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.
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!!
The pointy peaks are called the Gargoyles.
Our lunch destination, Greendrop Lake, after the rock trail, and through some forest trails
Ladies lunch counter
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 !!
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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