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Dunster - McBride - June 1

(Saturday 2 June 2007) by Karin
Last night I had called Paul from Wildecat (Wildeman Canadian Adventure Tours) back to find out if he was going for a hike sometime this week as I really wanted to do another one and see some more of the surroundings here before leaving. Called him two days ago and he had just come back from a trip and picked up some wwoofers too. He wasn't sure but would try to fit something in so I was ecstatic when he told me that he would pick me up at 9:30 this morning. And what a great outing this was. Got up early to take care of everything (plants and animals) before leaving and to prepare a snack and picnic etc. and I had water this morning so was able to shower. I was pretty excited and ready and waiting for him at 9:25 after I'd had to unlock the door twice for things I had forgotten. Didn't want to be late. We first went back to his place where I met his wife and children and his two wwoofers Claudia and Simon. He still had some rototilling to do so I talked with Connor (the little one) about dump trucks, building roads and Thomas the tank engine (after two and a half months with Ian I am almost a Thomas expert) and his wife. Then I hung around with Claudia and Simon. They are from Switzerland and have been on the road since January. Paul wasn't sure if we could go up the mountain, Mount Teare, because of the snow but he would try and he had no problems till the Halfway Viewpoint.
Lucille Mountain
Lucille Mountain
The historic Halfway Cabin overlooks McBride and used to be an overnight stop for staff going to the top, and served as a lookout during spring before snow melted at higher elevations. But just a bit further..... snow. Paul managed to get the truck over the first pile but it got worse further up so we decided to just walk the rest. From the Halfway Cabin to the top it is approximately 5.5 km. Awesome view of the mountains. But more and more snow to walk through. Of course I got some in my shoes when sinking in it to far.
Two more turns.....
Two more turns.....
Paul kept telling us it would only be two more turns (switchback road) before we would be at the parking lot so that wasn't very believable anymore in the end. We did make it there and then it wasn't to far to the next lookout (2270m).
On the fire lookout with Simon and Claudia
On the fire lookout with Simon and Claudia
A fire lookout, built in 1930, located near the peak, but much more snow to wade through and uphill of course but I just went at my own low pace and did make it up there. Up to my knees in the snow once in a while but good fun anyway. Had to put on our sweaters as the wind was cold up there. At the McBride Peak Fire Lookout tower I got the giggles trying to climb up on the first floor there. Not so nice for Paul as I was standing with one of my boots on his shoulder. No ladder and still had to get down afterwards. It offers a panoramic view of the Robson Valley and the village of McBride. What a view!!
Snacktime
Snacktime
We had a picnic there and enjoyed the scenery.
There they go....
There they go....
Then we started down the hill.
.... and here she comes
.... and here she comes
Much faster.... running downhill in the snow is just sooooo much fun.
Paul coming down
Paul coming down
Of course sometimes you would sink in deep or just fall in it but it was fun .... and cold. Threw some snowballs at each other and got one right in my neck going down my shirt.... brrrrrrrrrr. Got very wet socks and boots and cold feet in the end but I wouldn't have missed it for anything. Anyway, it was a hot and sunny day so I sure didn't mind some cold feet.
Stop the car...........
Stop the car...........
The going down went much faster and I got dropped off here again. A very happy Karin. Thank you Paul for taking the time to go up there, even in the snow. I enjoyed the trip.
Back here I figured I would take Shasta for a short walk and check on the horses' water supply. SunnyRae, the little one, chewed the previous water bucket but it had gone fine till now. But no luck this time. I found the water bucket rolled over but couldn't get over the creek as the water has risen considerably and I had my running shoes on as my hiking boots were still very wet and I didn't think I would need them. Went over to Bob's and went to the field through his garden only to find that the bucket was empty and no water was coming out of the hose. Followed the hose up the creek but it went to far and I couldn't get to it without boots. So I went back to Bob's to ask for some boots and help. He's so sweet and he did come over to help me but we were not able to solve the problem. Water seems to be a problem here cause when I got home guess what.... no water. As I was worried about the horses and couldn't get a hold of the 'horse emergency people' I called Bob, again, and he suggested I take over some more buckets if there were some and fill them up in the creek so they would have enough for the night. It being almost 9:00 pm I wasn't really too happy with that suggestion as I have to go up the 'cougar trail', although not as far as where I met him, and this is still bear country. I usually don't go up that trail this late. Shasta on the other hand was happy with this development as she got to go out again as I surely wasn't going on my own. So we went up there, as fast as my tired legs would bring me there, filled up the buckets that were there plus the two I brought with me, all the while singing and making as much noise as possible, and just about raced back down. Ouf, I made it. Called Bob again (poor him) to tell him I got back safely. Then I remembered Paul has horses too and decided to call him to make sure that that would be enough. He sure would be more of an expert than Bob or me. He reassured me it was enough and I, feeling reassured, finished the rest of the chores. I sure hope to find a better solution for all my water problems tomorrow as I still don't have a drop of water here. Keep reading.
KK

 


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