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Someone who was an outdoor educator along sea to sky corridor suggested me to check out Petgill Lake hike; since a few of us haven’t heard of this place, we went to explore it.

To get to the trail head, we had to cautiously walk across the busy sea to sky highway and looked for an old wooden sign, which is hidden among the congested bushes, with the word “Petgill Lake”.

This trail has several geographical features that switches from boulder climbing, to shaded forested uphill, then open space old logging road, and back to wooded area. It also has several look-out points of the idyllic Howe Sound.

After 3 hours of tracing through the moderate trail, Petgill Lake finally came to view.  It was not that spectacular but it was serene and the air is so clean.  While we were about to lunch by the boulder overlooking the calm water on this misty late afternoon, the rain cloud came rolling in; and we decided it was best to pack and head back before getting drenched.

Thinking of having to trek the arduous steep trail back to the parking lot wasn’t too thrilling.  Instead, thinking of revisit the gorgeous viewpoints motivated our dragging feet to stride faster down the slope.

When I retrieved the message on what my friend wrote on the hike recommendation, I was like what?? “… There’s a hike up to Petgill lake that joins up with the gondola so you could then take the gondola down.”

Sign! If only I had finished the sentence to the end that the gondola station isn’t that far away ’round the trail!

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Nonetheless, Petgill Lake is one enjoyable hikes that was less crowed and our group appreciated being out in the wilderness to ourselves.

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The viewpoints of Howe Sound from the cliff is incredibly aesthetic with beautiful jade water, stunning fjord valley, green trees, blue mountains, white velvet clouds dancing in the baby blue sky… every view is breathtakingly beautiful!

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Blessed be Your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship You.” (Nehemiah 9:5b-6)

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I have been roaming along the sea to sky corridor during this summery month of July enjoying this scenic view bordered by gorgeous mountain ranges.

The sky along the sea to sky highway is often spectacular with clouds drifting gracefully and playfully forming various shapes; perfect for our guessing game about what each cloud looks like. 

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The gondola ride up the Sea-to-Sky peak is spectacular, overlooking the turquoise waters of beautiful Howe sound below .

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From the above, we could see the top of the famous Stawamus Chief. 

We have often hiked up the Chief, but spotting people looking like miniature creatures from this side of the peak was surreal.

We also visited the nearby Britannia Mind Museum, and almost everything looks huge!

While driving up to Alexander Falls, we serendipitously encountered a baby black bear who came out to graze in the clearing on a sunny afternoon.

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Morning sun is like a love letter in the sky; oh how lovely and poetic!

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It was a foggy day and I looked forward to enjoy a cool and misty stroll up the mountain.

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The sunset above the cloud was glowing with delight;

and the thick blanket of fog that covered the city skylines looked like a fairyland.

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Renewed Strength

The morning sun is shining, the fresh snow is falling, and the mountains are calling…

for me to come and enjoy their snowy splendid.

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As I am huffing and puffing up the snow trail, I grow exhausted and have to stop every so often to rest, and to contemplate whether to go higher or to turn back down.

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After a sip of drink and some tasty snack, I look around and in awe once again by the magnificent white, my strength is renewed and I am able to march upward.

As I am climbing, suddenly, the well-known verses from Isaiah 40 come to mind:

He giveth power to the faint;
and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.
(Isaiah 40:29-31)

Oftentimes, when I think of these verses, I think I would only experience this renewal when I grow older.

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But today while grinding up the slope, I suddenly have this spiritual epiphany and could totally relate to the rich meaning of these Isaiah verses.

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Just like how I need rest and food to renew my energy hiking up mountains,
I also need to rest and wait on the Lord to nurture me and renewed my strength when I am weary, so I can soar again and again.

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Upon the water

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I usually go paddling at least once a year; This year I had the opportunity to go paddling twice: one under the city skylines of Vancouver, and another in the serene slough at Mapleridge, BC.

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It was fun to paddle in the hub of the city and to experience a new perspective of the panoramic view of the city skylines, instead of the usual view by the roadside.

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The waterway was busy and bustling — water taxis picking up and dropping off passengers, dragon boats, canoes and kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and yachts — all sharing the same busy waterway.

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As much as I was mesmerized by the various architectural buildings, it was kind of nerve wrecking to be in the midst of these water transport; thus one needs to to keep balance and to avoid being tipped over by the waves created by the boating traffic.

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Upon the slough in Maple Ridge, I experienced a different kind of scenery — peaceful and picturesque, especially on this Autumn weather with its gentle sunlight and cool wind.

I lingered and immersed myself in the serene surrounding along the smooth-flowing slough; and delighted to spot the white majestic Mount Baker ahead.

Suddenly, before I could collect my thoughts, I was seated waist-deep in the water! What’d happened??

Then the sound of giggles snapped me back to reality, my friend from behind laughed uncontrollably as she witnessed me being unceremoniously dumped into the water while the kayak headed to the water’s edge.

As we later figured out, a log beneath the water had tipped the kayak. Thank goodness it was low tide, hence the slough was shallow.

After several attempts and coaching from my friend, I managed to get back into the boat and glided into the sunset, so care free but watchful.

Despite the mishap, I enjoyed being in the open air upon the water and having my soul refreshed.

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Artist Point

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Autumn vista at Artist Point by Mt. Baker brings true ecstasy.

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As I walk along the picturesque path surrounded with fabulous Fall foliage, I am beyond words.

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Nature invites me to pause and reflect …

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Who paints the evergreen trees and decorates the alpine meadow ablazed with color?

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Who creates the pristine lake and carves out the majestic snow-capped peaks?

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Who scatters the white fluffy clouds that float in the sky?

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Who illuminates the mountain tops with stunning alpenglow?

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And WHO is this Autumn Artist splashing all those splendid artworks,

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so worthy of our praise?

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