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Ice Fishing in Canada

Ever wondered what to do during a Canadian Winter? Ski, Snowboard, Ice Skate, Snowshoe, Sled, Dogsledding, Curling?

This is what I do:

That's me - Ice Fishing!

That’s me – Ice Fishing!

Ice Fishing!

It’s pretty simple, really; you make sure the lake is frozen – preferably over 3″ thick, so you don’t fall through. You then drill a hole with an “Auger”, manual or gas-powered:

Gas-Powered Auger

Gas-Powered Auger

Once you’ve drilled your hole, you clear the snow and ice from around and in the hole and then you’re ready to fish!

I’m no Ice Fishing expert; but the good news is, you don’t need to be one to enjoy this cold-Winter past-time! It’s a little bit of technique but even more luck. The fish are so cold, they won’t want to swim a lot, so you have to hope that you drilled a hole over some fish or at least close to them.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

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Day out in Victoria, BC

My plane arrived at around midnight, so we took a taxi down to the “Royal Scot Hotel” where we stayed just for a night; straight to bed I went, I wanted to catch as much sleep as I could before venturing off into this beautiful city.
I woke up at about 0730hrs to enjoy a “West Coast Omelette” at “Jonathan’s Restaurant”; filled with shrimp, smoked salmon and topped off with Hollandaise sauce, I think I was in heaven! Man, do I ever miss the delicious seafood of British Colombia.

After my outstanding Breakfast, I took “Bus 6” down to the Naval Dockyard, which is where all the Canadian Navy ships rest, which includes my previous two ships: “HMCS Protecteur” and “HMCS Algonquin”. I walked onto the “HMCS Protecteur” and quietly made my way up to my old workplace where I surprised my buddies who are still working on the ship. When they looked at me, they glanced away and then quickly looked back. They must have thought they were hallucinating for a second, because they had no idea I was flying into the city. They were overjoyed to see me, just as I was to see them. These friends have helped me through the toughest of my times when I was living in Victoria, BC. They were true friends, always pushing their plans aside to help me out when I really needed it; these are the kind of friendships that you need to treasure and value for the rest of your lives, its not everyday you run into people like that. I stayed on the ship for just over an hour, wolfed down a bowl of “Cream of Chicken” soup for the Navy tradition of “Stand Easy”, which is at 1000hrs everyday, then made my way to the ship across from the “HMCS Protecteur”, which is the “HMCS Algonquin”. My awesome friend Jen, the one that we bumped into during my Vegas vacation was working “Quartermaster” duty. I paid her a surprise visit; it was really awesome to see that she is doing great overall and that she some awesome sails to look forward to!

Shortly after reminiscing with some amazing friends, I hopped onto a bus heading towards downtown to grab myself a delicious Lunch at one of the restaurants that serve the food that I miss most: “Azuma Sushi”. The sushi here in Trenton is overpriced and definitely not up to the standard of quality that you will find on the West Coast of Canada. I had a “Spicy Salmon Roll” and a “Yam Roll” with a bowl of brown rice topped with roasted sesame sauce on the side. The bill only ran up to 12.95$, now THAT’S a VERY fair price, especially for quality food!

I didn’t have a lot of time to spend in Victoria, so I slowly walked back to my hotel, grabbing a “Spanish Latte” at one of my favorite Cafes: “Dolce Vita”. What really impresses me about “Dolce Vita” is how they create coffee art in your drink. They actually construct some sort of complex pattern in your coffee; it looks so nice you almost don’t want to drink it! Don’t worry though, I don’t know how they do it, but somehow when you sip back your delicious drink, the pattern doesn’t disappear, it stays right to the bottom of the cup!

Well, I’m back home in Trenton now, but not for long! I’ll have another adventure shortly for you to read up on, just keep your eyes peeled!

Tomorrow, I start my first Piano lesson, I’m also hitting up the gym with Amy first thing tomorrow morning too. Nothing like a fresh start to your day!

Dolce Vita Coffee Art

Dolce Vita Coffee Art

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Love your Heart!

Did you know?

Just 15 minutes of cardio a day could extend your lifespan for an additional 3 years?

Ladies and Gents, exercise is absolutely important for a healthy and happy life; a mere 15 minutes is all you need! No excuses!
Every now and then, I’ll be writing these small “tid bits” if you want to call them, basically random facts and information to fill time in when I’m not out traveling or doing something ultra exciting! Hope you enjoy the new additions!

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No pain, no game.

Been working my ass and mind off, physically and mentally to reach some personal goals. Physically, I’ve been training with about two workouts a day, everyday to become more physically toned, build endurance and cardio. I’ve been bouncing between intense workouts at the gym and at the martial arts club I practice at: Patenaude’s Fang Shen Do style Kung-Fu. Mentally, I’ve been re-training myself, studying and being tested to bring myself back up to the standard I require to work independently on the aircraft. If you go two months without flying, you temporarily lose your qualification, so you’re placed within a “Standards” cell to bring yourself back up to the standard to take back your qualification. Of course, I was gone for several months in Wainwright, Alberta, so there was no way at all to preserve my qualification. That’s okay though, because I will have it back within just a few weeks and it doesn’t change what I’m physically doing in my job: traveling the world!

I’ve probably mentioned it in an earlier post, but I’ve already traveled to 18 countries in just 3 years. Keep a close eye on my blog, because in just a few weeks from now, that number is going to shoot up from 18 to 23 countries and I’m going to some really exotic places that most people will never go to in their life, or may not even heard of in her life! I can’t mention them now though, so you’re going to just have to deal with the suspense! What a tease, right?

Tonight, I have another great Kung-Fu class to look forward to and tomorrow, I spend the day mission planning for my next gig in the air!

I’ve finally reached four years of service within the Canadian Forces, so at any given time, I could be receiving a promotion to the next rank: “Leading Seaman” which is the Army equivalent of “Corporal”. With a promotion, you deal with more responsibilities, seniority and a pay increase of course, which I am really looking forward to!
With a bit more cash coming in every month, I’m thinking of taking up some music lessons (if time permits)… I’d love to learn the Electric Keyboard and there’s a place in town that is giving lessons for a very fair price. I’ve only studied Music for a short period in school, about two years or so, but I picked it up really fast.

Time to cook up a healthy Supper!

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