5 Minute Protein Bites

I first made these protein bars for my trip to Wedgemount Lake – and was I ever glad I did. Usually when I go for full day hikes, I tend to buy the pricy mainstream protein bars from the grocery store. They are full of fructose and shit. I asked myself before I left for this trip “Why would I spend almost 4 bucks on something I could make for more than half that price?” So I did! Ladies and Gentleman I present to you my vegan, raw, gluten free protein bites! I swear, they take 5 minutes to put together. Try them out and let me know what you think!

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3 Days in Tofino | Canada’s Surfer’s Paradise

The town of Tofino situates itself on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It’s nestled at the base of the Clayoquot Sound and opens up to the vast pacific. Not only is Tofino known for it’s great surf, but it offers other recreation such as hiking, paddle boarding, whale watching, storm watching and eating tacos from Tacofino. My sense of adventure was dwindling, and this trip sure filled the gap! The last trip I did was backpacking Joffre Lakes. It was a nice change being able to throw all your shit in the back of your car and drive to your destination instead of a 40L pack.

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Joffre Lakes Provincial Park | Camping Around Surreal Beauty

The beautiful Joffre Lakes are located just outside of Pemberton, British Columbia. Its serene beauty will take you away. For years, Joffre Lakes has been a dream backpacking trip I’ve wanted to do. Finally, I was able to experience trek it along side two amazing co-workers. The last backcountry camping trip I had done was about a month and a half ago. It was safe to say I was getting “work cabin fever.” I needed to get outside!

Joffre Lakes | En Brief

This majestic park is around 1500 hectare of forest, lakes, waterfalls and glaciers. It’s three glacial-fed lakes are what it’s known for. The trail that takes you through the park stretches a total of 5.5 km. You can easily loose yourself staring into the turquoise abyss. It’s crazy how something so natural could create a colour so surreal, and it seems to get more blue the higher you go! Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is just north of Garibaldi Provincial Park where I’ve had the chance to do other memorable trips like Elfin Lakes. When driving to Joffre, it takes about 3 hours from Vancouver and around 45 minutes or so from Whistler.

Day 1 | The Ascend

All working in healthcare, the three of us weren’t too bothered to leave Vancouver at 5 am to head up to Pemberton. Getting an early start was a goal of ours. We knew we wanted a good spot to camp at upper lake. We got to the trail head around 8:30am and started our ascend. When you begin the hike, the lower lake approaches you in the first two minutes. Take a few snaps of this amazing blue and keep on going — it only gets better.

At the trail head & lower lake!
At the trail head & lower lake!

If you’ve hiked this trail before, you’d understand me saying the climb from the lower to middle lake is a total bitch. It’s nothing deadly, but it sends a “wake-up call” to your quads right off the bat. This part of the trail is the most open, and allows you to capture a nice view of the valley you’re in.

The trek from Lower to Middle lake
The trek from Lower to Middle lake

If you Instagram or google “Joffre Lakes,” majority of the images captured were those taken at middle lake. Here, you’ll find the rope swing and famous sunken log. We all took off our boots and individually climbed on the log for the obligatory shot. When I started to walk out, the wind began to pick up almost causing me to go in. No way in heck was I going in. It the weather was a bit warmer, I would have totally taken the swing rope in. Next time!

Trying not to fall of the log...
Trying not to fall of the log…

We stopped at middle lake and devoured our tasty snacks: Jerky, Eggs, and Jungle trail mix!

Our ascend continued — the final stretch! You’ll notice there isn’t much elevation gain between the middle and upper compared to the lower and middle. Phew! After a few bridge crossings, upper lake will come into view. It’s pristine aqua blue colour literally makes you pinch yourself. It’s insane. At this point, you are sitting at around 1500 meters in elevation.

Trek from Middle to Upper Lake
Trek from Middle to Upper Lake

We snagged a spot right by the lake and quickly set up tent. The rain was coming so we piled on in the tent and did what anyone would do camping — snacked more and napped. After some R&R, we decided to climb up to Matier Glacier.

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Room with a view!

Looking up from the lake, you will see the monstrous ice pack. Montier Glacier towers and stares down on you. You thought it was beautiful looking from the lake! Well, I tell you, go that extra mile and go right up to it! It was a trek up (about an hour and a half-ish) but was it ever a cool experience. At the base of the glacier you’re situated about 1800 meters above sea level. Looking around you can see the peaks of Mt. Matier, Mt. Spetch and Joffre Peak.

