This past weekend we decided to spend some time outdoors and take a walk by the water along Zuanich Point Park. The original idea was to walk along the Squalicum Promenade which loops around the harbour and the Hotel Bellweather. We had planned to take the boat out and ride to Friday Harbor, but the fog was thicker than we would have liked, so we opted for plan B, which was a walk along the water. Trevor, however decided at the last minute that we should drive up to the university and tackle one of the trails. I'm glad he suggested this! The uphill walk was more challenging than the walk around the water....and Alyssa and I have never been to the university before, so it was something different. We walked up the Sehome Arboretum Trail at Western Washington University. We had a great time!
The trail winds up and down along the hill in the trees. The hill was populated mostly by Douglas Firs, Maple and ferns. The university is right beside it. This is a good place to go out and enjoy nature without having to drive very far from the city. On the way down from the top, Alyssa was able to capture images for her photography assignment, so that was a nice bonus from our impromptu hill climb/nature walk.
Can you see the beetle in the picture below? I spotted it walking by my feet and stopped to take a video of it, but it sat still once I started taping....almost like it knew I was trying to capture it on film and therefore it refuse to move!
I love green - it is my favourite colour. People ask me why I don't wear green a lot -- well....I don't like a lot of the green I see in stores and that's the basic reason. I do love it in nature, though and this walk reminded me again of how refreshing and vibrant green can be. It is the colour of life and when I see the lush greenery outside, it reminds me how important it is to enjoy every minute of everyday. Life is beautiful!
Once we were up on the top, we climbed the lookout tower to admire the view. There was fog on one side of the mountain, but the other side had a bit of a view from between all the trees.
It was a nice walk up and down the mountain and we ended it with some coffee at Woods before heading home. We will definitely have to do more things like this in the future :)
Halloween is coming up and on one of my recent blog posts, I featured a halloween box that I made using the hamburger box die from Stampin' Up. I'm done making halloween cards now and I will start with Christmas soon. I'm waiting for some new stamp sets I have coming from holiday catalogue to create my Christmas cards, but today I made a butterfly card. I used the Papillon Potpourri set.
The background is the En Francais background stamp inked in Basic Gray. The nice thing about the blendabilities is that you can use it to colour in any rhinestome gem to match your card.
And the Papillion Potpourri set has a matching butterfly stamp to punch out the butterfly image, so creating beautiful butterfly cards is easy, peasy! See the finished card below :)
This card design is simple and can be duplicated using different colours as an accent. Here I used Coastal Cabana, paired up with my neutrals -- black, white and Crumb Cake. But this colour palette would work with any other colour as the accent. Try it!