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Sharing my passion for an active lifestyle with a focus on trail running and skateboarding.

Hagersville Skatepark

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I stumbled across this skatepark last weekend. I wasn’t looking for a new spot to skate so it’s a good thing that I keep my skateboard in my trunk for occasions such as this one.

curved-quarter-pipe

I like the arch of this quarter-pipe. It’s also a nice height.

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There are plenty of places to do grind tricks too.

pyramid-ramp

It has the typical pyramid ramp that is standard at these concrete parks.

stairs

The stair obstacles are nice.

steep-grind-obstacle

Not sure what this ramp is all about.

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I like that the part is relatively free of graffiti. It’s not the best place to skate and maybe not worth your time to travel here . . .

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but if you are in the vacinity of Hagersville in Haldimand County, it’s the only place to get your skate on.

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Parkhill Skatepark Tour

Last week, I happened to be driving through Parkhill, Ontario and stumbled upon this amazing skatepark. Let’s go on a visual tour of it now.

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Parkhill Libro Skateboard Park is located at 269 McLeod Street in Parkhill, Ontario.

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This park has plenty of obstacles, some unique features, and a great flow.

brick-wall-ramp

This brick-wall quarter-pipe ramp is a neat visual and quite different from the rest of the black-top ramps.

bump-obstacle

I’m not quite sure what this one is or how to skate it.

grind-rail

This extended and curved rail is interesting.

mini-ramp

I love a park that actually has a mini-ramp!

multi-levlel-quarter-pipe

This quarter-pipe has multiple levels to it and is good for skaters of all abilities.

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When you are here, make sure you follow the rules.

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Stairs, pyramid, and flat ramps.

picnic-table-skateboard-obstacle

This picnic-table obstacle is really cool. I haven’t seen anything like it at any skate park.

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Skateboarding is a great spectator sport. This park even has bleachers so you can sit back, relax, and take in some great skateboarding action.

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It’s worth the drive to Parkhill, Ontario, Canada.

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Chasing Content – Last October Revisited

chasing-contentIt’s time to dip into the archives and revisit some posts from last month at this time with a little feature I like to call, Chasing Content.

You can eead all of the posts from last October,

or just revisit these  highlights.

Rich Writer / Poor Writer

Rich Dad / Poor Dad was an interesting book and I took a few things away from it. Click through to find out what I learned about writing while reading a book on financial literacy.

McLennan Skatepark (Kitchener, Ontario)

This is a great skatepark that is actually illuminated at night. I was surprised to see the street lights there one evening that I stopped by. It was so well lit that there weren’t any awkward shadows or dark spots. Definitely a great place to skate.

This Box Shows Why We Broke Up

I really liked the idea of this story and it pretty much compelled me to pick up the novel when I saw it at the library. I think we can all relate.

Delaware Lions Skatepark Opening

The Lions Club is an amazing organization, always striving to make their communities a better place.  Last year, the Delaware Club, opened a brand new skatepark and put on a great show.

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My Daredevil Collection Continues to Grow

It’s been a while since I added items to my Daredevil collection. It was long overdue, wasn’t it?

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I picked the baseball cap up at Fan Expo last month and the plushie at a store in the mall.

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I couldn’t believe that there is such as thing as Daredevil air-fresheners. I don’t even use air-fresheners in my car. I hate to have things hanging from my rear-view mirror. But I bought this pack just because.

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Daredevil is my favourite super-hero and I love skateboarding. What an awesome piece!

daredevil-gift-commission

These two pieces were given to me as birthday gifts for the past two years. I love them so much!

daredevil-pops

I started collecting Pop figures. I have Matt Murdock and Daredevil in his Yellow, Red, and Netflix costumes. There is one other figure that I need to add to this collection, a Man Without Fear black-costumed-figure. I hope to get it soon.

