Saturday, September 23, 2017

Panorama Ridge & Meadows September 23, 2017

I was in a quandary as larch season was approaching.  I wondered would I have missed it while I was living the east coast lifestyle at sea level for a little while.  If that was not the case and the colors were approaching prime, then where would I go to avoid the terrible traffic, the parking problems and the loads of larch lovers.  I pondered, did a little homework, questioned, did a little more research, debated, checked out my resources then and only then did a plan fall into place.  Whew!  This was not easy!  I laid the plan on the line to hike up to Taylor Lake, then on to Panorama Meadows, then up to Panorama Ridge, then across some of the Ridge, then down the steep slope to the valley meadow, then hike through the meadow, then make our way back down to Taylor Lake then back to the parking lot.  Seven others quickly opted to take me up on this adventure.  We all knew this day would be all about the trees, those larch trees, the golden colors.
I had concerns that the Taylor Lake Parking Lot could be very busy due to Parks People advertising this location would be a great trail to view the larch show but we arrived early enough to a somewhat empty lot.  The view already was grand as we geared up.
I dislike the long boring approach trail to Taylor Lake.  We just got on that trail and got that job done of getting up to the Lake.  We took a little time to capture some pretty pictures and savour some snacks.  
We left the Lake and found our way up to Panorama Meadows.  
view of Castle Mountain blowing her stack
We scrabbled our way up to Panorama Ridge to where the wide open spaces were not visible.  
That is the Bow Valley Corridor down below.  
You can see the Highway down there.
This was our lunch spot and after lunch we captured some fun shots.
summit shot & seeming so insignificant in the scheme of the scene
We made our way along Panorama Ridge all the while looking below to where we needed to get to.   I warned my friends it would be a steep descent and that we wanted to end up at that tarn down below.
Look closely and you can see my friends finding their way down.  We used whatever method worked for us individually and we all arrived at the valley bottom in tack.  That steep slope was sketchy and slippery, the snow made the task not so simple.  
We made our way to the first tarn which was partially frozen.
You can see the slope to the right which we descended.
With the tough part over, we relaxed and snacked.  We meandered along Panorama Meadows embracing the larch trees.  They were pretty much prime with some still shades of green and almost gold.  Another few days or week and the showing will be fully prime time.
prop play
limbo rock
how low can she go
The East meets the West!
The second tarn was spectacular.  
It was partially frozen, there was lots of blue in the sky now and the reflections popped.  
It felt a bit warmer and still there was no wind whatsoever.  
Crystal Clear & Picture Perfect
reflections in the tarn
We opted for oodles of time in the meadows by the tarns and in amongst the larch trees.  I looked back to see the Ridge we were on. I felt incredibly lucky for what we were experiencing and seeing.  I took a few minutes just to give a little bit of extra thanks.
The views behind us were amazing and so were the views in front of us.  I was getting dizzy with all the spinning, I didn't know where to look.  The amount of snow on the ground was just the right amount for today.  It paired nicely with the larches.
This was our last view before leaving the meadows and heading back down towards Taylor Lake.
Taylor Lake at days end

How lucky were we with how our day played out!  We were a fun group of friends who milked every second out in our mountain playground.  While lots of the larch trees were gold there were still lots that were green and various shades in between green and gold.  Could we be so lucky again in a week's time?  The forecast looks lovely!  Stay tuned!

for today though

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Nova Scotia September 16, 2017

After all the sand I had between my toes over the past two weeks, it still wasn't enough so out for one more last beach walk it was.  We began with a neighbourhood stroll before heading to the beach.  From my first walk by here a number of days ago until today, the leaves had changed color.  I actually like how the tree now matches the cottage.   Just down the hill from here is our gateway to paradise.  
 I guess at low tide is when you can play beach volleyball here.
I had no intentions of treasure hunting today but it comes with the territory.  I admired more than usual prolonging the ending.  After yesterday's winds there were more rocks big and small along the beach.  I wonder how this rock ended up with this pattern!
 We were spying for beach glass and noticed this rock with tiny embedded rocks in it.  Only a corner was visible so we cleaned it off the best we could with water as the little waves came in.  A heart was revealed.
 There were loads of tiny tide pools and each one had a colorful collection of rocks.
These rocks are covered in water.
 another collection of rocks covered in water in a tiny tide pool
 The amount of beach glass washed up this time was amazing.   We were even fortunate to discover some pieces of unusual color.  That round piece is a marble that must have been in the ocean for years. Even the rocks looked peculiar.  This was our collection for today.  We call that big green piece  "the puddin piece".
It's so easy to get lost in time on these beach walks.  I feel I could walk this way every day of my life.  It feels so good and it feels so right.  With all my stones, drift wood and beach glass together now in one place, I foresee a busy and productive winter ahead.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Nova Scotia September 14, 2017

I remember growing up on the east coast and going for car drives along the Sunrise Trail.   At that time I didn't even know the word "appreciation" existed.  I wasn't into capturing seconds in time or admiring beauty.  Today car tripping The Sunrise Trail to Tatamagouche was a whole new experience for me and I made sure to "Remember to Breathe".  I may have been to Caribou Island as a child and if so I don't remember a thing about it.  Our drive around the Island was our first destination of our day.  We drove to a dead end road.
a bald eagle on the beach
Before leaving Caribou Island we stopped at Waterside Beach Park. 
We passed by picnic sites on our way to the boardwalk.
boardwalk to the beach
The tide was out and there was nothing but pure sand as far as I could see.  
No need for footwear.
The beach was a sight.  This view makes me think of desert.  
I was surprised to see the color of sand here.  It reminded me of PEI.  
I walked out as far as I could.  I called this "meeting of the waters".  
The waves were coming in at different angles and crossing over each other.  
Our next destination was in Seafoam at the Lavender Farm.  
We supported local in the gift shop.

The grounds were perfectly manicured.  
We arrived in Tatamagouche in time for lunch.  
We went to the train station to dine.  

The Alexandra is a train car built in 1905 and it is used as the lounge car.  
The Alexandra
photo credit Train Station
We left the car at the Train Station and did a walk about to see the sights of down town Tatamagouche.  What a pretty place and a shame it is not hopping.  Then again, maybe summertime is when it hops.  We bought locally made chocolate and devoured it before even leaving the store.
it's colorful & cheerful
They even make their own beer and the brewery is right on their main street.

The Trans Canada Trail follows the river through Tatamagouche.  
We used this route to return to the Train Station.
views along the Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail
Creamery along the Trail
It was late afternoon when we decided to head back home.  I sorted through the beach treasures we found.  The top two pieces form Nova Scotia but I realized later I have the longer piece placed backwards.  I think I see an Easter Bunny on the right with an egg beside it.
It was a hot day, it was as calm as could be and I still had energy left to keep walking.  After dinner and a glass of wine, I gathered my gear for a beach walk while the sun set.  The tide wasn't all the way out so I could only go so far.  But it was enough to end our day on a final fulfilling note.

I more than know what the word "appreciation" stands for at this age in my life.  It was a day full of admiring beauty and I captured many many many wonderful seconds in time.  Thank you for such an amazing day!