Super day. We are signed up to hike Sentinel Mountain on Saturday with the KMC but the trip leader needed to scout the route before then – mainly because it’s a combination of a booted trail, bushwhacking and game trails. When he asked if anyone wanted to join him, I volunteered.
So we set out at 9 a.m. and headed immediately straight uphill. It didn’t take long to decide that this was finally my local version of Maple Mountain. It’s about the same elevation gain and has similar terrain. I loved every minute of it including the bushwhacking over formidable windfall near the top. But we carved out a trail, Rick wielding his saw constantly and me trying to clear the slippery branches off the footpath.
We used an entire roll of flagging tape but now we have a good route for Saturday’s group hike. It’s going to be fun.
And the best part is that there are other trails here – one flagged blue that promises to be even steeper than the (now labelled) pink trail. There also appears to be a ridge walk. Rick told me that the ridge goes all the way to Castlegar!
He also pointed out good dog walking areas and another higher ridge that KMC will be hiking on soon. This is good – getting to know the local hikes! And they’re accessible in shoulder season! I’m getting my own local Maple, Tzouhalem, Prevost, and Benson all sorted out.
And now for the most interesting news of the day. Just as I had decided (see yesterday’s post) to drop my manuscript, A Trainwreck of Twits, I got an email from an agent in New York who said he was intrigued and would I please email him 50 pages.
All right then.
I am off to the post office tomorrow.