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I don’t wear jewelry but this Daredevil necklace is gorgeous. It is metal and an official Marvel product.

daredevil-panel

I can’t quite add this to my collection, but I did see a really cool Daredevil panel at Fan Expo this year featuring Joe Quesada, Charlie Cox, and Elden Henson. And I took this photo.

tim-sale-autograph

The last thing I recently added to my collection is an autograph from Tim Sale. Its from Daredevil: Yellow, one of my all-time favourite books. I love everything about it. The story is amazing and it even explains why Daredevil had a yellow costume in his early days of crime fighting something that was previously never explained)

It was a pleasure meeting and talking to Tim Sale about origin stories and the work he has done in comics. Fan Expo was a lot of fun this year.

Those are my latest adds to an ever-growing Daredevil collection!

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A Repurposed Tennis Court Becomes a Skatepark

An old and unused tennis court is the perfect place to build a new skatepark.

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I have never seen anything like this before.

But it is a great idea, don’t you think?

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This park is located in Mount Pleasant, Ontario and it has quite a few nice features.

stairs

I like the orange and blue colour scheme as well.

quarter-pipe

Here is the quarter-pipe,

pyramid

the pyramid with a grind ledge,

launch-ramp

the launch ramp,

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and some additional flat-land grind obstacles.

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I had a lot of fun skating in a tennis court. I’d never done that before.

It’s nice to see park spaces being revitalized and repurposed so that they can be used in new and excited ways.

Thank you, Mount Pleasant!

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Chasing Content – Last August’s Best

Chasing Content - Aug 2015It’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that handy feature that has us looking back at the old, dusty posts from last year at this time.

Read all of the posts from last August

or just these favs

Ain’t Nothing Like the Old School

I dug up my old Commodore 64 computer to play some classic video games, including my all-time favourite game, Bubble Bobble.

Beasley Skatepark (Hamilton, ON)

The oldest skatepark on the Eastern Seaboard is in my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. There is a very dedicated group of volunteers that help maintain and update the park.

The More You Do the Better You Feel 

It sounds odd, but it is true. I know from experience. Click through to find out how and why this works.

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See you at the start of next month for another edition of Chasing Content!

Old School Skateboarding with Rodney Mullen

“Rodney Mullen, who three decades ago invented many of the tricks on which modern skateboarding is based, steps inside fashion photographer Steven Sebring’s revolutionary 360 studio for his first major release of footage in 12 years, including several never seen before moves.”

Music by Dhani Harrison
Steven Sebring: http://sebringrevolution.com/

Rodney Mullen is a pioneer of skateboarding and one of the best to ever do it. He specializes in flat-land tricks and performs them flawlessly.  He makes the board behave in ways that seem scientifically impossible.

It is so great seeing the pioneers of skateboarding still active on the boards. I love this stuff!

Chasing Content – Highlights from July

Chasing ContentLet’s look back at what was happening last year at this time in a little feature I like to call Chasing Content.

You can read all of the posts from last July, 

or just these highlights . . .

Skate Port – Port Stanley’s Skatepark

Not the best skatepark I have ever skated, but it’s got one of the best names!

Why Do We All Have to Earn a Living

I found a quotation online that really spoke to me. Still haven’t figured out an answer to this question, but I hope to some day.

Transformers Comic Review

I really enjoyed this series. I need to find the next few trade paperbacks to read soon.

Kains Woods Adventure

I love running trails and not knowing exactly where I am going. It’s always an adventure.

Chasing Content Archive

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The Inaugural “Instagram Immemorial”

I started using Instagram 111 weeks ago.

It’s hard to believe that it has actually been that long.

Chase March 1st Instagram Post

This is my first post from April 2014. It shows a small part of my Daredevil collection.

Atmosphere Concert

I saw Atmosphere in concert and took this terrible photograph.

I did get to talk to Slug backstage and record an amazing interview with him though.

Spock Scrabble

I almost got to play this amazing word in a round of Star Trek Scrabble.

Smile and Wave

I made some punny jokes.

I made another one there. Pun + funny = punny. Get it?

