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New Adventures, But No Worms

posted 2/13/2017 11:28:37 AM |
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The saying goes that the early bird catches the worm. Well, no worms here, or early sunrises, either. I woke up later than I wanted to in order to catch the sunrise. Despite my best efforts to get to the lake, I was too late for the amazing colours that occur about 30 minutes before the sun actually rises.

Hopefully, tomorrow will bring another nice day and I'll get up earlier. Although, if there are no clouds, then there's no stunning sunrise either. Funny how that works. With luck, there'll be enough clouds for a colourful sunrise.

Yesterday morning was a bit overcast, but by noon the clouds had thinned enough to highlight the white capped mountains against the intensely blue sky. Having gone for a walk around the lake, I didn't see a lot that intrigued me, and even all the winged residents were in hiding.

Having been stuck inside all last week due to the weather, I wasn't going to waste any time inside and headed east into the valley, wandering the back roads. I'd 'planned' on heading even further east, driving through south Chilliwack, then northeast, along more back roads to Rosedale, as I haven't driven that route for a long time.

Crossing the river, a side road along the river dissects the intersection. Making a snap decision, I made a quick right to follow the road to who knew where? What amazing views of the river and surrounding mountains. It was absolutely breathtaking. I stopped a few times to take photos, but with all the snow piled up on the sides of the road, it's difficult to find a place to pull over.

As I'd left fairly late in the afternoon, many of the areas were in shadow and not the best light to showcase the beauty of the area. It didn't stop me from continuing to drive though, wanting to find where the road ended. As dusk turned the sky a deep pink, road signs indicated Chilliwack Lake in 2 km. Reaching the end of the road, which I had thought would be the lake, there was no lake in sight, a forestry service road blocked by piles of snow. Alrighty then. End of the line.

Turning back, the sky was absolutely stunning and I revelled in the beauty of the sunset as I drove through the densely forested area. I found parks and trailheads I had no idea existed, knowing I'd have to return earlier another day, possibly leaving in the morning so I have plenty of time to explore the different parks.

With so much snow still around, I know I won't be venturing too far into the woods, although having a pair of snowshoes would have been great this year. I will go earlier to capture those areas that were in shade and the river, a beautiful shade of light jade ribboning through the forest and valley floor, with imposing, jagged, mountain peaks on both sides contrasting brightly white in the cobalt sky.

Words can't do justice to the scenery or the feelings of insignificance in the presence of such massive natural phenomenons. Perhaps, much like an ant in relation to a human. As I drove, and the sun aimed it's last rays on the mountain peaks, tingeing them with a subtle gold, then a pale pink, deepening the blue crevices, I couldn't help but stop and look way up to admire the immenseness and stunning beauty of the area.

Fortunately, driving home in the dark, there were no deer leaping out into the road and I returned for a very late dinner. The stew I'd planned to make yesterday, not ever getting into the pot due to putting a walk a priority and then too late to start it.

As it's Family Day here, I had planned on getting all my orders out, which are significant, but just remembered the commercial lanes coming home will be closed, which will mean long border lineups. Okay, not doing that. Seems like today I'll be heading back out to the valley for photos.

Sometimes, even if you don't get the worm or the early sunrise, other opportunities arise and perhaps you get something equally desirable. I can see, as the weather improves, that there will be many excursions and new adventures to explore, more sunrises, which will be my 'worm'. The real ones the birds can have.


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Comments:
jimnastics1

Feb 13 @ 12:28PM  
I haven't worn snowshoes since I was a pre-teen in Maine.
You needed them there.
When was the last time you wore them ?

Not too many worms come out of the ground when there's snow on top.
Northern239

Feb 13 @ 12:36PM  
I was raised on snowshoes, my uncle had a trap line. The modern ones are a mixture of aluminum frame with a bit of titanium for strength. They have cleats at the back and middle along with a swivel set of teeth, that move with the foot harness for traction on ice.

They essentially put you in four wheel drive. The news ones are virtually weightless. A tip for all you city slickers living in the lower 48. Always use ski poles when you snowshoe. They take half the weight of your body and you conserve 50% more energy. That along with the extra balance you get with the poles will make your snowshoe experience all the better.

Good blog, worth reading...kudo.
SimplyImp

Feb 13 @ 1:11PM  
Jim - never snowshoed - but would like to.

Re: worms. Well with all the robins around, they must be finding them somewhere.

SimplyImp

Feb 13 @ 1:14PM  
Northern - thanks for the tips! I use walking poles as a rule, just to walk around the lake, so ski poles sounds like an excellent idea.

I'll have to do some more research on the 'hidden' lake and find out how far it is from the road. I'm definitely not driving up any darn service roads though - did that last summer and like my car too much to be doing that kind of driving.

Northern239

Feb 13 @ 3:19PM  
I'm glad that you use walking sticks, they will prevent wear and tear on your knee cartilages. I hope that you use high quality ones, the kind that have a piston on the tips to absorb the impact of the walking.
Walking sticks will give you easily 10 more years of hiking. Take care of your body, and your body will take care of you.

It's so refreshing to find a white person with some common sense about the outdoors. Hope you carry bear spray and a whistle when you're out there alone.
SimplyImp

Feb 13 @ 3:40PM  
Northern - I carry a whistle everywhere, and yes, bear spray if I'm hiking or biking where bears are. Yes, my walking poles are the good kind - I was lucky enough to buy them from a woman who never used them.

I was brought up doing a lot of outdoor hiking with my family. We used to hike up one of the local mountains to ski. We'd carry backpacks with food and clothing, our skis and poles over our shoulders and hike up Hollyburn Mtn to ski, before there were even ski lifts. We'd 'herringbone' up the slopes, and ski down, staying in a cabin with wood for heat and cooking, and a kerosene lamp for light.

We also used to hike up there to pick blueberries in the fall, so yes, I was taught how to be safe in the woods. We didn't have bear spray back then, we just moved quietly away if a bear was spotted. I remember my dad seeing one and Mom herding all of us kids back to the main lodge with our pails of blueberries.

The greatest gifts I've received from my parents are a love, respect and appreciation of the outdoors and nature.


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