⤐☾ ☼ ✩ Never ♡ Stop ♡ Exploring
Feeling deeply blessed. So this just happened on Saturday, November 24, 2018. After two years I was finally able to complete the course and become a certified 200hr RYT Yoga teacher.
This journey happened about two years ago. Yoga for me, was a healing to cope with divorce. To tell the truth, it did take awhile for me to really settle into the mindfulness of my yoga practice. Releasing my disappointment for the end of my marriage was very difficult. From the moment I signed up for the yoga teaching course, I had a recurring idea that this day could quite possibly give me key direction for my spiritual well-being and my future. I kept silently asking myself as I habitually moved through my sun salutations, “What are you not doing? What could you be doing better?”
I am so grateful for all the spiritual journey I've been given to explore, to learn and meet such warm and amazing people. Thank you Alberta Yoga College.
So grateful for another beautiful day in the mountains! This time we headed to Icefields Parkway to hike/scramble Noseeum Peak. Breathtaking
tarted the day following a lovely creek and met a stunning waterfall at the base of the mountain. There we started to scramble until reaching the blue-greenish waters of the Noseeum lake. Then a lot of scrambling until reaching the summit.
Interesting fact, this mountain takes its name from Noseeum Creek that was named for a small black fly that bites. Returned home with some nasty bites. Was a noseeum?! yikes!
Lots of hand-on scramble, which I enjoyed and many lovely wildflowers and alpine plants that made the day just so much interesting! Thank you again to our amazing organiser and the fun awesome group. Thank you sooooo much!!
Round Trip Distance:
Total Elevation gain: 1145m
We went to beautiful Mount Carnavon this time. Near Field, BC this was a long, demanding but just beautiful hike/scramble.
From Field, BC we went west for about 2.5 km and turned right on Emerald Lake Rd for another 9 km. Parked at Emerald Lake Parking area and looked for the Hamilton Lake trailhead at the entrance of the
parking. I love Field as there is a warmth and cuteness to the town and Emerald Lake is beautiful on all seasons. I have done snowshoeing at the lake before, which I enjoyed a lot.
Lots of hand-on scramble, which I enjoyed and many lovely wildflowers and alpine plants that made the day just so much interesting!
So many lovely wildflowers on the trail and absolutely gorgeous and large mountain with many areas of loose redish/browish scree and exposure. It often had snow / ice on the route to the summit. I didn't summit but two of us did. But happy to hear we were very very close!
Thank you again to our amazing organizer Michael JC and the fun awesome group. Thank you sooooo much for some of the photos. There is a mix of my photos, Michael's photos, Jenny's photos and Lito's photos. Love how we can all contribute!
Round Trip Distance:
Total Elevation gain: 1800m
Ascent Time: About 5hrs (one-way)
I can say this one was probably one of the funnest hikes I have ever done so far! Loved Mt. Cory! It was all perfect, the weather, the company, the challenge, the hike and the mountain views were amazing!
I regret not taking my camera this time... Thankful to our awesome organizer M.JC and friends for some of these amazing shots!
Mount Cory is located just to the northwest of Banff. Two interesting features distinguish Cory Mountain, a 300 meter vertical groove on its southwest face and a cool cave, also on the southwestern flank known as “Hole in the Wall”.
The views from the top through the summit are just amazing. With some hands on scrambling.
This hike made for a pretty fun day out with alpine meadows along the way filled with very pretty colorful wild flowers.
Round Trip Distance:
Total Elevation gain: 1670m
Ascent Time: About 5hrs
Another amazing time in the mountains with my tribe! Spending time in the mountains is my forever happy time! It was an awesome scramble with some fun bushwhacking involved.
This time we headed to Association Peak in Kananaskis. We started to hike at 2pm with the intention to experience the beauty of the sunset and full moon at the peak.
We found lots of beautiful wild flowers, and the mosquitoes/bugs were crazy!! This was a very challenging and long hike in the afternoon and through the night. It took us close to 11 hours including some breaks to the top, but sadly we didn't summit.
One of our friends had an accident (fall) and she had to be lifted by helicopter. It was a scary experience to request for a rescue helicopter to land on a difficult terrain in the mountains. Glad she is recovering well and can't wait to be back in the mountains.
Even though the approach is painful sometimes, this was an awesome moderate scramble. Descend at night with the sight of the full moon. Loving my adventure seeking group!
Association Peak Scramble in Kananaskis. Directions: From Calgary, follow Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 West and take exit 114. Keep going on AB-1X North for about 4 km and turn right on Bow Valley Trail/AB-1A. Continue for just over 2 km and you`ll see an indication to the Mt Yamnuska parking lot, turn left and head up to the parking 1 km further.
About 11 hours one way.
Elevation gain about 1051m
This was any doubt an experience of a lifetime! I have never imagined to hike overnight and see the sunrise on top of a mountain... So doing this for the first time felt pretty awesome! So grateful to have found this amazing group and a skillful and friendly organizer Michael JC. Oh! It was sooo cold and windy at the top of the summit, but the view was absolutely marvelous... with a pretty good elevation gain. So peaceful and beautiful...
The route begins on a creekbed, and the start of the trail is just 250 m from the trailhead. To find it, keep left on the gravel flats and look for conspicuous cairns. The trail rises steeply in the trees with few openings to take in the beautiful Kananaskis scenery, and few level spots to catch our breath. We saw many lovely wildflowers along the way. Things get interesting when the path climbs to the top of a rocky ridge where the views really open up. After the ridge, the trail winds up a scree slope to the summit. The steepest part of the entire route is just below it. A brief ridge walk ends at the true summit.
Joining this hike felt like joining a team. Looking out for each other, enjoying the beauty of life outdoors, the mountains, sharing fantastic experiences with amazing people, and taking lots of or posing for awesome pictures. I feel that I may have found my tribe...
