Kim Becker {aka MommyKnows}
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The Pay Off

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Truth be told, I am not in the greatest shape. Walking up a hill (or mountain) usually has me huffing and puffing in 5 minutes or less (REALLY). When that mountain side takes a couple of hours of non-stop UP hill climbing, I often catch myself wondering, “what in the hell I am doing here?”

And then you round the corner and it’s all worth it.

I shot the next photo while I ate my lunch. I didn’t even have to stand up, which was a bonus because I was exhausted.

Nature makes for some great photo-ops, and I especially love the reflection of the mountains in water.

There is always an abundance of wildlife. I know what you are thinking and, “YES, we are worried about him!”.

Isn’t this cool? A tree becomes an island. I love it.

A couple of hours of hanging out beside the lake, and my kids couldn’t stand it any more. They just had to get in!

It was a fantastic hike!

MK xo
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Disclaimer: Despite the wild child with a knife, no hikers were harmed in the making of this post.

29 comments… add one

  • 180360 August 3, 2010, 10:09 pm

    These are stunning! I want to go there now. :)

  • MommyKnows August 4, 2010, 11:32 am

    @180360, Thanks Kim, it means TONS coming from one of my favourite photographers.

  • Philippine Travel Guide August 3, 2010, 11:37 pm

    nice set of pics the place is very beautiful

  • MommyKnows August 4, 2010, 11:31 am
  • Hannah August 4, 2010, 1:20 am

    Wow!! That scenery is just breathtaking! You live in an absolutely beautiful place, Kim. Definitely worth a 2-hour uphill hike!

  • MommyKnows August 4, 2010, 11:30 am

    @Hannah, Thanks Hannah! We’re about 4 hours away from here, but I am lucky that my mother has a condo in the area, so we always have a ‘free’ vacation destination.

  • Alison August 4, 2010, 4:29 am

    Wow, the scenery is completely breathtaking. Gorgeous post, thank you. Beats the view from the office window!

  • MommyKnows August 4, 2010, 11:28 am

    @Alison, Thanks Alison!

  • deborah August 4, 2010, 7:10 am

    Your pictures are absolutely amazing! I need to get out to the mountains more!

  • MommyKnows August 4, 2010, 11:28 am

    @deborah, Thanks Deb! You should … you are so close!

  • Ashley August 4, 2010, 7:20 am

    It looks like you guys had a wonderful time. But I echo my facebook comment, that water looks cold!!!

  • MommyKnows August 4, 2010, 11:26 am

    @Ashley, It was cold, but they claimed it was warm compared to most of the mountain lakes. They would know, as they swim in EVERY single one they see.

  • leslie August 4, 2010, 1:24 pm

    Love the pics and so jealous I couldn’t be there too. Those kids are very brave to say the least!

  • MommyKnows August 4, 2010, 10:26 pm

    @leslie, I wish you were still here too.

    Is it nice to be home?

  • leslie August 6, 2010, 3:09 pm


    Not really! Ah it’s not so bad. Played group tennis last night and went for mexican food and drinks afterward. Fun to see everybody.

  • Safire August 4, 2010, 6:45 pm

    Looks utterly amazing! Doesn’t look too cold either!

  • MommyKnows August 4, 2010, 10:27 pm

    @Safire, Hey Safire, Great to see you :) (read you).

    It was utterly amazing.

  • kH August 4, 2010, 7:48 pm

    woah your camera is so good. Pictures are so nice with your boys. You must be very lucky.
    rewards incentive@Myzerr

  • MommyKnows August 4, 2010, 10:27 pm

    @kH, Thank you!

  • Joanne August 4, 2010, 10:21 pm

    Hey Kim. Wow! You are such a fantastic photographer. These pictures could be in National Geographic!!!! Definitely worth the hike.

  • MommyKnows August 4, 2010, 10:28 pm

    @Joanne, Aw shucks, thanks Jo :)

  • Kendall Howard August 5, 2010, 11:58 am

    Where is this place? That is one of the most unbelievable places I have ever seen. It looks so untouched by mankind. Breath taking! I guess it was well worth the exhaustation of getting there. My goodness!

  • Free PSP Themes August 6, 2010, 3:59 am

    very nice greenary and awesome place…..

    i have never seen place like this…..

  • Kwirk August 6, 2010, 2:01 pm

    really wonderful pics! i’d like to live somewhere here all alone and abandoned. just me and my laptop. lol

  • Andy August 8, 2010, 9:51 am

    Wow what a stunning location . I am mostly a Wedding Photography but would love to shoot shoot some landscapes here.If only there was some locations like this in mid uk :(

  • footballchants123 August 11, 2010, 3:15 am

    Your pictures are absolutely amazing! I need to get out to the mountains more!

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  • Jakarta Apartment August 11, 2010, 6:15 am

    dear god.. this is very amazing and beautiful pictures!

  • romantic getaways August 12, 2010, 6:34 pm

    Hi Mommyknows, this is beautiful photography – really makes me want to visit Canada.

    What camera do you use to take your photographs? obviously the subject is spectacular but I really like the clarity and definition of your images…

  • Stephen at the greatest camp January 7, 2011, 11:02 am

    Hiking/camping is a great way to build resilience in children! When you are faced with a challenge (climbing to the top of the peak; cooking your food, setting up camp) you are forced to make a decision to continue or turn around. When you reach the top you have an option to negatively or positively react to your effort and the outcome is has brought (beautiful scene). The great thing about summer camp
    is the positive leadership that helps facilitate the positive reaction to succeeding and FAILING. This will strengthen resilience which is a powerful quality to have!

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