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Kinetic Family in the Yukon: Fish On

August 3, 2014 in Events, Exercise, Outdoor Activity

With its awesome natural beauty, the relatively short flight, and the opportunity to visit family, Whitehorse, Yukon has been a choice summer vacation destination for us time and time again.

Our summer trips are often filled with many wonderful activities and over a series of blog posts we will share our experiences and highlight some of our favourite things to do in the area – perhaps a quasi ‘list of things to do’ for future travelers considering a visit to the land of the midnight sun.

Catch of the Day - Lake Trout at Dezadeash

Catch of the Day – Lake Trout at Dezadeash

FISHING DAY

I’ve gone fishing a few times in my life and and I’ve been lucky to catch a few fish here and there but I wouldn’t call myself an angler, not even close. Plus, all the fish that I have ever caught have been nothing to write home about. Well, that all changed on August 1st, 2014 when Dawn and I were guided on a fishing expedition by “Fish On” in the Yukon blogger, YukonTony (Dawn’s brother). An avid and experienced angler, YukonTony taught us the ins and outs of fishing in the Yukon. He also guided us on a fishing trip to one of the most picturesque fishing spots I have been to yet.

About a 2 hour drive outside of Whitehorse, Lake Dezadeash offers some of the best fishing in the region. Set against the majestic backdrop of the Kluane mountains the scenery alone makes this one of the most beautiful places on earth. I would have gone home happy to have just been there. The tranquility and the surrounding scenery is so awe-inspiring that no picture or video can do it justice.

The sun beaming down on Lake Dezadeash.

The sun beaming down on Lake Dezadeash.

As a beginner and first-timer to Dezadeash, I was pleasantly surprised when within just 10 minutes and a few casts of the line I had already hooked a couple of Lake Trout. And big ones, to boot! After releasing my first couple of fish (too big to keep), I went on a bit of a cold streak with my line but Dawn caught fire with hers and landed fish after fish as she caught and released 5 Lake Trout by the end of our 3-hour fishing adventure.

1 of 5. Dawn led the way landing five Lake Trout during our 3-hour trip to Dezadeash.

1 of 5. Dawn led the way landing five Lake Trout during our 3-hour trip to Dezadeash.

This particular expedition did not go without exerting some effort as the trek to the lake itself required a bit of hiking with all our gear in tow (food, equipment, waders, etc.). As we stood wearing waders in the lake the activity required constant core stabilization to prevent falling into the water, especially if the wind picked up and the waves got bigger. The most physically demanding part was reeling in the fish, especially if it was a big one. Apart from that, if a couple of wannabe anglers like us can catch a fish, I’m pretty sure anybody can.

Lake Dezadeash has been the best fishing experience I have had so far and I’m already thinking about the next time we go back. Lake Dezadeash = pure awesomeness.

Read more about The Secrets of Dezadeash (and other great fishing spots in the Yukon), how to get there, and all the gear you’ll need to fish at this lake by visiting YukonTony’s “Fish On” in the Yukon blog.

Watch our fishing video courtesy of YukonTony. Thank you.

Links:
Yukon Angling Licences (2014-2015)

 

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At One Point In My Life I Played With Deez Nuts

May 22, 2014 in Events, Exercise, Outdoor Activity

Deez Nuts in Action

This is a bit of a throwback post to our ultimate frisbee playing days in the VUL (Vancouver Ultimate League). Oh Ultimate, what a fantastic sport. We played league ultimate for nearly a decade and made a lot of great friends along the way. Compared to all the other sports that we’ve ever been exposed to the thing that made ‘ulti’ so awesome was this underlying principle that ultimate players have come to know as the ‘spirit of the game’. It’s not about the silly games played and songs sung after the games, although those have become tradition, but the respect and sportsmanship amongst players and teams is what supersedes everything else. This is a tip of the hat to all the fellow ulti players out there and a shout-out to all those we’ve ever played with and/or against (however you want to look at it); because at one point in your life you played with Deez Nuts.

