You would think that the highlight of this day would be the semi-annual VPO sale. Because, yes – I was there when the doors opened and yes, I got almost everything I wanted/needed. I showed amazing restraint. There were lovely Icebreaker items I would have liked. I did not buy them. I bought only what was necessary. The most important item was a new sleeping mat. What I discovered with my old one – it turns out it was part of a bad batch. Lots of people had issues. Repairing, apparently did no good because the mats just leaked right through the pores. So Simon and I both got bad batch ones.

At any rate, I have a new one that is one of the lightest there is and packs up very small.

However, as I said, this was not the highlight. After VPO I headed up to Pomme to check out their organics. Mangoes were crazy cheap so I got two and headed for the checkout – and that’s where I gasped and said OUT LOUD: “OMG – you have Wild Mountain chocolate!”

Yes – Wild Mountain, the bar I thought I would never see again because I have only ever seen it in Rossland. And Pomme had the best one – the one with chocolate from Ecuador!

I bought a lot of it.

Yes – I do mean a lot.

There were other highlights. After lunch  (and half a bar of Wild Mountain chocolate – still swooning), I took Abby to Jack Point, another one of our favourite walks. I took the opportunity to test my camera in three settings: manual, landscape and Intelligent Auto Plus. I think I took at least a dozen or more photos – identical shots in three modes. When I got home, I put them through my editing software – almost no retouching at all on any of them. The fact is, I could not for the life of me tell the difference between any of the modes. Maybe an infinitesimal bit.

So – for hiking’s sake and not fiddling too much, I will leave my setting on Intelligent Auto Plus – it seems to have a tiny edge on the others. For Macro and moving water etc,, I will switch to manual – but this is good knowledge. Learning my camera – getting to feel comfortable with it.

And that’s it. For the rest of the day – more writing on the new manuscript I started and lots of putting my feet up. Allowing my back to heal and quite simply being lazy – door and windows open, sun and breeze pouring in – a happy puppy basking in sunshine (broiling herself). Yeah – it feels good.

About goodyniosi

Writer, avid(!!!) hiker - living life to the fullest. Love, life, bliss - getting high on getting high (in the alpine that is)
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