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Friday
Sep262014

Triathlon time: Sink or Swim?

The swim was going to be my strongest portion. When I found myself hyperventilating in the middle of the lake I knew something had gone very wrong in my first triathlon in 20 years. What I didn't know was how to recover.

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Saturday
Aug302014

My Big Day Downtown in Halifax: People's Choice Edition

Updated on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 8:02PM by Registered CommenterAlison DeLory

blogging assignment with the Downtown Halifax Business Commission. I once again had $150 to spend downtown and a stellar list of suggestions from my Facebook and Twitter friends who I canvassed as per this year's "people's choice" theme. (I know, I know, tough job but someone—or some 30 bloggers in this case—has got to do it.) It went down like this:

1. I love pushing my physical limits physically and was glad when @wryandginger suggested Studio in Essence, 1717 Barrington St., @studioinessence. It's like an adult playground with bright things to climb, swing, spin and stretch upon.

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Wednesday
Aug132014

Small Kenyans have a large way of welcoming Me to We travelers

As our bus rattled along the pot-holed dirt roads of Kenya's Maasai Mara, children burst forth from fields and mud huts to greet us.

"Jambo!" (hello) they shouted. Their faces broke into wide smiles, and their waving hands seemed to flap faster than hummingbird wings. "Jambo! Jambo!" they repeated, running alongside our bus on their small but mighty legs, and peering up at us with bewitching big eyes.

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Sunday
Jun222014

The day we became swingers

After 16 years of marriage, sometimes you need to experiment a little. With this goal in mind my husband and I looked at each other this morning. "Do you want to try it?" I asked. He was excited. "Yes, let's go," he said, grabbing protection on the way out our front door. We were becoming swingers.

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Wednesday
Jun042014

Oot & Aboot in Blue Mountain-Birch Cove

We lay on the flat, sun-warmed rocks high atop the cliff overlooking Charlie Lake. After hiking for an hour it was time for a water break and short rest. A bird in the trees opposite called repeatedly in a high-note/low-note combination, and getting no response from his own species, I did my best to whistle back the same.

The Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes wilderness area—1,312 hectares of crown land encompassing forests, lakes, barrens and wetlands—is a huge swath of (mostly) protected land. It is almost three-quarters the size of the Halifax peninsula, stretching all the way (map) from Hammonds Plains to behind the Bayers Lake Industrial Park.

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