I am a night person. Left to my own devices, I don’t get going until 11am… 10am if it’s a good day. So here I don’t get days off, just hours.
Granted, we don’t need to go far for a little forest. This is our morning walk—the trail at the end of the cul de sac.
Having gone south for Stanley Park the weekend prior, I opted to head north toward Horseshoe Bay and Whistler. Those were places I’d heard of, and I suspected the places between here and there might not be as crowded.
A little trail in the little town of Lion’s Bay between Horseshoe Bay and Squamish provided a lovely forest hike with occasional views of the ocean and not a soul in sight.
Except we didn’t get there until 3:00…
So… fast forward one week. We get back on the road and head farther away from the United States border.
The drive is gorgeous. If Central Colorado and the Southern Oregon Coast had a baby, it would be the southern coastline of British Columbia. The mountains towered over us to the right, and the ocean and bays with its islands and rock outcroppings saluted us on our left.
We returned to the hard to find trail, and decided on the loop. Only about three miles, but more than we’d done while he had been here.
I don’t hike to challenge myself or even to feel like I’ve accomplished anything. I hike for the experience of the journey itself. I don’t need to push my body to the limits or make things more difficult than necessary. Granted the boy gets pretty down if I turn him around before we reach the end, but for me hiking isn’t about the destination. It’s about the journey. And this is the journey: eyes to the sky, and nose to the wind.