Chase March Radio Selfie

I took some selfies at the radio station,

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documented some amazing running spots,

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shared some skatepark memories,

DW cosplay

And even did some Doctor Who cosplay at Toronto’s Fan Expo.

If you haven’t been following me on Instagram, you might have missed all of this cool stuff.

I still have 91 weeks worth of  images to catch you up on. That is why this post is titled, “The Inaugural Instagram Immemorial” because there will be more.

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Chase that Content – Don’t Let It Fade Away!

Chasing Content - Chase MarchIt’s time to stand on the precipice and look down upon all of the posts that compose the landscape of this blog.

It’s time to zoom in on what was happening last year at this time and highlight a few of the stand-out posts from last June.

It’s time for Chasing Content!

Read all of the posts from last June,

or just these stand-out ones

Teachers Are Such Failures

“It seems everybody is piling on teachers right now. We have become fashionable targets.”

People aren’t going to understand what we do. We will always face criticism and negative comments.

“Honestly, I don’t let it bother me and you shouldn’t either.”

Click through to read more!

I’m Never Running Here Again

I love trail running and am always looking for a new one to explore. I won’t go back to this one though. Click through to read why.

National Go Skateboard Day

Every year on June 21st, we celebrate skateboarding. There are all sorts of events., I am sure you will be able to find one near you. Go skate and have fun!

Rita – My New Favourite Show

This show is available on Netflix and it is absolutely brilliant. Anyone who has ever taught will appreciate the series. Well worth putting on subtitles and immersing yourself in three short seasons of amazing television from Denmark.

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Trilliums on the Trail Side

This is the time of year that the Trillium are in bloom.

I always love seeing Ontario’s Provincial Flower along the trail side when I go for my runs.

Trilliums on the Trail Side (1)

Here is collage I made and shared on Instagram.

The images above were taken during one of my trail runs through Komoka Provincial Park.

Meadowlily Woods Trilliums (4)

Today, I ran through Meadowlily Woods and spotted some Purple Trilliums.

Beautiful!

Kains Woods

This is from a few weeks back. I didn’t seen any Trillium flowers during my trek through Kains Woods.

They are kind of elusive these flowers. They aren’t in bloom for very long. So get out on the trails this weekend. and find some.

And remember to follow me on Instagram for more great pictures like these!

First Trail Run of the Year

Meadowlily Bridge

I decided to kick off the running season with a trail run through Meadowlily Woods.

Area Floods

It rained heavily for two days though, so when I got there, I decided that it might be best to stick to the paved trail.

This sign warned me that the area is subject to flooding. It still thought the paved trail would be better than the one through the bush.

Flooded Trail

As you can see, I was wrong. I have never seen the river this high. There was absolutely no way around it. This wasn’t a puddle. It was the river encompassing the entire trail.

Meadowlily Woods Trail

So I turned around, and went through the nature part of the trail. There were a few wet sections, but I was able to get a three kilometer run in quite nicely.

Wide and High River

It was an interesting start to my new season of running.

It’s going to be a little different this year. I no longer have data on my phone (I had to cut some expenses) so I won’t be able to track my runs as easily as I did last year. I really loved using that app too.

I do hope to find and document some new running spots for this blog though. So stay tuned for that.

If you need somewhere new to run, check out my photographic tours and visit one of 50 great trail run spots.

Happy Running!

Wawanosh Wetlands Nature Trail

Wawanosh Wetlands

Let’s remember the bright and warm days of Autumn, now that we are stuck in the throws of Winter.

Wawanosh Trail

Wawanosh Wetlands Conservation Area is in Sarnia and is a nice place to go for a run.

What is a Wetland

If you want to know more about Wetlands, click the picture to read the plaque that was along the trail side. I didn’t stop long enough to read it myself. Had to keep running!

Wawanosh Rest Station

If I did want to stop, this would have been the perfect place!

Wawanosh Info Plaque

I didn’t see any wildlife during my run, but there were a few other people enjoying the trail that might have scared them away.

