Butler Peak...half way to Heaven
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October 26th, 2008 – by: hummingbird50
A friend of mine was going on a hike and he suggested a place I had never been to before. (Imagine that).
He was talking about a wee mountain (okay this thing is huge not small at all), it is called Butlers Peak...no one has hardly heard of it...because it is not a trail...nothing marked anyways. He was telling me him and his friend have gone up this mountain four times already and knew mostly where they were going. I am not good if someone does not know where they are going...but curiosity was way to big for me..:):):)
So now my red flag moments are starting to hit me. I know this person but have only been hiking with him a few times...(on a trail)...not something that is unmarked. I am thinking GPS? A topographical map maybe? Google earth? Anything to tell me something.
We headed out at 700am going north towards Nanaimo (about 1.5 hours from my house), then turned off by Cassidy and the bungy jumping zone...and into the logging roads (of course). :):):)
We went past Green mountain, which used to be a ski resort many long years ago...then up the logging roads as far as we could go before the washout on the road was waayyyyyyyy to wide for the truck to cross. The day was sunny and promising to be warm...ummm...my favorite thing...sun and warmth. I was told to bring my hat, gloves, rain pants...and layers cause there may be snow.
A word to the wise here...never bring two cameras and a big camera bag unless you know what kind of terrain you are going on...Gesh...after all these years you would have thought I would have learned....but noooooooooo I did not. I had all this gear and we were going straight up a rock cliff....I should have brought rock climbing gear....and one small camera.
But I will never regret the most awesome sight my eyes beheld this fine day. We had great sun, ponds frozen already with dustings of snow...and a 360 sight of never ending mountains...It was truly wondrous...IT MADE ME FEEL ON TOP OF THE WORLD LOOKING DOWN ON CREATION.
It was windy and chilly once we got to the top...but on the other side on the mountains...it was still and warm. We had lunch packed up and headed back for home.
It was a great day for me...to see something so breath taking.......
It smelled of fresh snow...air so warm and cold at the same time....almost like rain.
I will go back again one day...but in the meantime I have these great pictures I took...and they will forever be a memory for me...every time I look at them...I can smell the air...feel the beauty...so hard to describe...but so awesome to see.....
So come on this journey with me...smell the air...think of fresh like first snow....
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