Edgemont Village

The Lions through the seasons, as interpreted in Edgemont Village.

After hiking up to the top of Hollyburn, we called in at Edgemont Village to grab some lunch from one of our favourite places, The Bakehouse. Sadly, we learned that it had closed this location (its original) as a result of unfair taxation policy of the district of North Vancouver. We had to get lunch elsewhere (and it wasn’t as good), and it seems that Edgemont Village is changing character, going more upmarket than it used to be with new developments being built. On the positive side, though, they had these banners hanging from lamp posts and I couldn’t resist making up a diptych of the two pairs of seasons. Very colourful!

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Peek-a-boo

Peek-a-boo Crown Mountain – a great ending to a wet day in Vancouver.

There’s nothing like seeing the mountains re-appear from the clouds after a day of grey and rain. It’s even better in the winter, though, when the summits get a fresh coat of snow. Those days will be here soon enough, so I’m not going to wish them on us yet!

Another Twin Falls

Twin Falls from below – an hour earlier we were standing at the top, peering cautiously over the cliff.

The more I’ve looked at this photo, the more I’ve decided I like it. At first I thought it was too dark but actually I like the shadows now and the shot feels realistic, maybe even authentic (to use an over-used word). It’s a pity Instagram limits the photo size – it looks much more impressive on a large screen, although admittedly not as impressive as being there in person. It’s a spectacular waterfall, in a valley lined with spectacular waterfalls!

Mt Septimus

A floral path points to Mt Septimus

Along the final approach to Cream Lake we had this view ahead of us the whole time. The hike passed many small ponds and tarns which were just begging to be used for lovely reflection shots, but alas the breeze was enough to always ripple the surface. So I had to make do with a bed of pink mountain heather instead. Life’s tough, eh?

The back of the Yak

Gorgeous Yak Peak from a nearby bump we called the Naklet. Sitting at the summit with our feet over the edge wasn’t as scary as it looks.

On Monday of this week I went out with a Wanderung group to Yak Peak. I’ve not been particularly drawn to this hike before because its stats match those of the Grouse Grind: 850 m elevation gain over about 3 km. But this hike couldn’t be further from the Grind, and I must admit I enjoyed pretty much every step along the way. It was an excellent hike. Sure, it’s short and steep, and it starts off with 15 minutes of walking alongside a busy highway, but the scenery is stupendous, the climb was never boring, and the terrain just invited further exploration. So that’s what we have to do next time: get up and explore some more. A fantastic day out!

Happy Birthday NPS!

Happy 100th Birthday to the US’ National Park Service. It’s been a pleasure to meet your parks! 🙂 This is El Capitan of course, and another throwback Thursday shot to May 2003.

A real throwback picture this time, taken in May 2003 with our first digital camera. We’d taken advantage of my final trip to Hat Creek in northern California and had a week’s holiday in and around the Sierras, taking in Yosemite, King’s Canyon, Sequoia, and Death Valley national parks. We instantly fell in love with the area, though our exploration options were limited by time and weather (it was still pretty snowy in the mountains). But it was quite something to see such famous scenery with our own eyes, especially El Capitan and Half Dome. We need to go back and explore some more…