Vancouver

Vancouver

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Stuffie Olympics - Event 5

Hullo again! Today is my last event in the Stuffie Olympics. I am beary tired and somehow I have left the most challenging competition til the end... but we'll give it a shot... the dreaded...

Event #5 - Squash-tacle Course!!

And we're off... dodging through the stems and leaves...

Ooff... sometimes getting whacked in the face by a leaf...

Oh hey... a pumpkin!!!

Uh-oh... the dreaded "Shimmy by the Powdery Mildew Leaves" maneuver is required here...

Ohhhh... darn... flat on my face!

These butternut squash are hiding beary well!

At the halfway point... it's through the knee high grass and...

Careful to avoid tripping on a pink squash...

The finish line is in sight!!

I just have to complete the "Squash Leaf Slalom Course"...

A dodge to the left...

Followed by a dodge to the right and...

Whew!!! Made it!!! This little Olympian is beary pooped out. It was great fun thought!! Thanks to Ajdin for suggesting it.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Stuffie Olympics - Event 4

Hello... reporting to you from the Lake Venue... today's event is...

Event 4 - Kayaking

I am the bow captain on our boat, a very important role... for navigating, avoiding obstacles, etc.... Let's get started!

We're off... watch out... there's a feather in the water!!

I see some trees coming up!!

And there's some members of the audience... cheering us on with honks and wing waves!

Faster!!!!

Oh... and here we are making our famous Thread the Stumps maneuver... beautiful!!!

And the Finish Line is in sight!

There we go!!! We did it... great navigational job if I do say so myself... a bit wet but... that's ok...

Monday, August 22, 2016

Stuffie Olympics - Event 3

Hello again, we're still down at the Beach Venue and for my next event... we have...

Event #3 - Island Hopping

This is a tricky event, requiring great agility and fancy footwork... leaping from one island to the next. The breeze from the northwest will affect my trajectory... I made it to the first island just fine... although the seaweed made landing a bit treacherous...

Oh... almost... almost landed in the ocean but... I made it to Island 2... this one is covered in barnacles... great grip but hard on the sandals and paws...

 Now where to?

That island is already covered by the rising tide sooo...

It'll have to be this one!!!

Whew... made it out before the tide covered the islands. On to the next event!!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Stuffie Olympics - Event 2

Hullo stuffies... for my second Olympic event we're down at the beach. This is a beary challenging event requiring great skill, flexibility and compressability (a unique stuffie characteristic).

Event #2 - Caving

Yes... there are some boulders down here with holes that go straight through to the other side of the boulder... so let's get started shall we...



My first cave looks kind of innocuous but...

It has the dreaded horizontal slit... this requires great compressability for a bear... suck in that salmon gut!!

And... I'm out the other side!!! Yay!!!!

 It's quite amazing that I fit through there... but as we say in the Olympics... mind over matter...

For my next feat... I am tackling the Vertical Slit... this one is also a tricky one...

But I can see the other side and the slit gets wider as we go... just have to... urf... suck in... ugh... that salmon belly!

Almost there... that first part was tricky but now it's just a matter of climbing out...

Urf... ugh... and...

And I'm out!!! Yay!!! The Vertical Slit has been conquered!

The second-last obstacle is... the Twisty Chamber...

Not quite sure why this is called the Twisty Chamber...

But.. whatever... I'm going to tackle it!

And I'm out!!!

 Finally... the Crawl-Through...

This one is easy... just need to crawl from one opening to the other...

And that's easy!

Four chambers conquered!!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Stuffie Olympics - Event 1

Hullo!! Well, we've all been enthralled with the Rio Olympics but now attention is shifting to the Stuffie Olympics! Thanks to Ajdin for hosting these!! I have created... er... entered a number of events based on my skill level. Are you ready? OK... let's go!!


Event #1 - Salmon Cooking

Yes!!! Alright... here we go... first I marinated the salmon in the fridge in a mixture of brown sugar, mustard, oil and soya sauce... mmm...

It does look good doesn't it?? Do I hear some drool pitter-patters in the blogosphere?

Now there are many ways to cook salmon but I am choosing the most athletic way, of course...

We are going to BBQ them! I turned the grill on to high... and then slapped them on there, skin side down and turned it down to medium... this was beary tricky because there were so many pieces to fit on the grill... but I managed it.

I peeked at the salmon about halfway through...

Oh yes... looking good!!! Then it was a matter of flipping them... with flare you know...

Just a bit of time on the other side and they were ready to come off the grill. Another tricky execution here, wielding that flipper and getting them slipped off the grill without losing any to the floor.

I think we have a perfect dismount!!! Oh yum...

And just for the vegetarians in the audience... some fresh potato salad made with red potatoes from the garden... mmmm....

That's it folks!!! All good Olympians need to sustain themselves with food and I think this event has prepared this athlete beary well!