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    CaptainCanuck normally the trails in Rondeau are not busy. Because the campground is located in the north end of the park, the park store is in the north end of the park, the playgrounds are in the north end of the park, and the beaches with the largest area of soft sand are in the north end of the park, most of the campers stay in the north end of the park. I may experience a line-up to get into the park, but once through the gate, all I have to do to get away from the crowds is head south.

    Unfortunately, this year, park access for day use is free Mondays-Thursdays every week from May 1 to September 2. But park entry will be limited, because we cannot have crowded beaches during a pandemic. So even though I paid for my access to the park, and even though the areas of the park I would want to visit will not be crowded, I can be turned away at the gate and denied entry if too many people arrived ahead of me and got in--for free--to use an area of the park I wouldn't want to go to this time of year anyhow.

    In truth I don't think gate closures at Rondeau will be a problem for me. When day use was free last year at the end of May, the park was busier than usual. But it still was not dangerously busy. And May is a busy month for Rondeau in general. During the summer months I try to go to the park first thing in the morning to avoid the hottest part of the day. I'll mostly only be competing for access with locals when arriving that early, and there aren't that many locals who want to visit Rondeau, even for free. (There are much larger beaches, which are always free to access, in Erieau. And for folks who don't care about the wildlife, there are plenty of less buggy hiking trails which are closer for the bulk of the population than Rondeau.) I sure am glad my local Provincial Park isn't the Pinery though. That place is going to be a real mess this summer!

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      Congratulations on your vaccinations!

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        Hooray!

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          I'm glad you are all fully vaxxed!

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            Yay for fully vaxxed!

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              Pleased to hear you're vaxxed.

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                Thank you:
                CODawn
                Mamatigerj
                Whirly
                AnnieW
                Colin
                PetiteSheWolf
                DorothyMH
                Fremen
                CaptainCanuck
                Trbrat75

                Originally posted by PetiteSheWolf View Post
                it seems that all countries have a serious issue organising those vaccinations.
                PetiteSheWolf I don't know why this should be so other than that with the Covid vaccines we have politicians messing things up in an arena which is usually handled by medical professionals.

                In Ontario we already have a robust, annual vaccination campaign every fall for the influenza vaccine. Sure, that's only one dose, not two. And not as many people take it as want the Covid vaccines. But it's still a major operation that is handled smoothly and efficiently every year, primarily through pharmacies and primary care clinics. So why did we not start there with the Covid vaccines? Instead, our existing qualified and experienced vaccine administration network was ignored for months so politicians could have their photo ops in big, flashy mass vaccination clinics which were a PITA for almost everyone to get to (and an expensive PITA for some of us).

                Even now that we have lots of supply, most of the vaccine is still going to the mass vaccination sites. When I took my father to our local pharmacy for his second shot, there was only one couple there ahead of us, and nobody who came in after us. They're not booked solid with a waiting list over a week long because they're booked to the capacity of their staff and facility. They're only booked up because they're only receiving very few doses of vaccine to administer each week. My mother and I both had to drive half an hour to another town to get our vaccines while there was a pharmacist less than one kilometre away, twiddling his thumbs because he doesn't have enough supply. The administration of my father's pharmacy vaccine was significantly more efficient than all of the hoops one has to jump through at the mass clinic too. And the primary care clinic in our town still doesn't have any Covid vaccines at all.

                Anyhow... my household is taken care of now. So I'm breathing a whole lot easier.

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                  Workout summary report for week of June 13-19:

                  Consecutive days of fitness for Laura: 417-423
                  Consecutive days of fitness for Norma: 451-457

                  running: 30 km (2 x 6K, 3 x 5K, 1 x 3K)

                  workouts with my mother: 3:53:30 total time for the week -- seventh week of our new schedule.

                  other strength training: nothing

                  hiking: 52.4 km

                  SUP: none this week

                  yoga/dance: nada

                  Only Homemade Food: days 530 - 536
                  Daily French Study: days 216-222
                  GOBOT: 6/7
                  GBOT: 7/7

                  Finally I stopped bleeding mileage! Getting to bed on time so I could get up on time and run first thing in the morning definitely helped with this. I even went for a run on Saturday morning before gaming with sleep_twitch and 'rin at 6AM in my time zone!