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After some memorable kodak moments, we began out descend back to base camp. Another nap was on the agenda, followed by good ol’water filtering, dinner and of course well deserved beer-time! Before the trip, I popped over to MEC and picked up some yummy dehydrated Pad Thai. As you can imagine, we devoured that goodness.

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Knowing we were to pack up the next day around 9, we hit the hay around 10.

Day 2 | The Descend

7:30 am, nice and early. We woke up to overcast – the rain was coming. As soon as our packs were on our backs, the rain began. Luckily, majority of the trail is undercover. It only took us a little less than an hour to hike back to the trail head (my knees were cursing half way down).

We passed at least two dozen folks making their way up — it was a good idea to take the friday off, we definitely beat the crowds! On the drive back to Vancouver, we stopped in Pembie for a picnic lunch. The original plan was to pop by the Pemberton Hot Springs, but the main road was closed due to forest fires. Instead, we made a quick stop at Alice Lake for a plunge!

Joffre Lakes beholds it’s own unique beauty. You’ve really got to see this place for yourself. You’ll get the full-on goose bump experience. Do me the favour, and if you’re ever near Whistler, take a day trip and hike Joffre Lakes! For now, check out this short 2 minute movie I put together that includes some of the highlights from this trip!

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Keep Exploring, Stay Adventurous!

Charlotte xo

Have you ever hiked Joffre lakes? Suggest any other trails like this one? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to know!


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Chia Seed Berry Pudding

It’s safe to say I’ve hopped on the “chia seed pudding” bandwagon. I’ve been quickly preparing this mixture these past two nights. It’s great. This concoction is so simple to make it’s ridiculous. By morning, It turns into this completely different medley of ingredients — and tastes even better. For this recipe I used a mixture of frozen organic berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and cherries) – they’re much more flavourful and delicious.

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Azure | Moss | Linen

Song in Headphones: The Shade

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What I’m Wearing

Top | Zara

Skirt | H&M

Shoes | Aldo

Necklace | Some store I found in Sydney

Sunnies | Icings

Photos captured by the ever so talented lttltox. Check our her site and Instagram too!

Charlotte xo

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Wells Gray Provincial Park | Canoeing Murtle Lake: Pt. 2

Song in Headphones: Open Shores

A Prologue |

My arms were on fire. I was so exhausted it was to a point I wasn’t even looking up. My arms were moving in this repetitive motion, I was unconscious of my other surroundings. I remember being disillusioned, looking at the tree line and seeing us move maybe a foot every 5 strokes. How are we going to get out of this? The thought of us being pulled so far back into the rapids left an unsettling feeling in my stomach. I eventually forced the image out of my head and just focused on paddling. The hardest part was getting around the bend and angling the canoe so that we wouldn’t get pushed into the left bank and really get screwed.

 

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Wells Gray Provincial Park | Canoeing Murtle Lake: Pt. 1

Song in Headphones: Renegades

A Prologue |

It’s 5:30 am. Peeled out of my sleeping bag, I crawl out of my tent; refreshed, awake and grateful. The sun and the beautiful swainson’s thrush was my alarm this morning. It’s crisp outside, almost cold; cold enough to throw on a fleece. I look out onto the water that’s lightly coated with fog – it’s going to be a hot day. I go to my dish bin and grab my stove, gas, and tea. While crystal clean lake water boils away, I take a moment and look out at the lake. It comes across as mysterious; something I have yet to discover. This land is endless, and I’ve already accepted the fact I will only be able to see a small percentage in the next couple of days. Nonetheless, I stare; blankly. For once in the longest time I am able to think of nothing. My mind is absolutely clear. There isn’t a “To-Do” list to be found wandering inside my head. No phones, no calendars, no nothing that usually occupies my sane mind. My brain is resting, it’s at peace. My water is ready. I let it softly boil away for another minute just to be safe. While it bubbles, I grab my mug and tea. Loose leaves fall sporadically into my metal filter, and I place it into my cup. The hot water quickly heats my metal mug and I can’t hold it without burning myself. I set it aside to cool. Zoning out into the pinky haze, I remind myself why dawn is the most beautiful time of day.

