Out Of Retirement (for three weeks)

  Out of Retirement (for three weeks)  Cheryl Bernard Coming out of retirement (albeit briefly) reminded me again as to how tough it can be for teams who are on the road almost every second weekend over a nine-month period. That was one of the biggest reasons I decided to retire from the game… travel. It just got old after doing it for so many years. However, my brief stint out of retirement in September was different. First, I knew there was an end date. Second, I really do miss competing and being out there on the ice with my team. Weekend #1: Team Jones I got the call early in the summer from Team Jennifer Jones, asking if I could spare for Jen at the Colonial in Saskatoon as she wouldn’t be back on the ice after the new addition to her family, baby Skyla. I was all over this, and for many reasons. You don’t get many opportunities in curling to play with other teams, and especially one that you competed against for many years. And I was also curious as to how this team retains the desire and grit that they always seem to have. We started with a 6-2 win over Regina’s Chantelle Eberle, after going 4-1 up after four ends. Then we lost 7-3 to Team Japan, the Saiji Fujisawa team that finished second at the worlds back in April. Our time in the second event didn’t last long as we lost again, 7-3 as well, to Brett Barber’s team from Biggar, the hometown of Sandra Schmirler. With our backs to the wall, we...

Italy 5.0 – Adventure Travel at any Age

  I just recently finished a two-week trip to Italy – it was my “wish” for my 50th birthday, and what a birthday it was! It was what they call a “Self guided” Walking tour and four of us set off for a wonderful adventure in a beautiful country. Four days in Rome and then eight days hiking the Amalfi coast, visiting Mt Vesuvius and the ruins of Pompeii…it was incredible! On the plane home my husband and I were re-living the adventure, chatting about the people we met on foot walking from town to town, and the exercise we got and how great we felt even though we had enjoyed all the food and wine that Italy is famous for. And it hit me that pretty much 90% of my vacations are what I call “fitness vacations”, hiking, biking, walking and more often then not, coming home feeling better than I did when I left. And when I look back and really I am not sure which came first…the importance of fitness and the ability to pursue physically active trips or the desire to do those types of trips prompted me to maintain a certain level of fitness in my life. But either way, I cannot imagine a holiday without the physical aspect of being able to walk for hours on end, explore villages, immerse myself in the culture, take time to understand the history, meet the local people along the way and stop as long as I like to take in the incredible scenery and be “in the moment”.   In Rome we chose guided “walking tours”....