Saturday, 25 October 2008

In My Own Backyard

Today was a simple ride - I only had an hour or so before I had to drive my daughter to work and I took advantage of the sunny day to take a ride close to home.

Sometimes it's good to remember that big is not always better and a long or far ride is not necessary to have a good ride.

My 50ccs were just fine today, thank you very much. The fall colours, crisp but not too cold temperature, and my generally excellent mood made for a wonderful ride.

Only last week I had managed to fix my camera that I had inadvertently broken a while back. I went to this site and found that the steps actually worked well. Finally, back to taking photos with a decent camera!

I first stopped at the Webster's Corners United Church. It was built in 1912 and I've always been impressed by the look of this building. I can almost see the farmers of yesterday leaving the church as the service ends.

Next was the Bell Irving Fish Hatchery. I wanted to check this place out as I am taking my class here in a couple of weeks for a field trip. The tree leaves turning colour made an awesome site in the parking lot.

I wandered around the hatchery for a while and looked at the fish channels at some chums. On the way back to my Vespa, I took a few photos framing the shot with some rocks and a tree. It wasn't until I returned home that I realized that one of the shots had rays of light emanating from the left side. I was really happy with this one.

At this point, it was time to turn around and head back. I stopped in at Cliff Park and walked down the trail towards Kanaka Creek .I had gone to games at the field with my kids but I don't remember ever going on the trail. The trail came to a bridge where the creek water went rapidly by.

I also took this close up of the water. I liked how some of the water droplets caught the sun.

I walked back up the trail and then headed home. Even though my ride only took an hour or so, it was a good hour, certainly one well spent. I will have to ponder the bigger bike and the long distance travelling issues over the next little while. In the meantime, I will try to make the effort to see more of my own backyard.


Heinz N Frenchie said...

Beautiful Photos! We really appreciate all the Fall colors as we are green all year here in SoFla. Those colors were splendid & your Vespa is pretty too, real classy.

Lance said...

Jumped onto your blog via bobskoot's - nice blog you have here! I am a bit south of you (North Bend, WA), and have a 1986 Honda Elite 150 that I scoot around with.

Greg Pace said...

It's easy to say that we live in one of the most beautiful areas on the planet, urban with all the amenities including the Pacific ocean, minutes away from rivers, streams, trails and mountains to hike or climb; not to mention "scootering" along the back roads lined with a wonderful array of fall colors intertwined with the monumental conifers in their perennial coat of green!!!

bobskoot said...

its been a while since we have gone to Kanaka Creek, for some reason out of sight, out of mind. One day you'll have to come to Vespa Vancouver for Ride for Alzheimers Capuccino, prepared by our own Robert, the Reverend. More details on and donations matched by Urban Wasp (aka: VV)

Keith Rajala said...

My mom and dad were married in that church. :-)

Dave Dixon said...

heinz and frenchie
The colours sure did turn out nicely. Thanks for the compliment.

Ah, 150ccs - I think I'm jealous. I really enjoy riding in Washington state - in fact my trip back from Seattle came pretty close to you.

You got that, neighbour! How's the puppy doing?

I keep thinking that I should go on a ride - maybe that'll be the one my hulking 50ccs will join... sounds like a very good cause.

Very cool!