Life is Oatally Awesome!
I bet you thought that was a typo? Nope, not this time...
Last week I found this amazing hot cereal. When I find something good, that's good for you, I want to share it.
Oatally Awesome is a Canadian made product and if you like small businesses then it just another reason to buy it. I've been eating it each day for breakfast and my energy levels have increased not to mention it's quite filling. It's benefits include low sodium, high fibre, low in sugar and great tasting. There are two flavors: Pineapple-Coconut-Pecan or Apple Cinnamon. I'm bringing it to you because not only is it a great start to your hiking day, with this cereal & a few other products you can make hiking energy bars, which I'm excited to try. The price is right too! A one kg bag was $18 and it treated my husband and I to a week of nutritious breakfast. Now where can you buy a week of breakfast for two for $18.00? Oh yes and my junk-food-eating husband liked it too. I didn't tell him until after he ate it, it was good for him ;) Did I mention it's quick cooking too...I added almond milk and a little maple syrup and my day started with a smile on my face.
It's not in a lot of stores yet (locations on website) but for more information, you can find these two ladies and their fantastic product on Facebook & on line @ http://www.oatallyawesome.com/about-oatally-awesome/
Photo Credits: pictures: 1-4 belong to Oatally Awesome
Picture 5: Lori Pederson
Snow shoeing season is just upon us. Possibly days or months away. In the beginning of the season it's too early for snow shoes and with snow and ice on the mountains it's too dangerous to wear just hiking boots.
MICROspikes are a wonderful invention. They are stretchy and pull over your hiking boots. On the bottom they're metal spikes. They are excellent on part root, snow trails and icey conditions. Last year, I added them to my hiking pack and weighing in at just 408 g they are light enough to carry in your bag for the fall, winter and spring season. They also can be used on some groomed snow trails.
There are many stores that carry MICROspikes. Don't be fooled and buy Yak Tracs. They don't have spikes and spikes dig into the ice keeping you safer than just hiking boots. It's worth the money. Also you must bring your hiking boots with you as they come in sizes s, m lg or xlg. I bought mine at MEC last year for about $55.00. The brand I'm recommending are: Kahtoola's. For more information: http://www.mec.ca/product/5017-316/kahtoola-microspikes-traction-device/?q=Microspikes
MICROspikes are a great addition to your ten essentials. When on a winter trek I will have my snow shoes on but my spikes with me. It gives me options to carry on rather than turning back. Staying safe on the mountains is the smartest way to have a memorable journey and to get you home safely.
Keep checking out My Snow Shoeing trails as I update last year's and bring you some new exciting burrful memories.
Happy & safe trails...Lori aka Scaredy Cat.
Rainy Day Fall Hikes
~Brae Island...a nice flat well groomed 4 km trail walk in Fort Langley that follows The Fraser River. Add Fort to Fort to make it longer.
~Burnaby Lake...a nice spongy flat 10 km trail walk that circles the lake crossing a few bridges. There are also a few other trails around to make it shorter or longer.
~Campbell Valley...several short and longer trail walks to choose from. Some with rolling hills but mostly a flat 4 Km's walk.
~Green Timbers...a nice quick trail walk get-a-way right in the city. There are many flat walks you and your best furry buddy can choose from.
~Tynehead...one if my favorite trail walks. Choose the perimeter loop 5 km walk/run/jog/bike that is wide with a few hills or step into the trails that crosses over bridges and has rolling hills ending in a dog park.
~Houston Trail...feels like you are a real 4km's hike. I like to do it twice, one from each side. It has one nasty butt kicking & thigh burning hill at the end as you loop around.
~Sunny Side Urban Forest... A beautiful trail walk that loops around. It is flat and you can do it twice to get a good walk in or add in other trails.
~Quarry Rock...a great hike 3.8 km/100 meters elevation hike without a far drive. It takes you up to a beautiful rocky outcrop with an amazing view of Indian Arm & Deep Cove. Get there early as parking is sparse.
~Sasamat Lake...an up to 8 km loop around the lake and over a floating bridge. Add the side trails in to make it this long or just circle the lake for 3.2 km. There are some hills if you go up the side trails.
~Jug Island...a 5.5 km hike that has a few steep sections, stairs and takes you onto a small beach and back to the parking lot.
~Bunzten Lake...Lake View Trail takes you in some old growth and along the lake for 5.2 km...there are some hills to keep you fit for the up-coming hiking season.
~Evan's Creek Trail...a 10 km/490 m elevation in-out trail of hidden beauty in Golden Ears Provincial Park. Takes you through some old growth, along a river and out onto a boulder field and a perfect spot for lunch.
~Norvan Falls...14 Km's flat in-out trail through the calming forest of Lynn Valley Headwaters to some beautiful falls.
~Minnekhada Park...a beautiful 10 Km's/180 m elevation hike in Coquitlam with some elevation to see some views at the High Knoll.
~Lindeman Lake...a fun moderate 3.4 Km's/300 m elevation up to a green beautiful lake, that's fun for all the family.
~Lynn Loop at Lynn Headwaters...is a fun hike with minimal elevation. It's a 5.2 Km's loop with bridges & and a pretty river.
~Lower Falls at Golden Ears Provincial Park...a flat easy hike that takes you to a couple of beaches and a 10 m cascading falls. Perfect hike for kids.
I have a lot more trail walks to choose from:
Soon it will be time to get out the snow shoes and Microspikes for some brrrrful memories but until then these adventures will get your mountain fix while keeping you fit! As always happy & safe trails! Lori Pederson aka Scaredy Cat.
I feel truly blessed to have such an amazing role model in my life. Someone who has taught me to really love nature. Someone who has showed me his love for hiking and gave me the roots to experience and grow while visiting.
My dad is a super amazing person. His whole life he has hiked and biked his heart and soul out while picking up handfulls of garbage, people knowingly left behind. Being thankful for our beautiful North & West Vancouver trails.
Today my dad said yes to a walk in those very trails. It was the first time in a long time. You see my dad's health is deteriorating. He'll be 70 next week and this past summer hasn't really felt like walking or hiking. I hope today was not our last moment soaking in the sweet smell of nature, our zen, the bounce in our step and the hymn in our voice. I wish I can rent a helicopter and take my dad to Garibaldi Lake and have a North Shore trail named after him. A place I can continue to visit where we can always have another hiking adventure together long after he's gone.
Yes my dad is an amazing man. I love him! I dedicate this Thanksgiving to him and thank him for the gift appreciation for the love of the mountains...
I hope you have found that special place and person that truly makes you happy. My dad, Lew, is just that person.
This year I'm grateful for the small things, the air I breathe and the trails I walk.
I work for Surrey School District as an Education Assistant. In my free time I enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, going off-road, dragon boating, writing & hanging with my huskies.