Vancouver Island bike ride - 4 days with good friends
On July 11-14, I went on a 4 day bike ride with 4 good friends to South Vancouver Island, from Tsawassen to Victoria to Sooke and back along the Galloping Goose bike trail, 180km total. This trail used to be a railroad, so there are minimal hil... Read more
Bike and Hike to Chilliwack Lake Ecological Reserve
A few of my favourite things - beautiful outdoors, good company, hiking and biking, splendid weather !!
On Friday I had a great day enjoying all of the above.
Three friends and I went on a 10k bike ride along and to the end of Chilliwa... Read more
Skyline Divide hike - Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Hikes in the fall are magical, because we go from our green valley with fall colours up to the snowline in less than 2 hours. Then we spend some time in a winter wonderland, and later return to our green valley. There is usually someone in our... Read more
This year I tried something new, winter camping. I have done 3 so far. Where I live, the winter has been very mild this winter, most of the ski hills within 50 miles of the coast are closed due to lack of snow. So me and my friends went 100 m... Read more
Chuckanut Trails, Rock Trail to Cedar and Pine Lakes
On Wednesday I went on an interesting hike. I have never hiked in this area before, we did a cross-over hike, we walked from one trail start (Rock Trail) to the other (Cedar and Pine Lake) and left cars at both ends. It was 8 miles and 5 hours... Read more
Thetis Island Aug 11-14
A biking and sea kayaking summer highlight.
One of my hiker friends has a place on Thetis Island and generously invited us hikers to visit. I missed the first get-together, which was kind of cool because they sailed up from Vancouver to Th... Read more
Hudson Bay Company Trail Aug 8-10
Another summer highlight
This trail had interesting history and impressed me with the youngness of the province I live in, British Columbia. There were no roads for wheeled vehicles on mainland British Columbia before 1858. The settlement... Read more
Back Pack Equipment
Comments welcome on what kind of tents, stoves, water purifiers, sleeping bags, backpacks etc you use.
My pack pack is a Gregory Contour 70 and I love it. I have had it for about a year. I chose it because it fit me the best, it feels lig... Read more
Ladies Back Pack - Manning Park - July 25 - 27
This summer's highlights were the Ladies Back Pack July 25-27, the Hudson Bay Company Trail Back Pack Aug 8-10 and the Thetis Island Cycle and Sea Kayak Aug 11-14.
The Ladies Back Pack was to give us over-night back packer wannabes some ski... Read more
Galiano Mountain hike
This hike was fun, it was a hot dry day, but the walk through the forest to get to the lookout bluff was cool and magical. I love forests.
Galiano is a gulf island between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, we took a ferry to get there and ba... Read more
Fresh Salmon Season
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-pec
a... Read more
Hike to Lindeman Lake and Greendrop Lake
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 str... Read more
Thanksgiving in Toronto, Niagara Falls
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 workpl... Read more
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 tr... Read more