What’s rather nice about hiking here in this new place is that almost every trail is new. I remember how excited I used to get on Vancouver Island when I did a new trail – mostly I did trails that I had done many times over. And that was lovely too of course. The old familiar trails hold much charm.
Still, there’s nothing like a “new” place. I certainly had my fill last summer in the Rockies. Except for a few trails we did in the Whistler area, it was all brand new – and exciting. So this has been happening here ever since we moved. While I’ve repeated a few hikes and snowshoes – for the most part, not at all. Today we did one of my favorite types of hikes – a point to point.
We left one car at the side of the highway at the foot of the Mount Buchanan recreational area and the other north of Kaslo. The hike was about eleven K and elevation of about 400 metres: nothing strenuous or mind-boggling – just nice. The trail was perhaps the best maintained I’ve seen since we moved here, which means we didn’t have to watch our feet constantly for fear of tripping. We had views, we had a lovely forest, we saw a deer and a grouse bathing in the sun (not together, no matter how much my sentence structure would imply that) – almost stumbled over her (the grouse).
We just had a darn nice hike. Did me the world of good.
And now – another hike tomorrow that should prove more strenuous and higher. Early start in the morning.
In the meantime, Simon is wrestling with a recalcitrant toilet in the basement. But by this time we know that no matter what the project, it’s going to take twice as long and it’s going to provide a fun series of unexpected challenges.