This afternoon I left for a small one night road trip, my first stop was at Mount Washington which is on the island and about a 90 minute drive from Nanaimo.
This is a year round tourist area in the winter a fabulous ski complex and in summer many great biking and hiking trails.
My destination today is the top of the mountain in the background in the above photo.
There are two choices of doing this the first one is to take the chair lift to the top(1600 metres) and hike down, about 5 kms to the start or to do it in reverse.
I had already decided to hike up as I figured it would easier on my feet and knees and come down on the chair lift. This was further confirmed when I found out it is 15 dollars to take the chair lift up but if you hike up the chair lift down if free, always an eye for a bargain!!!!
This photo above I really like it reminds me of Sedona the only difference the rocks there are bright red there.
The runaway bride!!!!
The ride down!!!!!!
I saw no one at all on the trail and I was sitting on a bench at the summit enjoying the spectacular vistas when over the peak came these two delightful young single mums with their children, they asked if they could share the bench and we talked for over one hour. It was very pleasant the view was incredible and these 2 young ladies were so smart and interesting and all they wanted to hear was my stories of Mexico. They told me of a free camp site just down and around the corner from the ski hill which is where I am now.
It was really a very beautiful afternoon and we all who live on this fabulous island should be so thankful for its beauty and peacefulness.
I am going to spend the night here and in the morning drive about 30 miles north to visit with my friends Norma and Croft before returning home tomorrow evening.
I hope you enjoyed this trip as much as I did!!!!