Here's a shot of early in our ascent. The area that looks like a grassy meadow was a full growth forest a mere four years ago - before the huge forest fire that claimed much of the forest above as you can see just some of the remains of charred timber still standing in the background.
Here is one shot looking back at the city of Kelowna and the beautiful lake from our climb into the hills.
This is overlooking Bellevue canyon, which was our destination for the day. It took us an hour and a half of climbing to reach this beautiful, peaceful scene. While sitting overlooking this we saw a hawk using up drafts from the canyon in order to circle overhead searching for its meal.
Proof that thankfully, not all the forest was consumed by the OK. Mtn. Park fire of 2003.
D. took this shot of me standing at the Crawford Lookout, with the gorgeous canyon behind me. Our hike gave me exactly what I needed. It never fails to amaze me how much better I feel when I make sure I get out regularly to wander the hills. Somehow just being in Nature soothes my soul and my world is alright again.
Makes me think of the words in the theme song of the Sound of Music...
The hills are alive with the sound of music,
With songs they have sung for a thousand years.
The hills fill my heart with the sound of music.
My heart wants to sing every song it hears.
My heart wants to beat like the wings of the birds that rise from the lake to the trees.
My heart wants to sigh like a chime that flies from a church on a breeze,
To laugh like a brook when it trips and falls overstones on its way,
To sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray.
I go to the hills when my heart is lonely.
I know I will hear what I've heard before.
My heart will be blessed with the sound of music.
And I'll sing once more.