Dog Walks

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Walking the two dogs is officially my favourite pastime. On Sunday we kidnapped the dogs and took them to the beach. Midna has never been off her leash while we’ve been walking before, at least since they moved in. So naturally, at the beach, I let her go swimming! The lake is too cold for me yet, so we just let the dogs play. Midna swims, it’s great. She just runs in and hops and stuff. I love watching her, she’s great. Taz on the other hand, he only goes in to his knees. He’s not into the whole swimming thing apparently.

She gallops in the water, it’s great!

The beach was rather busy on Sunday, we had to find a spot to let them run. There’s a nice little trail down by the beach with some breathtaking views. Okanagan lake is an amazing sight.

Monday we went out again, although my boyfriend had to work during the day. There is a massive trail in West Kelowna that starts at the top of a mountain and loops all the way around to the lake. You can however stay just on the mountain, which is what we did. There’s an old aqueduct up there, and trails that belong in an adventure movie. We spent like, three or so hours up there until my boyfriend got home from work.

I really need a camera…
Massive creek that Midna wanted to jump into so bad
Look at this trail! It’s beautiful!

After that, we doubled back, picked up our last party member and went to the beach again! Why not right?
Going to the beach this time, the roommate came along. The excitement on her face watching Midna hop into the water after a stick was the best thing! She was such a proud mum! By the time we go there, the sun wasn’t covering the beach anymore. Jumping in and out of the lake for a stick started to make Midna cold. We spent like, an hour, maybe two just playing with the dogs.

The view from the dog beach entrance

It’s currently nine in the morning on Tuesday, and Midna is still asleep from the adventures we went on. Poor pup, we had so much fun! Getting out there and seeing the world has been the best part of this quarantine for sure! With the weather mostly sunny and in the twenties for temperature, it’s a great time to be out there.

This whole walking thing is getting easier for sure. I feel like I’m not out of breath nearly as soon as I used to be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still exhausted every time we go on these walks, but I feel good doing them. Plus, I really enjoy counting my steps. Samsung Health step tracker is super cool. I’m almost done the April challenge of one hundred thousand steps for the month. I’m so close, 98021 steps as of right now. The May challenge is literally double, so I have to prepare for that.

But yeah, that’s all I’ve got that for today. Thanks for stopping by! Stay safe out there!
— Deryn

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Myra Canyon

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Did another hike… Don’t mind my hair…

I say hike, this was more of a walk. We walked roughly eight kilometers across the old railway line. Because of the whole, pandemic thing, the bathroom facilities were closed. Hence the next picture. But this walk was amazing, the sights were just breathtaking. I got to do some many new things, like walk along a piece of history, and through the snow even.

A sign of the trail.

When we started there was a hard overcast, and we definitely felt the colder temperatures with every step. Massive bridges just large enough for a train decorate the mountainside. Being the old Kettle Valley Railway, it’s flat with massive cliffs on either side of us. I think the most surprising part though was the other people on the trail; fellow hikers and people on bikes as well.

Those views were otherworldly
You can tell we were not the first people out that morning

The trail was straightforward, and I really mean that, we just kept going. After driving up the mountain for quite awhile, we unloaded ourselves, and the dogs, and just went. Unlike hiking, I can just keep walking and not die after like ten steps or a slight incline. The snow was a pain since I decided I was going to wear sneakers. My complaining levels are also much different on a walk versus a hike. I’m still lazy, it’s terrible I know.

I don’t have an actual camera, so I took all my pictures on my cellphone. Here are some of the shots I got. Everyone took their own pictures, but all of these were mine.

The cave was cool, apparently there’s one farther down the trail that’s spooky. You can tell it was still super cold by all the snow and frozen waterfalls all over the place. I felt like I was exploring new worlds half the time walking that trail. The daydreaming was on point for this walk! I’m not funny, I’m sorry. I’m trying too hard... I definitely want to go back again in the summer! The snow is pretty sure, but the trees just beaming with warmth from the sun sounds like a dream.

Eventually we found a cute little storm shelter.
This is where we had to make a call though. The dogs paws were getting covered in snow and starting to freeze. Poor Midna had snow all up in her paw fur. We decided from here it was better for us to start heading back.

The shelter has a little bench and such in it.

