I work once a week on Bowen Island, and if I have time I try to get in a power walk around Killarney Lake during the day. Last week it was an exhausting, painful effort to get around the lake as I'd fallen and yanked my knee skiing one week earlier; this was a setback that did not fit in well with my fitness plan. At first I thought I'd done some real damage to it, but over time it began to feel like just a muscle strain. I visited a chiropractor that I know, who practices Active Release Techniques, and I kid you not, ONE treatment on my left popliteus muscle, as well as quads, and my two weeks of hobbling pain was cured. I had extra time today and decided to test it out on a good leg-stretching walk that included not only Killarney Lake but also the surrounding trails of Crippen Park, all within walking distance from work.
All pictures taken with my phone as it rarely occurs to me to bring my camera to work.
Choppy waters from the ferry on the way over. So windy that when I stepped out onto the ferry deck I was almost knocked over. I could not set down my coffee cup (precious cargo) as the wind would knock it over too. There are some days that I appreciate this kind of commute:
Boats in the bay, from a viewpoint in the little memorial garden:
Waterway meandering through the meadow walk, and a sunlit forest trail:
If you're unfamiliar with the island, the trail around the lake is wide and gently rolling, perfect if you're just out for something gentle, plus a large network of flat paths to and from and around the lake to make it into a longer walk. If you wanted to make a day of it there are several restaurants and cafes near the ferry terminal, but I had pledged a "spend nothing" day, and suffered through the most boring sandwiches I had ever put together, brought from home.
Boardwalk and marshy bit:
Couple of views of the lake.
Trees in winter:
Then back to work. My knee did not give me any trouble at all, so I am ready to work back up to something a little more strenuous now.
I am so glad I was able to get out and enjoy the sunshine, although BRRR!!!