Local Wanders: Pemberton

Pemberton

Oh Pemberton, it holds a very special place in my heart simply for the reason that it was here I laid eyes on my hubby for the first time in years which led to some extremely awkward non dates which led to real dates, falling in love and getting married – in Pemberton. Ah sweet sweet love! But alas this post is not about our pretty awesome love story but rather about Pemberton, or also affectionately known as Pemby. Look, the fungus even grows in a heart shape!!!

I love the idea of setting out somewhere familiar with the intent of enjoying it like you are just passing through and trying to take in all of its wonder as if you won’t see it again and I don’t do it nearly enough but today I did!

Local Wanders: Pemberton BC

Bryn’s parents live in Pemberton so we are up here a fair bit, but to be honest we usually settle in at their place and barely leave (something about it just feels like a retreat). But when we do that I always feel like I’ve missed out on something as we drive away because it is just so gorgeous and there are some many great spots to check out. It is a haven/heaven for outdoor enthusiasts from mountain bikers to sledders (not to be mistaken with toboggans, like snow mobiles), not to mention back country skiing and snowboarding.

At this stage in life we really aren’t any of those things, so I can’t give you the inside scoop on any secret spots but I can share some great places you should check out if you are in the area. Speaking of which Pemberton is a mere 30 minutes (or less depending on who is driving) from the famous Whistler.

Easy Family Friendly Walks

Two easily accessible and family friendly walks are One Mile Lake and Narin Falls. You can’t miss either of them if you are headed to Pemberton from Whistler.

Local Wanders: Pemberton @ One Mile Lake

Narin Falls is a fairly easy and super beautiful 1.5km walk along the Green River to a great view point for the falls. You can see more info about the park and campground on the BC Parks website here. I’ve seen families with kids of all ages on the trail right up to elderly people with canes just taking it easy down the trail! I haven’t taken or seen any strollers, I would recommend a carrier if you have little ones that can’t walk it (or at least at a reasonable pace – you know what I mean if you’ve tried to get a toddler to go the direction you want them to while also not stopping every three seconds).

Local Wanders: Pemberton BC Beautiful Forest Trails

Fun fact! There is a trail that actually goes from Narin Falls to One Mile Lake which is right in Pemberton, also very easy to drive to.  One Mile lake has a great loop trail around it which consists of some Boardwalk and some forest trail all right along the lake. It is absolutely gorgeous 100% stroller friendly and it’s nice to have the option to keep doing loops or just do one loop if you have a restless little one. There are also work out stations which are handy so you can do more of a fully body work out without having to think – I am a fan of not having to think.

Local Wanders: Pemberton BC

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An Ode to the Last Days of Summer

I get it, I love my boots and scarves and Pumpkin Spice Lattes as much as the next girl and fall is awesome, but can we please squeeze the last few days out of summer before we kiss it goodbye?

Living in such a moderate climate means we didn’t exactly suffer through a long hot summer, and it’s not as though we’ll be doing any snow shoveling this winter, but it is still kind of warm out and so seeing so many people wearing boots and warm jackets out and about this weekend has been a little confusing for me. (I’ll admit I am easily confused at times ;) ).

Wearing jeans and a light cotton long sleeve t-shirt this afternoon, I was sweating when the sun peeked out. I was at Sproat Lake on Vancouver Island and I absolutely would have been swimming if I had my suit. I also felt it was warm enough to strip the baby down and let him splash in the lake, and I am totally that Mom who always needs to make sure my baby is warm. Please please please can we just sit back and soak in these last days of summer, because the endless rainy days and dark commutes will be upon us soon enough, but they aren’t here quite yet. Starbucks has tricked us with their very sneaky, tasty, and effective marketing ploy involving a certain pumpkin beverage, into thinking it is fall when in fact it is still officially summer. The fact that the Halloween Candy has been out for a while now as well does not help either…

When I was living in Australia I totally got it, on the east coast where I was living it went from pretty hot to even hotter and although I wasn’t there for “winter”, “fall” was barely different from summer. At that time I would have jumped on the fall bandwagon weeks and weeks early! I got home in April and could have drank in the crisp morning air for months after living in hotness day in and day out, I missed seasons so much!

Here is another reason I might be feeling like summer cannot be over yet: it was my first summer as a Mommy and while I had visions of countless beach days (the baby would just stay where I put him and play in the shade right?!) and “doing whatever I wanted”, because I would be on maternity leave ie: “not working”, obviously it was nothing like that with a little one. Don’t get me wrong I feel super lucky that I was not at work, but the amount of effort it takes to get a baby ready for the beach versus the time you actually spend at the beach … just makes me chuckle at my naive expectations…

ANYWAYS, I love having 4 seasons that can be differentiated and I enjoy them all very much for different reasons, so I insist on enjoying the last three days of summer, I might even go jump in the ocean just because I feel like I should still be able to. Let’s get a few more days of flip flops in, drink an iced coffee, and pass on the sweaters, boots and warm jackets. Fall starts on September 23rd at 4:21am, and until then it is still officially summer!!!

{now I can only hope it isn’t cold and rainy for the next three days straight!}