Butler Peak...half way to Heaven

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I am so excited...
Wow I don't even know where to start.

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.
Ohhhh...love the fog
..ummm....nope.  But I wanted the adventure and I wanted to see somewhere new, and he told me I would not be dissappointed...and I wasnt.

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.
Red is my name......
..it could be cool...and ya need to be prepared.  So brought all those things...plus my two cameras...my back pack...and camera bag.

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.
Just the beginning
  Truly a great sight.  the hike was straight up...then straight sown...then straight up again.  Believe me when I tell you that going up a rock cliff with a camera bag (not on your back)...is pretty darn scary.  Something I will never do again...I will need to go get a pack that not only carries my cameras...but food and water also.  Thank God for these guys who brought chai Tea...hot chocolate...and one cooked lunch of chicken pasta dish that was warm......oh to see someone else cook...Me I brought the cheese cake...with chocolate sauce.  This mountain is home of the endangered Marmot...I never did see a marmot...but you could see a few of their dens.  There were elk...(way to far down for a camera....and bear signs everywhere...but did not cross one this time :):)  No wolves that I know of in this area.
We start here I believe....
..but hey I don't know everything.

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....

Enjoy....


davidx says:
Great portrayal
Posted on: Oct 24, 2010
oldschoolbill says:
Exceptional as always!!
Posted on: Nov 14, 2008
Stormcrow says:
Sounds like a great trip, whenever I get back to Canada I should go there...
Posted on: Nov 09, 2008
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I am so excited...
I am so excited...
Ohhhh...love the fog
Ohhhh...love the fog
Red is my name......
Red is my name......
Just the beginning
Just the beginning
We start here I believe....
We start here I believe....
Green Mountain...
Green Mountain...
Oh we are going up....
Oh we are going up....
More up.....
More up.....
Up to the top of this peak...and t…
Up to the top of this peak...and …
First freeze....
First freeze....
Yes this peak.....
Yes this peak.....
Going up....
Going up....
Yes that peak way over there....
Yes that peak way over there....
Not all there yet.....
Not all there yet.....
Signs of winter to come...
Signs of winter to come...
Wee dots of snow...smell the crisp…
Wee dots of snow...smell the cris…
Ohhh what a sight my eyes did see.…
Ohhh what a sight my eyes did see…
Forever and ever......
Forever and ever......
No we have not reached the peak ye…
No we have not reached the peak y…
So much beauty....
So much beauty....
almost there.....
almost there.....
So close....
So close....
Hey come on....
Hey come on....
Yes I am going to be thee soon.....
Yes I am going to be thee soon.....
Okay I am here
Okay I am here
Look a wee pond on the top....
Look a wee pond on the top....
Yippeee.......looking at creation.…
Yippeee.......looking at creation…
Okay lunch is on...yum....
Okay lunch is on...yum....
Sleepy pooch...
Sleepy pooch...
I am on top of the world....
I am on top of the world....
Is lunch ready?
Is lunch ready?
A pond on the top...
A pond on the top...
Ohh...snow...
Ohh...snow...
More snow...
More snow...
Lunch with a view...
Lunch with a view...
Green Mountain
Green Mountain
On and on...and on it goes...
On and on...and on it goes...
360 every where you look...there i…
360 every where you look...there …
Going back down
Going back down
We were here...
We were here...
Yep this cliff..
Yep this cliff..
Sigh.....
Sigh.....
Hey ya coming...
Hey ya coming...
Heavy sigh...
Heavy sigh...
Mountain dog...
Mountain dog...
Hey
Hey
We have to go down...then up again
We have to go down...then up again
Heading for home...
Heading for home...
So sad to go....
So sad to go....
Bye bye...see you again.
Bye bye...see you again.
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