                  I still did not get anywhere with yoga or other strength training this week. And my French study was another week of watching Netflix en fran├žais (which is certainly helping me to improve my comprehension of spoken French--but I want to get back to doing my lessons too). I did do some work on my birding skills--but I haven't logged any of it yet. So I don't have anything to report in that area for the week. (There will be some big jumps when I do get it all logged, though.)

                  Overall: I achieved some significant gains in productivity this past week over previous recent weeks. But I still have room for improvement going forward.

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                    That's some good distance covered.

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                      Watching TV can definitely help with language learning

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                        Hope everything is going well RD

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                          Trbrat75 !

                          Thank you for checking in. I am good! I am just behind on posting. Again. And also still behind on checking up on what all you beautiful bees have been doing.

                          I have been trying to do some catching up on my mileage deficit. In a heat wave. Which means means getting out first thing in the morning--which was when I was chilling at my desk, checking in with my DAREBEE peeps previously. So I need to adjust my schedule accordingly. But there has still been some procrastinating going on later in the day.

                          I have been watching a lot of Netflix en fran├žais recently to work on my spoken French comprehension. This is helpful. But it led me down a rabbit hole of some pretty dark European programs (Dark, Biohackers, Osmosis, Ad Vitam, Katla). The Netflix algorithms must have been getting worried about me, because after Katla, Netflix suggested I might want to watch The Fosters -- which is totally different from everything else I have ever watched on Netflix. And I kind of love it! It is so schmaltzy, and the supposedly-intelligent teenagers constantly making incredibly stupid decisions irritates me. But I can't help myself. The show pushes all of my happiness buttons, and Teri Polo and Sherri Saum are too cute as a couple to pass up. The trouble is, The Fosters doesn't have a French language dub (at least it doesn't on Netflix Canada). So if I watch that, I still have to watch something else to work on my French. (Currently, I'm watching Stateless.)

                          Also: I purchased several new (to me) board games (Viticulture, Euphoria, Between Two Castles, Charterstone), which just arrived last week. I am hoping to host a "Birding and Boardgames" weekend in October (assuming it is safe and legal to entertain people inside my own home once again by then--which I think it will be) so I need to have enough board games to keep my guests entertained throughout the weekend. (I totally already had enough games, but "they're for my guests!" always proves to be a compelling argument in the good cop/bad cop budgeting arguments which go on inside my head.) So now I need to learn how to play all of the new games before October so I can teach them to people.



                          Also: my mother has decided the pizzas I made the other week were "the nicest pizza [she has] ever had." This was a nice break from her constantly griping about my cooking. But now she wants to eat pizza all the time! Which I am not opposed to in theory. (It's a whole wheat crust pizza, and mine at least includes lots of veggies in the toppings. With a salad or some other vegetable side dish, pizza can be a delicious part of a nutritionally balanced meal.) But yeast breads are time-consuming to prepare. (I really do love pizza, though!)

                          Anyhoo... I'm heading out for my run now. But I'll try to do some catching up on here later today.

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                            I'm glad you're well and safe, RD - we see the reports of the extreme weather in Canada here.

                            There was a French police series that was shown in (and quite popular) in the UK called Spiral that I enjoyed - it is also very dark though!

                            Happy running!

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                              Thank you Colin . Safe is relatively easy, since we have central air conditioning. Getting outside in the heat is another story. But it's usually still doable before 8AM, and we have had a couple of cooler days. It's quite nice outside right now, in fact, and is expected to remain so until mid-day on Saturday, before things heat up again.

                              I don't have access to that show, but thank you for the recommendation. I like dark and gritty, as long as the story ends with hope and/or redemption.

                              I did have quite a happy run this morning. I just ran in town. But with school out for the summer, I can run the trail behind the public school whenever I like, which includes a well-maintained path through a small but shady wood lot. I run a lot of loops through that wood lot during the summer months!

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                                Workout summary report for week of June 20-26:

                                Consecutive days of fitness for Laura: 424-430
                                Consecutive days of fitness for Norma: 458-464

                                running: 30 km (1 x 6K, 3 x 5K, 1 x 9K)

                                workouts with my mother: 2:55:15 total time for the week -- eighth week of our new schedule. (We skipped some stuff this week, but got all of our programs done.)

                                other strength training: nothing

                                hiking: 49.4 km

                                SUP: none this week

                                yoga/dance: nada

                                Only Homemade Food: days 537 - 543
                                Daily French Study: days 223-229
                                GOBOT: 5/7
                                GBOT: 4/7

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