Monday, December 11, 2017

Mon Oeuvre ~ On Ringo Lake MQ progress 4

Clue number 3 pieces of my mystery quilt from Quiltville are almost done being cut. 
My, so much cutting!

I need to cut the rectangle ends yet, then they'll be ready to sew.

Clue's one and two are done and stored away.

"Oeuvre" (the works of a painter, composer, or author regarded collectively: "the complete oeuvre of Mozart" a work of art, music or literature: "an early oeuvre" ORIGIN late 19th cent.: French, literally "work" - Oxford Dictionary.)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Fragrance lake loop hike

Today's "uphill" training hike was the Fragrance lake loop. My husband and I have begun our 2018 Spartan race/Summer backpacking training. We parked at the Lost Lake parking lot on Chuckanut drive. We then walked up the Interurban trail and past some fallen trees that had been cut up and moved off of the trail. I spied this cute face on a log that had been fashioned I believe by a chain saw. PSE is doing some line work on the Interurban trail and we were able to walk around their work on our way to the Cleator road.

Then it was up the Cleator road about a half mile to the Two Dollar Trailhead.

I found this heart shaped rock on the trail. I love to find hearts in nature.

Waterfall along the trail.

We continued on the Two dollar trail and went past the Fragrance lake turn off. We hiked on up the trail and along the ridge before dropping down to the lake. If you've ever hiked around Fragrance lake, the upper trail we were on is above the rock wall that is on the lake's loop trail.
I took this picture of the Lake looking down from the ridge trail.

We then joined the Fragrance Lake trail that originates from Larrabee state park. We hiked around the lake till we found a sunny spot for lunch.

After lunch we hiked down the Fragrance lake trail to join the Interurban trail again. On our way down we stopped at the Overlook and looked out over Bellingham Bay. The morning fog was still hanging around the islands in the distance.

On our return trip on the Interurban trail the PSE work crew were still at work, but this time with large vehicles on the trail so we walked across the Interurban trail and down to the road. This is where the trailhead parking lot is. We walked along the road to the secondary trail that leads up to the Interurban trail, it's short and steep. It stayed a little chilly while we were hiking, but it was so refreshing to hike with a blue sky overhead.

Garmin stats:
total miles hiked - 8.50 miles
total ascent - 1690 feet

Click on the link to watch the "Relive" video of our route

or view on YouTube

Monday, December 4, 2017

Mon Oeuvre ~ On Ringo Lake MQ progress 3

This week's Mystery Quilt clue is Flying Geese. I'm happy, as I've done them before in my Sampler Quilt. Bonnie Hunter listed several methods for making the flying geese and said to make them however we want to, they just need to match the finish measurement. When I made them in my quilt class for the sampler, we used the no waste 4 at a time method. This time I thought I'd try one of Bonnie's suggested methods. I'm using her Essential triangle tool. It involves more small piece cutting and sewing but I don't mind. Isn't this what it's all about anyway!? This method also has me sew on the bias, which I don't mind.
I have all of my strips & pieces cut.
Some of the cut strips

Sewing the right wing to the Goose.

A bit of chain sewing done along with all of the cut pieces.

The rest of this week I'll be finishing the assembling and pressing/trimming.

"Oeuvre" (the works of a painter, composer, or author regarded collectively: "the complete oeuvre of Mozart" a work of art, music or literature: "an early oeuvre" ORIGIN late 19th cent.: French, literally "work" - Oxford Dictionary.)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Pine and Cedar lakes hike

It was a very dark, and wet day on the trail today. It was so dark that I had to turn on the back-light on my Garmin watch to read it. My husband and I are going to try to make Thursday's our elevation gain training day. We will try to hike "up" a substantial amount of ascent on these days to go along with our long activity days: Tuesdays and weekends (either Saturday or Sunday). So trying to get 3 long/hard days in a week. This hopefully will not only help us in our Spartan races, but also our backpack plans in the summer. 
We decided to begin our winter "gain" hiking with the Pine and Cedar lakes trail. The first mile is nice and "up", just what we wanted.
 After a mile or so of hiking I no longer had anything dry to dry off the camera lens on my waterproof camera, so you'll get a true "picture" of how the day was. 

A lot of trees came down in the fall wind storms this year. The trail crew have done a great job of keeping most of the trail clear.

After we got up the main ascent section of the trail, I took a video to show the conditions of the day. It was breezy and at this point a slushy mix of rain and snow was coming down.

We hiked out to Pine lake first and the bog board trail section.

Again a mix of snow and rain at Pine lake.

