Weston's First Canada Day and Our Hike up Spion Kop!

Hey guys!

This year Weston celebrated his first ever Canada Day!!!

We had to go out and take some pictures because even just in one year he has experienced what Canada is all about. Those picture perfect landscapes and all of the outdoor fun. Honestly we were just kinda driving around and I spotted this area of birch on the side of the road and decided it was a pretty little spot for photos!

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There were even little daisies all over the forest floor which gave off this fairy wonderland vibe and I really dug it.

It was literally sweltering on the 1st so we chose to stay in and hide from the sun. The next day I woke up ready to hike so I convinced Trav to go to Spion Kop in Lake Country because, "it's so short!!!!! it's like 3km!!! it'll only take us like an hour!!!" Little did we know it was more like 6km and we actually chose to summit it which added another 2km onto the distance. It went from a casual 3km hike in the mild 27 degree morning heat to a gnarly 8km hike in 36 degree afternoon heat. I mean, I'm not NOT glad we did it... but it was a rough one. Specifically the last 800m or so which were practically vertical up the mountain side. The whole hike smelt like burning wood because the forest was so incredibly dry but we did get some nice views of the lakes around Lake Country!

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Trying to take a patriotic photo and the wind was not cooperating.... This was the original lookout we had decided to hike to, from here we could SEE the top so of course we had to keep on climbing. I think in that 800m summit I literally stopped to catch my breath about 60 times. The heat makes a HUGE difference when hiking and it's so important to carry as much water as you can!! Once we got there, like always, it was worth it and we enjoyed a well deserved break and took some more photos of the view we had.

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I was so ready for the A/C I basically trail ran down the trail so I could get a slurpee and cooool off. We were all glad to have spent the day in nature and truly celebrate what Canada offers us. We are incredibly blessed to not only live in Canada but to also be in British Columbia. I swear it's the most beautiful place on Earth. I wonder sometimes if I'll be able to see all of the parts I want to see in my lifetime. Because guys, the list is long.

Anyways, happy (late) Canada Day and thanks so much for reading!

Click here for the Spion Kopje trail maps! 

β€œIn all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” β€“ Aristotle

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