Pooped. Deez Nuts - The Next Generation.

Pooped. Deez Nuts – The Next Generation.

We often had friends or players with their kids and newborns on the sidelines cheering us on. We’d always bring Malaya out to the games so she could get some exercise outdoors. Ultimate was a great way to keep in touch with old friends and make new ones too.

Little cheerleader.

Little Malaya crawling and drooling up and down the sideline cheering “Go mom and dad!”

Championship Disc back in the days. Pretty sweet despite it being only in Div.6.

Championship Disc from back in the day.

It was a hard fought championship. We didn’t know much but we worked hard and pulled off winning the division. It was pretty sweet to win a division championship despite it being only Div.6. We worked our way up to Div.2 but never made it far in the playoffs at that level. I am very proud to say that our team has been a past recipient of the team spirit award and it goes to show the kind of people we were lucky enough to play with.

Deez Nuts Summer 2005

Deez Nuts Summer 2005

Often at the end of every game, we’d play a silly game, sing a silly song or offer the other team a cold beverage as a thank you for the game and as a sign of respect for the spirit which the game is founded on. I wonder if the spirit still lives in the VUL today? Sure hope so.

For anyone who might be interested in learning more about the sport of Ultimate and how to play the game, visit the Vancouver Ultimate League website for an introduction. In fact, for those wanting to get into the game, the VUL is putting on a massive skills development clinic on May 31, 2014 for those new to the game.

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Three’s Company at Femsport Vancouver 2013

September 16, 2013 in Events, Exercise, Race

Femsport 2013 - Tire Flip; Photo Credit: Rick MacDonald http://flyintheeye.zenfolio.com

Femsport 2013 – Tire Flip; Photo Credit: Rick MacDonald http://flyintheeye.zenfolio.com

I participated in my second Femsport Women’s Strength & Fitness Challenge on September 7, 2013 in North Vancouver. I competed in the open division having previously competed in the novice division (first time competitors only) in 2012. While last year’s experience was nothing short of special and memorable, my overall experience and performance this year was markedly different than last…

First off, I competed both as an individual and as part of a team this year. My 3 person team was formed about 2 weeks prior to the event so I must give kudos to my teammates Michelle and Jessica for enthusiastically entering the open division with me considering they have never done this before. On top of that, they did very well in every event. I really enjoyed the camaraderie that comes with being part of a team. In addition, my younger sister, May, and friend, Mary, decided to enter the (novice) competition as well. Together, we supported and cheered each other on along with the many other competitors who were giving it their all.

With a better idea of what I needed to improve on from last year, I focused on establishing goals for each particular event. For example, I wanted to do the the (50) box jumps in 47 seconds or less and I set the bar real low for the obstacle course by simply establishing a goal of not falling or tripping on the course (I stumbled 3 times last year).

The challenges on event day started with the tire pull, kettlebell lift, box jumps, tire flip and obstacle course. Inverted rows and the car push were not included in Femsport Vancouver this year. While tire flipping (flipping a 270 lbs. tire six times) was my most challenging event of the day, it was also the most rewarding and enjoyable.

After the final event was completed, I was filled with a strong sense of pride and accomplishment to have achieved my personal best in all of the events with a relatively sound mind, as I was a nervous wreck the previous year. Placing 2nd place overall in the individuals open division and 3rd place in the team category was just the icing on the cake. Click here for the final results.

I was thrilled to have my daughters in the crowd to cheer me one for the final event, the obstacle course. When I asked my 2 year old what she remembered from the event, this is exactly what she said, “When you roll through the wheel; that my favourite part. Then you run, run, run and put the stick in.” and then she gave me a big kiss :). I hope that one day, my daughters will recognize that I did this event (among other things) not only for myself, but also for them. I hope to be for them, what my mother and many inspiring women have been for me.

The supportive and empowering atmosphere that surrounds Femsport and the athletes within it has inspired me, and many other women, to continue to strive towards personal bests, have fun, and support those who want to do the same.

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Box Jumps:

Tire Flip:

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