Sunday, April 24, 2011

4x4 Adventure

We were at the Cabin for 2 nights this weekend.  It is our place of refuge from the world.  We find we can just relax and unwind up there like nowhere else.  Sometimes we make plans to do stuff that are usually shelved as we find the comfy couches in front of the fire just too lovely to leave.....

But this weekend the sunshine beckoned us outside and we decided to go on adventure in search of Jones Lake - a fishing spot Allan has long wanted to check out.  So we headed down the highway to the turn off and almost right away we ignored our first clue.....the sign for the Jones Lake Recreation area had a huge CLOSED sign nailed across it.  Not to worry - we just wanted to see the lake not recreate in it...... we whizzed by undeterred.  The whizzing ended pretty abruptly as the road deteriorated as it climbed steeply.  I should add that my parents were following in their low slung Ford Taurus so every bump that rocked our truck rocked them more!!  Every time we thought the road was just too bad to carry on it suddenly smoothed out a bit and we were lured on up the mountain..... and were greatly rewarded with this view of towering snowy peaks - they took my breath away!!




We had eventually bumped and thunked up 7km when we came to a fork in the road and ignored our second clue - a stop sign barely visible in a snowbank...... the snow was THAT high!



At this point we abandoned the Taurus and all piled into the truck as the "road" deteriorated further into a rutted track through the snow.  David sitting on my lap leaned out of the window trying to catch the snow piles....





Incredible we came to the lake at last and found a collection of cabins and cars and even a tent on the shore.  Turning around now became a bit of an issue.... but Allan made a brave 3 pointer and we were headed back down the track.....



Shortly we had to pass a car - an old beater with 3 young people in it - we both pulled into the snow to pass - as we passed they stopped to ask us how the road was up ahead.  Allan told them it got pretty rough and they probably wouldn't make it much further.  My Dad asked if they had a tow rope in case and the driver answered...."No but we do have those Girl Guide Cookies".....and then pulled off to continue into the snow ahead.  We laughed for miles down the track wondering how they were managing in the deep snow and how exactly the GG cookies were working for them!!

We made it back to the Taurus and my thighs were delighted to be rid of David's bony butt.  We helped clean up the roadside on the way down..... such a mess all that wood lying around......




So now we know where Jones Lake is and maybe in August we'll make the trek again.....or some of us will!  It was lovely to be out in the wilderness and have a good scare or too and a few good laughs.

Sun on snow

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