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Cobble Lookout view

Car Camping in the Adirondacks

After a one night test run at our local State Park, my friend and I figured we’d go up north and challenge ourselves with 2 nights of car camping and a couple hikes.  Little did we know we were following the tail end of hurricane Isaias!
So our Tuesday drive and setting up camp was in the rain and for most of the evening, a downpour.  Very lucky a friend insisted I borrow their 9x9x6’ht tent! Very lucky. We were still soaked just setting it up, but once we settled down, we could wring out a few things and enjoy some snacks and wine. Car camping
After our coffee Wednesday morning, we headed for Cascade Mountain, a 6 mile hike (in and out) with 1,900’ elevation gain.  My Alltrails app described it as “moderate”, and I disagree, although maybe I would agree with (a lot!) more hiking experience.  Boulders or bigger rocks were found along much of the trail, making each step another piece of a climbing puzzle.  Add to that, mud in between the rocks, making slipping a real possibility. (Which we each did at least once!).

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”  Henry David Thoreau

Cascade mountain view

The panoramic views at the top of the surrounding mountains were well worth the rain (yes, again!) and mud.   The rain mostly stopped, and the mist and clouds opened up a bit so we could quickly enjoy that view.  The wind, however, was very inhospitable and we headed downhill a bit before taking a break.  No sketch was done at the top, as my supplies would have been blown away!

What with snack stops and being careful and stepping aside to let people pass, it took us 7 hours. We had planned to do a quick walk after at High Falls Gorge, but it was closed due to all the rain, so – back to camp.  We enjoyed hotdogs grilled on the blazing campfire, and for me, more wine! 🍷

Thursday we went to Wilmington and hiked Cobble Lookout, rated easy, which we both wanted after yesterday.  Really quite easy, with 3 miles out and back, and only 240’ elev. gain. Another fantastic view with wonderful sunshine!  And finally a chance to get a quick couple of sketches in.

Cobble Lookout view

Cobble Lookout view

BioGeometry electrosmog

More BioGeometry signatures

Just having fun with more BioGeometry signatures. This concept continues to resonate with me.

Enjoy viewing these. I hope you receive some of the energy that has flowed into each. 💕

The science of BioGeometry has as its cornerstone a very special harmonizing subtle energy quality that is found in… all centers of shapes in nature.” – BioGeometry Signatures by Ibrahim Karim

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Mount Cook

NZ – Mount Cook National Park

This post is about day 14, as we drive to Twizel, Lindis Pass And Mount Cook. Day 13 did not have many on site sketches, so art from my photos can be posted later, if they get completed!

Sketches from this day are all about Mount Cook. Enjoy!

Mount Cook

Mount Cook with Lake Pukaki in the foreground.

Mount Cook

Mount Cook with Lake Pukaki in the foreground

Mount Cook

Mount Cook

Mount Cook

That Wanaka tree

NZ – heading north to Wanaka

Day 12 was a 4+ hour drive going north to Wanaka, in the Otago region on South Island. Along the way, we stopped at Lake Hayes to sketch.  The Māori name is Wai-whaka-ata which translates to “water that reflects”.

Lake Hayes NZ

Lake Hayes

A dizzying series of switchbacks on Crown Range Road brought us to a pull off where we sketched a fantastic view. Quick pencil sketches were all I could manage while I recovered from that ride!

A fun stop in Cardrona, a popular ski town, where Cathy donated to a fence of bras! “Bra-drona” hopes that you will make a donation to the NZ Cancer Society.

Bra-drona in Cardrona

Bra-drona in Cardrona

A famous tourist attraction in Wanaka is #thatwanakatree, growing in the lake.

That Wanaka tree

#thatwanakatree

Nearby, there were several huge Douglas fir trees needing to be sketched. Only took time for one, and as I sketched, I wondered how old these are.

Douglas fir

Douglas fir

ancient forest

NZ – Te Anau & Fiordland National Park

Day 11 – we retrace some of yesterday’s travels.  First order of each day is usually getting lunch and snack food!  Miles Better Pies has a cute statue out front.

Miles Better Pies

Miles Better Pies in Te Anau

Stopped along the way to practice clouds, these are the reason for calling New Zealand “Land of the Long Cloud”. New Zealand clouds

We returned to Mirror Lake, in Fiordland Nat’l. Park, where I may have been the only one in our group who didn’t sketch the calm clear waters.

View at Mirror Lake

View at Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake – I wonder how it got the name? 😉

Here we sat and painted in an ancient beech forest next to Gunn Lake. We saw faces in the trees, while parrots and keas sang above and a New Zealand robin visited us.  He tried to join me by sitting on my water container, which he tipped over.

ancient beech forest

ancient beech forest.

ancient forest

Faces in the ancient trees

A slight interruption in our travels while we waited for them to cross the road –

Sheep crossing

Slight traffic jam

Last stop of the day was in Eglinton River valley with broad horizons to paint.

Eglinton River Valley

Eglinton River Valley

 

Milford Sound

NZ – magnificent Milford Sound (Piopiotahi)

Day 10 – We head to Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park for a boat ride through the fiord with breathtaking scenery. Luck and sunshine was with us (it’s in a rain forest with annual rainfall of 22 feet) as we first stopped at Mirror Lake on the way, before meeting up with a convoy.

Sections of the only road to Milford Sound were one lane following cyclone damage a few weeks earlier.  There was terrible flooding and several hundred people trapped up there.  So only buses and 12+ passenger vehicles were allowed in the convoy. We were one of the first vehicles in line, so we had a bit of a wait until the line was complete and we could start up.

I could have spent several days here, in this place called the pot of gold at the end of the road. My sketches don’t do it justice, but you may be able to infer by the quantity, just how much I was enchanted with this place.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound employee.

Milford Sound  Milford Sound

Milford Sound sketches

Milford Sound sketches 1.

Milford Sound sketches

Milford Sound sketches 2.

Milford Sound sketches

Milford Sound sketches 3