There’s at least one thing to be said about bread that takes four hours in its final rising – it gives you time to do something else while you wait. Today, that something else was an exploration at Bannock Point. And although I have been there alone or with Simon or with Sheila many times in the last months, there are still places to explore.
Today, Sheila and I decided to go past the Upper lookout (higher than the Awesome Trail lookout) and go straight to what trail creator Wayne calls “No Man’s Land.” We did that and went down the other side of the high ridge and up another ridge which I recognized from snowshoeing this winter. Sheila and I had both come up the far side. And, once again, we looked at the farther ridge – a steep one we hadn’t dared in snowshoes. Well – should we try it now?
We bushwhacked down the ridge (no more route markers at this point and we’d already been off trail for a while) and, sure enough, we were down at the swamp and the sort-of trail we’d done in snowshoes. And, what the heck, let’s just get up that cliff! We found a slightly less steep part, meaning only that there were no overhanging cliffs and rocks. We scrambled up – it was a high one – and finally hit the top. High-fives all around and a new name for a new ridge: No Woman’s Land! So there!
Now then – how to get down. Well, with a bit of deducing and crashing around on the far side of that ridge, we found a very old road which we were darn sure was the old mountain bike trail – and we followed it all the way back out to the gravel pit road and then down to the Bannock Point parking lot. Excellent!
More exploration to be done: The swamp – what lies beyond it? And, more importantly, the old mountain bike trail also continued in the opposite direction to where we picked it up. Obviously we have to follow it. Next – the new mountain bike trail that goes up an even farther ridge. How can we resist finding out where it goes?
It’s nice to have all these places waiting to be discovered in our back yard.