Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Back in 2007, when I started this blog it was my only way to share photos with friends (I wasn't even on facebook!). These days I am much more likely to post pics on Instagram, so if you're looking for updates of the kids, our house renos, or the slug I saw in the back yard, head over to the other naturenerding.


I turned 40 this year, so my stellar husband sent me off to the South Chilcotins for a few days with one of my dearest friends. If this is a sign of what my fourties will be like, bring it on!

 We had no objectives (besides ride lots and have fun) when we got there, but we somehow stumbled into a fantastic ride over two passes and down into Spruce lake. I'm guessing we rode about 50km our first day.

What I packed for a long day.

 T climbing up to Windy Pass.

 Windy Pass

 Looking down towards Spruce lake.

 Gun Meadows. Smooth, flowy, fun, stunning.

 Aspen grove

After 9 hours of riding we were lucky enough to sleep at Tyax Lodge and wake up to drink coffee from the deck and look out at this view. We were also happy to do some yoga on the dock in the sunshine instead of hopping right back on our bikes!

 We did finally get back on the bikes. We hired a guide and got a delicious three hour tour of some of the local trails.

 We'll be back.

Hornby Island

Back in August we did our third family pilgrimage to Hornby Island.

Our attempt at a family selfie taken at the front of the ferry.

Cassia and her buddy Violet. Everything is good so long as no one touches blanket.

Party in the boat.

Delicious curries

I always forget that the coastal forests feel so different than the interior rainforest. And then I walk under a canopy of red alder and big leaf maple and I realize I've been missing something and suddenly feel very at home.

Selfies with kids are fun.

I love it when my kid gets all nature-nerdy.

Bat star

She was impressed that the sea star perfectly matched her dress.

Daddy's girl for sure.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mount Tamalplais

We headed to Mount Tamalplais state park for one more camping trip and discovered this gem of a campsite right by the sea.

Well, actually they were out of campsites and we were forced to stay in a cabin. Cassia clapped with glee when we told her.

The flowers were out in full bloom and I got busy with my camera. My love affair with California poppies continues.

More flowers that I haven't identified.  Once again I searched every book store for a good plant guide and there doesn't seem to be one. Would someone please write a decent guide for California? I nominate Pojar and Mackinnon. Plant guides organized by flower colour drive me batty.

Sunshine, the ocean, flowers and a happy family. No wonder Cassia is suggesting we go on more vacations.

 This kid is keen to climb.

 A selection of tiny beach treasures.

 Morning sunshine.

I'm pretty sure these are a borage.I'd put this in a plant guide if I were writing one. Just sayin'.

 California newt out after a rain storm.


 We drove out to Yosemite. Google claimed it would take us 3 hrs 45 min. Google was so wrong. Six hours later (and not just because the kids needed to stop lots) we arrived. It was worth it.



 Either a ponderosa pine or a jeffrey pine, it's pretty hard to differentiate without seeing a cone.

 Half dome

 Happy hiker at Yosemite falls.


 We headed south for an early taste of summer in late March.
Isla enjoyed her first taste of sorrel.

 Sorrel and trilliums in the redwood forest.

 San Fran sunset.

 Isla loved La Boulange as much as the rest of us. It's San Fransisco's version of La Baguette. 

 This kid cracks me up.

 Oh, it's so nice to see her climbing a tree.

 Muir woods

 Muir Beach