We then headed to Cedar lake and hiked around it. We were planning on eating our lunch there but no luck, we didn't even take the time to sit down. It was wet and cold everywhere, we took a standing break and had a quick snack and a cup of hot cocoa. 

It was actually snowing more now and the wind had picked up.

I got a nice video of the snow falling as we left the lake, very pretty.

As we were heading up the overlook trail, we had to find our way around these trees that had fallen over the trail.

Needless to say there was no view at the overlook.

We continued eating trail snacks that we had in our pockets, as we made our way down the dark trail.

Lunch was to be in our car as drove home. 
A great day on the trail with our bonus snow at the Lakes.
Relive video of the days route -
or watch on YouTube

Garmin stats:
total miles hiked - 7.25
total ascent - 1939 feet

Monday, November 27, 2017

Mon Oeuvre ~ On Ringo Lake MQ progress 2

The first clue has been released from Quiltville. Each Friday is clue release day. I always print the instructions since the clues will be removed after the Quilt reveal in February.
I was happy that the first clue was easy for me, not too many to make so it went fairly quickly. 
Strips cut and sewn together.

More cutting. Making sure my seams nest. I made one practice patch to make sure I understood how to do it and to make sure it measured to the right size before I continued. I learned a valuable lesson with last years Mystery Quilt en provence. Don't cut up all of the fabric into strips, cut only a few at a time - then calculate how many squares I can get from one strip and only cut out that many strips. I did much better with this years first clue. I only have one cut strip left over.

The first two rows sewn together in a chain to save thread.  

Making it into a 9 patch.

First clue is done ✔

I love my little 9 patch!

"Oeuvre" (the works of a painter, composer, or author regarded collectively: "the complete oeuvre of Mozart" a work of art, music, or literature: "an early oeuvre" ORIGIN late 19th cent.: French, literally ‘work.’ - Oxford Dictionary.)

Friday, November 24, 2017

Picture of the week ~ a well loved tree

The Giving Tree
By Shel Silverstein
Once there was a tree.... and she loved a little boy. And everyday the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest. He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples. And they would play hide-and-go-seek. And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade. And the boy loved the tree.... very much. And the tree was happy. But time went by. And the boy grew older. And the tree was often alone. Then one day the boy came to the tree and the tree said, "Come, Boy, come and climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and eat apples and play in my shade and be happy." "I am too big to climb and play" said the boy. "I want to buy things and have fun. I want some money?" "I'm sorry," said the tree, "but I have no money. I have only leaves and apples. Take my apples, Boy, and sell them in the city. Then you will have money and you will be happy." And so the boy climbed up the tree and gathered her apples and carried them away. And the tree was happy. But the boy stayed away for a long time.... and the tree was sad. And then one day the boy came back and the tree shook with joy and she said, "Come, Boy, climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and be happy." "I am too busy to climb trees," said the boy. "I want a house to keep me warm," he said. "I want a wife and I want children, and so I need a house. Can you give me a house ?" " I have no house," said the tree. "The forest is my house, but you may cut off my branches and build a house. Then you will be happy." And so the boy cut off her branches and carried them away to build his house. And the tree was happy. But the boy stayed away for a long time. And when he came back, the tree was so happy she could hardly speak. "Come, Boy," she whispered, "come and play." "I am too old and sad to play," said the boy. "I want a boat that will take me far away from here. Can you give me a boat?" "Cut down my trunk and make a boat," said the tree. "Then you can sail away... and be happy." And so the boy cut down her trunk and made a boat and sailed away. And the tree was happy ... but not really. And after a long time the boy came back again. "I am sorry, Boy," said the tree," but I have nothing left to give you - My apples are gone." "My teeth are too weak for apples," said the boy. "My branches are gone," said the tree. " You cannot swing on them - " "I am too old to swing on branches," said the boy. "My trunk is gone, " said the tree. "You cannot climb - " "I am too tired to climb" said the boy. "I am sorry," sighed the tree. "I wish that I could give you something.... but I have nothing left. I am just an old stump. I am sorry...." "I don't need very much now," said the boy. "just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired." "Well," said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could, "well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest." And the boy did. And the tree was happy

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Picture of the week ~ 85 miles on his 85th birthday

My dad completed his 85 mile run to celebrate his 85th birthday!
So inspired by his determination and grit. He never stopped putting one foot in front of the other. He began running 7 minutes/walking 3 minutes intervals, but at mile 60 he developed severe back pain and was forced to walk the remainder. I was so impressed with his perseverance to continue on with the pain he was having. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Picture of the week ~ Fall colors on the Chain lakes loop trail