I grab my mug; it’s warm now. I take a sip and swallow the delicious mix of ginger and orange peel. I tiptoe down to the sand were my chair sits, take a seat and lean back into it. My friend the Loon floats on by, cawing it’s hypnotic sound. Between that loon and the miniature waves washing up to shore, the ambience resembled a solitudes CD. I close my eyes and entangled my fingers around the mug. Again, I remember where I am in the world.

Folks, I’m on Murtle Lake.

murtle 1Looking at a map of British Columbia, if you look about half way up the Province, you’ll see Well’s Gray Provincial Park to the east. 524,990 hectares in size, this park is a gigantic place to explore. Murtle Lake is North America’s Largest paddle-only lake (which makes for it’s clear, pristine water). The lake itself is broken up into two sections: The West Wing and the North. We decided to take on the west for this trip.

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This adventure started a couple of months ago when planning came into play. Three months later, all 8 of us were on the lake; finally getting to see the real beauty of this place. Googling images of Murtle Lake was something I swore to myself I wouldn’t do pre-trip – was I ever glad I didn’t. I don’t think I would have had the same reaction/experience I had seen pictures.

Day 1 | Vancouver to Blue River 

Waking up at 5 wasn’t out of the norm for me (sadly I know). But having to wake up and drive 7 hours was a whole other routine I wasn’t used to. This was also going to be the longest drive I’ve ever taken Ariel on (she’s my 1999 Rav4).

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Anyways, after gathering everyone together and playing an extreme game of Tetris in our car trunks, we hit the number 5 and headed north. First stop was in Hope for an obligatory DQ ice cream – omnom. We continued on to Kamloops and then finally to the “oh-so-Canadian” town of Blue River where all 8 of us piled into a big teepee for the night. Tomorrow we were to get an early start to finally begin our canoeing adventure.
Day 2 | Blue River to Sandy Point Campsite (Murtle Lake) 

Today was the day. Sports bra on, sandals, and sunnies – I was ready to go. The Blue River Camp group is nicely situated about a 40-minute drive from Murtle Lake. From the campground you take a long and tedious logging road until the parking lot. We arrived to the lot around 9:30 and unloaded our beautiful pack job (we were getting better everyday).

Another nice thing about Murtle Lake is that the parking lot isn’t situated right by the water. There is a 2.5 Km portage trail you must take in order to reach the boat launch. Kindly, they provided these pull carts to load and carry all your gear (because believe me — we had a shit load of stuff). Looking around the parking lot, all we could see was 1 wagon…this wouldn’t do the job. Before we knew it, Daniel and I were sprinting the 2.5 km to the boat launch to pick up two more carts. Woo – 5 Kilometers done and the day hadn’t even started.

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It was 10:15 by the time we hit the portage, and agonizingly trudged our gear to the boat launch. Murtle Lake has a rule where you must be at the launch by 11 in the morning or you miss the rangers and are unable to set sail. As you can tell, time was of the essence. I’m not lying when I tell you we made it to the launch at 11 exactly. We were all pretty wiped by the time we got there.

Around 12, we were all loaded into our canoes and finally set sail. Since the afternoon was approaching, the winds usually get pretty uppity. We all agreed that we wouldn’t do too much paddling this first day (just to beat the wavy weather).

And hour and half went by and our first campsite was in view: Sandy Point. There is no exaggeration of this campsites name. The sand here is the kind you’d find in Hawaii – seriously. In the movie I made, I have some footage of this beautiful campsite.

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It was the 8 of us and another couple who shared the site that night. The afternoon was filled with reading, canoeing around, building a fire and consuming the ever-so delicious “make your own” pizzas (kindly provided by Amelia and Janine). Paddling to Tropicana campsite was on the agenda for tomorrow. It was going to be one of the longer paddles we’d do on the trip (a total distance of 9 km) so you’d understand why we all hit the hay around 11:30.

Day 3 | Sandy Point to Tropicana 

During the entirety of this trip, the weather was super nice. We really lucked out on this trip. It might not sound all the bad that every morning we had to pack up everything again, pile it into the canoes and take off to another site. After a couple of early mornings, it gets pretty exhausting. Our departure-time goal every morning average to be around 8:30.

We left sandy point to beautifully calm water and minimal wind. Today we were heading to Tropicana Campsite (as you can imagine, it looked exactly the way it sounded!) In the direction we were paddling, Central Mountain sat all massive to the right, and to the left, a bushy shoreline of old coniferous trees where ospreys called home. T

here were multiple times while on Murtle I would find myself thinking about what my life was like 72 hours ago back in Vancouver. Phones would be ringing all the time, and the day would be over before I knew it. Murtle brought back the serenity and tranquility I needed in my life.

