2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run. Ironman Canada returns to Penticton in 2020, and I got caught up in the hype. I always knew I wanted to do a full Ironman, but it sure wasn’t happening in Whistler for me.Continue reading
This was the first golf course we had ever played in Palm Springs. It was really enjoyable, and we would definitely go back. This is mostly a picture blog entry, because I don’t claim to be a golf expert, and I’m not going to be able to give a hole by hole recap or anything.
When we showed up at the course, someone had greeted us in the parking lot. He drove over with a power cart and started loading us up. We got checked in and headed over to their practice range to warm up. The range offered nice expansive views.
The experience of golfing was super fun at Gary Player. We played on Christmas Day, so it was a bit quiet. There was a beverage cart going around, but there was no opportunity to buy any food. We didn’t get very hungry while we were playing anyway. The bathrooms are called comfort stations, and I thought that was super cute.
The course design was really nice, and we really liked how the rough was just as nice as the fairway! The rough not part of the fairway, which is where you mostly want to be on when golfing. The rough is often higher, thicker grass. In Kelowna, the rough on the golf courses is sometimes unkept and it’s impossible to find your ball on some holes (cough cough Predator Ridge). Or you just don’t want to venture into it to play because of snakes, holes, poison ivy, etc. the list goes on. The rough at Gary Player was so nice that it really makes for a forgiving and easy course to play. If you can’t hit your ball straight, there are lots of slopes along the course that help channel your ball back onto the fairway.
Golfing is a funny sport. It has a high barrier of entry. And I know there are some people who get a little stressed out playing, especially if you’re playing at nicer courses. But if I learned anything, resort courses are the best! From our personal experience, they are designed to be easy, and it makes sense. People might have never played that course before, or are without their own clubs, or whatever the case may be. I’d definitely recommend playing resort courses because they’re beautiful, and not very stressful. You can still take your game seriously if you wanted to, or you can also just enjoy your round and take in the sights and sounds of what the course has to offer. I definitely did the latter.
I am super fired up!! The second book I’ve already read this year, Rachel Hollis, Girl, Stop Apologizing was so amazing, and I’m all sorts of inspired!!!
So a few things… First, my mom passed away in November 2019 from a rare form of cancer. It was a huge shocker and I’ll go into it another time. Nothing ever prepares you for cancer. Death. Funerals. Writing or delivering a eulogy. But life slowed down and then went on a full pause for a while. And I think I can say it’s time to hit play again!Continue reading
The SunRype Okanagan Marathon is a super fun race and one that we have had a blast racing. The course is flat and scenic. The volunteers are wonderful, and there are tons of goodies after the race for runners. This is a race we’re definitely doing on the regular.Continue reading
So you’re visiting Kelowna for 36 hours, which feels like a short amount of time, but really it could be a Friday afternoon to Sunday noon trip. My friend from university, Shelby, came to visit us for the first time since we moved and she wanted to see the best of what Kelowna has to offer. We pulled out all the stops. Wine tastings, golf, hiking, brunch, and the beach. Yes, you’ll see we went down to Summerland which technically isn’t Kelowna, but we like a lot of wineries in that area, and wanted to be able to visit some other friends who were vacationing down that way at the same time. Here’s everything we were able to fit in through the weekend. Enjoy!Continue reading