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Fresh Salmon Season

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tis the season to enjoy fresh-caught salmon.

My hiking friends and I shared a meal last Friday, we all brought something.
Broiled salmon, polenta, sage butter, gorgonzola cheese, sprouted lentil salad, spinach-avocado-strawberry-pecan salad and a hazelnut creme cake. Such a pleasure to share good food with friends.



Wow, my laptop crashed, I am using the home desk-top, it loads photos in a jiffy, I used to have to wait up to 5 minutes for photos to load before. This is heaven.

  
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DEBBYFROMMT 7/11/2014 6:03PM

    Yum! (I'm on a notebook and it is tough to type on, this is as bad as typing on my phone!)

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LINDAKAY228 6/27/2014 6:05PM

    I guess it's not a bad thing so much that the laptop crashed as far as photos anyway LOL. But laptops are so convenient for using other places. That food sounds heavenly and also the company!

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CODEMAULER 6/25/2014 9:56PM

    What a pretty plate! I'll bet that was a fun and yummy meal.

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NATPLUMMER 6/25/2014 4:49PM

    Yum!!!

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DEBBYFROMMT 6/25/2014 4:18PM

    Yum!!! Fresh caught salmon!

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Hike to Lindeman Lake and Greendrop Lake

Saturday, June 21, 2014

This is my new second favourite hike. My favourite is still Needle Peak. I did this hike for the first time on Wednesday June 18, with 22 other hikers with the hiking club I belong to. I am in the middle with the dark blue jacket and white striped sleeve.



It is a 6.5 mile total (going and returning) trail through forest, beside streams, along Lindeman Lake, on to Greendrop Lake. Some of the trees were amazing, 7 foot diameters and bigger. Part of the trail went through boulder slides on the mountain bottom by the lake edges. Boulder scrambling is either loved or hated, I love it, thus this is one of my new favourite trails. It was 6 hours total, including the lunch stop, a glorious day!!










Lindeman Lake




The pointy peaks are called the Gargoyles.







Our lunch destination, Greendrop Lake, after the rock trail, and through some forest trails

Ladies lunch counter





Greendrop Lake











  
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DEBBYFROMMT 6/23/2014 3:36PM

    Absolutely beautiful! I LOVE to hike! Some of the places there look similar to here. One of these days I will get up there to hike with you!

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LINDAKAY228 6/22/2014 10:15PM

    Thanks for sharing this! Awesome hike!

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BILL60 6/22/2014 1:40PM

    Very nice. Thank you for sharing.

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NATPLUMMER 6/22/2014 9:23AM

    Wow! Beautiful!

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CODEMAULER 6/22/2014 8:05AM

    What a terrific hike! Thank you for taking such awesome photos and sharing them.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/21/2014 4:56PM

    Such beautiful terrain!

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Thanksgiving in Toronto, Niagara Falls

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This year we had Thanksgiving in Toronto. DS is working from September to December on a student experience job placement. I don't have any Toronto pix, we had a good time all together, DS showed us the downtown, our hotel was there, his workplace is close, we had Thanksgiving in the CN tower.

Sunday we went to Niagara falls for the day.























  
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MELTEAGUE 11/21/2013 1:35PM

    Beautiful pics! You were so close to Toronto! Whoo hoo!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 10/23/2013 12:42PM

    Beautiful pictures!

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LINDAKAY228 10/16/2013 2:03PM

    Sounds like a great time! Love the pics. I would love to go there some day and enjoyed seeing your pics.

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BILL60 10/16/2013 8:24AM

    Thank you for sharing.

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PATTYKLAVER 10/16/2013 7:50AM

    What a great way to celebrate the holiday. Lots of good company and good memories for you.

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NATPLUMMER 10/16/2013 6:59AM

    That certainly looks like the Niagara Falls I remember. We went as a family and walked across the bridge from the US.
Glad you got to spend some time with DS.

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JAMBABY0 10/15/2013 9:55PM

    beautiful pictures thanks for sharing

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JACKIE542 10/15/2013 9:53PM

    Beautiful, thanks for posting! emoticon

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Hannegan Pass

Friday, October 11, 2013

On Wednesday my hiking group went up towards Hannegan Pass. This hike is in the US in the Mt Baker outdoors area. Because of the government shut down, the ranger station where we register when we go on hikes in this area was closed, but the trails were open.
It was an amazing hike. Some in the group are mushroom lovers, they got several bags full, 'tis the season. Our hike started in no snow, in beautiful autumn colours and ended on a pure-white snow slope. We didn't make it as far as the Pass, because the snow was deep and with a crust on top, the leader had a workout like a stair climber on the highest settings. We took turns leading. We hiked until 12:30, stopped for lunch, then came back down. The views and colours, be they fall vivid or fresh-snow pristine, were stunning !! It is an interesting transition, just a few weeks ago, we were walking in mountain meadows above the tree line, now the snow has arrived and capped the mountains.
































