Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bowen Island Mt Gardner Hike

This past weekend Jeanette, Taylor, Robin, Nicci and I, went over to Bowen island to hike to the summit of mt. Gardner. We set out early in the morning on Saturday and left the car at the Horseshoe bay ferry terminal walking on the 9am ferry to Bowen Island, from there we hiked to the mountain trail head. The trails we took to the summit were well marked and we only strayed a couple times. The last stretch was straight up and I really had to push my legs to keep going.  I, being weighed down by camera equipment and tripod, took up my spot in the back as the slowest like usual. I took my time taking photos of lichens, moss, and other small things of the forest. The lichens always get better the higher you go. As the trees get small the lichens get bigger.

We reached the summit around 1-2pm. Taylor was there almost an hour ahead of us! I was definitely out of shape from the long winter, two days later and I am so sore I can barely manage going up or down stairs. Hopefully this has gotten me in shape so that the next hike doesn't leave me in pain. It definitely wasn't a really hard hike but after not hiking very much all winter it felt really hard.

From the summit you can see all the way to Vancouver looking south east. To the south west we saw the gulf islands and Vancouver Island. It wasn't a very clear day because we couldn't see Mt. Baker. The weather was great all day, perfect temperature for hiking. The hike down went pretty fast and we were back on the ferry around 6pm.


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