Wawanosh Footbridge

The trail looped around the pond, but this bridge linked it up to the paved trail that runs for kilometers.

Wawanosh Adjoining Trail

I decided to explore it as well.

Wawanosh Biodiversity

There were a few more information plaques along the route,

Wawanosh Accesible Rest Station

and another rest area..

Wawanosh Running Route

You can see that I ran around the pond, and then I took the paved trail up to the main road, Modeland, and ran back down the paved trail on the other side of the river.

I enjoyed this run and hope you’ve enjoyed the photographic tour.

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Bridgeview Nature Trail

Bridgeview North Entrance

Bridgeview Park is located in Petrolia, Ontario and I thought it was the perfect place to go for a trail run this afternoon.

Bridgeview Trail

The trail is wide and winds for two kilometers.

Bridgeview Leash

There is also a leash free dog run here.

Bridgeview Plaque

This plaque gives us some information about the Samson posts and towers that were used to drill for oil.

Bridgeview Historic Oil Field

There is a working Historical Oil Field right on this site. It was closed though so I couldn’t explore it further.

Bridgeview River

I kept running along the trail that runs alongside Bear Creek,

Bridgeview Road

down this dirt road,

Bridgeview Covered Bridge

and under this covered bridge.

Bridgeview Pond

The trail continued up at the top of the hill and ran along side a farmer’s field before it rejoined the main trail.

Bridgeview Tower

As you can see, night was already starting to fall at this point. That’s why the first shot in this post is so dark. It’s crazy how quickly that happens these days. Trail run season is just about over.

Photographic Tour Archive – Over 50 great trails to explore

Ward Indoor Skatepark and Shop

Launch Ramps

Ward Skatepark and Shop is located at 199 Victoria Rd S, Guelph, ON.

Beginner Street Course

It is a warehouse style indoor facility with tons of great ramps and obstacles.

Grind Ledges

It is open year-round and offers membership and daily use passes.

Half Pipe

This is a really nice half-pipe.

Mini Mini-Ramp

This is truly a mini-ramp. I love it!

Quarter Pipes

There are all sorts of launch ramps.

View from the Half Pipe

The graffiti is a nice aesthetic touch as well.

Ward Skatepark Geulph

The park is well-designed and maintained.

Warehouse Style Skatepark

It’s worth a trip to Guelph!

More Great Places to Skate

Archie Coulter Conservation Area Trail

Archie Coulter Conservation Area

Archie Coulter Conservation Area is in St. Thomas, Ontario. I stumbled across it by chance and just knew I had to go for a run and explore.

Archie Coulter Trail

I didn’t realize that there was a formal parking lot a little further down the road until the end of my run. But this entrance was nice too.

Archie Coulter Bridge

After a kilometer in, I came to this bridge.

Archie Coulter in Autumn

I stayed on the main trail and it looped up nicely.

Archie Coulter River Bank

Running alongside the river was really nice.

Archie Coulter Woods

I ran a couple different loops and covered 4.5 kilometers today. It was a very nice run!

Photographic Tours – Over 50 Great Places for a Trail Run

My 2015 Running Season

I had a lot of fun out on the trails this season.

It is the first time I actually have data about all of those runs, however.

It is nice to have an app on my phone that not only tracks the distance I run every time, but also records the time, my average pace, and keeps track of any personal best that I may have reached that particular day.

Running Season

Here are the official stats for My 2015 Running Season.

  • Total Kilometers – 300.7 km
  • Total Trail Runs – 61
  • Average Distance Covered – 4.92 km
  • Average Pace  – 05:42 per km
  • Farthest Run – 8.02 k,
  • Longest Run – 44:22 mins
  • Fastest Kilometer – 04:27
  • Fastest Mile – 07:22
  • Fastest 5 km – 25:09

Keep in mind that I usually run trails with a lot of hills and challenging footing. As such, my pace is a little slower than it would be on flat, even ground.

On average I find that on a flat surface I can cover a kilometer is just over four minutes. On the trail, it takes me about five and a half minutes to do so.

