Thursday, October 2, 2008

Stoyma Mountain 4x4 Trip

This was a wonderful and exciting adventure. This was my first 4x4 trip up a very bouncy and bumpy mountain. We got lost a couple of times, but in the end we managed to make it to Cabin Lake. What a view!!!!

We decided to pitch our tent under the evergreens to keep the rain and snow to a minimum. It didn't rain, but it did snow and it even dropped down to -2. I have never camped out in snowy weather and below zero degrees. The fire was warm and wonderful and even the roasted marshmallows were great. Some of the other cachers had found some lava rocks and put them close to the fire, if not in and then wrapped them in towels to put in their tents to keep them warm. TESKELLY and I didn't do that, but our tent was small enough to keep the body heat in, and with Geo-pet Milly under the covers with us, we were comfy cozy.

The hike up the mountain the next day was one I will never forget. I had to stop a few times on the hills to catch my breath, or try to catch it, but I trudged forward. Just as we reached the field of heather, it started to hail, but as we reached the plane crash site (cache site) the hail stopped and then sun came out shining.

We finished signing the log and the Tulameen Turtles and their friends ventured up to the top of the crash site. TESKELLY and I decided to venture back down the hill, as I wanted to take some photos. No sooner had I been at the bottom of the hill for about 5 minutes, it started to hail again, and hard. It was then the Turtles and their friends had started to come down the hill. So we trudged thru the heather back to the trail and tried to seek some shelter from the overhanging trees. Soon the hail turned to snow, and then it stopped all together. By the time we got to the campsite, the sun was shining but the air was still cool.

TESKELLY and I had to leave early as we had to pick up our little ones, so we un-pitched the tent, packed up, said our goodbyes and off we went for our 3.5 hour bumpity trip down the mountain. That is when t he rain began, and so it was...rain, sun, snow and hail. I have now seen it all.

1 comment:

Eddie said...

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