Wednesday, August 17, 2011

So Much Going On!!!!

A hike in Pepin Brook - south Langley.

It's been quite a few days since our last blog and it's been a very busy time....with little time to get any writing done.  Why so busy?  Just so much good stuff going on.

A few days ago Jeanette and I chose to take a nice hike on a new trail in south Langley.  Pepin Brook is a beautiful trail in the deep woods that features an incredibly wonderful fish bearing brook.  The crystal clear waters serve as a great spawning and feeding ground.
Beautiful fish bearing habitat.
Jeanette is checking out a nice waterfall.  We took photos but with the shade and sun streams, it didn't really turn out well.
Rightfully protected.
We stool here for awhile observing the small suckers in the stream below.
This trail is a real gem.  We were thrilled to find it.  It will now be one of our main hikes and it's only about 3 minutes from our home.  Nice discovery, for sure.
At the most recent BC Lions v. Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL Football Game.
Last Saturday found us attending one of the regular season CFL Football games @ the temporary Empire Field @ the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) in Vancouver.

Good friend Rick, who has season tickets, invited me along.  Jeanette and I went online and found a single ticket for her, near our seats.  The three of us were able to sit together during the last half of the game.  We lost!!!  Yikes, the Lions had better find a winning solution or they won't be able to make it to this year's Grey Cup game to be held @ the new BC Place Stadium this late November.
Our Lions lost, yet again!!!
What started out as a strong opening quarter ended in defeat for our orange, black and white.  It was a disastrous second half.
Jeanette with our very good friend  Rick @ the CFL game.
Jeanette, Rick and I enjoyed the outing - on a perfect night too.  The weather was picture perfect.
Playing the prestigious and private Sagebrush Golf Course in the Quilchena Valley.
Sunday saw 20 of us driving up to a fantastic golf course in the BC interior.  We were invited to play the private and prestigious Sagebrush golf course in the Quilchena Valley, just east of Merritt.

This golf course is partially owned by former PGA Golf Pro, Dick (Richard) Zokol.  He and a few partners built this beautiful and most difficult private golf course on a mountain side in the Quilchena Valley.  It is a gem.  It was my sixth time playing there.  That's two rounds in each of the past three years.  
Playing partner, Fred, is shading the late afternoon sun to determine where to place his ball.
Although we are not members of this course, we were invited to play again this year.  What a treat.  It's also a treat to play a few holes with former PGA Golf Pro, Dick Zokol too.  He makes striking a golf ball seem effortless.

Although most of the golfers were staying overnight in the Quilchena Inn, Fred and I had commitments back home. 

We left @ 6:00 am on Sunday morning, drove up, played two rounds (36 holes), finished up at sundown, had a quick bite of lunch and drove back to the Lower Mainland.  We were back near 11:00 pm. That was a long and exhaustive day....but what a day!  It was exhilarating, to say the least. 

The other golfers continued on to Tobiano Golf and Country Club near Kamloops for another round of golf on the Monday.
Your playing partners have to keep an eye out for the ball.
Checking an afternoon text from a colleague.
 The number 13 hole on Sagebrush is where we had lunch.  I took photos with Fred's camera and I'll post those when he sends me some on email.  They are of Fred casting a fly rod along the 13th hole private lake that is stocked with trout and other fish species.  What a stunning environment.

We've been so busy with other things too but we won't bore you with the details.  

This evening we'll be driving to the airport to meet with our daughter Ginette and her husband Trevor.  They are coming in for Trevor's sister's wedding this Friday.  We'll be attending too.  The weather looks most promising.  Another busy week ahead.

That about sums up the more interesting events in our lives of late.  More to come.

Thanks for dropping by.
John and Al on the number 15 hole @ Sagebrush.

1 comment:

  1. You have been busy no wonder you haven't had any time for blogging!

    I'm afraid the Lions are not going to be making it to the Grey Cup game this year unless some miracle happens!

    That golf expedition sure looked like fun. Must be a great feeling to play on a nice course like that.

    Enjoy the wedding this weekend!