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One of my bucket-list items is to hike The Stawamus Chief, and I'm happy to say (or...type?) that I've partially checked that off. The Chief is a towering granite rock that overlooks the town of Squamish, which is about an hour drive north of Vancouver. It is split into three different peaks, and the reason for partially checking off this bucket-list goal is because our group only made it up the first peak (which is still an accomplishment though...or should I say, an a-chief-ment haha ok I'll stop now).


We hiked with our family friends, because the more the merrier. As we started the trail, we were greeted with a long, lovely staircase. Please excuse the next two blurry photos, I struggled a bit with the stairs.



Eventually, the staircase ended and was replaced by a dirt trail with some rocks, roots, trunks, a ladder and a silver chain. We all paced ourselves and enjoyed the little sights along the way. It's lovely just being outside and enjoying the sun and nature and each others' company. We started hiking earlier in the day too, and got to see peeks of the sunrise while hiking up which was really sweet.




I didn't get a photo of the iron ladder and chain that hikers encounter as you near the top of the chief, but it was fun using them (specifically the chain). After using the chain to guide and pull ourselves up, we had to hike the remainder of the way to the top.




At some points, the incline during the remainder of the hike had some of us scrambling on all fours so as to not lose our balance and fall. The view at the top was worth the trek and trickiness though!
Once we reached the top, we all sat, relaxed and ate our lunches while enjoying the scenery. From where we were you could see the second and third peaks too, and little hikers working their way up.

I did this hike during a time where I was overwhelmed by the stresses of school, and other personal and life happenings. I had several assignments, particularly a big paper, due in a few days and preparation for finals and such. Usually, I handle this stress by staying at home and just trying to plow through it, but sometimes that actually adds more stress. I realized that taking a breather, being outside and away from it all helps so much.

Sitting at the top of the Chief, quietly taking in the view and all of His creations helped recognize just how vast the world is, and how capable we are of taking on the little and big challenges that we encounter.



Update from Angie in the future: I ended up doing better than I thought on that big paper. Thank you Lord for all of Your blessings.

The Stawamus Chief: First Peak

One of my bucket-list items is to hike The Stawamus Chief, and I'm happy to say (or...type?) that I've partially checked that off. The Chief is a towering granite rock that overlooks the town of Squamish, which is about an hour drive north of Vancouver. It is split into three different peaks, and the reason for partially checking off this bucket-list goal is because our group only made it up the first peak (which is still an accomplishment though...or should I say, an a-chief-ment haha ok I'll stop now).


We hiked with our family friends, because the more the merrier. As we started the trail, we were greeted with a long, lovely staircase. Please excuse the next two blurry photos, I struggled a bit with the stairs.



Eventually, the staircase ended and was replaced by a dirt trail with some rocks, roots, trunks, a ladder and a silver chain. We all paced ourselves and enjoyed the little sights along the way. It's lovely just being outside and enjoying the sun and nature and each others' company. We started hiking earlier in the day too, and got to see peeks of the sunrise while hiking up which was really sweet.




I didn't get a photo of the iron ladder and chain that hikers encounter as you near the top of the chief, but it was fun using them (specifically the chain). After using the chain to guide and pull ourselves up, we had to hike the remainder of the way to the top.




At some points, the incline during the remainder of the hike had some of us scrambling on all fours so as to not lose our balance and fall. The view at the top was worth the trek and trickiness though!
Once we reached the top, we all sat, relaxed and ate our lunches while enjoying the scenery. From where we were you could see the second and third peaks too, and little hikers working their way up.

I did this hike during a time where I was overwhelmed by the stresses of school, and other personal and life happenings. I had several assignments, particularly a big paper, due in a few days and preparation for finals and such. Usually, I handle this stress by staying at home and just trying to plow through it, but sometimes that actually adds more stress. I realized that taking a breather, being outside and away from it all helps so much.

Sitting at the top of the Chief, quietly taking in the view and all of His creations helped recognize just how vast the world is, and how capable we are of taking on the little and big challenges that we encounter.



Update from Angie in the future: I ended up doing better than I thought on that big paper. Thank you Lord for all of Your blessings.

It was my sister's birthday this past weekend, and as a part of her birthday treat our family headed up towards Whistler for the weekend. We left super early as we wanted to fit in a good hike at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park which is just an hour or so past Whistler Village.


The trail has an incline, and takes hikers past the Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre lakes. The Matier glacier at the top feeds into the upper lake, and the water cascades down into the middle and lower lakes.

I first did this hike two years ago, but this was my family's first time. It is definitely a more challenging trek, but it is such a rewarding hike. Make sure to bring lots and lots of bug spray as the mosquitos are vicious (and huge), as well as water and snacks.

Right at the get-go from the trailhead you get to the lower lake which is already so stunning and a bit more still as hikers continue upwards.


