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Types of rest

I like to track things, so I’m going to start tracking some of the hikes I’m doing.

Prairie Mountain – 6.4 km and 666 m elevation gain (I actually logged 10.4 km in with all of the extra switchbacks that I did)

  • I found it super challenging. Some people can do it in a couple of hours, but we did it in 5 hours total (with a good long rest at the top). I took a lot of breaks because I needed the rest, but I was really proud that I did it.


Aug 25, 2019 – Banff Legacy Trail

  • Bike ride from Canmore to Banff and back.
  • 41 km round trip with approx. 185 m gain and 106 m loss from Canmore to Banff.
  • Took us 1.5 hours both ways
  • Had a great lunch (fish tacos) at Stump and Magpie


  • Glenbow Ranch – 4 km to 6 km, depending on the route. Did lots of times.
  • North Bragg Loop
    • 8.3 km, 265 elevation gain, 2.5 hours
  • Fullerton Loop – 6.9 km, 239 elevation gain. 3 hour hike with a friend and three kiddos
  • Part of Elbow Valley Trail – 5.2 km, 70 m elevation gain. 2 hours with family.
  • Part of Ptarmigan Cirque – We did 2 km of 4.3 km, 150 m gain. 1 hour with family.

Bragg Creek hike


I was fortunate to read about golden handcuffs in Richard Carlson’s book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work, many moons ago, at the start of my career ~16 years ago.

“The term ‘ golden’ handcuffs means that you voluntarily live at, or very close to the edge of your current means (or, in many cases, well above). It means that, in effect, you trap yourself into keeping a job or career (or moving in a career direction), and/or working too many hours because, while you may enjoy the benefits of, and completely rely on, a certain level of income, you may not enjoy (or may even resent) what is required of you to earn that level of income. In other words, the rewards of your income are overshadowed by the stress of maintaining your lifestyle.” – p 110

goldenWe have tried to consciously avoid golden handcuffs and not live at the edge of our means by living a relatively simple life (although comparing ourselves to someone like Mr. Money Moustache [MMM], we still have a long way to go). Thankfully, neither Mel or I are interested in fancy things. (Well, except for bicycles, in Mel’s case). We try very hard not to spend money that we don’t have, and are more interested in making extra payments on our mortgage than spend our money. That said, I recently analyzed our spending habits over the last year using Quicken, and we are spending waaaay more money than we should be on groceries and dining (~3 times MMM’s annual food and dining spending).  (Our grocery bills are high because gluten-free and other allergy-free items are very expensive, we purchase way more roasted chickens than we probably should, and we don’t like to cook on the weekends).

We are going into 2016 with the intention of being more mindful with how we spend our money. How about you?

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