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“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”
Henry David Thoreau


Back from Bend

If you have never visited Bend, Oregon, put it near the top of your list. It is a fantastic place to visit. Take my word for it. If you like hiking, skiing, running, paddling, walking on lava or just scrambling up a steep mountain or admiring a waterfall, it’s a must-see for you. I’m not a mountainbiker but I hear it’s paradise for adventures on two knobby wheels as well. Oh, and lots of coffee shops and breweries. One of them even makes a dog beer! (sadly, I didn’t make it there; my dog is still mad for not getting a chance to try it …).Tumalo Mountain

Want proof? Check out the pictures.

Staying in the old historic district right next to downtown, I had everything important in walking distance. Coffee shop, raw/vegan smoothie store, brewery and pub, REI, the river, trails, bakeries. One of the fantastic places I wish every city would have is the vegan fast food joint Next Level Burger. I’m seriously considering bringing this to Canada … it tasted amazing and I’m still missing the vegan milkshakes! Delicious and plant-based is possible.

Go and visit. You won’t regret it. I heard they even have open water swim events in the summer. Until the lakes warm up, the local Masters group is a fun place to maintain your swim training.

Winter 2015

Ski dog… or what this is supposed to be, since it for sure hasn’t been a regular winter! We had a bunch of snow in January but nothing white has really come down since. The xc ski trails are slowly melting away, and we are getting close to the end of a ski season that usually extends into April. Strange!

Maybe fittingly, I focused a bit more on trail running through the winter and completed the Orcas Island Ski January 31 Nordic50km race at the beginning of February. Check this awesome video … giving you an idea of the wet and steep course! With plenty of vertical climbing on skis and the treadmill under the belt, the vertical was
manageable but the muddy conditions made it rather challenging.

So it is time to get the road bike out and start training for Ironman Whistler in July 2015 …


Magic of Christmas

Okay so I might be biased, having grown up in Germany. But I have yet to find another place on earth where Christmas is as festive, social, yummy and traditional as in Germany. Graham and I were lucky to spend 2.5 weeks with my parents during the holiday season, and thoroughly enjoyed the treats, cookies, and LOTS of Glühwein :)

We also got to spend 4 days in Grindelwald, Switzerland, where we had fun sledding (watch the champion sledder!), hiking and enjoying the view from the Jungfraujoch. It is quite an adventure to take the train through the Eiger to get to 3545m! Luckily we caught an early train and had about an hour of sunshine and unlimited visibility, before a major storm hit and turned the -24C into -40C with windchill and NO visibility.

We watched the fireworks in the neighbourhood and across the lake for a good half hour on New Year’s Eve … they had to make up for the bad music and entertainment on TV during the evening :) It was great to see family, spend time together, play cards and share laughs!

Check out the pictures. And consider experiencing the magic of Christmas in Germany yourself!

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