Right – so much for Mount Gemini. The gates were closed. And that could lead to a whole other subject: the Freedom to Roam legislation that has never seen the light of day.
But there it is: logging companies own most of Vancouver Island and if they decide you can’t access hiking trails, then you can’t. Today’s reasoning was that it was too windy. Meaning – in case a tree falls, we don’t want to be held liable.
So: plan B – Mount Benson via the climber’s trail. As my first major hike after being ill for three weeks (and still ill. Not nearly well yet) this would not have been my choice – 800 metres pretty much straight up.
I’ll admit right here and now that it was hard on me. But the good news was that the weather (windy – yes) was clear and sunny.
And so up we went – and back down and home to a bubble bath and a very brief nap.
Feeling pretty good now.
But also fragile – like I really need to take care of myself.