Dear Reader (2022-10-05),
Friday September 30, 2022 – Rockbound Lake Trail – <>20k – Out and Back – with Michelle and Cam
Keith would use the word dithering to describe my progress on the White Over Red series. While I continue to dither, here is a walk that brought me to tears.
It was a pleasure to meet Michelle and Cam last Friday, after a long absence, at the currently closed Petro-Can meeting spot at the junction of the Trans Canada and Highway 22. For those who use this traditional meeting spot for car pooling, please note that to access it you need to take the #22 North exit.
We arrived at the Rockbound Lake trailhead near Castle Junction just before 8:30 and we were on the trail shortly thereafter. The first kilometer or so was uneventful until I had to adjust my shoelace. The lock on the bear spray was not in place (different walk different story). In bending down I briefly engaged the bear spray. No one was caught in the blast. We walked on stopping multiple times for various photographic opportunities.
Over three hours later we decided to hike the extra vertical to a lookout point above Rockbound Lake. Halfway up that extension sweat started falling from my brow. I put on my hat that was tucked into the back of my pack. Sweat continued to fall into my eyes. My face started to sting – then my eyes started to sting – then I couldn’t see. Sweat from my brow had mixed with bear spray that had landed on my hat. Thanks to Cam and Michelle, we were able to rinse out my eyes with drinking water. My sight returned, and I felt like a grateful fool, which come to think of it is how I often feel. I stayed in place while the others finished the ascent where they captured wonderful images.
And the lesson is “check your gear”.
Here is my collection from the day, which includes experiments, good images, and a potential 5.
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