Here are the individual run statistics starting from the most recent trail run to the start of my 2015 season.

Running Season Page 1

Running Season Page 2

It was a late start to the running season this year. I did run a few times before I started using the app, however.

Starting running again after a winter off, is always a tough process. My first two weeks of getting back into it are rather slow and are for a much shorter distance. That’s why I didn’t track those runs using the app.

I like having this data to look back on. Now I can see how consistent I am from season to season.

All I know is that my personal best for a 5 km is 19:03. It seems, I am past my prime days. But I am proud of these numbers and can’t wait for it to get warm enough, for the trails to be run-worthy again, and to see if I can smash any of these records next year.

I still have a few new running spots that I haven’t blogged about yet. I will do so in the next couple of weeks to add to the vast collection of trails I already have.

See you on the trails soon!

Grimsby’s Memorial Skatepark

Shayne Armstrong Skatepark

Shayne Armstrong Memorial Skatepark is located in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada.

Box and Rail

It has all the typical ramps you would expect to see at an outdoor park.

Bump Launch

The ramps and obstacles are spread out nicely to allow a great flow when skateboarding.

Grinds

There are several ledges to do grind tricks on.

Half-pipe

There are three ramps here and one of them is part of a half-pipe.

Quarter-pipe

It serves as a great mini-ramp, complete with coping on either side.

Memorial Graffiti

I like how this skatepark is relatively graffiti free. They do have a few pieces such as this one on posts just off to the side of the cement course.

Pyramid

This pyramid box is nice.

ramps

I really love skating here and I think you will too.

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Strathroy Skatepark

Strathroy Sign

Strathroy Skate Park was built by the local Optimist Club.

bumps and ledges

It’s a nice park for little kids and those just starting out.

Centre Bump

It has a large bump in the middle of the park.

DIY box

Some skaters  have added a few personal touches, including this box

DIY ledge

and this grind ledge.

One half of the half-pipe

There is also a half-pipe. It doesn’t have any coping and the two sections are a bit too far away from each other, but it’s still fun to skate.

Rail

The rail has been replaced recently as well.

Strathroy Skatepark

I wouldn’t go out of my way to skate here, but if you are in the neighbourood, it’s a nice place to skate.

Chase March’s Skatepark Tours (a dozen great places to skate . . . and counting!)

Laurier Woods Trail

Laurier Woods Sign

This past weekend I was in North Bay and had the chance to get out for a trail run at Laurier Woods. It was absolutely beautiful. I wanted to share that with you.

Laurier Woods Trail

The trail had a lot of rocky sections and places where I needed to slow down or do some fancy footwork not to trip or slip.

Laurier Woods Boardwalk

But it was a gorgeous afternoon and the scenery was breath-taking.

Laurier Woods Trail Rocky Sections

There were a few hills as well, not many, mind you.

Laurier Trails Sign Posts

The trails were very well marked. I ran portions of them all; yellow, red, white, purple, and the new trail that was just added to the maps.

Laurier Woods Observation

This observation platform was at the top of a rock bluff.

Laurier Trail Waterside

There were lakes, swamps, and a little river along the route.

Laurier Woods Inukshuk

I came across one portion of the trail that had dozens of these rock figures. They are called inukshuks. There were two specific groupings of them here.

It was so blissfully quiet back in the woods that it was very calm and peaceful.

Laurier Woods Rock Markers

Portions of the trail ran across these large slates of rock. It was hard to tell exactly where the trail lead. Thankfully someone painted these arrows along the route.

Laurier Woods Route

Here is a map of my blind exploration. I didn’t know where I was running. I was just feeling my way around. You can see at the three kilometer point, I seemed to have come to an end of the yellow trail. It looked like it looped up on the map. Oh well, I turned around and pushed on.

It was a great run with some very beautiful sights to behold. Highly recommended for runners or walkers.

Photographic Tour Archive – Over 50 great trails to run, hike, and explore