About 2 hours later and stopping for a quick lunch at Arthurs Campsite, we made it to Tropicana! As you’re paddling towards the site, you can see in the distance the beautiful sand spit. We were all too excited. The scenery here really comes from the name. It’s literally a tropical paradise…for BC.

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Again we had a beautiful, sunny afternoon of pure relaxation. I split open my perfect papaya, and constructed a 5 minute volleyball net made out of two paddles and rope (booya). A few of us played a good two hours of beach volleyball. I was pretty beat by the end. The rest of the afternoon consisted of plunging into the frigid, leech-infested lake and drying off in my hammock. Dinner was the delicious Mie Goreng prepared by Daniel. We really lucked out the fact we could build a fire every night. A week following our return home, BC announced its fire ban for the summer.

These first three days seemed the longest – but in a good way. We still had 4 more nights on the lake! I didn’t want the trip to end. For more footage of this trip, check our the little movie I put together here! You’ll get a sneak peek to what’s in the part 2 blog post I’m going to post tomorrow!

Stay adventurous, stay curious,

Charlotte xo

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Zesty Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

Song in Headphones: Janglin

It was one of those mornings where you open the fridge and stare at it blankly for about 10 minute; contemplating what to start your day off with. This week was ridiculously crazy at work so I knew I wanted a kick-start this morning…full energy breakfast come at me! I put this breakie hash together by honestly meandering through my fridge, pantry and spice rack. Try it out!

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Rose | Mauve | Coal

Song in Headphones: Never Come Down

I’ll have you know as pricy as this outfit may look, I’m proud to say that each article of clothing was under 20 dollars (except the shoes). Whaaat? Answer? Forever 21. This was the second look book of four lttltox and I did a few weekends ago (as mention in my previous blog post). Check it out!

Meandering around Richmond's Olympic Oval
Meandering around Richmond’s Olympic Oval

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Ignore the MAJOR vein’s on my hand…it was super muggy and kinda warm (weird Vancouver weather…)

What I’m Wearing

Scarf | H&M

Shirt | Forever 21

Trousers | Forever 21

Shoes | Aldo

Watch | Fossil

Clutch | Forever 21

Sunnies | Target

Photos captured by the ever so talented lttltox. Check our her site and Instagram too!

Too-da-loo

Charlotte xo

What’s your thoughts on this look? How excited are you that spring has sprung!?


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Ash | Navy | Pine

Song in Headphones: Yellow

This past weekend, I met with my dear friend and fellow blogger-in-crime, lttltox. We took on the day, outfits in hand, and cameras fully charged. We actually ended up each shooting four different outfits (this one was the first). It was great, we started off bumbling around Richmond to a few other locations, and finished off the night downtown in Gastown to get a couple of shots. This was the first shoot we did that day. It was in the morning; the lighting was good and took place at a cool skatepark – what better, eh? It was funny. All day we were mocking ourselves on how often we would say things such as: “dude, that lighting tho.” or “oh my god, the lighting’s perf.” For those who don’t know, lttltox and I are kinda lady bros. Seriously though, I don’t talk to anyone else like that. Do you have a friend like that?

Arriving to the park, we were pretty much the only ones there. Yes, we were the ones climbing over the concrete mounds like monkeys. Of course, soon came along the typical hard-core skateboarder who (I’m sure) wanted us out-of-the-way and to stop posing like idiots. Friends, this is what you sometimes have to do to pursue a hobby!

This day was a blast and the sun ended up shinning all day (which is great news for fellow vancouverites). We finished off the night around 10:00pm, exhausted and hungry… for what else – TACO’S!

Take a peek of these shots, and let me know what you think! You’ll find a list of what I’m wearing below the pictures. Stay tuned for the next couple of blog posts. The three other looks will be up soon. For the meantime, check out this and my other look books here!

This was before my freaked out face. That skater came out of NO WHERE.
This was before my “freaked out” face. That skater came out of NOWHERE.

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What I’m Wearing

Converse | My Sisters…heuehue

Jeans | Plenty

Shirt | Francesca

Scarf | H&M

Watch | Fossil

Photos captured by the ever so talented lttltox. Check our her site and Instagram too!

Too-da-loo,

Charlotte xo

What’s your thoughts on this look? Are you a fellow “chuck” fan?


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