Archive for the ‘nature’ Category

Snowshoeing

April 14, 2008

Ever since last winter I have wanted to go on a showshoing adventure with our family. Each weekend, either the weather hasn’t been that great, or something is happening. Well, this weekend was supposed to be great weather, and no plans, so we packed up, grabbed a McDonalds breakfast and off we went to Cypress. The weather was fantastic and very warm! In fact it was so mild that we could feel a warm breeze in the air even at the top of the mountain. Everyone got snowshoes and the tiniest were for Megan. We set off into the woods.

We hiked through the shady and sunny parts of the woods, getting a feel for the snowshoes and checking the bird signs as we went.

We all cheered, reaching the clearing near Hollyburn Lodge. The snow was beaming from the sun. You can’t go snowshoeing without stopping at the lodge for lunch!

We ate outside in the snow. We had lots to entertain us: people, kids, lovers and a couple of interesting birds, including a Steller’s Jay and a “Grey Jay” (that’s what someone called it). The Grey Jay had quite the personality and he got quite to us. In fact, he even ate a piece of bread off of Mark’s hand. I wish I’d caught a photo of that! The girls laughed, rolled in the snow and pulled each other and Myles in the sled. Myles was most curious about the snow, but he did not enjoy touching it. He prefered to point at it and describe it with a “dugga! dugga!”

We did one more loop after lunch on a path opening to snowbanks between the trees and passing crosscountry skiiers. By the end of the loop Mark was carrying Myles in the backpack and pulling both girls in the sled. There had been some crying and Miranda’s feet felt cold and wet from her boots. It was one of those days where nothing could spoil my enthusiasm. My spirits were soaring as I took in the scenery, sun and company of my hub and kids.

As we left the parking lot, we took some secretive photos of people sunning themselves on the mountain. Miranda was protesting as we took them “Mommy, what if they see you!!!”, but just look at them in shorts on top of Cypress. Imagine.

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Island Nature

March 28, 2008

Think on things that are lovely, excellent and praiseworthy.

Helliwell Provincial Park

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Nature is a child’s playground.

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Nature is also my playground.

We first toured this park with our friends on a windy afternoon. img_4270.jpgimg_4261.jpg

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I sensed the power and majesty of God displayed by the breaking waves, cliffs, wind-bent treetops, distant views of snowy mountains, vast ocean and tiny islands. I loved it so much that I returned for a run the next morning.

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The scene was transformed without the wind. The sun was rising, shining on the water and the panoramic view reminded me of Peter and Aslan on a hilltop overlooking the expanse of Narnia. Mark and I returned to Helliwell next morning with our camera for a sunrise walk. Each time I find something beautiful, I want to see it again and again.

“For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hands are the depths of the earth, and the mountainpeaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.”

Psalm 95:3-5

Our Trip to Hornby Island

March 25, 2008

This Spring Break we travelled to Hornby Island with our good friends Matthew, Rebecca and their three children, Nathaniel, Hannah and Jeremy. Hornby is one of the many Gulf Islands of British Columbia. We stayed together at a cabin that belongs to Matt’s family. It’s a great cabin, newly renovated with a full view of the ocean.

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This is a view from the front porch and the front window.

During our stay we enjoyed several outings, including one to Ford’s Cove. It was a feast of sunshine, nature, hiking, climbing and surprises.

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The landscape is sandstone which has been naturally carved, similar to the “hoodoos” in Drumheller, Alberta or even the fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey.

We noticed that the children were fully entertained and ventured off exploring on their own. At one point I heard Miranda say, “Come on team!”

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We were thrilled to spot a sea lion very close to the shore, poking his head up and down. We also got very close to some eagles which landed on a nearby tree and then flew off again.

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In my mind there isn’t a better way to spend an afternoon than watching the spontaneity of God’s creation.

Life’s Little Surprizes

March 12, 2008

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I crouched down to take a picture of these crocuses which amazed me. They were growing through the rubble left over from our renovation. It reminded me of God’s grace and power bursting through the rocky parts of our hearts and lives.

Think on things that are true: While having this revelation, Miranda opened the patio door and announced to me, “Mommy, your bum is coming out of your pants!” (Sorry, no photo of that!)

Sunshine

February 28, 2008

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There’s something about sunshine that puts a skip in one’s step, that brings light after days of darkness and reflects God’s glory.