I am in the process of updating the heck out of my blog and actually turning it into somewhat of a full on website so I figured I betttter keep on plugging away on catching up on these posts so I can really dig into the good recent stuff!
Things get more interesting now because warm weather is upon us so the hiking amps up a bit! But also kinda amps down because it is h o t.
Bluenose is a short but fairly steep hike located just outside of Vernon via HWY 6 in Lavington. The great thing about this hike is it's pretty much accessible during any season, with the right vehicle, so we will probably see a lot of this spot. I always think it's fun when you see the same place but each time is a different season.
The mountain has 3 peaks but the general population only has access to two as the third is on someone's property.
We drove in and quickly met the man who owns the house at the bottom. He proceeded to warn us of cougar dens and angry brown bears etc so I admit I left the trailhead feeling a bit uneasy. Not sure if it was made better or worse by the signs nailed to two trees which stated "Bear this way" "Cougars this way." I think the possibility of irritated wildlife is a bit more freaky when you have the most precious piece of cargo riding on your back. But being well aware of those risks long before we hiked Bluenose we remained optimistic and continued upwards.
It became obvious we were still quiiiite out of shape. You start to ascend immediately and your hiking boots are searching for traction on the silt like sand that was dusting the trail. There was an abundance of wildflowers all along the trail which made for a really pretty hike despite the temperature.
We quickly made it to the top after a lot of sweating. Like I mentioned before Bluenose is a really short hike, it only takes about 30 minutes up and 30 minutes down so it makes for an awesome short adventure and you really can't go wrong with the scenery. You get views of our valley but also off into the distance you can see Camel's Hump and the Monashees!
It was eeeextra bright up there so we managed some squinty photos but Weston was in great spirits and we enjoyed checking out the view together and trying to see Dad in the blinding sun.
When we originally got to the top there was a butterfly flying around, it was actually pretty cute too because she seemed so content flying around that mountain top!
We started to make our decent which was almost 10x more difficult than getting up the mountain. Gravity was working against us and that silty sand was a huge pain in the ass frankly.
This photo kind of shows how unstable the sand on top of the trail was and when you're travelling down on such an incline it was similar to a slip and slide! None the less we enjoyed our way down, made a beetle friend on the trail and saw even more wildflowers.
Bluenose is a great hike close to home that I am convinced would be incredible during any season. I hope to make it up there this Winter for a whole different perspective!
Thanks for reading!
"Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit”