It went like this: Plan A – snowshoe Payne Bluffs. However, not only was it snowing but our Internet also went down, which means I missed Sheila’s note saying that she didn’t want to drive to Three Forks (and who can blame her?)
So we arrived at her house and we all said “oops.” So we shovelled her driveway and then thought of everything else we could do. Plan B: Bannock Point. But no – that was up the hill – very bad road. Well, how about the Galena Trail or Carpenter Creek? No to Plan C and D because of avi risk. Well – how about the Roseberry trail along the lake – sure. So we drove there cautiously because the roads were horrible and it didn’t boost anyone’s confidence when we passed a garbage truck overturned in the ditch.
But Plan whatever-it-was for Roseberry was a no go because there was no place to park. So we drove on to Butter – mainly because we couldn’t turn around. Once there, we inched our way along to the park gates, parked and with a spirit of “what the hell!” headed up the hill.
We pretty much made a trail the entire way, which was damn hard going in the cement-like snow. We lost the “actual” summer trail a few times, which meant bushwhacking straight up. What I’m saying is that we got a helluva workout.
About 2.5 hours after setting out and 400 strenuous metres we called it, inhaled some lunch, and made our way back down, taking careful note of easier ways to get up and taking those ways because hey, now that we have a marked trail, let’s keep it open!
It was good to get out. And very nice to find the Internet back up when I got home. I have had a hot bubble bath and spent the last hour organizing tomorrow’s trip to Evening Ridge. Should be interesting – hoping it’s also a ton of fun and that everyone has a good time.