It couldn’t have been a better day for a hike up Mount Kuskanax. Peter and I got a good, early start and were incredibly pleased to find that the deadfall on the road had been cleared – and boy – there was a lot of it! On the trail however, not so much. Still, given the blowdown we’ve encountered so far this year, it was easily navigable.
As I said to Peter halfway up to the ridge: 2018 is going to become known as “the year of the “blowdown.”
Oh yes it will.
Up up we went and then that beautiful ridge hike. And then, of course, the little steep down, and then then up again and finally into the alpine meadow, which was a mass of glacier lilies. I agreed to do my best Julie Andrews impression but cut it short – realizing I don’t know Peter quite well enough at this point to inflict it on him.
At the top, he unleashed his drone, which, from what I could see, was getting some amazing videos. There was a bit of haze in the sky but it was still clear enough that we could see into the Rockies. Mount Begbie was clear as were the northern Monashees and to the south – mountains rolling far away.
From the top we retreated into the meadow for lunch because, just as Mount Plewman seems to breed ladybugs, Mount Kuskanax is the spot where all the horseflies on the planet congregate. – in the meadow, all was good.
And then down and down and down and 6ish hours later, back at the truck. And darnit, we could not get that emergency brake light to go off. So we drove to Kal Tire where the nice Jay, helpfully fixed it for the price of a smile and a thank-you. Totally made my day.
And then what made my day even more (in a day that was “made” many times over) was finding Tony from Cawston just about to pull away in his van. But I was in time – and he gave me all the rest of his apricots (first of the season!!!!) for $10 -about 4 pounds worth. I have no idea how I’m going to eat them all but I’m certainly going to give it my best shot.
The only thing that could have made my day better was finding my sweetie home and giving him a big kiss and hug. I consoled myself with a bubble bath.