Went for a Walk

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I have great friends. One in particular offered me tomato plants, because I clearly need more plants... The only thing is, I have to walk kind of far to get them. I say far, it’s only four kilometres. The route I took was mostly residential, so I got to see some cute stuff! Man, some people have the cutest places to live. And plants, there are amazing trees all over that I haven’t seen before. I took too many pictures.

There’s a school on the way which has massive fields and hills. Something about this view just feels comforting. This school is known for having the best hills in their district, and I don’t often get to see them in such beautiful light. Plus with school out and parks “closed” there was no one else around. I ended up sitting under a tree for a few minutes just taking in the sights.

In a neighbourhood I had to walk through, the homes were close, if not in the million dollar area. Not only did they have cute yards, but some of the houses themselves were really adorable too. I couldn’t help myself, I had to take some pictures. One day, I’ll have a place that is just as cute on the outside. 

After all of that, I took a different route home and caught a creek just living its best life. No matter how many times I walk around my city, I somehow find something new to explore. There are some cute trails with creeks running through them that I just have to find at some point.

On a side note, people were looking at me funny for carrying a box of tomatoes down the road and taking pictures of every pretty tree I found. And I was wearing my headphones, so I didn’t hear any traffic while I was out. It’s odd how traffic noises are so, heavy. You know?

There’s something about nature and the colours of everything. I love seeing everything as I walk around town. And because I’ve been walking so much, it’s really easy for me to just go adventuring. I share way too many cute pictures on all my social media by the way.

I recently downloaded Adobe’s Lightroom, so I’m hoping to give that a shot and see if I can’t play with some pictures I’ve been taking all over town. Keep an eye out for those! But as for now, that’s all I’ve got. Hope you enjoy the scenery as much as I do! 
— Deryn

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Scenic Canyon

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What a trail! Damn! It was gorgeous! Boyfriend was at work, and the walk itself is like six hours for the piece we did, so we got another party member. A friend of mine who also takes beautiful pictures! Go find his Instagram! He was a good sport, not the biggest fan of heights, but he conquered that and I think in the end he really enjoyed himself.

Graffiti on a bridge we found

Our day started off rather cloudy which was fine. Most of the trail wasn’t covered, and since the dogs have black coats this was ideal. The trail starts off as some other trail that leads to where we wanted to be or something? I don’t entirely know, but it was super cool. It’s also like, eighty percent bike friendly, so watching people on bicycles ripping by was an experience.

The river was just roaring

There were stairs, so many damn stairs. I’m naturally a lazy person, so climbing stairs is actually evil. In all reality it went up and then back down over and over again. But the views were one hundred percent worth it. This one definitely takes a sightly higher skill level though. I wouldn’t have been able to do this nearly as well a couple months ago.

Scenic Canyon Trail goes from the lake in Kelowna, all the way to the other side of town; it’s a straight up day long hike if you want. We only did a piece however. We’re not quite training for the PCT yet.

The mountains are a work of true art

I don’t have a lot to say, the views spoke for themselves really. But I made sure to get pictures! This is the rest of them. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! The Okanagan Valley has so many beautiful spots to see, and if you’re willing to go you will not be disappointed. We’ve been a quite a few hikes and walking trails and my life has changed; the world is just breathtaking.

This bridge cut across a marshy swamp area

Thanks for stopping by today!
Oh, as a side note, I hoping to really get this blog going by upgrading my website, buying a camera and really investing my time into this. I know times are tough for a lot of people, but if you want to support me I’d probably cry honestly. My PayPal and Patreon still are active, although I don’t update the patreon as much as I should. And if you can’t support with money, don’t feel bad, tell your friends about this blog, or even follow me on social media. It’s because of all of you I have grown this far. I appreciate all of you, and thanks again!

That’s all I’ve got for today! Thanks again for everything! Stay safe!
— Deryn

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

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

Death by Twig

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So, I went hiking again. Frick man this hiking thing is destroying me. You know, I say that, but I’ve been having so much fun and I feel really good doing it that I would, and will continue to hike. Especially with the group I’ve put together.

This time we took the Pincushion trail in Peachland and my god it was beautiful. The views were to die for, mostly because I felt like I was dying over most of the walk up the mountain. About three quarters of the way up, we started to see snow even, and the lake looked stunning from up top the mountain.

This shot was from only halfway up the mountain!

Coming around this time, got the boyfriend, roommate and my buddy who we went on that long ass walk with us last week. Oh, and the two dogs of course. I am, by far, the least experienced person in the group, but my friends are genuine and amazing people, I didn’t feel like I was behind or anything. I did have to stop and die a few time going up, but whatever.

Quite a few groups of people past us going both directions; people of all ages and a few dogs too. I was too busy trying to breathe and not let my noodle legs defeat me in climbing this mountain. I may be out of shape, but I’m also stubborn. By the time this quarantine is over, I want to be able to walk to the lake near my house and not be dying, at least as much.
As I was too busy putting one foot in front of the other, my boyfriend was taking beautiful shots of the hike. Here are some of my favourites!

He also happened to take the most unflattering pictures of me ever, but I’ll let those pictures hide away forever. But no, in all honesty, I had a great time. We’ve got a long walk planned for later this week again. I was watching a hiking video for the PCT and the person filming said “the body gets used to walking, it’s just one foot in front of the other, it’s your mind that will stop you.” I 100% believe that. My body was tired sure, but my brain didn’t want to stop: I didn’t want to be the person who didn’t get to see the view from the top of the mountain. That hike was totally worth it, and I would love to do it again once hiking is easier for me. There’s a flag pole a little past the peak that I didn’t see, and I want to still.

Oh, on the way down!
The way down was a lot faster, and more dangerous. The title of this post is “Death by Twig”, and the reason for that is a piece of a tree branch caught the inside of my sneaker and I tripped. I was startled and said “a tree tried to kill me”. I got laughed at, so we made the title what it is because of that. Besides trees trying to end my life early, there were bits of the path that had froze over, which made going back down a tad more difficult. About half way down the frozen bits and snow were gone, however, there were stairs.
If you’re as lazy as I am, stairs suck absolute unholy amounts. Walking on Lego is probably the only thing worse. Attempting to avoid the stairs, I walked around. Well, it was more like skating down the hillside, until I fell on my butt. Using my hands to catch myself was probably a bad idea too. Today I noticed the palms of my hands are even bruised. But whatever, it was quite an adventure! Making it to the bottom, I was sore, hungry and ready for a nap, but I’m glad I did it.

Because it was a hike and not a walk, my step counter through my phone probably wasn’t accurate, which is too bad. We went quite a distance up and around that mountain. I had so much fun and I can’t wait for Saturday for our next trip to wherever we end up!
That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!
Well, that and Happy (early) April!
Love ya!
— Deryn