Monday, May 23, 2005

Tetrahedron Fog

fog, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

The best-laid plans to get away are scottled by rain. Not just any rain - but sleet, fog, hail, gale-force winds and snow.

What a terrible weekend. We only hiked 9km over two days.

Yet, it was refreshing to be away from the computer, away from the phone - away from anything that rings.

A good friend, two nice strangers, great conversation, a cabin far away in the woods.

And weather that the fiercest of GoreTex testers could not arrange. Mud all over!

purple heat

slow-motion heat, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

A warm fire awaits as the first day of the long weekend finally ends

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

paddling towards north beach

towards north beach, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.

some days, I just want to leave the world behind and surround myself with wilderness. Such an opportunity came up last Sunday, when Steve and Andrew invited me for a paddle on Buntzen Lake. Steve and his family used one canoe (white clipper in the photo below) while Andrew and I canoed in his agile green craft.

It feels powerful and liberating to dig deep with one's paddle, push the water away, and propel oneself forward.

It was raining - hard at times. There was hardly anyone else on the lake (perhaps two other kayaks in a five-hour time span?)

It was quiet - I could hear each individual raindrop hit the lake, bounce, then sink into the depths of Buntzen. This reminded me of listening to the thin sheath of ice, melting over Falls Lake near Zoa, a week before. As Yogi Berra would probably say, you can hear a lot when it's quiet.

Paddling with new friends, exploring distant cliffs - invisible from the well-known and well-trodden trail - floating over shallow shores and barely submerged logs.

It was a rainy, quiet afternoon underneath a white tarp, with the surprise of burgers, bbq and beer awaiting us.

Smiles, planning and laughter - a peaceful afternoon. Then an energetic paddle back to the South Beach of Buntzen, and a drive home.

Such peace.

vancouver spring - stay away

little buntzen power station

flooded lake waters near floating bridge

flooded lake waters, originally uploaded by seawallrunner.