Cycling the Fort to Fort Trail…

Hello and good Monday morning my friends.   Today’s post is a wee departure from the norm, although normal around here has yet to be defined.  Let’s see; there’s no colourful clothing, there’s no creative sewing or DIY; just me and the mister taking advantage of some *free* time and some fabulous summer weather. Over the past several days, we enjoyed the fair, {yes I had my mini doughnuts} we lunched on Main Street, we shopped, and we cycled a stretch of the Fort to Fort Trail in Langley, B.C.  Don’t worry…I haven’t packed up my sewing machine; in fact, work has begun on a new little project.  But here’s the thing; I’m still getting my head around the concept of once again being the sole manager of my projects and my time, and consequently, things are moving at a slower pace than in recent weeks.  Oh, I’ve got oodles of ideas, but without a looming deadline…well, it’s fair to say that I’m dilly-dallying between this idea and that yeah, I’ve got naught to show you, at least for the moment.  What I am sharing with you today, are some bits from our pleasant Sunday ride.  I’m behind the camera with just my little point and shoot, so don’t expect National Geographic quality.   I do hope you enjoy seeing some beautiful BC scenery. We meandered from  Derby Reach Regional Park to Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada.  It was gorgeous weather, and there were many of us on the trails enjoying these last heavenly days of August.  We stopped mid-point in Fort Langley Village for a late lunch, nibbled a few blackberries along the way, and said hello to too many dogs to count. 


Cycling on the Fort to Fort Trail
Barn at the trail’s edge
A cow and her calf
Connecting People with Place is a 3 kilometre length of trail within Derby Reach Regional Park.  Along the route are six art installations, of which I’ve photographed two favourites.  I love the mother cow with her calf.  The trail traverses active farmland. 
Horse and Plow, and Me
Okay, you’re going to have to trust me on the plow.  Next time I promise to include it in the photograph.  And no funny comments about my bowl helmet.  It’s very retro, don’t ya think?
Looking north across the Fraser River towards Maple Ridge.  



The air was redolent with the scent of blackberries.
The Bedford Channel

The Bedford Channel is a narrow protected channel of The Fraser River.  Don’t be deceived by the complacency of this scene however.  The Fraser River  is the longest river in B.C., 1,375km to be precise,  and having grown up near it’s banks, I am well aware of it’s powerful undertow.

Thanks for hanging out with me for a few minutes today!  It’s a new week, soon to be a new month, and not just any month. For me, I’ve never outgrown the new year feeling of September.  Do you feel it too?  


  • Reply ChatterBlossom August 26, 2013 at 8:19 am

    That is crazy gorgeous and I'm so glad you shared with us!!!

  • Reply lattegirl40 August 26, 2013 at 11:27 am


  • Reply Cheryl August 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Nice to see you're not chained to your sewing machine. Looks like a wonderful day! Enjoy what's left of the summer.

  • Reply Suzanne Carillo Style Files August 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    You could have popped by my parent's place : ) They live 3 minutes outside of Fort Langley, in Langley.

    You have had a marvellous summer there it seems.


  • Reply Val Sparkle August 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Gorgeous pictures, Sue! You make me so jealous – I still miss that part of the world and the wonderful colors when the sun shines. I can't complain, though. We have lots of bike trails between our house and downtown, and I've meant to take pictures to put on the blog so many times. Hopefully I'll still have a chance before summer weather is over.

    And blackberries! We've already been out picking once, and have some yummy crumble to eat. We'll probably do that at least two more times before the end of September. I love free food!

  • Reply sabine August 26, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I really enjoyed it taking part in your trip, however only virtually. The landscape is so impressive, the sky too. You took great pictures. And you look fabulous in your vintage helmet.
    Sabine xxx

  • Reply Carley Lee August 26, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    What great photos, Sue! I'm glad you brought your camera along so you could share with us one of your adventures 🙂 (and I love your retro helmet!) 😀
    We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful place!
    Have a wonderful evening,

  • Reply Marla Robinson August 27, 2013 at 1:46 am

    wonderful photos and looks like great fun

  • Reply dan August 27, 2013 at 4:17 am

    I am sure it was a wonderful Sunday! Very beautiful places. Funny to see you wearing an helmet!!

  • Reply Flo August 27, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Very pretty scenery! I too love September, I can't believe it will be here in less than a week.

  • Reply The Style Crone August 27, 2013 at 5:00 am

    Yes, I feel it too. The beginning of September carries with it new beginnings. You live in a beautiful area and I thank you for sharing with us. It's important to take time to smell the roses, and in your case, the blackberries. I too work better with deadlines, but sometimes ideas take flight when we relax and enjoy the scenery.

  • Reply pastcaring August 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Yes, I get that new term feeling in September too, must be a school thing.
    What a beautiful cycle ride you went on, thank you for taking us along! Gorgeous photos, just look at those blue skies and the wonderful river. xxxx

  • Reply Emalina August 29, 2013 at 5:34 am

    It looks an amazing cycling trip. What a stunning area you live in! Thank you for these gorgeous evocative photos.

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