Monday, April 14, 2014
Today, April 13th, all of the elements seemed to line up. I had a day off (well . . . I'm retired . . . most of my days are days off), the sun was out (that fact alone may cause celebration here on the Wet Coast), the temperature toyed with that magical line on the thermometer. It ALMOST reached 20 degrees (68 for my friends to the south ;-). This demanded something more than my walk through the streets of my town. But which walk should I do today.
I decided to take a 15 minute drive North to a small lake situated right beside the highway. Brohm Lake. This area is not classified as a park, but as an interpretive forest. You wouldn't know any difference.
The lake is a narrow mountain lake. The part that is visible to highway traffic is a shallow marsh like pond with cat tails, water grass and lily pads with a wooden foot bridge connecting to trails on the other side. What the driving public can't see is the gem that is Brohm Lake, hidden further into the hills. A deep clear mountain lake lined with trees and granite cliffs. There isn't any resemblance of a beach, but there are plenty of surface rock, solid granite that create clean bench lands suitable for picnics, sunbathing, cliff jumping, diving and a myriad of unregulated rope swings hang by the trees that line the cliffs. (I don't do rope swings from those cliffs even IN the summer).
My goal today is those trails on the other side of the lake.
I chose the southern most trail, The Cheakamus Loop Trail and the High Trail. The trail information seemed fairly straight forward with only a 400 foot elevation difference. What the information failed to mention is the fact that the cumulative hills and descent leads to 1000 feet of combined elevation gain over the course of the trail. Over the first hill that holds back the lake water. Over the 2nd hill that is just in the way, and then the floor drops away 800 feet to the valley below. And beyond that, . . . the Tantalus Range Mountains with its year round glaciers.
About ½ of the trail was a leisurely walk. The trail was well marked and in places I could walk side by side with my sweetheart. Other areas were strictly single track and steep, in places, pushing aside underbrush was a requirement as we walked. 'Gentle inclines' seemed to be absent from the trail builder's vernacular. It was either an easy stroll or a cardio vascular workout combined with thigh busting endurance as we climbed the hills. On the return loop to Brohm Lake, we descended one particular hill which required the agility of a mountain goat. The pitch was greater than 50 degrees and the speed was slowed to a snails crawl as we selected our footing on this rock or that rock, this root or that clump of grass, steadying ourselves with a tree branch, a fallen log or a nearby cliff. The walk lasted 1 hour and 46 minutes and we managed to cover 8 km (5 miles). As a walk, I burned about 700 calories. As a hike I burned 1,300 calories.
Who cares! It was a great day out. It was great exercise. The views were amazing and it was ALMOST summer like weather.
Cheers . . . hope to see you on some of the trails this summer
Thursday, April 03, 2014
. . this is why I am training to walk faster
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
March 10 through 31, 2014
7 pounds lost
79 Miles walked (127 Km)
A huge thank-you to my accountability partners. You are an encouragement to me as you struggle and succeed day by day.
I finished off March with a great walk. ¼ mile from the house I entered into the woods and completed a 7.45 mile walk in 2 hours + 6 minutes. The trail was still a bit muddy in places from recent rains, but it was a beautiful sunny day, peaking into the 60's. The trail starts at 100 feet above sea level.
¼ mile from my house I entered into the woods. Jack's Trail is a well known and well used trail that leads to Alice Lake Provincial Park with camp grounds, swimming and hiking. Being close to the city of Vancouver, this is a very popular spot in the summer. The trail to this point has been very quiet. I passed one other person in a 4 mile stretch.
The next mile takes me to the highest point of the trail at just over 1,100 feet.
Just outside of Park Boundaries I meet the first set of mountain bikers and pass by an active logging area. Over the next 3 miles I pass by multiple groups of mountain bikers, joggers and groups of walkers. I'm stopped twice to give directions to people who are just learning the trails in this area and i enjoy the decent back to the houses with a choir of song birds darting about the underbrush. Further down in a swampy area there is a loud croaking of a hoard of frogs and the skunk cabbage is coming into bloom (grows in the marshy damp areas, smells like a mild skunk and its among the first food the bears eat coming out of hibernation)
I am going to enjoy walking this Spring.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
I have been trying to track the right amount of calories for this event. I was helping my son move. As things often are, it was a bit hectic on the final day of moving. My grandson was fascinated by all the action, his crib was dismantled and there just wasn't a proper place to put him down for his nap.
About 1 ½ hours AFTER he was supposed to be sleeping, I took a turn carrying him. I walked into the laundry room, shut out the lights and within about 30 seconds he was zonked . . . lights out in more ways than one.
'Moving boxes' just doesn't seem to fit the calorie count for what I was doing. Should I try to count the calories or just count myself lucky that this sweet little guy slept on my chest for 45 minutes?
Honest - I only slept for ½ that time.
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