Personal – February 2016

February 9, 2016

I spent a weekend skiing in Mont Tremblant and can’t remember the last time I skied there in temperatures higher than -5C!  I’ve been going skiing with these guys once a winter for almost every year for the last 20 years.  They know I’m not a real sports guy yet they keep asking me to come along – the entire weekends conversation centres around sports and I get my fill of NFL sports and the super bowl.  Here we are on the lift and one of the few times we weren’t freezing:  Skiing at Tremblant

Another advantage of this mild winter is we may be able to start clearing the lot and excavating in March and will be a month ahead of schedule with the house.  I want to get building!

Just preparing for a week off in St. Martin.  We‘ve never been but heard great things. Looking forward to sampling some French wine and food.

Richard WR Yasinski CFP

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December 23, 2015

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Wishing you and your family the very best for the holidays and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Merry Christmas!

Personal – September 2015

September 2, 2015

By the time you read this we will be in Italy enjoying the food, wine, and atmosphere.  We will be staying in Bellagio in the north for 3 days, then Tuscany for a week, and Cinque Terra for 3 days before flying home on the 16th. Pictures to follow.

In August I visited my daughter Sasha in Alberta and she arranged for us to do a few back country hikes. I got to experience the side of mountains only serious? hikers do.  The first 2 day hike was to the Abbot Pass Hut.  Abbot Pass is reached from Lake O’Hara just outside Banff and is at about 2100m elevation. The last 300m to reach the hut is up a steep shale incline where you take 3 steps make 2. Brutal.   The hut is booked through the Alpine Society of Canada and is almost 100 years old. We shared the hut with 26 other hikers.  Where the climb up took 4 hours, the climb down the next day took a leisurely 1 ½!

After a comfortable night in Banff we headed to Kootenay Park for the Rock Wall hike – it’s a well-known 40km circuit of which we only partially completed.  From the Trail Head at the Ink Pots, it starts with a 12km hike over rugged terrain to Helmut Falls, where we spent the first night – one of the highest falls in North America.  The next day another 12 km along the rock wall (mountain range) through a plateau and we stayed at Tumbling Creek.  The last day was another 12 km hike out.  I was ready for a shower! After 6 days, Sasha had to get back to fighting Alberta wild fires and I back to Ottawa.

Abbot Pass and Kootenay Pictures