One Summer Afternoon

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Holy frick it got hot quick! Out of nowhere we got hit with 35° weather… I vividly remember sharing things on Facebook with captions such as “we aren’t allowed to complain about summer,” and I am trying but holy crap man. It’s so hot…

I spent Wednesday afternoon just sitting with a friend of mine, talking about life and having a drink. I don’t know what made that so special, but I just had a stellar time. And it was one hundred percent better than being in the sun.

The high for today is only 29° which is a lot nicer that yesterday and the day before, but I really just want it to be autumn again. A season where I can sit under a cute tree and read for hours. I really enjoy fashion in the cooler months too, just because sweaters are the best!

It’s not even August yet, so the worst of the heat isn’t here yet, but I’m honestly ready for it to be over. Although, I haven’t had the opportunity to spend much time at the beach. I’ve got to do that more first. I have a tan line I want to fix from my backpack strap.

Anybody else as excited as I am for cooler weather? The pictures for this post are from my hike up Rose Valley, for those curious. Anyway, thanks for reading!
— Deryn

Revisiting Myra Canyon

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Now that it’s July, most places that had snow no longer do, so we decided to hit up Myra Canyon again. During the warmer months, there’s bike rentals up there. The trail itself goes all the way to Penticton I believe. The views too, man they’re just as breathtaking as they were a few months ago! I think we walked about ten kilometres this time too. Remember last time?

I swear the roommate is a Disney Princess

I haven’t got much to say about it this time. It was just so beautiful seeing it in two very different seasons! Thanks for stopping by for this short post. You’re amazing!
— Deryn

Pauls Tomb and Knox Mountain

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I went walking again! This time with a different couple of friends, which honestly was pretty fun. I love my normal hiking gang, but these two were very “just run up you’ll be fine” kind of people. And after we all get to the top, we’re dying and cursing each other, but it was 100% worth it. 

The Knox trail starts at the bottom of the mountain and you work your way up to a split in the trail. On way goes right up to the top of the mountain, which sounds like effort, and the other is really just a nice walk, which is the one we took. Overall the trail is about five kilometres, so nothing crazy. The views though, wow.

Like, look at this! What a beautiful city! I’m proud to live here! I wish I got this shot before cars started hitting the roads again.

And the lake! Oof! So pretty! Okanagan lake is always just so stunning.

Trees though! Such wonders! I’m so lucky that I got these pictures. There were quite a few people and it just so happened there wasn’t anyone around.

Yeah the views are stunning, but it’s just a walk, there were quite a few people and their dogs, so it was a little busy. All in all it was refreshing to get out again. I even ran up some stairs, which is a lot for me. I’m impressed, but I only did it because Bella is a bully. I would recommend this trail for someone looking for something a little easier. 

But yeah, I know this is a shorter one. I really enjoyed it either way. Definitely want to take the other trail right up the mountain next time! Thanks for stopping by today!
— Deryn

 

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

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