BC Day Long Weekend Part 2 – Rocks & Roll

Yesterday was a loooong day, by the time I got home, I was too exhausted to do up a proper recap! I hope you’ll forgive me 😉

Where Saturday involved alot of spending money, Sunday was the opposite. It’s nice to balance things out that way. We were up bright at early (well, early for a Sunday morning anyways), and made ourselves some breakfast. I went with a smoothie and spelt zucchini muffin topped with coconut butter.

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The smoothie contained fresh raspberries, frozen cranberries, vanilla whey protein powder, oats, and skim milk. It proved to be good fuel for our plans that day – hiking!

We packed up our things, and planned on hiking up Mill Hill and over to Thetis Lake, around the lake, and back up and over the hill (shout out to Karen for suggesting it!). It was a hot and sunny out, so we hydrated and slathered on that sunscreen, then we were off!

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We decided to take the Calypso Trail up to the summit. It was listed as “challenging”, so we figured if we were going to do it, we should do so while we were still fresh and full of energy. Plus, it’s always easier to do a hard trail going up than coming down, what with gravity and all.

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The first part of the path was steep, but shady as we were still in the trees. Lots of rocks on the path = potential for slippage. But we pushed on.

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Once you get out of the forested areas and near the summit, the trail becomes a little less trail, and more giant rocks.

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Yup, that’s a trail! And you start to get an idea of how hot and dry it has been here. I don’t think we’ve had a good rain in weeks.

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It was a relatively difficult hike, but not too long up to the summit – elevation 203 m.

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Where there were excellent views of Victoria, the harbour, and surrounding areas.

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There’s a small monument at the top, that points out various locations you can see from the summit.

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We made it!

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Mill Hill (and really, any of the rocky areas on the island) are home to some of my favourite trees – the Arbutus tree. The red-brown bark on this evergreen naturally peels off the mature trees to reveal the smooth, pale wood underneath, and makes for excellent photography.

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After a small break at the summit to check out the views, take pictures, and guzzle water, we were off to our next destination – Thetis Lake.

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As we started on our way, we heard some rather noisy birds up ahead. Turns out there were two big ravens making a fuss, probably because we were in their territory. I brought my DSLR along, so I was able to use the telephoto lens to grab a photo. Those ain’t no crows!

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Although there was this sign up at the summit to point us in the right direction, the path wasn’t not always the easiest to find. Sometimes it even disappeared, leaving us to scramble over rocks to where we could see a trail up ahead. Plus, there were no trail markers anyways on the path. Fortunately, we didn’t get lost, or roll down the steep hill, and made it to our destination.

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To be honest, I took very few pictures as we walked around the lakes. You may remember that I recently visit the lakes with my Skating Boot Camp peeps, and grabbed some photos then. I figured I didn’t really need more of the same pictures. If you want to see them – click here.

If you ever do visit the lakes though, make sure to keep this in mind. Remember, safety first!

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After making our way around both lakes, we were both a sweaty mess and ready to dig into out packed lunches.

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I made a great sandwich with black forest ham, roasted garlic havarti, avocado, baby spinach, roasted red pepper hummus, and mustard on a whole wheat kasier.

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We each packed a juicy white nectarine.

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And some granola to snack on.

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My poor sister – she was part way through eating her nectarine, and calmly put it down, and said she was done with it. Turns out there was a bug living in the pit, and as she was munching away, it started to come out of the pit! Crazy! The little bastard wouldn’t come back out though so I could get photographic evidence.

As we started our trek back, I decided that my warm water just wasn’t cutting it, so we detoured to the gas station near by. I found this sign particularly amusing.

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Hating on the ‘fu? Booo-urns!

I grabbed this “enhanced” water – only because I wanted something with a little flavour.

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It didn’t taste too bad, but I’m not into spending money on my water, so I can’t say it would be something I would buy on a regular basis.

There were some pretty wildflowers I decided to stop and take photos of on the way back.

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Once we hauled our tired and sore bodies back up the mountain, we decided to take the alternate trail back down. We figured why not get the full experience, plus it was supposed to be only a “moderate” trail.

So, although it didn’t include any sheer rocks to scale, or switchbacks galore, it was still a bitch to walk down – it was gravelly and steep, and I feared I was going to bail on my face!

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That photo does not accurately depict the steepness of the trail. But, we both survived, skin in tact, no broken bones, and no sunburns! Woot!

We may have gotten a little dirty though. Well, I was a little dirty. My sister was a whole lot dirty. Check out the ankle comparison photo.

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Seriously, we walked on the exact same trails, and yet she looks 10 times dirtier than I do. And check out that sweet sandal tan I’m rocking 😉

And here is where the pictures end. Once home, we both got ourselves showered and fancied up, and headed out to my friend’s place for BBQ and Rockband. It was the usual – we brought over a salad, watermelon, and some chips, which we enjoyed with grilled smokies, and a lovely frozen strawberry pie that my friend made. Then we rocked the night away until our eyes were starting to droop.

I will say, today I am definitely feeling that hike in my hips and calves – those steep hills sure did a number on them. Ah, the joys of getting old.

Stay tuned for BC Day Long Weekend Part 3!

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11 Comments on “BC Day Long Weekend Part 2 – Rocks & Roll”

  1. August 3, 2009 at 7:24 pm #

    GORGEOUS views!

  2. August 3, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    What a beautiful hike! And it’s always good to balance out spending money, I’m all for packed lunches too! 🙂

  3. August 3, 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    GORGEOUS photos!!!! 🙂

    now you have me craving a nectarine!

  4. August 3, 2009 at 11:19 pm #

    Wow coconut butter? They make butter out of everything now? Tell me, how is the taste?

  5. August 4, 2009 at 6:44 am #

    All of your pictures are so great, and you’ve made me miss my days of going to the local hiking grounds and pitching a tend and enjoying the wild outdoors 😦 We used to hike/camp all the time, and pack wonderful foods like your granola, fruit and turkey sandwiches. I’ll have to plan a trip again, you’ve inspired me! I’m glad you had a great time!

  6. August 4, 2009 at 7:10 am #

    Hey Vitaminwater! Tofu tastes delicious…unlike…Vitaminwater! 🙂

    Gorgeous scenery!! Sounds like a great hike!

  7. August 4, 2009 at 7:19 am #

    I love a good hike and yours sounds/looks like it was amazing! What beautiful views you enjoyed! And the tree is WAY cool. I’ve never seen anything like that before. That sign for the water cracked me up…tastes better than tofu….HA! I’m betting your sister wishes she visited you more often!

  8. August 4, 2009 at 6:09 pm #

    Wow! Looks like a beautiful hike!

  9. foodforfuel
    August 4, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    what amazing pictures!! totally makes me want to go for a hike 🙂

  10. August 4, 2009 at 9:20 pm #

    ahhh there is nothing like good food and quality time with a loved one!!! I love that you shared the tan/dirt lines on your ankles. hahaha it was a wonderful personal touch!!! And I’m also super happy to see that the sandwich you packed was so awesome looking despite having to carry it in a backpack all day! Skills girl, skills you have!

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