Posts Tagged ‘hiking’

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last minute sewing

December 31, 2009

I love sewing, especially things that I have to figure out my own method for. The crayon rolls were a satisfying project but my favourite sewing is the kind that is done in a day, or better yet, done in a few hours.

With my new camera I want to be sure that I can take it on any and every trip so that it gets used. That means it needs a place on my pack where I can reach it, and a way to protect it from the rain when we’re on hikes. I am determined to make sure this camera stays out of both the lid of my pack and Kevin’s pocket. And it won’t be staying at home either!

When we picked up my camera we found a small, lightweight neoprene case that was just the right size. If not for the zipper it would probably be fairly water resistant. Today I followed through on my plan to add straps so it snuggly fits on the waist belt of my pack and then came the fun part – a lightweight pack cover out of sil-nylon. Sil-nylon is a royal pain to work with but it’s hard to beat for raincovers, tarp tents and stuff sacks when you’re a gram weenie.

modified camera case and rain cover

The form of my two projects aren’t my best but they are definitely going to rock in their function! And it didn’t take me months to strike this project off my list. Hiking season is still quite a few months away for us but I’m ready!

modified camera case ready for action!

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hello and goodbye

August 17, 2009

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This past weekend Kevin and I made another trip to the mountains – our last one for the summer:(

Again we took a rather passive approach to planning for our weekend but we had one twist – we needed to transport my sister, a friend and their bikes between mountain towns on Saturday evening.  That limited our hiking options somewhat but with Kevin’s knee acting up on our last trip it was just fine.  We had looked at a few options for where to hike but when we drove by Bow Lake we decided to dismiss our other “plans” and hike up to the waterfall instead.  (We’d viewed the lake, falls and glacier while atop Cirque Peak a few years earlier and many folks recommended taking a walk up to the falls.)

k and falls

The hike was alright… not too exciting, but that is the way I usually feel about valley hikes in the mountains.  The views just aren’t as nice as from above.  Despite my slow pace, I still really enjoy the ups that come from working my way up to a ridge.  The terrain closer to the falls was certainly more enjoyable than the roots and puddles near the beginning but time in the mountains is time in the mountains so I’m not really complaining.

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Our timing was perfect to go meet up the cyclists at the appointed hour but only a few minutes into our drive we found them.  Silly me thought that pulling into the next pull out (in the bottom of a dip) would be mean so we drove a bit further to one that wasn’t immediately followed by an uphill.  Apparently the dip near where we saw them was nothing.  I can believe it!

We fed them and chatted and then we were all on our way.  The cyclists arrived shortly after.  There was much conversation on the drive back to Jasper and now I feel almost as though I’ve ridden that highway myself!

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After dropping the girls off we headed out to find a place to camp and wound up at the overflow again.  There was much more room this time but sadly, there were generators running most of the night.  I just don’t get how people think that it’s alright to do that.

On Sunday morning we went into town to start our lazy morning and at the appointed hour met up with Granola Girl for the first time.  We had a wonderfully leisure afternoon at the lake where we learned we have even more in common than we had originally thought. Unfortunately we didn’t take any photos of our visit. We did have fun though and I look forward to spening more time with her and her family.

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maui photos cont’d

April 28, 2009

It hasn’t even been a week and already my memories of the sun and the sand are fading.  Darned Alberta spring’s which bring a mix of sun and snow.  I’m not actually bitter but I’m worried that a snow storm will get in the way of birthday celebrations with friends from afar as they have for the past two years.  Anyways, onto the main subject of this post – photos!

dsc_0176Today I’m focusing on what was definitely a highlight of the trip and one of the only pieces that won’t be hampered by the stubborn little detail of an unfinished roll of film in the underwater camera.

dsc_0193Last weekend we headed up Haleakala, or House of the Sun to escape the box jellyfish that are known to head towards leeward (swimming) beaches 8-10 days following the full moon.  I’m guessing there’s not much of a problem with jellyfish since everyone we spoke to seemed to be surprised to even hear about them but I wasn’t interested in taking any chances!

maui-s210_041809_0084Haleakala is of course a volcano.  My details on the history of the volcano and the facinating tales that relate to it are sketchy at best but I hope to get into my book on Hawaiian myths and legends because it sounds so interesting and I’m sure will make for great teaching material too.

We spent two nights camping a good deal of the way up the mountain at Hosmer Grove.  It was a little weird to tent in a field with a group of strangers but we met some great people over dinner and trips to the car.

dsc_0194After getting up early – but not quite early enough – for sunrise the first day we decided to act on numerous recommendations and take a hike on the sliding sands trail to the Ka Lu’u o ka Oo cindercone.

dsc_0200The landscape up here was quite barren in comparison to sea level but it reminded me so much of “home”, which in the case refers to the Rocky Mountains (I’ve lived close to them on both sides).  The temperature was similar to what we get in the summers and the weather was constantly changing from cool, vicious breezes to still air and intense sunshine, to cloudy with some rain.  Thankfully on this trip there was no snow.

dsc_0197There were marked differences as well.  Whereas here we have the hard work of hiking up first, this trip started with the descent.  And while the surface we hiked on looked similar there was a wider range of colours and hiking on it felt markedly different.  Instead of talus that slows your ascent, the volcanic material stays “still”, probably because the root materials that have been eroded are so different. dsc_0293Anyways, it was a great hike and I’ve enjoyed going through the photos for this post.  I hope you enjoy them too.