summer

Paddleboarding Across Kal Lake!

Hey guys!

So this is going to be my first solooooo post! Sometimes I like to adventure on my own and if my man isn't up for it then I usually still make it happen!

In this case my mom and I decided to go out for a paddle one afternoon and it somehow turned into me convincing her to join me in paddling across Kal Lake (roughly 16km) when we had literally paddleboarded maybe 3 times. Maybe.

Here's the pictures from our little afternoon outing on the boards which I really enjoyed and actually found a whole new love for. This was MY first time.

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I found an event on Facebook that was a fundraiser for the Okanagan Rail Trail which I've talked about it my Winter post! Basically two awesome ladies wanted to get as many people as they could to paddle across the lake and run the trail from Oyama to Vernon in support of the trail. So I decided I wanted to be one of those people! I was a bit nervous as I wouldn't know anyone and I was not at alllll experienced at this kind of thing and had a feeling I would be near the back. My mom agreed to join me so we set off early that morning to be at the starting line for 9am.

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We all set off into the gorrrrgeous morning light and started our journey!

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These are all phone photos so the quality isn't 5 star but this experience was absolutely incredible. Bursting out of my comfort zone, putting my body and mind to the test and enjoying a whole new perspective of Kal Lake like I had never, ever seen before. I couldn't believe how breathtaking the views were. The water was emerald green in the morning and the sun was shining down at an angle that made the whole lake shine and sparkle. It was one of those moments you know you'll have etched into your memory forever.

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We all took a short break at Kekuli Bay and enjoyed snacks, water and chats with new friends and at this point the sun really started to put off some heat. We were half way there and in the second half I took multiple breaks to soak myself in the lake for a moment of refreshment. I also went in between standing and sitting on my board for this journey. It was actually pretty fun and I seemed to move even faster when I was paddling on my board sitting like I was in a canoe. Once we could see Kal Beach it went by quickly and we were there in almost no time. We passed Rattlesnake Point which also provided a gorgeous view I had never seen before.

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We ended the paddle feeling accomplished and managed to even get some great group shots.

I hope to fill my life with tons of experiences like this and also plan to paddle the lake again next year AND to invest in my own inflatable board so I can take it to all the incredible lakes we visit!

Thanks for reading!

"You don't paddle against the current, you paddle with it. And if you get good at it, you throw away the oars." - Kris Kristofferson

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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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