Wow, I am in Vancouver today with fast internet, that whole blog with photos took about 5 minutes to load, at my rural home it takes 5 minutes per photo, sometimes I spend an hour or more uploading a blog


Yay for fall colours and fresh snow !!

  
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CODEMAULER 10/15/2013 6:49AM

    You get the most amazing pictures during your workouts!!!

While not looking forward to snow - yet - I am jealous that you had such a setting. Thank you for sharing it with us!!

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HAPPYNOW26 10/13/2013 2:18AM

    Absolutely wonderful! Love to hike. Always an adventure. Great pictures.


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EBRAINK 10/12/2013 9:45AM

    Wow! What a beautiful hike! Thanks for sharing!

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/11/2013 10:53PM

    Beautiful! I know when we snowshoe in fresh deep snow we have to take turns cutting a path. That is WORK! Thanks for the beautiful pictures!!!

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TENISWHIZ 10/11/2013 4:09PM

    BEAUTIFUL! You probably got great Internet service because you were so high!

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HILLSLUG98239 10/11/2013 3:26PM

    Beautiful! I've hiked in some beautiful places around Mt. Baker. It is a treasure. (Let's hope it stays dormant for centuries to come!)

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WILEE323 10/11/2013 3:00PM

    Absolutely gorgeous! I'm putting Mt Baker on my list of places to visit!!

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SEABREEZE64 10/11/2013 1:39PM

    Gorgeous. And hurray for a fast internet!!!! Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful photos.

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NATPLUMMER 10/11/2013 1:16PM

    Wow....so beautiful!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/11/2013 12:45PM

    Really beautiful!

We are going hiking this afternoon on Mount Agamenticus in Maine. It is one of the largest remaining unfragmented forests in coastal New England. Not a tall mountain, but it looks to have some great views from the summit.

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LINDAKAY228 10/11/2013 12:34PM

    Wow such beautiful colors! Loved the pics! Enjoy Vancouver!

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Kettle Valley Bike Ride Part 2

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The ride down the mountain



We stopped at Chute Lake and resort for lunch, this lake was a high on the mountain .






We had a real live rattlesnake incident. This area is hot and dry, not like the wet Fraser Valley we come from. The lake edges are green, but the rest is toasted brown and there are rattlesnakes in the hills. Coming down, there was one across the road sunning itself, the first rider to see it screamed startling the snake into coiling, it struck, it could have hit her, or it could have gotten wrapped in the spokes, instead it missed and the next rider saw a snake appear behind the first rider's back wheel scaring her as well. In the end, luckily, nothing bad happened, the next rider heard the rattles, but the snake scuttled down the hill and none of the rest of us saw it.




The road came out above and eventually down to Okanagan lake and through the vineyards. This valley used to be a fruit orchard valley and is increasingly seeing more and more wine production.






























That was the end of day 2, a sometimes rough rattley mountain ride down with great views. That evening, the husband of one of the riders made us dinner, grilled chicken, romaine-sliced yellow beet -pecan-goat cheese salad, chickpea, tomato and greens salad and roasted asparagus, mushrooms, peppers, peach pie for dessert, acommpanied by local and other wines. So good and such a treat !!

We had no flats on the ride down, but the next morning two of the bikes had flat tires. Before we left the husband of one of the ladies had shown those of us who didn't know, how to change a flat. We changed the flat tires and went back the way we had come the first day, from Penticton, down Okanagan Lake, along the canal, along Skaha lake, and along the highway back to Oliver.

Our total mileage, 40 + 80 + 40 = 160km or 100 miles.

I had to take a photo of this to believe it, these grapes all grew at the bottom of the vine. So handy for harvesting, don't you think?




On the drive home we stopped for fresh fruit.









  
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MWWENSIN 9/4/2013 7:55PM

    Great pics thanks for sharing

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/4/2013 5:06PM

    I wouldn't have survived the snake incident; I'm deathly afraid of them.

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LAURIETAIT 8/28/2013 2:33PM

    I was totally into this trip and the gorgeous views until the rattlesnakes.After that incident I would have been so busy watching the ground for snakes I would have missed the scenery. lol

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PATTYKLAVER 8/27/2013 8:31AM

    The area sure is beautiful! I'm not sure about having to deal with snakes and flat tires, however!

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LINDAKAY228 8/26/2013 1:45PM

    Such a beautiful area!! I loved the pics! Glad no one got hurt by the rattlesnake but it would have scared me to have it strike. Glad it missed!

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NATPLUMMER 8/26/2013 10:29AM

    Beautiful ride! Glad nobody was hurt by the snakes.
YUM!!!

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