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Amusing Monday: Energized super-senior just keeps on going

Nothing stops 91-year-old Canadian John Carter, who has been dubbed the “world’s most extreme grandpa.”

In a seven-minute video released in November, this super-senior from Trail, B.C., is shown diving off a high board, snowshoeing, jogging, cycling, fishing and weightlifting. He also practices a little baseball and soccer with the kids. Those feats are something to admire.

Carter apparently has inspired many people, including the video’s producer, Devin Graham, who calls Carter a legend in the general community around Trail. Graham wanted to produce a video to recognize Carter for his way of tackling life, both physically and mentally.

“I just love his presence, his positivity, and how he’s lived his life,” Graham says in the video, “so I wanted to share that story with you.”

John Carter, 91, on location with video-producer Devin Graham. // Photo: DevinSuperTramp

Graham is married to Carter’s granddaughter. He became acquainted with the older man at another family wedding, according to a story in The Columbia Valley Pioneer newspaper, based in nearby Invermere.

The video has been viewed nearly 200,000 times since its release on Nov. 27.

“It’s crazy the comments I am getting because I go to the pool every night at 8,” Carter is quoted as saying. “I just walked in the door and the (front desk clerk) right away said, ‘Can I get your autograph?’”

CBC News commented on Carter’s diving prowess in a feature story, noting that the nonagenarian does back flips and sometimes back flops in a local swimming pool. On at least one occasion, the pool’s lifeguard pointed out that Carter had lost his dentures.

“I thought they were closed in good in my pocket, but the lifeguard says, ‘Hey, Mr. Carter, your teeth are down by the bottom of the pool,'” Carter recalls in the video.

One can also listen to a radio interview (above) with John Carter conducted by guest host Brady Strachan as heard on CBC’s Daybreak South, a current-affairs show based in Kelowna and covering the southern interior of British Columbia.

Devin Graham, a self-confessed film-school dropout, started making videos in Hawaii as DevinSuperTramp before teaming up three other creative minds to form today’s TeamSuperTramp video production company. Checkout the team’s bios.

Dreams of a Gorst-Bremerton trail are still alive

The final version of a concept plan to build a walking and bicycle trail along the shoreline from Gorst to Bremerton has been completed. The plan was distributed today.

A viewpoint could be developed along the Sinclair Inlet trail.
Graphic by National Park Service

Almost all Kitsap County residents and most visitors are familiar with this route, because it is practically the only way to get to Bremerton and points north without taking a ferry or private vessel.

More than 60 comments were received on the draft report. Suggestions were taken into consideration and included in the final version, but the basic concepts remain as proposed over a three-year period. Check out the report, called “Sinclair Inlet Development Concept Plan” (PDF 9.1 mb).

This is from a story I wrote for the Kitsap Sun on Nov. 1:

“Initial ideas in the trails plan — which also includes ideas to restore shorelines and control stormwater — rely on narrow corridors along both sides of the existing railroad tracks. At the two ends of the trail, where there is almost no land along the water, the walking path would cross the tracks and merge with the bike path.”

Bryan Bowden of the National Park Service, who helped organize the effort and bring together various design elements, said the idea to separate the bike path from the walking path came out of a series of planning meetings involving many community members.

While the separation would make for the trip more enjoyable for users, it may be more feasible to put the paths together on the highway side of the tracks, Bowden told me. Still, he chose to leave the plan as it came out of the committee.

The next step will be to seek grants from the state and federal governments. Federal transportation grants include special set-asides for pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Other grant programs focus on trail development. Numerous state and federal grants could support the environmental-restoration aspects of the plan — especially for salmon streams such as Gorst Creek. See page 54 of the plan for a description of funding sources.

If the project can be accomplished, it would open a major route for cyclists that few people now have the courage to travel.

The basic design elements of a proposed Sinclair Inlet trail (click to enlarge)
Graphic by National Park Service