We have just spent Friday-Monday in Fernie, home of 2 rivers, surrounded by mountains including the famous “three sisters” mountain, and lots of outdoors activities. We have noticed that many towns like Fernie, Penticton, ___ have a high per-capita cyclist rate, and if I lived in these places I’d be one too! These towns are all relatively flat and have an infrequent transit service. BAM, bikes everywhere.

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The Three Sisters by Patrick Markle

Saturday in Fernie I walked around the “Historic Downtown” area leisurely (to make the 7 blocks stretch), taking my time to visit each art gallery, clothing shop, and contemplate eating at each cafe.

There is a wonderful art co-op here in Fernie where I have picked up the names of a few new favorite artists. Patrick Markle is featured above, and Nicole Yanota and Glenys Takala below.

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Nicole Yanota

Genys Takala

Genys Takala

Sunday we worked the Fernie “Mountain Market” event, a small farmers market located on the next block beside where we were staying! Spoke with some friendly people and almost signed up for a river rafting tour! Susan was hesitant to surrender the entire day (9-4) to a rafting trip, so when we got back we researched the half day trip we had heard about, only to find that there were no tours going out on that Monday due to low enrollment. 😦 Oh well, It left the day open to do everything I did today instead:

Today (Monday) we had the day off because we had worked the event on Sunday.  I woke up early for course enrollment (more boring details below), then slowly prepared to head outside into Fernie for an afternoon of walking around the town and painting more angles of the downtown street.

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Course enrollment details:

I was awake at 9am PDT, (10am MDT) in order to do my course enrollment for my fall term. I am very happy with the results. I was having some trouble choosing courses a few days ago because I had three goals in mind (besides receiving a great education of course):

  1. Take 4 classes
  2. Leave Friday afternoons open in order to visit Victoria on weekends.
  3. Don’t take very early morning Tuesday classes so that I can go to a 60s themed “ice cream social” dancing event which happens Monday nights.

Finally I settled on a schedule of three 200-level Communication classes, and one introductory Publishing class. These classes occur over tree days, with one Monday, two Tuesday, and one Wednesday. All except the Wednesday class are at the downtown campus. I have just achieved 45 units, meaning that I could take a few certain 300- level classes, but the more I looked the more I didn’t want to end class downtown at 9:30pm every Monday night, and the more I realized my interest in some of the 200-level classes I haven’t gotten to take yet – like International Communication!

This whole process has put me in a good mood. I’m hopeful that my classes will compliment each other well, and am really looking forward to going back to school! I’m looking forward to going back to the small things, like participating in clubs and going back to my weekly fitness schedule! When I’m not doing all of that, I’ll have a few opportunities to spend 4 day weekends in Victoria!

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