A Free Day in the Mountains
I took the day– yay!!– and the Buddies, and away we went to the Blow-me-downs for some sunshine. We decided to travel our ‘usual’ route to see what it would be like to do long, steady, relentless uphills over our favorite way (which is to have long, steep inclines to climb for the first 1 1/2 hrs, but then mostly downhill all the way), and also to find the ‘left turn’ that I tend to miss, which means a bit of bushwhacking, fording streams, and a few extra bits of mileage). We tracked everything well– couldn’t really go wrong, the skidoos had been covering most of this ground quite steadily for much of the winter. The colours were those of spring skiing, crazy cobalt against the brilliant white, but the snow was old and cold and somewhat slow… cardboard-ish…over a hard crust… and didn’t warm up until close to 2pm in the afternoon, by which time we were on the final descents (worked out well!).
We prefer our usual way; going today’s route, we climbed for about 3hours, and had three distinct ascents– all of which involved losing way too much elevation only to have another major climb– maybe OK if one had skate skiis and wanted to skate the whole way… poor old Shep had a hard time getting up after lunch break, and did a lot of limping on the final descent, we had to wait for him. Trips like these won’t happen with him anymore, which is sad– it’ll be tough to tell him he has to stay home. Kala, on the other hand, will hunt those wabbits all day long!
No matter which way we travel this area, it’s always beautiful!
The images are in the wrong order, no idea how to get them to change… so you’re seeing arriving at the top first, and departure from home in the morning last.