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Sunday Hike

Yesterday BF and I went out on an 18km roundtrip hike to Garibaldi Lake. A few years ago, it was one of the first hikes I ever did with BF (well kinda, we went to Taylor Meadows, then onto Blask Tusk). Now that I’m a stronger hiker, I found the hike to be a lot easier than I remember. Of course, I also didn’t have a 30-40 lb. pack strapped to me, so that probably had a lot to do with it. :)

Anyway it took us about 4.5 hours to get there and back. We got treated to a mix of sun, cloud, and pouring rain. But it was worth it. I managed to take a few pictures before the rain started in. Garibaldi Lake really is breathtaking. I can see why it’s such a popular destination in the summer!

Boot Camp!

Yesterday I signed up for my first-ever boot camp course. For 6 sessions (every Monday), I’m paying $51. I’ve always wanted to try boot camp, but the cost always stopped me. What was my motivation to actually sign up this time? Partially because a friend also signed up with me, and also because with field hockey starting in September I want to get in really good shape … but mostly because I’m curious!

I think after this boot camp course, I would like to try kick boxing. The rec centre doesn’t offer it, and the kick boxing companies only offer memberships. So I might have to try a rec centre a little farther out.

Anyway, the class doesn’t officially start until mid-September.

Who else has done boot camp before? Thoughts?

Hiking trip turned touring trip

So hiking again this weekend was a bust. We drove a long way (about 4.5 hours from Vancouver) – all the way to Gold Bridge & Bralorne. Now, to get to Gold Bridge you have to take logging roads to get there. I’ve never been there before, but if you can imagine a tiny isolated town tucked in the mountains (Wikipedia says 250 inhabitants, but the sign in town says 60). It was cool to see all the old, abandoned buildings. I wanted to get out and go exploring, but BF said it was creepy and there were probably dead people haunting the buildings.

Anyway, the place we were originally going to hike – we couldn’t find the logging road to get to it. We were just going off directions in a back country hiking book, and by the time we figured out where the road should be, we were already 20km of logging road past it. So we decided to camp at a free campground just outside of Gold Bridge.

The next day, we were all set to hike into gorgeous alpine territory, but first we had to drive the sketchiest road  from Gold Bridge to Lillooet (Carpenter Lake Road). In a lot of places the road is only wide enough for one car to get by (one side is steep loose rock that kept falling onto the road, and the other side is a sheer drop off to the canyon below). In some places the dirt road is just falling away off the drop off. And since there weren’t any road barriers, at some points our tires were less than a foot away from the edge. We also almost got into a head on collision with a car who wasn’t slowing down as we were entering one of those narrow bits of road. I can’t imagine what that road must be like to drive in the snow.

So after all that sketchy driving – I would say 7 or 8 hours away from Vancouver by now – we get to where we turn off onto forestry logging roads to get to the trailhead, and THE BRIDGE WAS WASHED OUT. We drove all that way and we couldn’t even access the trail. :( I was so sad.

All in all, it was a fun trip for sure. I’ve never been on those roads before and it was quite an adventure. But it cost us way more than we though it would due to the excessive driving, and I just really wanted to go hiking.

Because of these hiking fails, we promised ourselves that for the next 2 long weekends, we would go hiking. Joffre will be in a couple of weeks for the September long weekend (it will be our 3rd attempt at the summit – although the 1st attempt was a weak one), and then we’ll figure something out for the October long weekend – perhaps we’ll venture out to the same area as this past weekend and try again somewhere new.

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