The summer had an early start with many places on a list to visit, things to do, roads to drive and people to meet.
The first intense experience was camping in the wild back country and is always the hardest (for me, anyway) dealing
with all of nature’s inhabitants big and small is always a challenge I have yet to succeed at. Bugs and critters alike
look terrifying no matter how much I tell myself that I’m bigger and more deadly than them. I sprayed myself countless
times with repellent to the point that my skin was getting itchy and red from the high dose of deet. Every little task
seemed like a huge ordeal I had to go through, there were no five minutes I wasn’t swatting or squishing bugs on my arms
and legs. The buzzing from horse flies and wasps was getting on my nerves and at some point I sobbed silently in our tent
hoping that every fly out there would just go away and I could enjoy a few minutes with everything else in nature I actually
liked. I kept telling myself that if it was easy, everyone could do it but in the end I succumbed again and again to the
constant buzzing and biting. We left a day earlier hoping to catch some breath and getting a quiet time at home. So once
again, it seemed that nature had won. Nature 1 – Faby 0
Kirk making some kindling to start a fire for food and to keep bugs away
Our upgraded tent for two. No more stepping on each other’s faces while contorting and trying to get out.
In the most Canadian fashion, socks and sandals
Cooking dinner on the fire. Steak wrapped in bacon
The next morning, first fire to smoke out the flies and mosquitoes.
Our clothes still smell like camp fire even after a couple of washes
Things I’ll never eat together: Celery sticks with peanut butter, one of Kirk’s favourite snacks
The next road trip adventure was longer and more civilized. We travelled through many roads to a cottage by a lake. The towns were hot, the people were happy, there was local fresh fruit in every corner and tall forest trees of all types wrapped around us wherever we went. From our window I could see the sun glimmering on the blue lake in the mornings. The smell of fresh coffee and toasted bread would usually wake us up and we talked about the places we would go for the day.
We travelled to towns close by looking for different places we had never seen. We ate at small local dinners and tea shops, we would peruse through antique shops and farms. Our time was spent eating delicious local food or by a lake smelling the fresh water and getting our skin tanned in the sun or with family enjoying a quiet meal and warm pies.
On some days we would walk to places we saw from the road exploring new paths and views. The vastness of forests and distances made me feel like the tiniest living thing. Every day we would travel 15km just to get onto a highway. The windy road to and from the cottage was in itself a trip filled with beautiful houses and boats by the lake. Hidden roads would suddenly appear at a sharp curve that lead further up or further down into dark forests. My adventurous self wanted to explore all those roads but I knew our little car couldn’t handle so much peril.
The newest member of the Werklund family: baby Miranda
Walking around the docks in Sicamous, BC.
Bridge in the background moves to let boats through or trains
Inverted trees as decoration
I saw huge cobwebs everywhere.
Kirk says they’re caterpillar nests, I say they are the nests of giant, hairy, spiders
Main street in Sicamous. Not very many people. Everyone seemed to be on a boat.
Baby holstein near Sicamous at a dutch farm. They had delicious home-made ice cream
A storm approaches as we have dinner and watch over the balcony. Surreal feeling as the sun shines through.
It seemed like a veil had just suddenly covered half of the lake that’s normally visible from our side.
family & friends dinners
Miranda bounced from arms to arms to whoever wanted to carry her.
I resisted a fair bit as I’m scared of dropping babies. She seemed so very fragile.
reading in the sun
entertainment for the baby
We liked seating by the window because that’s where the WiFi spot was better
Enjoying a couple of hours by the warm-ish lake
The sun hit hard on my skin. I’m now the colour of oak
Miranda’s favourite past time: Feeding.
…and watching her older cousins make faces at her
the beginning of a path around a lavender farm in Kelowna, BC
Kirk enjoying some shade on a chair conveniently located under a tree
A rare picture of me.
I have a nervous smile here. I was in the middle of flowers that were infested with bees
Walking through patches of the most beautiful flowers
a lavender crown adorning the farm’s kitchen window
Lavender-lemon loaf topped with lavender wipped cream and freshly picked blue-berries
Lavender buttermilk scone with lavender jelly and lavender butter.
These guys weren’t kidding when they say everything has lavender
Rolling hills at night in Winfield, BC
A barn store in the outskirts of Salmon Arm
We made a friend and made me miss the one back home
a beautiful flower hotel in Enderby.
This is going to be the next place I stay in when I’m in the area
Bird house spies on you
a loverrrly tea house with different cups on each saucer that the owner has been collecting over the years
Miranda enjoying a bit of sun on the beach
Not much to do on a beach but laying around a whole bunch
Mike and Miranda
George and Molly
Krysten and Kirk
Awesome light filtering through in a dark forest
The creek falling onto itself is quite the sight
mossy green is my new favourite colour
never miss an opportunity to read some ebook on your phone
The moon, shuswap lake and a golden reflection of salmon arm
finding our way back.
as it got darker it was more appealing trying to catch what my eyes saw and not what the camera wanted to expose
the weeping willow. A giant tree we passed every single day.
On the last day we finally made time to stop to take in its greatness.
it was the perfect tree
pretty warm night for August
a clear night with the moon reflecting on the lake
a reflection of the cabin and my shadow obscuring the window for the moon light to pass through