Enjoyable weekend (hike, kayak)
Monday, July 28, 2014
My friend Charly visited from California for a long weekend visit; she arrived on Thursday and left on Monday. She likes healthy eating and exercise, so it was easy to stay on track during her visit.
On Saturday we hiked Wychus Preserve. It was a hot and long canyon hike, more difficult than necessary because we got ¾ of the way around the loop, and then Charly wanted to go back the way we came instead of completing the loop. Her shoes were not adequate for the trail conditions (she wore hiking sandals instead of boots). But I enjoyed the hike, and we both got a workout!
The mariposa lilies were blooming
Trail along Wychus Creek
Me on the trail
Charley at the top of the ridge
On Sunday I went kayaking with friends at Lava Lake. Very nice day! I did not take my camera because it is not waterproof. We saw two beautiful bald eagles in tall trees along the lake, and watched one catch a fish and fly back to the nest. An osprey tried to steal the eagle’s fish in midair! (the eagle is almost twice the size of the osprey) I did eat too much at my friend’s campground at the lake; we did not get lunch until around 4 p.m. when all 6 of our group was off the lake.
Charly took me out to dinner at a very nice Thai restaurant. I had a healthy stir fried chicken and vegetable dish. The restaurant served the main course with a ginger rice that was delightful; I will try grating some ginger root into the pan the next time I make rice.
It was really fun having a visitor. But I am enjoying having my home to myself!