With summer drawing to a close I feel like it was here and gone so fast. Really the weather didn't start to get nice until August this year so that has alot to do with it feeling so short. I have to say though that this has been the most amazing summer, not only because I completed 9 out of 11 items of my summertime bucket list but mostly because it is the first summer EVER that I was actually excited about it being summer. Every other year I have actually dreaded summer, it meant wearing less clothes which meant showing my body and showing everything I disliked about myself. Summer used to mean feeling embarrassed to walk down the street and wishing I was able to wear the cute clothes that all my friends were wearing. Not this year!! This year I was actually excited, this year I knew I was going to fit into those cute clothes and enjoy all those activities I wanted to do which was a huge part of why I created my bucket list. For those of you who need a refresher, my bucket list involved the following items:
#1: Go to Wild Play and complete the Monkido course
#2: Go Ziplining again at Adrenaline
#3: Rent Kayaks
#4: Day trip to Vancouver to complete the Grouse Grind
#5: Day trip to Vancouver and go to Playland
#6: Go tubing up at Lake Cowichan
#7: Go hiking a few times: Mt. Work, Mt. Wells, Mt Finlayson, Mt. Doug or any other reachable places around the island
#8: Run around Thetis Lake and swim to the island as a cool off
#9: Ride my bike for some short day trips around Victoria
#10: After work BBQ`s & badminton/bocce at Willows Beach
#11: Do the indoor climbing at Crag X Climbing Gym
I successfully completed all those items except for #5 and #6. After my attempt at going on rides at the Saanich Fair I axed the idea of going back to Playland. The tubing, it just never came to fruition, but I have nothing to complain about. I really did so much this summer, it was like cramming in all the fun things I always wanted to do into 3 months.
Yesterday was the last item of my bucket list that I checked off. Nicki and I headed to North Vancouver to conquore the Grouse Grind. For those of you who don't know what it is let's just say it's nickname is "Mother Nature's Stairmaster". It is a 2.9KM hike up an to an elevation of 3,700 feet involving 2,830 stairs. Here we are just about to start our hike...