A Beautiful Day for a Hike

Yesterday I had a wonderful day doing what I love the most – exploring nature with a friend. For the locals: We headed out to Buntzen Lake in Port Moody. We did the loop around the lake, with a detour at the north end to go around another small lake and catch a glimpse of Indian Arm.

Hiker on trail
That’s my friend leading the way.

I love hiking year-round. The benefits of fall and winter hiking include the fact that you don’t get as hot and you don’t have to fend off the bugs!

And, you get to see some cool things, like this:

I love watching steam rise out of the trees to join the passing clouds.
I love watching steam rise out of the trees to join the passing clouds.


mountain in clouds
More cloud appreciation.

We stopped at North Beach for a snack and a stretch and got to appreciate the view.

Hiking shots
View from North Beach, Buntzen Lake Hike, Port Moody, BC, Canada
dock on lake with sky view
Dock at North Beach, Buntzen Lake

And then we continued on along the trail taking in the sites of the lake, moss covered trees, trail-side mushrooms, streams, and several waterfalls.

IMG_0594It was a gorgeous day for a hike. I only wish the pictures could do it justice. If you are able to, I highly suggest you find a friend, pack a bag and head out into the woods!

Make sure you are prepared though – hiking safety is important!  Check out the Mountain Equipment Co-op website for some tips and tricks.


The First Post – Who am I and what am I going to talk about?

Me on a foggy hike
Photo taken by Chloe Ernst. That’s me on a foggy hike.

I was feeling a lot of pressure to come up with a great first post for this blog…but I wasn’t getting it done so I’ve decided to just start writing and see what comes out.

My name is Adrienne, I’m currently 34 and live on the West Coast of Canada. I realize at this stage of the game West Coast Blog Lady or West Coat Blog Woman would have been more appropriate than Girl, but those don’t have quite the same ring to them, so let’s just go with it okay? Thanks 😉

I assume this blog will likely evolve over time and I may end up focusing more on certain topics than others. Originally I was trying to narrow down what sorts of things I would write about – but honestly I don’t want to limit myself. I want to talk about whatever is on my mind. However, the sorts of things you can expect to read about here include:

  • Cultivating positivity and gratitude in your life
  • Happiness
  • Self-reflection and self-improvement (I’m constantly trying to improve myself and my situation and believe the world would be a better place if we all took the time to do more of that)
  • Simplicity
  • Healthy living (something I strive towards but am not great at – yet!)
  • West Coast stuff – I’m a big nature lover and like to camp and hike so I will likely be posting things relating to those passions

I hope you like what you find here.

Edit May 22 2015: I have decided to focus this blog around hiking and other outdoor adventures. Oh and I’m 35 now 😉