Friday, April 27, 2012

A Hike and Some Houses…

Yesterday, just after lunch, the rain stopped and the SUN came out…EUREKA!!  So did we rush outside to do yard work, like we SHOULD have…NO WAY!  We put on our hiking shoes, loaded up the dogs and off we sailed! 

We decided to hike one of our favourite trails…the one that leads down to Holt Creek…there’s lots to see and the trails give you a good workout.

While on that trail then we saw a side shoot trail that we hadn’t taken before and before we knew it, this is what our trail looked like…. Perfect day for a hike…warm, with the sun filtering through the trees and the smells were wonderful..cedar, fir, earthy, with the faint smell of skunk cabbage…NOTHING like it!

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Do you see how the trail slants downhill…well it went like this for a long time…until we finally reached our destination…Riverside Park on the Cowichan River. 

Magnificent…the river was swollen from all the rainwater and melting snows from the mountain tops…it is Spring!

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There were three look outs built on the bank of the river…with steps leading down to each platform.  In the summer this is a place for swimming…but definitely not today…just look at that current!

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We did see a river otter swim by but he didn’t stick around for pictures!

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Gorgeous…and what a workout…all those steps and then there was that gradual uphill trail…a PERFECT place for a hike!!

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Yup…we will definitely be adding this trail to our list of favourites! 

ON THE QUILTY SIDE~

Three more houses got ‘built’ when we got home…I love making these guys…the windows not so much!  Now if only the window elves visited last night…

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Wishful thinking…

Have a FUN Friday and Happy Quilting!~P

11 comments:

moosecraft said...

WOW! What a gorgeous place to hike! I can't believe how green the foliage is and how CLEAN the river is! I'd be hiking every day... and looking forward to a swim when the warmer temps arrive! :-)

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

beautiful pictures!

Kathy MacKie said...

Yes, we live in paradise, don't we!

Elizabeth Ann said...

Not sure where you live, but that river is awesome! The water is so pretty, I would be hiking a lot and my husband would be fishing for sure!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

wonderful scenery....and lovely little houses...it is still raining here and cold....damp! I just want our sun back....lol

WoolenSails said...

I would love to hike there, beautiful paths and river.

Debbie

Pen Pen said...

skunk cabbage? not familiar with that one, but I imagine it doesn't smell very nice. ;-)

sunny said...

What a beautiful hike. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Anna said...

what a wonderful hike! I think we are building the same houses!

Allie said...

Oh my goodness what a gorgeous hike. Thanks for taking us along, girl!

Copper Patch said...

Wow what a gorgeous walk!! Well worth getting up a sweat for.
Hope you had fun.
Ab x