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Monday, August 30th, 2004
7:59 pm
Hey everybody! Guess what, I'm switchin into Mech! (At least I'm going to try, if they'll let me in)! I'll see ya'll in a few days!
Wednesday, August 18th, 2004
11:01 pm
Update of the Month!
The last few weeks have been really fun. Meg and I went to PEI from the 1st to the 5th, and had a great time. We caught the ferry at 11:15 on sunday morning, and fot to the island around 12:30. We'd planned out a route for the first day, but we went the wrong way after about 100m, and we ended up biking on a dirt road that had nasty hills. Around 4 we made it to brudenell provincial park, where we spent the night. The next day we biked on the Confederation trail to Mt. Stewart (which thankfully wasn't a mountain at all), and then headed to a campground in winter bay. It was kinda nice biking on the confederation trail, but the ground was gravel which was a lot slower. The campground at Winter Bay was really nice, but like brudenell, it didn't have a beach. The next morning we headed to cavendish and ate out at pizza delight, which tasted a lot better than the stuff we tried to cook on the fire. We were going to spend the day at the beach in cavendish, but the weather wasn't looking too nice, so we headed across the island to Charlottetown. The bike ride across the island was the hardest of the trip, mainly cause of the hills. We camped just across the river from the city, and walked into town to get some food (mmm east side marios) and to catch a movie (the village, pretty cool movie). We biked to lord Selkrik provincial park the next day, where we lazed around for an evening. On friday morning we had about a 1 hour bike back to the ferry terminal, which felt really good for the last day. On the ferry we met an old guy that was just finishing biking across the country, then got picked up by Meg's dad and slept for a long, long time. (oh beds are so comfortable!).

The monday after I got back from PEI I started working on the deck with my cousin. I learnt building decks is a hell of a lot more fun than painting, but can still be really frustrating if the thing won't get level, or the lumber people take forever delevering wood.

The friday after the deck building, I headed up to the CB Highlands national park with my dad, Leo and some friends for the weekend. The parks staff are on strike, which meant free camping! We had a short, downhill hike into Fishing Cove, an isolated beach on the north shore of Cape Breton island. The weekend was a blast, we saw 4 or 5 moose, and I even wrestled one and got one of it's teeth (actually, I just found a tooth on the ground). The water was really warm, so we spent a long time in the ocean and climbing/jumping off cliffs next to the ocean. We hiked out Sunday morning, which wasn't so fun cause the hike out was up a long steep hill, and dad decided to put the frying pan in my pack. Frying pans are not meant to be carried long distances, as I learned, and should not come camping.

Right now I'm running out of jobs I've got to do around the house, and I'm looking forward to having a week or 2 to relax before heading back to the k-town. See you all soon.
Monday, July 5th, 2004
9:44 pm
Free from the trees!
Tree planting has been over for about a week and a half, and it's been great! We had a few planting parties, one out at a guys cottage which was really fun. I've spent a few days painting the shed, and I'm going to start on the house soon. Once that's done, I'll get a start on the deck. It's nice doing work were you can see what you've accomplished. (A lot better than planting tens of thousands of trees in the middle of nowhere!)

On Canada day I went up to Halifax with some friends. The Trews were playing on the waterfront, but they sold out of tickets by the time we got there. I ran into my cousin on the waterfront, who was pretty drunk and trying to sneak into the concert. We headed out to a bar called Le Marquis, which was really nice, but lacking people. We went to "the Dome" later, which was pretty dirty (it even had skechy hot tubs). I saw Farenheight 911 on Sunday, which was good, but not quite as good as Bowling for Columbine. It did draw some interesting connections between Bush and the Binladens, which was interesting. Poor Bush, he really isn't a very smart man...

Anyway, look forward to seeing you all soon!!!
Sunday, May 23rd, 2004
3:59 pm
Back home on a lazy Sunday afternoon
I've finally got a chance to make one of these live journal things! I just got back from camping at James River Falls a few hours ago. The trip was really fun, but lots of stuff went wrong! (Which made it kind of funner). We almost forgot the stove (mmm raw pasta) but saw it on the lawn as we were pulling out of the driveway. On the hike in, the stove fell out of Meg's pack into a huge puddle. Meg didn't realize how top heavy her backpack was, and she fell in too when she tried to get it out. I tried to help her out, and you can guess what happened to me... . A little later, we were trying to cross the river just below the falls, and there was this spot were you had to jump across a little 5 foot water fall. I jumped over, and Lou tried to throw me her pack so she could jump over. Only she was caught on her pack or something, and went for a little water slide in very cold water. Somebody else tried to help her, and they fell in too. Then somebody tried to float the stove over the river in a pot, but the damn stove was too heavy and sunk to the bottom. To make it even funner, there were people on the other side of the water watching us look like idiots. We had a campfire and chilled for awhile (no, really, "chilled", it was damn cold out). The hike out today was a little less adventuresome, cause we found an easier was to get out. When Meg and I got back to the logging road where her Dad was gonna pick us up, there were a whole bunch of middle-aged, drunk, skechy people waking around, having some kind of party (one old guy in an army outfit yelled "Happy New Year" at us!) I hope it's just as "adventuresome" if you guys come camping here sometime!

Tree planting hasn't been too bad so far, but the eary mornings are taking a bit of getting used to. So far I've planted 15491 trees, each funner than the last. I'm starting to plant trees in my dreams too, so when you consider that, 20 hours of each weekday is being used up by tree planting. We had a crew party on Friday night, which was a blast. We took Corey, our Foremen, away from the wife and kids for the night and got him quite plastered. (Hugh donated half a 26er of tequila to the cause). Corey then started telling us some great stories, like when he was best man for Glen's (one of the planter) brother's wedding, and had a little to much rum. I guess he could barely stand up for the speech, and keep taking lots of "dramitic pauses" to try and not throw up. Corey is an awesome Foreman, he's really slack, and if you folks think I have and east cost accent, give him a call!

Anyway, that's been my weekend, and it's back to 8:30 bedtimes for me now!
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