family adventures

Cascade Falls Adventure!

Hey guys!

Sooooo I decided to start posting recent blogs and slowly catch up going backwards for now. I get so eager to share what we've been up to and it's hard to focus on all the old posts BUT I will eventually have it all done. 

This past Saturday we decided to check out a waterfall we've been curious about for a while. We tried to reach it back in the Spring but the heavy rain we had caused wash outs and the road was closed so I was pretty excited we could finally go! 

We packed for a quick hike, only the essentials. Hiking bag, happy baby, warm clothes, tim hortons, cheerios and snacks, hiking boots..... ahhhh, the hiking boots. Somehow in the chaos of leaving I had forgotten my boots only to realize half way to our location. This may not have been much of an issue if I hadn't decided to wear socks and sandals for the car ride. 

Lucky for us the trail is only a few kms and I quickly was distracted by the scenery. 

When we left in the morning I wasn't sure if I was going to see any snow or not but we were greeted by a stunning display of fall colors. The leaves have all turned soggy but they still add that pop of color on the forest floor & in this case the creek!

This was such a fun area to explore. 

A typical part of our adventures, lots of bending over and positioning the baby/ making sure he doesn't eat foreign objects. PS. This MEC suit has been AWESOME so far. This specific one is the cocoon bunting! 

Weston absolutely loves water so I knew he'd be a big fan of waterfalls. He's already seen several and is always drawn to the noise and the power they create. 

Can you tell he loves his daddy?

We found huge chunks of quartz near the falls plus dozens of smaller pieces littering the ground. It was a remarkable area. The moss, the moisture and all of the color. I was blown away and could have set up camp for a week there. 

I had to take a few shots of the muddy 4 runner in all those leaves before we took off for the day. We're still waiting on the snow here in town but I look forward to all of the mountain adventures we'll be having where the snow is abundant. 

Can't wait to catch up and share all of our recent adventures with you all! Thanks so much for following along! 

 

“Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself!” 
― Mehmet Murat ildan

 

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Day at the Beach! Exploring the Shores of Kal Lake!

Hey guys!

This is going to be a short little post of mostly photos but Weston had a great time exploring the shore of Kal Lake this summer.

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Okay.... I seriously can't get enough of those baby toes.... and this kid was a mega heavy crawler and we have hardwood floors, hence the bruises :( they cleared up quick once he figured walking out! He also has a monster mosquito bite hahahah.

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A family of ducks came to visit and Weston was pretty intrigued by them.  There were also tons of different reeds in the water so he had lots to explore and grab onto... and try to eat which is really just the usual around here.

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Then we hung out on the beach until we dried off and it was time to head home. Pretty sure he's the cutest kid ever in that hat and towel. Holy heck.

Anyways, thanks for reading, or really looking! ;)

"I grew up with the smell of the lake and the feeling of the woods." - Steven Tyler

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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! 

“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

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Bluenose Mountain Hike!

Hey guys!

I am in the process of updating the heck out of my blog and actually turning it into somewhat of a full on website so I figured I betttter keep on plugging away on catching up on these posts so I can really dig into the good recent stuff!

Things get more interesting now because warm weather is upon us so the hiking amps up a bit! But also kinda amps down because it is h o t.

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Bluenose is a short but fairly steep hike located just outside of Vernon via HWY 6 in Lavington. The great thing about this hike is it's pretty much accessible during any season, with the right vehicle, so we will probably see a lot of this spot. I always think it's fun when you see the same place but each time is a different season.

The mountain has 3 peaks but the general population only has access to two as the third is on someone's property.

We drove in and quickly met the man who owns the house at the bottom. He proceeded to warn us of cougar dens and angry brown bears etc so I admit I left the trailhead feeling a bit uneasy. Not sure if it was made better or worse by the signs nailed to two trees which stated "Bear this way" "Cougars this way." I think the possibility of irritated wildlife is a bit more freaky when you have the most precious piece of cargo riding on your back. But being well aware of those risks long before we hiked Bluenose we remained optimistic and continued upwards.

It became obvious we were still quiiiite out of shape. You start to ascend immediately and your hiking boots are searching for traction on the silt like sand that was dusting the trail. There was an abundance of wildflowers all along the trail which made for a really pretty hike despite the temperature.

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We quickly made it to the top after a lot of sweating. Like I mentioned before Bluenose is a really short hike, it only takes about 30 minutes up and 30 minutes down so it makes for an awesome short adventure and you really can't go wrong with the scenery. You get views of our valley but also off into the distance you can see Camel's Hump and the Monashees!

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It was eeeextra bright up there so we managed some squinty photos but Weston was in great spirits and we enjoyed checking out the view together and trying to see Dad in the blinding sun.

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When we originally got to the top there was a butterfly flying around, it was actually pretty cute too because she seemed so content flying around that mountain top!

We started to make our decent which was almost 10x more difficult than getting up the mountain. Gravity was working against us and that silty sand was a huge pain in the ass frankly.

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This photo kind of shows how unstable the sand on top of the trail was and when you're travelling down on such an incline it was similar to a slip and slide! None the less we enjoyed our way down, made a beetle friend on the trail and saw even more wildflowers.

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Bluenose is a great hike close to home that I am convinced would be incredible during any season. I hope to make it up there this Winter for a whole different perspective!

Thanks for reading!

"Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit”

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