Tuesday, October 09, 2007

1. eat turkey 2. go for hike

I love Thanksgiving weekend. This year we decided to have our big dinner here (ten people, 16 lb turkey and my mother's amazing pies) on Sunday and the choice was perfect as it rained buckets all day while the holiday Monday dawned clear and beautiful. To work off the after effects of the turkey orgy we did the two-hour drive up to Chilliwack Lake in the south-eastern Fraser Valley with some friends, then hiked the almost two kilometres up (400 metre elevation gain) to Lindeman Lake. Who says our autumns can't compare to Ontario's? You're just looking in the wrong place!
Once up the mountain, negotiating the scree (my new vocab word) was workable for the humans but a bit trickier for the dogs! They had plenty of play time once we reached the lake, though. In this photo I'm pretty sure Zappa is saying to Simon, "I dare you to hump me again!"

We had our lunch on the beach at the far end of the lake. Then, take five 13-15 year olds, add an empty pop can and great hiding places and you get an hour of Kick the Can. The resulting laundry (plenty of mud and slippery sand) was daunting.

Some generous hiker left an emergency stash in the burned-out hollow of a tree with everything from an axe to Kraft Dinner in a pouch.
After we hiked back down we found a camping spot on the edge of the Chilliwack River and barbequed hot dogs for dinner. The following is just an example of the fantastic variety of mushrooms and fungi you can find in this region at this time of year:

Being in the Disneyland of scenery, I couldn't help but take dozens of photos. If interested, go here for the edited version.


Blogger dinahmow said...

I had to come over here for another drool!Will it be this good next year????

9/10/07 10:42 PM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Hey, Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! (we have to wait another month for the American version). The photos are gorgeous - the leaves are doing a pretty impressive job of turning this year, aren't they? I keep waiting for a big of sun and a few free moments to coincide so that I can go take some pictures before they completely peak.

Thanks for posting - it looked like a great day/weekend.

9/10/07 10:43 PM  
Blogger Alda said...

Great post, stunning pictures. Thank you! It sounds like a great holiday weekend, and you all seem so relaxed.

Incidentally - screes. We have lots of those here in Iceland, as well.

10/10/07 2:58 AM  
Blogger Caty said...

Great! happy Thanks giving!!!! ummmmmmmmmm turkey with camberry sauce? Love it!

10/10/07 3:13 AM  
Blogger HMBT said...

Happy T-Day!
Those pictures made me cramp up inside...OMG I miss the NW...we just moved to KY and I miss the world of wet trees and earth!
Wonderful and just what I needed this morning...perfect!

10/10/07 4:54 AM  
Blogger zooms said...

Soul food, thank you x

10/10/07 5:20 AM  
Blogger Jasmine said...

Happy Thanksgiving! The photos are gorgeous...and everyone looks happy, including the dogs.

Looking forward to our Thanksgiving too - gorging on comfort food.

10/10/07 6:08 AM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Happy Thanksgiving!
I hardly get to make the rounds these days, but seeing these wonderful sceneries really made me happy. I miss those beautiful fall colors! Fall here plays mostly with yellows and browns. I walked in miles of vineyards this morning and found only one vine with red leaves. Looked like an outcast, but one after my heart's desire.

10/10/07 7:26 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Stunning pictures! Looks like a great way to spend a day!

10/10/07 8:47 AM  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

Wow! What a gorgeous area to spend Thanksgiving. That picture of the tree against the lake (I thought it was a turquoise sky at first) is stunning!

10/10/07 9:10 AM  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

Lovely photos. What a delightful way to spend the day.

10/10/07 11:57 AM  
Blogger Tori said...

Happy belated Thanksgiving!

These photos are wonderful. I adore this time of year. Thanks for sharing a piece of it from your neck of the woods.

10/10/07 12:51 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Great photos, Andrea. Definitely the Disneyland of Scenery!

10/10/07 2:02 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Thank you for the autumnal pictures! Fall is one of the things I miss since I moved to the Caribbean...

10/10/07 4:48 PM  
Blogger Ilva said...

Wow, the colours are incredible! Thanks!

10/10/07 11:30 PM  
Anonymous Rhea said...

Oh, you Canadians! Celebrating your Thanksgiving in the wrong month. Signed, dumb American.

just kidding

11/10/07 9:54 AM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

omg. that sixth photo down...stunning!

11/10/07 4:15 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Dinah: I promise to force Ma Nature into cooperating next year.

Tara: It has been a good fall for colour. Is that because we had such a lousy summer for weather?

Alda: Isn't scree a great word? It's hard working it into casual conversation, though.

Caty: Cranberry sauce all gone but tons of turkey left!

HMBT: Then there's winter...

Zooms: Yes indeed.

Jasmine and Rhea: I'm tempted to ring up my American auntie and have her do it for us all over again in November!

Merisi: Our climate is similar to yours so bright autumns on the coast are unusual -- you just need to know where to go! :)

Heather, Jana, Ian, Tory, Ilva and Cream: Thanks! It was a great weekend.

Jen: You DO have a few compensations for a lack of fall, though...

Catnapping: But wait, there's more! (on Flickr)

11/10/07 5:15 PM  
Blogger Sheri Burhoe said...

Really great pictures. I can't get over the abundance of mushrooms.

11/10/07 6:08 PM  
Blogger Bibi said...

It all looks beautiful Andrea. Happy belated thanksgiving ... and hope the year keeps giving.

ps. LOVE the dogs! ;-D

11/10/07 8:36 PM  
Blogger CS said...

Gorgeous. But what's up with you guys celebrating Thanksgiving in October? (Actually, I wish we did - ours is too close to Christmas.)

By the way, the Lenten print arrived safe and sound and I've framed it. When I do a post on decrating, I'll blog it, too.

12/10/07 4:34 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Sheri: i know. I need to get one of those mushroom identification books.

Bibi: Thanks -- it was a great weekend, really, dogs included.

CS: What's up with you guys celebrating Thanksgiving in November? :) Wikipedia explains the differences in the two Thanksgivings. The food is the same but that's about it.

12/10/07 9:07 AM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

Hike Carumba!

Now that I can no longer blame an after supper nap on L-Tryptophan, ODing is just over-dining, I actually moderated my portions and enjoyed the event.

Gorgeous scenery..We have a HUGE, well it's pretty big, hill in the north end of Whateverpeg..it used to be a garbage dump!

Don't laugh they planted some grass and trees.
Ok you can go ahead and laugh now.

12/10/07 12:29 PM  
Blogger Ces said...

Wow! These photographs are great. What a beautiful place and what a lovely Thanksgiving celebration.

12/10/07 3:45 PM  
Blogger Jafabrit said...

wow, this just looks like a fabulous day and I wish I had been there too :) Loved reading about it.

15/10/07 4:30 PM  
Blogger Philip said...

Fabulous landscape well photographed. I feel quite envious!

23/10/07 3:57 AM  

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