and ate our lunch. We had bought sandwiches from Walmart, so we ate those and then Curtis got a coffee.
We saw a beautiful border collie mixed with a burmese mountain dog, too!
We took the bus all the way up to the last stop where we took the easy riverside walk. There wasn’t too much to look at, other than a naturally formed amphitheatre.
We hopped back on the bus and went down to stop 7 where we walked up to Weeping Rock, which is a rock that spurts out water, similar to a waterfall.
We got some cool photos and slow mo videos!
We got the bus back to stop 3 and then walked back to stop 1 (the visitor centre) via a very hot but easy path, with some great views.
Long Day Out
We drove back to our airbnb, via the supermarket. We were going to get something to cook for dinner, but couldn’t be bothered so we bought a small suitcase, because that’s a normal thing to buy, and went back home.
We had showers and then ordered a domino’s which we went to pick up.
We ate our domino’s and spoke with our host some more and then chilled in bed watching TV as well as packing to head out tomorrow.