Our "long" day walk on the Centennial trail yesterday:
or view on YouTube

Garmin stats:
total miles walked - 8.5 miles
total ascent - 164 feet

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bellingham walk/run tour

I love my walk/runs in Bellingham, (I walk 3 min.'s/run 7 min.'s, using my Jeff Galloway timer), but there are some areas that I will no longer feel comfortable running alone. This makes me sad. There's definitely some sketchy areas in this beautiful town now. I'm so glad my husband was at my side.
 Relive video of our route from Wednesday.
or view on YouTube

Garmin stats:
total miles - 8.68
total ascent - 354 feet

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mon Oeuvre ~ On Ringo Lake MQ progress 1

"Oeuvre" (the works of a painter, composer, or author regarded collectively: "the complete oeuvre of Mozart" a work of art, music, or literature: "an early oeuvre" ORIGIN late 19th cent.: French, literally ‘work.’ - Oxford Dictionary.)

It's mystery quilt season. I have decided that I will attempt it again this year. The theme and color chips have been released on Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville blog. I went to Lowe's and got my chips.

I then went to two fabric stores to pick out my fabrics. Even though Bonnie Hunter sews primarily scrappy quilts, that is too mind boggling for me, so I'll be sewing with one fabric from each chip color. I have my blue/green (her color choice for the boat), the coral/melon (her color choice for the sunrise). I found a textured looking fabric for the neutral (cream/beige) and a dark mix for the chocolate (contrast).

It took me a couple of trips to find just the right blue/green to suit my taste, but I'm happy with what I found.
Here's the inspiration photo she had for picking the name and the colors this year.

I'm ready to take the dive into "On Ringo lake"
The next clue will be around the end of November, so lots of time for deep breathing practicing.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Railroad trail run

I have a new motto "go long, work hard, get strong". 
We've added another long day activity to our week. We now are trying to do 3 long day activities. Today my husband and I walked 3 min./ran 7 min. intervals on the Railroad trail.
It was raining when we started and it let up a little during the run but came back hard at the end. When we came to the section by Lake Whatcom the wind picked up, and I was cold. So to sum up the day, it was chilly, it was wet and it was beautiful.

or YouTube

Garmin stats:
Total miles - 7.77
total ascent -568 feet

When we got home, "I" was extremely happy to see our first snow of the year! 
Falling snow video on YouTube link.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Chain lakes loop hike

What a day. I had wanted one more hike in the high country before the winter set in. Today we decided to head up the Mount Baker hwy and do the Chain lakes loop. What a sky on our way up. 

Be prepared this blog post has a plethora of photos. I couldn't decide which ones to leave out, so I put most of them in. After all this is my "high country hiking season end post". The majesty of the area should be shared and savored.
We parked at the parking area right at the closed gate and walked up the road to the Wild Goose trail. When we left our house at 7:30 am, it was 33 degrees outside, but when we got to the parking lot it was 42 degrees. Crazy, it warmed up the higher we drove. There was a slight breeze that kept the air a bit chilly for the beginning of our hike.

Lots of Blueberries still on the bushes.

The clouds did clear for awhile and we enjoyed the sunshine and the blue sky.

We made it to the Artist point parking lot, and where we would connect with the Chain lakes trail. The parking lot is empty since the gate is closed below. A view of  the bathroom and Shuksan in the distance.

As we came around the corner we had wonderful views of Mount Baker.

We stopped here for a quick snack and enjoyed the views before heading down to the lakes. We put our Yaktraks on for the walk down the hill. There were a few crusty/icey places through this area, the Yaktraks were perfect. We had no trouble with our footing and took them off after we were through that patch.

Another view of Shuksan.

Iceberg lake

We found a sunny spot out of the wind for our lunch near the second lake. It was nice to relax with the warmth of the sun while we ate.

Then it was up to Herman Saddle and the endless spectacular views.

Then it was down to Bagley lakes.

We walked past this bridge and decided to cross at the next one.

As you can see the fall colors were amazing. We pretty much had the trail to ourselves. We saw one couple as we were leaving the lakes. We saw a friend of our at Herman Saddle and a handful of tourists from China down by Bagley lakes, for some reason one of the women wanted her friend to take a picture of us with her. I don't know why, maybe they thought we were mountain climbers. Who knows?! They were very friendly, we enjoyed visiting with them.

The day was just what I needed, that last taste of Alpine.

Garmin stats:
total miles hiked - 8 miles
total ascent - 2031 feet