Wow… it’s been a LONG time since I’ve shared a trail bike ride with you from my own trails! April to be exact.
I suppose when you’re out there every day, it feels… well, every dayish. I do share lots of daily video clips on Instagram stories, so please follow me HERE if you like to keep up more than I apparently do on the blog! Sheesh! Can someone please challenge me to write more?!
I like to at the very least capture one good trail post each season, and I can safely say, this one is gonna bring you all things fall in a very BIG way.
I’m so grateful the trails are still delivering fall. The leaves have nearly completed their cycle with most of them on the ground now, so what better timing than to capture it before all that colour disintegrates.
Has anyone else noticed how quickly Christmas appears to be approaching? I prefer to decorate with a real tree and greens, so I won’t be doing up my house until that is more feasible. However I do plan to start some creation making so I have new accessories to decorate and inspire with!
Do you have any Christmas requests? I’d love to hear!
However being that it is still fall, it’s nice to still celebrate that.
Going outside just gives the best hit of the season, does it not?!
Remember my fall shed post? All the leaves have already dropped from the shed so it’s ready for snow. Wow! Things sure change fast.
I’m just grateful that fall has been taking it’s dear sweet time on the trails… so this is my happy fall spot for now!
Are your leaves still dropping or all they all gone?
If you look at the tall trees, those are blue heron nests. During the summer, photographers line this bank taking shots in the evenings. It’s quite a sight watching them in action.
Now take a closer look at the water…
I do believe I found duckville. Aren’t they the sweetest, lined all up along the logs in the evening sunshine?
These photos were taken during golden hour, so the natural colour saturation is off the charts this time of day.
And naturally, when the sun peeks out, it lights everything on fire!
This shot above was taken with the sun hiding behind overcast skies. What a beautiful moody feel though isn’t it?
I don’t know if this happens to you or not, but when I’m near water, my soul does a little flip. It’s like I want to get up close and personal with all my feelings and let the troublesome ones gush out so just the good and appreciative ones froth to the top.
No wonder I love Hawaii, huh?
And yup, still dream of a cabin on the lake. Frequently.
When I share these gorgeous trail rides, I always have a tendency to start thinking deep. Just like the real deal ride helps me to forget, unwind, and reflect.
I feel the ramble coming on! Are ya ready?
So, below is what’s new with a little life update.
You can catch up on my past life updates HERE so this post makes sense.
No coffee and the right food…
Since starting all the high cholesterol talks and such, I’m down a solid 10 lb and it’s staying off, and sometimes tips towards up to 15! I’m just eating non packaged, processed real food and making super healthy choices for the most part. I won’t say I love everything from a health food store, but some of the things are definitely growing on me.
I have found following the recipe books I got HERE are pretty much busts. I was having to substitute so many foods from each recipe, they warranted useless. So now I just stock the food I can eat and wing it.
And would you believe I am still off coffee?! It’s been about a month now and it took up until this long to no longer pine for the flavour. I can pretty much wake up without the caffeine hit now, but I admit I still miss my flavourful AM brew. Nothing compares. It’s just different.
My gut health has vastly improved with a cleaner diet, probiotics every other day, and no coffee though so I’ll play that one by ear on when I feel I’m ready to try again.
But I have found the ultimate hot beverage of my dreams finally! I’ll share it in another post because it deserves full attention. You can read up on my previous ginger tea recipe HERE which is a GREAT hint!
What do you other non-coffee drinkers indulge in for your AM wake-up moment?
I’m still desiring more vast travel, however I’m patiently waiting for my funds to catch up from my last trip.
But I did visit a travel agent to see what she could put together on a trip to the UK or Ireland. Goodness tours are costly! I’m thinking I’m going just by myself and do it all myself… I think I just need the freedom and maybe see about some short tours once there. It’s not as easy as booking Hawaii, I will say that!
My sister is currently in Maui and I had a real pull for awhile to join her for a short spurt, but it ended up being too expensive, and kinda the wrong time of year for me.
I haven’t even written about my last trip to Maui and Molokai yet! Are you still even interested?! I think I need to get Molokai up as I haven’t shared that wonderful little island with you yet.
But I do have something exciting coming up in November! My best friend Susan and I are going to hit the Seattle streets for 2 days. We’ll be taking my first train ride from Vancouver to Seattle, a little theatre, and a whole lota girl talk! You can bet I’ll share that!
Any UK or Ireland travel advice?
For 2-3 weeks, I was down my major computer at the worst of times. I was attempting to launch my new Christmas stencils but the computer ground to nearly a halt, so I had to bite the bullet and be without it.
I ended up using 2 other mac computers I had at home but my one 27″ one is so old, I can’t even upgrade the OS or Chrome to run my store (niiiice)… as for the laptop… well, let’s just say, I just need to start all over again. It’s a slug and I’ve never loved the 13″ screen anyway. 15″ next round!
I use to overhaul my computers once a year when I ran PC’s. Since going Mac, I haven’t needed to but maybe that’s a bad thing because I tend to let them die a slow death before I do anything about it. That needs to change.
Anyway, although the wait was gruelling, I have a super fast computer now so it’s effortless to write once again! I upgraded the hard drive to a 4 terabyte and added more speed as well.
Sigh… you gorgeous trail you.
Yes, I remember you’re there. But hang on… more stories to share. 😉
What weather aches?
You may remember me rambling about some weather aches in the past. Since I’ve changed my diet, they haven’t been back. Not sure if it’s gut or food related or both, but whatever! I’ll take it. I do feel weird tired moments instead and I can live with that.
There was one weird happening that threw me off though.
I had just started probiotics and taking 4000 vitamin D a day when 2 days later, I had tingling pain from my head to my toes. I had NO idea what was attacking me! The weather had changed but I have never felt so much pain before. It was just different.
I suffered for 2 more days when I thought, that came on too quick. So I stopped the probiotics and D, and they were gone the next day. Whaaaaa????
After a chat with my Dr recently, we decided that I need to only start one new thing at a time, and when I’m ready to go back on D, to only take 1000 a day.
I switched from a refrigerated (wheat and dairy) 70 billion to a shelf vegan 50 billion. So far so good.
Have you ever had a reaction to Vitamin D or probiotics like this?!
On the time change…
Maybe some like the time change, but I’m not one of them.
Why do they want it lighter in the AM when we ought to still be sleeping, to only take daylight away in the evening when we are still awake?
The old wives tale back in my day was, they wanted it lighter for the AM school bus pickups. I don’t know if that’s true or not though.
If I want a bike ride in, I have to leave the house by 2:30 to get back before sunset. And it’s hard to get motivated to work after that… so I’m going to swap some days for work then riding I guess.
Do you like the time change or are you as confused as I on the benefits?
Well my friends, that was rather therapeutic! And now maybe scroll through the post without reading it so you can fully appreciate those gorgeous trails I get to ride! LOL
Thank-you for joining me on this beautiful fall meander and life chat. I hope there’s something in there (or in the future comments!) that may help with your own quest for feeling better and enjoying life as it ought to be enjoyed.
So… what’s new with you? I’d love to hear!
These trail rides are located at the Vedder River Rotary Trail, in BC Canada. Visit all my other rides and how to find this place HERE
And visit all my other heath / life updates HERE