The meltdown begins......

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Here we go.
 Maywell phoned me Saturday evening to tell me him, his wife, and their three Grandchildren were going to go up to the trail on Sunday to enjoy some sun, snow, have a few snowball fights, hike to see some flowers, watch spring happen, and slide down a hill or two...all in a space of just a few hours.  So I got my pack ready.  Food, hunting knife, bear spray, flare gun...oh water and more food.  I was ready. (Grin).

So early Sunday morning I got myself out of bed, and made my way to Maywells.  I was running behind, had to stop and get some gas, almost forgot my camera, and away I went.  Maywell and his wife were patiently waiting, I hopped in the truck and we made our way out to go pick up his Grandchildren.  Now this is their first time up to the trail, so they were pretty excited.
Look a deer and her baby!
  I was too of course, could hardly wait to get there, see the moutains, water, flowers, new life coming forth. 

The kids were great.  Now they range in age from 4 years, 6 years, and 9 years old.  The youngest little guy has a very grownup sense of humor...many questions and really funny little guy.  The little gril who is six, has a very good vocabulary for one so young, she told me her name, I repeated it, she then corrected me and spelled her name so I would understand.  The oldest is a budding photographer, she had her camera in hand and was very excited to go up there.  They all seemed wise beyond their years, and I had fun just listening to them all talk at once.

Now Maywell takes his wife out to this trail every year to see the Avalanche Lilies.
This is pink snow, that is caused by a bacteria (that is pink), and turns brown when it dies...
  Maywell is 83 and his wife is 93 (yes the older woman),  She can't see as well as she used too, and she has bad knees.  But Maywell still takes her out every year to see the lilies.  I am really lucky to be included in this outing every year. 

We could still not quite make it up to the trail, but managed only a few kilometers away.  There was still about three feet of snow in spots on the road where we could not get through.  Steep logging roads...very dangerous.

Now this day was perfect, the sun was out and warm.  We got out of the truck and started up the road so the kids could go sledding for a bit.  Then off to go pick some Avalanch lilies.  These lilies are very hardy.  You can pick them and let them sit in the car for a couple of hours.
In the pink...
..they get all wilted, and then when you get home you stick them in water.......and presto they come back to life, and they smell divine.  They last for about 10 days in water...and I love them.  They are just starting to grow in spots under the snow, and in a few weeks will be there by the thousands. (Literally). There are some wild yellow violets coming out, Indian paintbrush, and blueberries are starting to form.

So after a few hours of play and picking...we headed back to the truck, for some lunch, and then home.  The little one was starting to wear out....:):) I love it out there so much.  Nature is coming to life, there is pink snow, the smell of pine and forest floor and the damp of the snow.  The air is clean, but warm.
  Buds are starting form, leaves are trying to come out...it's my soul soother...I live to go to this place...is really is paradise for me!!!

Now what better way to end a perfect afternoon than some lunch, a hot chocolate....and then going home.

Now bear with me...imagine this....Five people in a truck, two are older people, then three young children and me.  After a great meal, and sitting in the sun, watching the ocean, breathing the fresh air.  Maywell turns the key to the truck and all he gets is click...click...click....and nothing else.  Try again...click...click...click...noting.  The battery is dead as a door nail.  So here we are 11 miles (yes miles on logging roads), in the middle of nowhere...no cell phone.
..not a vehicle in sight...and it's 11 miles to the highway where there may be a few campers, otherwise it's another two kilometeres down the highyway to a town of three people. 

Now the middle child is saying what is the matter with the truck Grandpa?  Maywell is saying battery is dead.  She replies don't you have another one....she is starting to worry that she is going to be left in the bush with no way home.  Now there was a woman a couple of hours back, who was on the trail and then going 4 miles down the road to get rocks.  I have on hiking boots...and need to start to run down to the bridge to see if this person may still be picking rocks (In the middle of no mans land).  I was worried for the kids, because they were worried.
The road to magic...
  So Maywell behind me giving me directions (roads look different when driving) to find some person on this road...anywhere.  So I am now running, Maywell can't run so he follows walking, I get to the bridge, no one is there.  I have now jogged down a logging road in the middle of the bush in hiking boots, no knife, no bear spray, no phone...and looking like food.  I waited for Maywell and we started to try to walk out to go fetch help.  About 30 minutes (and a few more miles), later here comes a truck...here comes a truck...yippeee.  Truck stops, they have no jumper cables....they give us a ride to the highway...we cross the street...find a couple in the campground.  They have been here the winter I think and the trailer has been hooked up, and they look like they live there.
catch...
  But this kind man unhooked everything and gave us a ride back to the truck with jumper cables.  Yippeeeeee...we get to the truck...hook up said cables...and the truck still won't start.  This gentlemans truck has been sitting to long and we can't get a good enough charge from it.  Then up the moutain comes another truck...yippee....man stops, they hook up jumper cables once again...and the truck starts.  Yipeee....we are saved.
The llittle guy says he was only scared a little bit...but he is all grownup now because he is four.  The middle child is jumping up and down and giving me a hug..yelling you saved me...you saved me...you came back. (She made my day).  The other child was so relaxed, she took photos of butterflies and said she knew we would get help.
up.......
..but we had been gone for sooooooo long.

So off we went, the little guy fell asleep, could hardly wake him up when we dropped them off.  Then we headed home...I drove myself home from Maywells and almost fell asleep as soon as I got home.

I got up Monday morning to go to work,,,went to leap out of bed...but my darn legs were so sore...they did not want to follow me out of bed...they groaned for two days......but I would go back again.  This time Maywell has an extra battery and jumper cables...and three smiling children who also want to go again.......
Twas still a beautiful day.



hummingbird50 says:
Thanks Steve...it was still fun....
Posted on: Jul 10, 2008
Stevie_Wes says:
Mountain Rescue Woman!!! Well done.
Posted on: Jul 10, 2008
hummingbird50 says:
Was a bit scary....but Maywell now has extra battery and cable...so really safe now! :) But I would do it again in a heartbeat!
Posted on: Jun 27, 2008
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Here we go.
Here we go.
Look a deer and her baby!
Look a deer and her baby!
This is pink snow, that is caused …
This is pink snow, that is caused…
In the pink...
In the pink...
The road to magic...
The road to magic...
catch...
catch...
up.......
up.......
waiting...
waiting...
I never tire of seeing this.
I never tire of seeing this.
Opppsss...way to much snow here:)
Opppsss...way to much snow here:)
Smile...
Smile...
I am going to get you:)
I am going to get you:)
Budding photographer
Budding photographer
Just looking at the view.
Just looking at the view.
Yippeee!!!!
Yippeee!!!!
Whoa!
Whoa!
Spring....
Spring....
Reborn.
Reborn.
Okay which way do we go?
Okay which way do we go?
Hey look the sun
Hey look the sun
Yeahhhhhh....
Yeahhhhhh....
Blueberries
Blueberries
Hey move over....
Hey move over....
Hey anybody seen Bill...
Hey anybody seen Bill...
No not here...
No not here...
Happy spring..well summer...
Happy spring..well summer...
Happy happy.....
Happy happy.....
Vancouver Island
photo by: Mezmerized