Walking back, the clouds parted and the sun lit up the whole area. A stellar view just got extra beautiful. Seeing the sights makes me understand why people go out so early to watch the sunrise. Every step of fresh air and breathtaking scenery was, and is, totally worth it.

I love this picture so much!

We had so much fun on this trail, I 100% want to come back in the summer and see it again in a different light. This one has been my favourite so far and I will always remember it. If you’re close-ish to the Okanagan, I recommend you take this trail, it was totally worth it. There’s some spots where you can sit on benches and such, so it would be a cute walk to a picnic too. If you’re curious and want to see the official page for the trail, Tourism Kelowna has it on their website. – Link to that

These are only some of the pictures I took, I’ll share some more on my Instagram. – Link – On that note, that’s all I have for today. Thanks for reading! Stay safe out there!
— Deryn

My Legs are Sore

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Yesterday I had the brilliant idea of messaging a friend of mine who also has a dog so we could go on an adventure! He was down for it, so in total, there were three people and two dogs. Man did we walk forever! It was fun though!

Starting at my place, we moseyed on down to Bosley’s for a better leash for Midna. The one we were using was for a dog about 30-35 pounds. Unfortunately, Midna is about 70-75 pounds. I say unfortunately, but it’s only because the leash can’t hold her very well. We looked super dorky trying to hold this bigger dog back.

Before we hit Bosley’s, coffee was needed. Tim Horton’s was doing “delivery” where they bring it outside for you and you pay on the app. But us, being lazy and not caring, hauled ourselves to the natural food store for some readymade iced coffee. Then it was time to adventure once again.

Bosley’s is in the neighbour parking lot, so we didn’t have to walk far to find a new leash. The old one was a retractable one, the new one is like braided rope and such. It’s got a loop thing, so she stretched it and wrapped it around her waist like a belt. Was super neat.

Now that our main goal has been accomplished, we decided that the waterfront would be a nice walk for the dogs. And if you’ve never seen it, Okanagan Lake is gorgeous! There’s a part of the lake that’s reserved for dogs too, so we got to let’s them run in the water.

Farther down the boardwalk thing and we ran into construction, so we turned around and doubled back and walked the rest of the boardwalk. Eventually we found the road leading home. By this point, we had walked for like, four hours.

Finally getting home, we gave the dogs snuggles, said bye to the friend of mine and his cute pup, got inside and melted into the couch. I don’t like I’ve ever walked so far in such a short period of time in my life. I’m not that athletic, so when my phone told me I hit a record for my steps ever.

We walked a lot…

The pups were exhausted by the end, and we had fun. Lots of bonding and enjoyment with finally talking to a real person. We want to go do a hiking trail tomorrow! RIP my legs.

This quarantine thing doesn’t totally suck! And honestly, going to a trail that’s empty is still safe. Enjoy nature! But yeah, that’s all I have for today. Thanks for reading!
— Deryn

Homeward Bound

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It’s currently 4:15am in Leicester and I’m on the express coach to Gatwick airport. From there, Toronto, Vancouver and then home. I’m going to document this part of my travel in hopes of not crying nor complaining about going home. I would be home earlier if I went through Calgary instead of Vancouver but I am not wanting to risk getting stuck there due to things like snow. It’s -3 there and snowing. So no thanks. Next stop, Gatwick!

Slept for most of the bus ride, now my neck is messed up. But I was so tired i couldn’t stay awake. Plus, I get motion sick, so that helped me through it.
Flight One! Was pretty fun actually! Made a friend, slept a bit although the boyfriend didn’t. Round two here we go!

Tagging everywhere so you can follow along. Because there is a LOT of running around going in.

Customs was rough. Blerg..
Flight Two! Should be good. Much smaller plane but we have way more room now! Hopefully we can get more sleep.
Only an hour until we’re in Vancouver, and it seems that we both slept. We’re so close to being home! I miss Shadow! I hope he doesn’t think I left him.
Last Flight. Delayed. 2 hours. Fog. I just wanna go home. Calgary flights were delayed to snow, mine to fog. Good thing YVR is a nice airport I guess.
They switched our flights. Headed home now! Should be there for about 9:15pm. It’s been a long day..
Made it home about 9:45pm local and went straight to bed.

I’m back to work today. Sucks too cause I just got back from vacation, but whatever. Thanks to everyone who followed me on my adventure, and thanks for reading! As always, find me here and here, or feed my travelling and tea addiction here and here.
— Deryn