Today, as I sit inside debating what academic task to tackle my mind wanders to a few weeks back. It was a Wednesday and I had a couple locations left on my “wish to see list in Vancouver BC” but had little to no desire to get out of the house. It was nearly 14:00 by the time I got myself out of my pyjama’s, away from my computer screen, and into my hiking gear. The weather was beyond imaginable, not a cloud in sight. I always take a sweater with me but this was one of those days that my sweater would remain in my backpack and my water would deplete faster than anticipated.
Knowing I was moving a little slower than normal, I decided on a fairly short but beautiful hike in the Tri-City area. The drive was less than twenty minutes away and the hike to Crystal Falls was merely thirty minutes. After awkwardly parking in a cul-de-sac and feeling guilty for taking up children’s play space, I ventured down a fairly muddy path to be greeted by BC Hydro signs. At first, a little annoyed, but then realizing the sign(s) are somewhat informative the geek in me was satisfied.
As you continue to walk down a fairly flat, yet muddy at points, path, your junior high school gymnastic skills will be tested. I opted to test these skills to the maximum by venturing across logs in water, jumping from rock to rock through streams, and finding the perfect location to balance myself for some photos of the falls.
Reaching the falls was pretty amazing. It felt as though each of my adventures in Vancouver BC (and area) led me to a falls. I was literally chasing falls for three months! With the warmth of the sun, the quiet of this fairly secluded location, and a couple snacks in my pack, I decided it was the perfect day to play around with my camera settings.
While I struggled to get myself out of the house on this day, just as I find myself struggling to open up a word document, a text book, and find a pencil in my hand today, it was a great adventure. I got my first bug bite of the year, a slight suntan, a nearly fifteen kilometre walk into my day, and a view of neighbourhoods I likely would not have seen otherwise. Let me explain that last one just a little bit…
On my way back to my vehicle, thinking I had about thirty minutes of walking ahead of me and my camera in my pack, I find myself immersed in the scenery. I crossed similar markers that I did on my way to the falls but then started to realize I was climbing up. I second guessed the path I was on but could not recall seeing or reading about two different paths so thought my imagination was playing tricks on me. As I kept climbing I recognized voices below and captured sightings of houses above. The view was gorgeous and the way back always looks different then the way there so I stopped doubting my route and let my legs guide me, until I reached a dead end sign. There was only one thing to do, exit at the dead end into the cul-de-sac. It was not the one I started at but it was territory I knew my phones GPS would work in. After a quick glance at google maps I found that I was about a twenty minute walk through the community from my vehicle or an hour hike back down to the original path and to my vehicle. I opted for the road and glad I did. Running out of water metres before the car and seeing the traffic pick up, I was glad to call my adventure a success and find myself seated, ready for a meal.
All and all, an adventure is an adventure! Now, as I have returned to Victoria BC for the indefinite future, I will wait till my next trip to the mainland for another city hike and Earnest Ice Cream trip!