Sunday, September 30, 2012

So Long September

Today, the last day of September, was the perfect mix of summer and fall. A beautiful, sunny day with a crisp chill to the air. The leaves are slowly changing from green to shades of red, yellow and orange and falling softly to the ground and I'm happy to be able to snuggle up in a warm sweater with a hot cup of tea. I made baked oatmeal for breakfast using this recipe but with a few changes. We didn't have any bananas so I used apple slices instead and I threw in some walnuts, dried cranberries and unsweetened coconut just because. It was delicious. I think it's my favourite breakfast food. Even though I love french toast and pancakes and a good greasy plate of eggs and hashbrowns now and then, I usually feel a wee bit guilty after eating that first thing in the morning. Baked oatmeal is wholesome, full of delicious, nutritious things and it's healthy (mostly, maybe not the sugar - I used brown though). I might have to make it every Sunday.

We took advantage of the sunshine and went for a walk around the park. I wanted to take pictures of some fallen, red leaves - and I did. I may have been learning how to make an animated GIF the other day and I may have something in mind that involves a leaf...

1. The breakfast table 2. Baked oatmeal 3. A big sign of fall 4. Holding on to summer 5. The lake across the street 6. Words for the unwise 7. A woodpecker 8. Moccasins and red leaves

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Reaching New Heights

Last weekend I managed (I'm not really sure how!) to hike to the top of Alouette Mountain with my parents and my sister and brother-in-law. It was a very long 10 hour hike and getting to the top was only half of it! We were exhausted when we got there, but we were able to enjoy some spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the lower mainland before beginning the slow hike down. Since Alouette is a bit east of Vancouver it's much less crowded than some of the more popular coast mountain hikes and was a nice, quiet (if long and steep) trail to hike on a Sunday. Of course, I certainly won't be doing it again any time soon (or ever)! I had to push myself far past "survivor mode" to get up and down and I was sure tired when I got home and extremely stiff the next day. My muscles did not know what hit them.
1. The summit of Alouette 2. Sun peeking through the trees 3. X marks the spot 4. The littlest mountaineer getting pumped 5. Family at the top 6. A beautiful view

Photos taken with a Panasonic Lumix GF1 and edited with Photoshop and RadLab.