So – after a few changes of mind about where to go and what to do, we all headed off for Mount Jardine early this morning. Joining us was Doug Thorburn, one of the nicest, finest new people we’ve met here. I think we all want to see a lot more of him.
At any rate, we were at the trailhead at about 8.45 and headed straight up through the forest. It was a good trail with lots of switchbacks and after almost two hours it lofted us into the subalpine. That’s when I began to fall way back at the end of the pack. And we all know the reason why: photos and lots of them! It may not have been spring with all its wildflowers and it may not have been sunny and the air may not have been clear of smoke – but oh my gosh: such beauty! I’m not even going to try to describe the alpine meadows and the ridges and peaks that surrounded us. I’ll let the photos do that. The point I’m trying to make is that it was gorgeous and that I was back in my bliss. (so addicting!)
Shanara was a great trail dog today. I don’t think Simon had to call her back to the trail more than once. So good! And, thanks to Shanara, who needed more water than we had carried, we came back down from the very windy peak and traversed thorough alpine meadows to a small lake so that she could get thoroughly wet. If we had not gone to the lake, we would have missed so much.
As it stands, we did miss a lot: there are hours of ridges and peaks to explore here – and, needless to say, we will surely do just that.
All through the morning, especially on top of Jardine, we saw the dark clouds move in – rain or perhaps thunder and lightning were about to come our way. But lucky us! We didn’t feel any sprinkles until about 12.30 when we had our lunch just above the lake. And then, blessed, gentle, warm rain spattering down around us on the hike down. We loved it. How can you not love hiking in the rain when we’ve been wanting and needing it so badly? I know I could hear the trees and bushes sighing with relief – I think I actually heard a few big slurps.
I honestly don’t think it could have been a better day. I loved every minute of it. The company was awesome! The place was magic.
My only regret? The summit was so windy I didn’t get a chance of a group summit shot – but I did hunker down and get a panorama from the peak. That’s something!
And now we’re back home and I feel content and sated. A hot bubble bath and an email from Sol Mountain Lodge about our trip there in just three (two?) days.
More adventures to come!