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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 ĺ 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 eagleís fish in midair! (the eagle is almost twice the size of the osprey) I did eat too much at my friendís 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!

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    Cool about seeing those eagles!

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CTUPTON 8/21/2014 11:55AM

    I will try the ginger, too. We have very few restaurants here that have fresh foods. We have some but you need to really do research first.


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    What a gorgeous place! I don't understand though how one would want to go back when 3/4 of the loop is already done? There is something I don't understand! emoticon As for hiking with hiking sandals, I would be way too afraid of snakes to do that (even though we don't have many here, there are some).
Anyway, it sounds like you had a great hike, with lovely flowers too, which is the most important. :) And this ginger rice sounds awesome! Please let me know how it turns out and I might try to do it as well.

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THIN133 7/30/2014 6:17PM

    How fun ! Being with a friend, being outside & getting exercise & fresh air. Sounds like a wonderful time to me !

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OPALMOON 7/29/2014 2:08PM

    Hi Alison,
So glad you had a nice weekend with Charly and had some great exercise and healthy food as well. Also good tat you enjoy having your home to yourself -it all sounds very positive.

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MARITIMER3 7/29/2014 9:43AM

    It's nice when they come; it's also nice when they go home. The ginger rice sounds good.

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DR1939 7/29/2014 2:40AM

    Sounds like fun.

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