Wednesday, 30 September 2009
So many hikes and such a perfect September! Monday, Dave and I hiked to Woodbury Glacier - it's featured in this post's photo. We'd felt a little discouraged about doing this hike by our hiking book, Don't Waste Your Time in the Kootenays. However, that was completely misleading. The great thing about having had a fire run through the area a few years ago (2003, I think) is that now the views have opened up so much - it's gorgeous looking ahead - you can actually see where you're heading and it makes it good for spotting bears. We didn't see any. Also managed to pick a couple of cups of huckleberries which means I picked huckleberries this year from June 30 - Sept. 28th. All that is required to find the berries is a change in elevation. This hike was super - not very steep, a welcome relief after my 60 km bike ride the day before! September really has been the very best hiking month this year. Today, I see, there's been snowfall on the peaks all around here.
Friday, 25 September 2009
This is the Kootenay version of Saddle Mountain, located near Nakusp. The picture is the back end of the saddle. We hiked here two weeks ago - the hiking weather this September was been absolutely perfect. The approach to this hike is rather long for us to do on a day trip so we headed over to Nakusp on Sunday night, had a very long wait for supper service at the local hotel, and then crossed the Arrow Lake on the Arrow Lake Ferry. Sleeping in the back of the truck was remarkably comfortable. The hike up to Saddle Mtn. didn't take too long - about 2 hours to the top - the descent would have been faster but we found about the best bunch of huckleberries we'd seen all summer so filled up our lunch containers with more berries. For some reason the Arrow Lake Ferry doesn't run for two hours in the middle of the day (siesta time, I guess) but on this particular Monday whoever was supposed to operate it simply didn't come back to work. About an hour after things were supposed to get going, a replacement worker showed up. Ah, Kootenay Time! Ice cream at The Hut in Nakusp is still a very good deal.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
I want to include a picture of a SK sunset here but for some reason the blogger isn't accepting photos today. Can't figure that out when I'm FINALLY getting ready to post after all this time.
Anyway, just wanted to say that I discovered that you CAN go home again - I had a great trip back to SK. Thank you to Margaret for organizing the Wild Women of Waskesiu and thank you to my Saskatoon hosts, Ron and Carol, for letting me stay for so many days in the lovely area of Montgomery. I saw so many more people by staying in the neighbourhood - it was perfect. Margaret was my motivation for getting out there and I enjoyed 3 lovely days at Waskesiu in one of Saskatchewan's perfect weeks of weather (and I know it was a long wait to get summer!). I visited my friend, Bev, in Humboldt, saw lots of Saskatoon folks, had a chance to play bridge at the Saskatoon Club and enjoy another lovely garden party in Montgomery. I saw my Regina friend, Marilyn - thanks for meeting me in the "north", Marilyn - and had a wonderful trip. My back problems all cleared up after 300mg of Arthrotec.
It was also good to connect with some of "Andrea's friends" and see the next generation doing so well.
Thanks, SK women, for making my trip so perfect! You really are the friendliest folks in Canada!
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
I figured it was time to let my few readers know that I haven't forgotten about my blog. I just have too much stuff in my computer to sort out right now and I'm simply not getting time to work at the blog. I had a great summer. I spent 10 days in the US and then another 11 days in SK and AB. Had a great time there, too. I've been back home for a week now and there's so much to do to get ready for winter that my priorities are wood splitting, moving plants and processing food. We leave for NZ in just 6 more weeks. I still take time to read books. We've had the TV back since the first of September and I've watched it for a total of 45 minutes. Yesterday, Dave and I went hiking near Nakusp and I hope to report on that trip very soon. Be patient, please.