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heart lake

heart lake brampton

Here’s a fun fact about me: I’ve never gone hiking before.

heart lake brampton

heart lake brampton

heart lake brampton

heart lake brampton

heart lake brampton

When Michael told his mom we were going on a hike, she asked where.  He answered with “Heart Lake,” to which she said, “Isn’t that a walk?”

Here’s a bit of a backstory: as much as I hate to admit it, I’m a city girl. I love plants – but only when they’re contained in pots and gardens. Sitting on grass makes me feel skittish, because who knows what kinds of bugs could be crawling around? Walking through anything that can brush my leg makes my hair stand on end. But I also really wanted to go hiking. I’ve never gone before, and wanted to take pictures of all the mountains, lakes, and waterfalls. Little did I know, you likely have to go through all of those things I don’t like for that charming photo.

So we went after a lot of persuading and begging on my end. I basically needed my hand held all the way – literally and figuratively. With some gentle coaxing, I stood in a denser part of the vegetation and touched a few trees. No mountains or waterfalls here, but there’s a lake! Michael told me that most hiking trails are substantially smaller than the ones here. It was a gentle walk to him, and a considerable hike for me. I’ve never been surrounded by that much nature. Maybe this time next year, I’ll be hiking and camping at a national park! A girl can dream.

Where did you go for your first hike, and how was it?

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  • I know there’s a reason why I love you because I am the same. I still dare not sit down on grass for the fear of creep crawlies crawling into the land down under. Paranoid? Maybe but I am a city girl at heart too. My first hiking trip was in 2012, had no choice cause hubby then boyfriend was coming for a visit and he wants to visit Malaysia National park. I’m better now but still refuses to sit on grass. HAHA!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Hahaha! I’m scared even by spiders, though I like them because they eat up all the other bugs lol. I had no idea you guys were long distance?! I’m assuming Mr Platt is Canadian, that’s a long ways away!

  • You took some beautiful photos! Honestly I’m the same way with nature, mostly because of my fear of bugs, though as a kid I loved the outdoors and would go exploring the hills/forests near my friend’s lake house. I think the last hiking trip I took was in elementary school and it was on some field trip. My husband used to ask me hike with him, but he’s long given up knowing what my answer is 😛

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

    • Same here! I used to play outside at night in the summers. My next door neighbors happened to be close family friends and I distinctly remember letting ants crawl all over us for fun, haha. Thank you! I want to take more photos outside of the ordinary beauty products/selfies :p

  • Beautiful photos Becky! I don’t do much hiking or outdoor things but when we go up to northern Michigan, there’s too much prettiness so I have to suck it up and enjoy nature haha!

    • Judging from your Instagram it looks like you do LOL your area is full of such beautiful nature!

  • Such amazing photos, loving the name too. I’m a total country girl and live in the countryside, so this is a perfect spot for me!

    Anika |

    • Funnily enough the lake only seems to somewhat resemble a really lopsided heart, lol. I’m only a country girl in my dreams, ha!

  • That place looks gorgeous! Coincidently, my recent blog post is about my first hiking (if you can call it that, it was too short) trip. I’m a city girl whose never been to mountains before. I realized how much of an amazing experience it was that I wanted to have more of it.

    • Wow, going to the mountains definitely seems like a hike! I’ll check out your post soon – I’m in between errands right now!

  • Diana Maria

    These photos are beautiful! I’m glad you got out in nature and enjoyed it. I absolutely love hiking and the outdoors so I could be biased here haha, but it really is so refreshing to get outside every once in a while! It’s great you had a lovely time xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

    • Hopefully this one will open me up to some more adventurous hikes! It’s definitely a little weird being surrounded by nature when I’m so used to cityscapes.

  • Sam

    I’ve done my fair share of walking trails with my friends, but my first serious hike was with my hike-yogi-hardcore-exerciser obsessed sister and the trail was aptly named suicide rock. I sweated up a storm, had to stop so many times, and by the end, I limped to the small restaurant to stuff my face with a burger. I grew up a country girl, so it’s not really the nature that freaks me out, but ya girl is a wimp when it comes to any exercise related activity.

  • I was the same as you, but then my family went to The Grand Canyon and it was pretty much all hiking! I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed it. I think it’s one of those things where it’s a struggle getting yourself to go, but once you’ve been you feel great. Love the photos!

    • Wow, that sounds fun! I’ve always wanted to go (that’s where the horseshoe bend is, right?). Thanks! I’m trying to branch out a little when it comes to photography, haha.

  • Haha, that’s so funny that you don’t like sitting on grass and being surrounded by trees, etc. I’ve never really thought about it too much, although of course I hate it when there are bugs around but it doesn’t really bother me to be ~in nature~ or whatever, or sit on grass, etc. Maybe because my school had a lot of grassy areas so we often had to sit on them for lunch? I definitely think of myself as a city girl too though, although I love getting out every now and then and doing something in nature but I hardly ever do it. Although I think going on a hike would be fun I’ve literally never done it of my own free will, it’s only ever been with other people who wanted to do it, haha. It always nice to see the views and get to experience something different. Camping is a whole other story though, I haven’t done it since we had to go to camp at school, that’s for sure!

    • Funnily enough my neighbors and I as kids would play with ants and worms and fireflies all the time, haha. I guess it’s because it’s been probably a decade since then, that I’m not used to it anymore? I always wanted ~cool class trips~ like that hahaha, but the most I’ve done was take half a day or so to visit a botanical garden. We did grow our own butterflies as a side project, though!

  • oh such lovely photos! I’m so not a city girl like yourself haha bless you, sounds like an experience. Love your lighthearted writing style

    • Thank you! I’m trying to branch out a bit in terms of photography, haha.

  • cries. i never hiked before hence how unfit i am lmao. but you did so well, becky bae! it took a lot of coaxing for us but i guess it’s worth it for you. and yes, go camping next time! it’s fuuunnn <3

    • you went camping but not hiking??? How hahaha, I heard camping is sometimes more intense bc it’s just so weird and creepy to be in total silence and darkness. And hey, this is my first time “hiking” so we’re not that far apart!

      • When I was still in girlscout we went camping on a camping ground just outskirt of the capital several times. Just a very plain ground between forest and it’s not situated between hills or sort — not so far from neighborhood houses, even. So it was really ordinary. We got some good lessons to survive in the wild and make makeshift tent and set fire though!

  • LMAO man, just lie to me and tell me I did a great job for my first time hiking!!!

    Bf went up to algonquin to canoe and camp this weekend and he came back sore all over! he said camping was pretty creepy cause it’s in the forest where it’s dark and dead silent and he doesn’t think I can do it (tbh he’s right lol). HAVE YOU TRIED THE STAIRMASTER??? I fkin hate it lol but apparently it’s so good for your cardio + glutes + legs (I’ve only tried it once)

    • LOL, YOU’RE DOING AMAZING, SWEETIE. But ahhhh, I’m so jealous of his trip! It is kinda creepy since it’s so quiet and dark out there, but the view of the milky way out there makes it all worth it, IMO! YOU CAN DO IT, BECKS. YOU’LL GET THERE ONE DAY!


  • Beautiful photography, it really drew me in. Hiking as a child, was very memorable for me, we walked and walked and walked, I remember those bright hiking socks and getting very tired – ha! Now I tend to like shorter, more scroll like walks, taking photos with my camera as I go! 🙂 xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • Kim

    Oooh, camping is really fun! Or, at least it is according to my childhood memories lol! I’m not sure how much I’d enjoy it now, because I hate it when my skin crawls because of imaginary bugs crawling up my limbs. When I was little though, I loved baking potatoes and roasting s’mores on the campfire 😀