Monday, June 06, 2011

Epic Hike

Today I went hiking with my mom and aunt. It was intense and awesome because it ended up being this long bush wacking session. Basically we got the top of this hill on one trail and couldn't figure out how to get down. We had already walked to the other end of the ridge so we didn't want to go back to find the trail we had come up on. We ended up clambering down the back of the ridge using deer trails which was pretty interesting. By the time we got to the bottom we had no clue where we were, but by using maps and our GPS's we figured out there was a trail near by.

We started walking south-ish thinking that we would hit the trail soon. We didn't and we some how ended up beside a swamp with the trail we needed on the other side! First we attempted to walk down the swamp to find the end and get to the trail. We quickly realized that it was gonna be to tough because the underbrush was so thick and we were in a valley so the only other place to go was up, also the swamp was just not ending! We ended up turning around and going back along the difficult deer trail we had just came down. It was intense, we weren't sure if we were going the right way or if the trail was even on the other side of the swamp. It would have been completely impossible to go back up the hill we had come down because it was already the middle of the afternoon and it was a steep climb back up.

This is when things became confusing and annoying. It wasn't as if we thought we wouldn't get out, my aunt and mom are both very experienced hikers, especially in Sooke, but we were all getting tired, running out of food and water and just wanting to be out of the woods! Finally we had to go to the other end of the swamp and found the trail we were looking for immediately. There was a small emotional moment for us, which resulted in a fight (the norm for my family). Anyway we eventually made it out alive.

We literally zoomed down the trail because it felt like really easy walking compared with all the intense bush wacking we'd been doing. By the time we got to the road we were all exhausted and I wasn't sure whether I'd make it back to the car since the walk back was along the highway for 2k and basically sucks because everyone just whips past you and your watching cars drive by while you have to walk. It sucked. I can safely say that was the only part of the hike I didn't like. Everything else was pretty amazing and awesome. Could write about the rest, but it was pretty much your generic hike and I don't have pictures so it makes it a little boring if you don't know what I'm going on about. I took my camera to take pics,  but then realized I forgot to empty it first!

Anyway that is the epic hike I had. It made my day and now I'm sitting here goofing around on the computer and drinking my chocolate porter (so yummy), basically another awesome day, if only my team hadn't lost 8-1 to Boston in the playoff's it would have been perfect! :(


Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

sounds like a great hike minus the walk down the road part- I should get some chocolate port- only had it when we eat out- yum.
I am super bummed about the Canucks-

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an interesting hike, to say the least! At least you can say you had an adventure. :D