I’ve been recovering. We had a full weekend and I’ve jumped into the work week and into time after work with friends – which is the best! – but I have some things to blog about. What kind of things, you ask? EPIC things. That’s the only word that accurately describes the last few days. What better way to spend the long weekend (gotta love Canada; we have SO many stat holidays in a year!) than by organizing a rafting trip with your family for 2 days and following that up with Sufferfest 2014 – hiking the whole of the RockWall Trail in a day? And now, after that weekend, the word “epic” has an even greater meaning!
After a full four days of work, Mikey and I drove back out to Fairmont Hot Springs to be with the fam for the evening and get ready for a rafting trip the next 2 days. It was a gorgeous 3 hour drive!
We are trying to soak up as much time with Sarah and Craig and little Annelise before they leave, so it was great to connect that night, pray together and share our hopes for Annelise’s life and snap a few pictures.
Muriel, Maurice, Sarah, Annelise and Craig
The whole gang plus Cath, Dave, Mikey and I.
Mikey and I had rented the raft, found a guidebook online, went shopping and prepped food and were excited to get on the river with Craig, Cath and Dave! Catherine has most of the pictures of what we did (swam – yes, SWAM! – in the glacial water of the Kootenay River, built a dam, played with slingshots, laid in the sun, cooked together, floated down the river) but we have a few to show the beautiful scenery!
EPIC camping spot on a sand bar island!
As you can tell from the haze and smoke, there was a forest fire nearby. Unfortunately, we had to re-route our trip because of it, rafting more of the “float” section of the Kootenay higher up than the class 2 and 3 rapid section that we had originally planned. Everyone was in good spirits, ready to just be together and enjoy a super hot day and although we got closer to the smoke the next day, we were fine and felt like it was good we changed our plan. Sometimes you gotta roll with the punches – what are the chances that a huge forest fire would rage and the boundary line would be the exact section of the river we had planned to run?
…just gotta grin and bear it (and try out new dread hairstyles like this double barrel roll!). 😉
Great lunch break spot!
There were plenty of these…just don’t have the pictures yet. Our family LOVES to jump! 😉
We had a great trip (although missed Sarah – next year when Annelise is older!) and Mikey and I now realize how awesome river trips are for friends and family and even in Canada – despite cold water, we had awesome time – the sun was hot, we were swimming, we were laughing and loving the time together and this will NOT be our last family rafting trip… What a blessing to spend time like this together! Next year we’ll actually hit some rapids instead of go through some that leave us going, “Was that a rapid? A ripple? A riffle?” 😉
Mikey and I planned to meet our friend Zeal for a long day hike at the trail head that night but had some time to kill. We stopped at Vermillion Crossing and explored some neat chutes and planned to come back and IK (inflatable kayak) this section sometime in the near future!
Cool out-croppings over swirling water – the perfect cliff jumping spot!
There are so many neat places in our backyard to explore. More and more we are realizing what an EPIC and neat spot God has landed us in, for however long he has us here.
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We drove on to the trail head to pull out food and gear for the second part of our trip, attempting to hike the RockWall Trail in one go.
Our set-up – so grateful for our Subaru! Cozy in bed as the sun slowly descends and we get ready for a good sleep before a big day.
Hot drinks the night before in the parking lot of the trail head – I love moments like these with my husband.
Earrrly morning wake-up call! Up at 4 am, got coffee going, shuttled the cars by 4:30 am while we nibbled some breakfast and then were on the trail hiking at 5:10 am!
Monkey-arms on a bridge. 🙂
Helmet Falls ahead – one of many amazing waterfalls along this trail.
Before a big descent, early in the trip, where we were feeling fresh and ready to power through.
Up, up, up we go…many times over.
Zeal and Mikey making their way through yet another wildflower-filled alpine meadow! Incredibly gorgeous.
…because it was the perfect handstand rock. Wolverine Pass, one of my favorite spots on the trail.
We made it! Warm layer on for a quick break at the REAL Numa Pass (will tell that story later), our last huge climb of the day…
- 7,660 feet (2,335 m) total elevation climbed (!)
- 16 hours moving, almost 20 hour total
- 60.2 km (37.5 miles)
I plan to share a full report when I get write it up including what we fueled with, what we did right in terms of pacing, what we did wrong in terms of packing, why we were only going 1 km/hour at the end of the day, how we survived the last 3 hours of rain fall at night with our headlamps and how we stayed (relatively) positive and happy the entire way! Full trail report to come. 🙂
After 2 neat trips, we now have a new definition of EPIC. 🙂 …what have you done that’s epic lately? Car camping? Jumping on a tramoline? Trying a new type of food? Practicing your handstands? What’s epic to you in your life? I want to hear about it in the comments below. Until next time, live well & be well friends!