Friday, February 14, 2020

Coffee and Three Bench Hike

After a busy weekend and busier than I like week, here we are on Valentine's Day and a Friday so I am posting my Friday Fave Fives. (follow the link to join others in posting our weekly blessings)  Here is Willow's Week:

1.  There is a new French(ish) cafe/coffee shop in town.  The owner's grandmother is a close friend of ours.  I met another friend there for afternoon coffee.  Lovely place and lovely time.

2.  Our Mom to Mom group had its monthly meeting this week.  The speaker was a friend from church and wow!  She hit the ball out of the park speaking on "How to Thrive in Your Parenting".

3, 4, 5.  Three Bench Hike.  Since it is Valentine's Day, we did something we enjoy doing together.  We hiked four miles.  First, it's a mile of mostly level trail in Hill Canyon.  This is the first time we have been able to hike in Hill Canyon since the fire (Hill Fire) more than a year ago since the trail has been closed for repair.


Then, we chose the Western Plateau fork and up the side of the mountain.  We called it the three bench hike because, well, we passed three benches at vista points.  It was a beautiful day and a beautiful hike.
3.  First Bench


First Bench View


4.  Second Bench


You will notice that there is no view photo.  That second bench is situated right on the edge of a precipitous straight down drop on a cliff.  We sat on the bench, but I didn't venture anywhere near the edge to take a picture.

5.  Third Bench
You can see the water treatment plant in Hill Canyon and that shows how high up in the hills we were.


The trail in the bottom right corner of the photo is the one mile trail we hiked near the creek in Hill Canyon. 


We love to hike and it was a perfect way to spend the afternoon together.

Bonus:  The lupine is blooming!


10 comments:

Gattina said...

Beautiful photos ! I hope for you that you can sell your house in a short while. I have been told that ours will sell very quickly, because we are at the beginning of Waterloo coming from Brussels, or going to Brussels you don't have to cross the city which is always packed ! I hope they are right !

Deb said...

What a lovely hike! Glad you had a nice Valentine's Day! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Anonymous said...

February hikes without snow and ice: a good reason to enjoy this time while you wait for your house to sell. Sounds like it was a lovely way to spend Valentine’s Day. Thank you for the pictures. Mary

Barbara Harper said...

The coffee shop sounds so nice, as does the mom group meeting. Glad you had a nice hike with your husband.

Karen said...

Such beautiful views! Definitely worth the hike, and it's so nice that you and your husband enjoy doing this together. A French(ish!) coffee shop sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing the lupine! It will be a while before anything starts to bloom around here.

nikkipolani said...

Your hike photos made me breathe deeply, like I can just about feel the sunshine in my shoulders looking out over the hills.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a wonderful hike - for someone who can hike like that. I wouldn't make it that far. :-) --Ann

Wendy said...

Wow what a great hike. Glad you had a good week.

ellen b. said...

Looks like a great hike. Pretty header!

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