After a few quick photos, we started the long trek to middle lake. In my opinion, I would say that the hike between the lower and middle lakes is the toughest part of the hike. The distance is longer compared to that between the middle and upper lakes, and the incline poses a challenge. We paced ourselves, took our water breaks (and pictures). The weather was beautiful but also super hot.





When the trail became steeper, we were quite close to giving up and turning back. Yet, hikers returning from the top of the trail would pass by us and keep egging us on, telling us that we were so close, and that what we'd see would be so worth the sweat, bug bites and aching feet.

Perseverance and support from fellow hikers. This is why I love hikes.

We finally made it to middle lake, and it's hard to put into words how excited and in awe we were of this place.

There's a well-known photo-op here, where hikers like to traverse across a long log that somewhat dips into the blue water. Of course, we went and took some pictures there.

Middle Joffre Lake with the Matier Glacier in the background.






We were unfortunately pressed for time and could not continue to the upper lake. Although it would have been a treat, we all agreed to head back down as we were also incredibly hungry.

But, for a bonus, below are glimpses of the upper lake from my time hiking here two years prior with my Tito and Tita. Hikers can camp here, and you get a beautiful view if you hike and scramble up the rocks towards the glacier.

JOFFRE LAKES 2016


  



Until next time! Upper Lake, we're coming for you!

Joffre Lakes

It was my sister's birthday this past weekend, and as a part of her birthday treat our family headed up towards Whistler for the weekend. We left super early as we wanted to fit in a good hike at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park which is just an hour or so past Whistler Village.


The trail has an incline, and takes hikers past the Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre lakes. The Matier glacier at the top feeds into the upper lake, and the water cascades down into the middle and lower lakes.

I first did this hike two years ago, but this was my family's first time. It is definitely a more challenging trek, but it is such a rewarding hike. Make sure to bring lots and lots of bug spray as the mosquitos are vicious (and huge), as well as water and snacks.

Right at the get-go from the trailhead you get to the lower lake which is already so stunning and a bit more still as hikers continue upwards.


After a few quick photos, we started the long trek to middle lake. In my opinion, I would say that the hike between the lower and middle lakes is the toughest part of the hike. The distance is longer compared to that between the middle and upper lakes, and the incline poses a challenge. We paced ourselves, took our water breaks (and pictures). The weather was beautiful but also super hot.





When the trail became steeper, we were quite close to giving up and turning back. Yet, hikers returning from the top of the trail would pass by us and keep egging us on, telling us that we were so close, and that what we'd see would be so worth the sweat, bug bites and aching feet.

Perseverance and support from fellow hikers. This is why I love hikes.

We finally made it to middle lake, and it's hard to put into words how excited and in awe we were of this place.

There's a well-known photo-op here, where hikers like to traverse across a long log that somewhat dips into the blue water. Of course, we went and took some pictures there.

Middle Joffre Lake with the Matier Glacier in the background.






We were unfortunately pressed for time and could not continue to the upper lake. Although it would have been a treat, we all agreed to head back down as we were also incredibly hungry.

But, for a bonus, below are glimpses of the upper lake from my time hiking here two years prior with my Tito and Tita. Hikers can camp here, and you get a beautiful view if you hike and scramble up the rocks towards the glacier.

JOFFRE LAKES 2016


  



Until next time! Upper Lake, we're coming for you!
Now, I realize this entry is very, very delayed. Before I hop to it, I would like to thank my cousin, Eena at Cabin Twenty-Four for encouraging (and reminding) me to share my adventures on this blog. Hehe. Love you cousin.


Oahu? More like, O-WOW-hoo...okay that pun sucked.
But this place surely doesn't! After spending a few days in Maui, we set off on a short plane-ride to Oahu.

Oahu – Waikiki in particular – was a complete switch from Maui. There were tall buildings, highways, shops and bustling, crowded streets. There were also ABC stores and Hawaiian Cookie Co.'s on every other block – the latter being pure bliss because of their free samples haha.

Our time in Oahu consisted of various activities, both within Waikiki and around other parts of the island. You can actually take a road-trip around the island in a day if you wanted to. 

Waikiki + The Beach


We spent a good chunk of our time by the beach. I loved being able to leave our B&B and just explore downtown Waikiki. Even in the evening the weather was the perfect balance of warm and cool. I had an unfortunate experience in a night-market close to the beach, but otherwise the locals and tourists were all super friendly!

At the beach we did a ton of swimming, and jumping off boardwalks into the water and more swimming. It was all fun, but I do think that surfing was the highlight of being at the beach (although our arms were completely pooped by the end of it).









Exploring the Island of Oahu


For our next activity, we hopped on a bus for a guided tour of the island! We started in the heart of Waikiki, then made our way counter-clockwise around the Oahu. We had a lovely tour guide and drive, Cousin Dave, who kept things interesting, informative and humorous along the way!

Hanauma Bay

Nu`uanu Pali Lookout / you get to clearly see the divide between the dry and wet areas of the island.



At the Macadamia Nut Farm / deliciousness

Mokoli'i otherwise known as the Chinaman's Hat.

