Good morning friends!
How are you? First up today I’ve got a little PSA for you. It came to my attention over the weekend that my Contact Me form on the toolbar above hasn’t been working since the end of May. I made a switch to the template a little while ago and apparently that wasn’t a wise thing to do. If you’ve been trying to submit messages via that form, I really, really apologize! Things are all fixed now though, so don’t worry – your submissions are not disappearing into thin air!
Ok, now over to more exciting matters! If you’re celebrating the Canada Day long weekend, I hope you enjoyed a few extra zzz’s this morning. If not, don’t worry – I got some for you! Although sleeping in for me means lying in bed until around 7 or 8 am at the latest, I did indeed wake up nice and slowly this morning. Last night I was so tired that I nearly beat the sun to bed, and sadly, I was not awake to see any fireworks. My afternoon was spent with the lovely Ange and her hubby Eric on a hike at Websters Falls and Tews Falls, both in the Hamilton area. The weather was gorgeous and we couldn’t wait to get outside, so each of us packed some hiking fuel, lots of water, and our cameras, and hit the trails.
We began at the top of Websters Falls, where we were joined by lots of other hikers and families and celebrating Canada Day.
This waterfall is located really close to two parking lots, and there are a couple of easily accessible lookout points, like the one below:
The water level was a lot lower than at other times of year, thanks to this heat wave we’ve been experiencing! The views from the top were lovely, but we wanted something a little more challenging. Ange and Eric scoped out the area a couple of weekends ago, so they were already familiar with the route we needed to take to get down to the bottom. After moving the car to another nearby lot, we hiked for about half an hour along the rocky – and in some parts, very muddy – trails.
The great thing about hiking with Ange and Eric (and their camera equipment!) is that I learn things about photography that I wouldn’t otherwise have tried out myself. For example, check out the two waterfall photos below. In the first, the water doesn’t look like it’s flowing smoothly. To do this, my camera’s shutter speed had to be on a fast setting.
In comparison, the next photo of the same waterfall was taken with a much slower shutter speed, which creates a much more continuous flow look.
Cool hey? Ok, maybe not for you, but I spent ages playing with it!
With Eric as the tripod-carrying leader of our little hiking pack, we eventually reached our destination. By this point, we were pretty hot (my car was showing 36C/97F) so we sat down for some snacks and dipped our toes in the water.
Just as Ange commented that we hadn’t seen any wildlife on our hike, this little guy appeared:
After having also seen a one on my hike of the Kelso trails a few weekends ago, I’m beginning to think I have a natural attraction to frogs! Maybe it’s a sign??
We headed back via the route we followed in towards the car, and although I didn’t feel very tired at the time, exhaustion hit me like a brick by the time I arrived back home! The night finished with a much needed shower to get the mud off of my legs, a quick dinner, and a big bowl of this:
In other news, Eat Spin Run Repeat is finally on Facebook! I know, I know, it’s about time, right? Pop on over and check out the fan page. If you click ‘Like’, you’ll soon see my daily post notifications in your news feed.
Alright, that’s all I have for you this morning! I’m off to enjoy one more day of freedom before it’s back-to-reality time, and I hope you do the same! Have a wonderful day!