Hike #1: A kindergartener could have done it.
Location: Brandywine Falls
(Un)willing Participants: Phil
- The fantastically rushing water.
- The lack of other people (it was overcast and chilly).
- The little information plaques along the way telling us about the strong First Nations roots in that area.
- Oh, and spending time in nature with my love (insert barfing sounds here. But no really. It was nice).
- We were heading to Whistler for a weekend of lake-ing, but the weather didn't cooperate.
Location: Grouse Mountain (The Grind)
(Un)willing Participants: Fanny, Ian, Phil
- Actually making it to the end in one piece.
- Pushing through the black cloud of grumpiness that overwhelms Grind hikers (why are we doing this to ourselves?, I need a beer, get out of my way you stupid tourists, etc etc), and reaching the top!
- That feeling of euphoria and adrenaline you get when you achieve something difficult - way to go friends!
- The poor sad grizzlies sleeping off their depression in their caged in home at the top of the mountain.
- The fact that it was f*@%ing freezing at the top and I was in a tank and shorts and covered in multiple layers of sweat.
Location: Lantzville Beach
(Un)willing Participants: My mom
- We "hiked" from Lantzville Beach, along the shore, all the way until Nanaimo, and it was beeeeautiful!
- We saw wildlife galore, old gnarled twisted trees, neat rocks and shells, and got to bask in the sun and swim in the ocean. Seriously, it doesn't get much better.
- Spending time with my mom. Gawh.
- Some parts of the "hike" were actually quite difficult. The tide was coming in, so we had to wade through debris and climb over and under trees. It was actually a harder hike than the first one. But even these lowlights were still awesome because were in the ocean. My love.
Location: Squamish - The Chief
(Un)willing Participants: Fanny and a few of her friends
- Hiking The Chief didn't make me want to hurtle myself over the side of the mountain, as The Grind tends to do, but it was a perfect balance between working hard and still being able to enjoy the scenery around you.
- The view from the top. Oh my.
- If you ever plan to do hikes with any degree of difficulty, don't read Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air. All I could think about while climbing the ladders and ropes and slippery rock faces were the parts of that book where his hiking mates perished most grievously. Never mind the fact that they were hiking Everest. My overactive mind, at those moments, made the two mountains seems like veritable twins. Yes, I am probably a bit crazy.