The Dole Plantation / deliciousness

The Polynesian Cultural Centre


While the entirety of our trip to Hawaii was amazing and fun, my own personal highlight of the trip was visiting the The Polynesian Cultural Centre. Our whole group were donned in white attire, ready to explore and learn about the different islands of Polynesia. The place had many activities for visitors to participate in. There was also a wonderful boat parade along the main river, where people representing different islands of Polynesia performed their cultural dances. It was all so beautiful! We got to learn certain dances as well, and watch a luau during the dinner portion of our visit. It was such an amazing experience, and I would go back in a heartbeat as there was still much of the cultural centre we had to see. Definitely recommend swinging by this place if you visit Oahu.











Pearl Harbor 

I love history and learning about history, and if you do too or even if you don't fancy it that much, I would still encourage you to visit Pearl Harbor. We were solemn while exploring the site, and there is so much to learn with regards to the Attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II. We got to visit the USS Arizona Memorial which is situated above the sunken battleship and is the resting site for the sailors and marines killed during Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.







Diamond Head


Diamond head is a volcanic landmark right by Waikiki, and a notable hike for tourists and locals alike. Visitors trek to the bunkers at the top and receive a beautiful view overlooking the ocean and the city. Although it appears to be a difficult hike, it was not as bad as we had thought. The trail goes up and transitions to stairs as you near the top. Definitely bring your water and pace yourself!







This was such an amazing trip. Thank you to the friendly people we met along the way for making this adventure one for the books...or....blog? I'm missing the sun, the beach and the spam musubi; looking forward to swinging by this beautiful beautiful place again.

Oahu

Now, I realize this entry is very, very delayed. Before I hop to it, I would like to thank my cousin, Eena at Cabin Twenty-Four for encouraging (and reminding) me to share my adventures on this blog. Hehe. Love you cousin.


Oahu? More like, O-WOW-hoo...okay that pun sucked.
But this place surely doesn't! After spending a few days in Maui, we set off on a short plane-ride to Oahu.

Oahu – Waikiki in particular – was a complete switch from Maui. There were tall buildings, highways, shops and bustling, crowded streets. There were also ABC stores and Hawaiian Cookie Co.'s on every other block – the latter being pure bliss because of their free samples haha.

Our time in Oahu consisted of various activities, both within Waikiki and around other parts of the island. You can actually take a road-trip around the island in a day if you wanted to. 

Waikiki + The Beach


We spent a good chunk of our time by the beach. I loved being able to leave our B&B and just explore downtown Waikiki. Even in the evening the weather was the perfect balance of warm and cool. I had an unfortunate experience in a night-market close to the beach, but otherwise the locals and tourists were all super friendly!

At the beach we did a ton of swimming, and jumping off boardwalks into the water and more swimming. It was all fun, but I do think that surfing was the highlight of being at the beach (although our arms were completely pooped by the end of it).









Exploring the Island of Oahu


For our next activity, we hopped on a bus for a guided tour of the island! We started in the heart of Waikiki, then made our way counter-clockwise around the Oahu. We had a lovely tour guide and drive, Cousin Dave, who kept things interesting, informative and humorous along the way!

Hanauma Bay

Nu`uanu Pali Lookout / you get to clearly see the divide between the dry and wet areas of the island.



At the Macadamia Nut Farm / deliciousness

Mokoli'i otherwise known as the Chinaman's Hat.

The Dole Plantation / deliciousness

The Polynesian Cultural Centre


While the entirety of our trip to Hawaii was amazing and fun, my own personal highlight of the trip was visiting the The Polynesian Cultural Centre. Our whole group were donned in white attire, ready to explore and learn about the different islands of Polynesia. The place had many activities for visitors to participate in. There was also a wonderful boat parade along the main river, where people representing different islands of Polynesia performed their cultural dances. It was all so beautiful! We got to learn certain dances as well, and watch a luau during the dinner portion of our visit. It was such an amazing experience, and I would go back in a heartbeat as there was still much of the cultural centre we had to see. Definitely recommend swinging by this place if you visit Oahu.











Pearl Harbor 

I love history and learning about history, and if you do too or even if you don't fancy it that much, I would still encourage you to visit Pearl Harbor. We were solemn while exploring the site, and there is so much to learn with regards to the Attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II. We got to visit the USS Arizona Memorial which is situated above the sunken battleship and is the resting site for the sailors and marines killed during Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.







Diamond Head


Diamond head is a volcanic landmark right by Waikiki, and a notable hike for tourists and locals alike. Visitors trek to the bunkers at the top and receive a beautiful view overlooking the ocean and the city. Although it appears to be a difficult hike, it was not as bad as we had thought. The trail goes up and transitions to stairs as you near the top. Definitely bring your water and pace yourself!







This was such an amazing trip. Thank you to the friendly people we met along the way for making this adventure one for the books...or....blog? I'm missing the sun, the beach and the spam musubi; looking forward to swinging by this beautiful beautiful place again.

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