Today was my first Meetup hike and we headed to West of the Foothills to Deer Ridge.
It was a gorgeous and sunny Spring morning. A fun 6.6 km loop, and about ~200 m of elevation gain (1 calgary tower). We encountered remains of winter with some patches of snowy and icy trail conditions.
Summer of 2015 in Vancouver Island! Families heading to Vancouver for a summer vacation have their own different itineraries adapted by family size, time spent and budget. But for us, the itinerary was a family on a tight budget and a tight schedule, loving to spend time close to nature and follow locally places to eat.
Day 01/02: Depart Horseshoe Bay on BC Ferries to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island for about 01 hour. We camped at the Living Forest Oceanside Campground on site T22 Riverview Tent. Great private spot surrounded by large mature trees. Enjoyed a bike ride to Nanaimo and a tasty Nanaimo bar at the Perkins Coffee Co.
Day 03/04: Took a ferry to Gabriola Island and tented at the Descanso Bay Regional Park Campground. Located just a short distance from the ferry terminal. Gabriola Island is a small, quiet and secluded island with many little cute shops and cafes. We loved the food at the Mad Ronas so much we had to go back for breakfast and lunch twice!
Day 05/06: A visit to one of Canada's most popular summer destinations, Parksville & Qualicum Beach. We managed to tent at the Rathrevor Beach Provincial Park Campground on Rathrevor Beach. Our family spent countless hours at the wide sandy beach looking for sand dollars and empty shells. Amazing variety of little marine creatures living under the sand. The Lefty's Restaurant had a good family friendly menu with delicious baking options.
Day 07/08: Moved toward the Pacific Rim side of Vancouver Island and because of the rainy and wet days we stayed at the Island Village Properties at North Chesterman's Beach during the first couple days.
On August 16th, 2015, a overcast day I decided to challenge myself to a solo hike to Plain of Six Glaciers in Lake Louise. It was a last minute decision to try the second tea house in Lake Louise. It ended up being a solo hike, because I was suppose to go to the popular Agnes Tea House with some girlfriends, but the prediction for rain unfortunately scared them out. I was OK with it, because I always wanted to try the hike to Plain of Six Glaciers and it became a great opportunity to challenge myself.
The trail to the Plain of Six Glaciers took me pretty close to the heart of Mount Lefroy, Mount Victoria and the Victoria Glacier. it was a good opportunity to safely take amazing pictures of the glaciers covered with fluffy powdered snow. This one became one of my favorite hike spots as it offered incredible views, and plenty of opportunity to see wildlife, and the best of all was to enjoy a warm cup of tea with a delicious bow of soup at the tea house. It was a moderately challenging hike, and the first few kilometers of the route was along an easy and relatively flat shoreline trail.
Earlier this year I spent the day skiing with friends and found out that our little mascot Totoro enjoys the Rockies as much as we do! I took him in my Marmot backpack and stop so often to snap a picture of him around the beautiful landscape around us. I started skiing when I was older, around my mid-twenties; and although my busy life as a student in Japan and consequently as a professional and mom in Canada took me far from the slopes at times, I never really lost my passion for skiing! I LOVE to ski!
So when I say that being in Canada was just part of my destiny, and that I love winter, I really feel that my life was just the way it was meant to be. Winter comes and I can wait to hit the slopes and smell the fresh air and jump on that white powder!
Sitting on a chairlift, I was looking for good spots to take my Totoro pictures. The majestic and beautiful landscape is not short of good places and this day was just perfect! Perfect lighting, not so windy, just amazing snow and skiing. Early winter with the low sun there is less sun effect on the snow, so powder stays fluffy longer.
It was a beautiful sunny Saturday at Sunshine Village. In Alberta, we are so lucky to have the beautiful Rockies just in our backyard. Mountains loaded with unique places to explore. I've actually thought in the past: 'What is the fun on slogging up (and down) trails on snowshoes?' Just wondering why on earth people would choose this slow and arduous method of travel over the often effortless gliding down hills that can be done on skis. Well, now it's time to eat my previous words and tell you that Snowshoeing is actually AWESOME! I love this sport and there's nothing arduous about it when you choose to go out with White Mountain Adventures for the day.
We ventured Mt.Standish (2,398m) as recommended by one of the Sunshine Village friendly staff. At first, we thought of trying the Angel Squad and see the incredible view of Lookout Moutain (2,730m). But because of its incline and distance, we agreed that we can leave that for another time! If you decide to go out and try this fun activity, dress appropriately and stay safe! Hope you like these photos.
Keep your inner child alive...
Today we went snowshoeing around Emerald Lake in Field, BC. Kerry got new snowshoes for Christmas. Snowshoeing along the frozen lake on a -20°C crisp weather and beautiful snowed covered landscape took pretty much all day. We left early in the morning and came back to the lodge just close to sunset. It was pretty cold outside, but I was still in love! What a fun winter activity! A walk with a twist. And really, what's not to love?! Snowshoeing through glistening pillows of snow on a brisk winter day in Yoho National Park sure brings a smile to anyone's face.
During our long winter months one can find more than enough snow around Field to enjoy a true snowshoe experience. Snowshoeing is really simple and inexpensive way to explore the peaceful snow-blanketed forests of the Canadian Rockies. Totoro came along and we snapped beautiful pictures with him along the lake.
Wet and heavy summer snowfall. Calgary was taken by surprise today, during a major snow event on September 8th, 2014. It broke the record set back in 1912!! 10cm of fresh and wet snow. Because of this unusual condition, my son and I run outside to snap some interesting photos! And the results couldn't have been more amazing! The contrast between the vivid green leaves and the white snow is so pretty... I grabbed some of our favorite Totoros and cute miniatures to snap interesting shots in our backyard.