Vacation 2012, Day 6: Socks, we need more Sock!

I think both Jake, and I knew this was going to be a long day.  We actually didn’t speak about this, but I knew from this morning that Jake wanted to remember this day…

Nanny, and Poppy had hair appointments across the street, so off they went, as I was making Pancakes for Jake this morning.  Several times this morning Jake said, how great a time he has had, and he felt he completed a lot of work as well for Nan, and Pop’s..  And he did.

We connected with Gertie this morning, and had a wonderful call with her, as she was working and getting her replacement ready for the project that she’s currently working on.

Aright, in speaking to my Aunt Joan, who visited a few weeks back, she wanted me to get some Acrylic put on the driveway, and walkway..  Well, it’s kinda like putting Lipstick on a Pig..  The pavement is OLD OLD OLD..  and not in great shape, but MOM has given orders on how she wants the job completed.

Sweep, sweep, and sweep.. and then get the water on it…  Luckily she had two jugs of acrylic in the shed, that I’m guessing she got on sale somewhere…  Smile  You should see our basement, it’s a collection of things that have been bought on sale, from years gone by…  Don’t ask, but for those who know, they KNOW!!

Jake did great, and while they were getting their hair cuts, we completed the the sweeping, and cleaning.  Mom then showed up, and we applied the acrylic.

IMG-20120803-00385  Notice, the wood ramp..  Continue reading. Smile

So, what does one do, to reward themselves after a morning job complete.  Time to Ride!!  Jake, wanted to hit the trails across the river again, and then back to the Ice Cream Parlor, which is quickly becoming his favorite place to visit..

Jake’s favorite places to VISIT by the way include:

  1. Gentleman B’s, best collection of MX clothing
  2. Grants footware, and Source for Sports
  3. Ice Cream Parlor

Ok, I tried to capture a few jumps, but I’m back to the Blackberry camera, as there was just no easy way to carry the dSLR.. Sad smile


What I’m not able to capture, is where he lands, right in a PUDDLE..  And the Camera man get’s it. 

I used to work with a guy named Joe Kinch at Microsoft, and every so often we would step in each other’s office, and ask permission to Brag about our kid, well, this is one of those times, I ask your permission to brag a little about Jake.

I’ve always loved Motorcycles, and especially riding off road.  For Christmas one year, when jake was really really young, I gave, sorry (Santa) gave jake a Ducati Electric Monster replica bike.  Battery powered..  Well, it was shortly after that, that I knew, we were going to spend some time on the trail together.

Jake started with a Zeener 50, moved to a Suzuki Dr-70, a TTR-110, and now he’s currently riding a Klx-110l with a full clutch..

A number of years ago, both Jake, and I completed an Offroad Riders Association training, and it was the best thing we ever did together.. 

One of the core things we did, was learn to get our center of gravity high, and as I watched Jake today, tackle some incredible whoops, loose mud, Gravel, and other obstacles, he was throwing around this new bike like a Pro..  He was high on his pegs for a couple of EPIC rides today, and I couldn’t have been more proud of his abilities.  OK, end of Brag.  Sorry about that.

After another session this morning, it was Back to the ICE Cream Parlor… AGAIN!!



You can tell, he was Happy!!


After returning home, this new trail has required us to dry out our gear a lot..


Socks, we need more Sock!!




Nanny wanted to thank jake for all his help this past week, and she gave him a very nice card, with some money in it…

She also wanted to redeem herself in the French quiz from yesterday, notice the Avec amour.  Jake laughed, and shook his head.  Then gave her a big hug, along with Poppy.

So off we go to Grand Falls again….

Wait a minute, was this a secret way of Getting us back in Grand Falls.. DOH, I think I’ve  been played..

So, back to Gentleman B’s.. Jake’s always wanted some OSIRIS shoes, and as some of you know, he love’s the skatepark scene..   Sooo, hello OSIRIS, with the help of dad..


I’m guessing we are going to be visiting a skatepark soon.


So during the Olympics, jake has suggested that Poppy should par take in the Eating Olympics..  Smile  So, for our final evening Supper, off we go for Chinese Food..  Their Favorite.   We enjoyed supper at the Golden Phoenix in the Mall.  It was awesome, and Poppy didn’t disappoint.


On the way home, I pulled over to take a few pictures of these High-tech moose awareness devices.  Dad said, a lot of money has been spent on these things?  Do they work?


Back home, Jake, and I decided to have one last toot on the bikes, before cleaning them up, and getting them ready to go back tomorrow..

This time, we decided to check out Pine Camps, and followed the trail that Frank laid out for us..  Before that, had to take a few quick picks from the trestle.


So, as we make our way to Pine camps, I got distracted by this bus in a field…  and a railway car..


Shortly after this picture was taken, a gentleman drove up in a truck, and asked if we had ridden on our fields.  We said, “NO, of course”  to be quite honest, I couldn’t see any fields,IMG-20120803-00409 but he helped us find an alternative route, which was a marked Ski-doo trail.



towards the end of the trail, we found a Beaver damn, which was really cool.



Great trip, and we decided on the way back, to call up Nanny, and Poppy, to meet us at, yep, you guessed it, the Ice Cream Parlor.  Ok, I’ve got some extra weight on, and spending a week with your mother doesn’t help.  Thus, now I’m drinking Water!!! 

But, it was sure nice to see Charmaine Prowse in the line-up.  A Classmate, and she hasn’t changed much..  Really nice to speak with her, although, very short.  While visiting my Grandfathers grave, I thought a little about Jimmy(Smed) Osbourne, and it’s been far too long, and I believe we should get the class together again for a re-union..  Or at least provide a way for everyone to connect virtually, ala Facebook, or something similar.

Accident Report

Well, jake has been really enjoying the newfound Power of the KLX110L, doing wheelies, power turns, etc…  So, after finishing our driveway earlier this morning, Jake, and I put up a small bridge for the bikes to travel over.


Jake saw this, and wanted to Jump it…  Smile


Guess before we leave in the morning, we have a fence to fix.   Jake, and I laughed so hard!!

Well, its time to put a close on this Blog post, da’Bish I believe it’s called know, I’m happy to be putting in my car, something dad has carried in many of the cars that he has owned, his toolbag.  This went everywhere, and I guess, it will probably happen to me as well, especially with the bikes..


As I was putting Jake to be tonight, in my old Bedroom, I realized that this has been a special trip for Jake..  Not just Jake, but me as well.  Jake had a hard time settling in, and he said several times, that he has had so much fun on this Vacation.

Mom and Dad are getting older, and a lot of things we did, will probably assist as they make a decision on what they want to do with the home.

This was an EPIC trip, for many reasons, but we surely missed Gertie..  The only way this could have been better, if she had been with us.

We start our journey home tomorrow, and Jake has a Goalie Camp with Extreme Edge Goaltending next week, that he always looks forward to.  He has some new Reebok 11K Carey Price(Sorry Frank, he really loves Carey Price, but not the Canadians) replica sticks that has arrived at the house, and a new pair of Bauer Pro Skates that need to be baked and sharpened.  He’s really looking forward to that!

Codroy Valley, here we come tomorrow, AFTER the fence is fixed!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joanne Whelan
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 09:15:08

    Awesome Kent! Safe travels!


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