For the last couple of posts I have been simply taking the writing I do each day on my cell phone, compiling it all and posting it as day by day blurbs about where and what I am doing. I am going to switch up my writing style as well as my hiking route! As you may have known or may have assumed (or not?) from my writing I am definitely new to the blog or even writing scene. And so I feel I have the flexibility to change it up!
Day 14 – 19
The third leg of my hike takes me from Saskatchewan crossing to Field BC and into the Yoho National Park. I expect that it will take me four to five days to make the trip and I am most excited about the hostel in Field to crash at…a real bed and laundry and a SHOWER!! When I arrived at Saskatchewan crossing I had to wait a day as my food packaged had not been delivered up to the crossing yet. The day of rest was welcomed, though my low food supply forced me to buy some food at the crossing which is….extremely expensive as I mentioned. That and to get a hotel for even one night was a few hundred dollars and I just don’t have that capital to spare! And so I camped just outside of the crossing to wait for my food.
Whoever it was took all of my coffee, tea, bars, dinners and lunches that were in packages.
It gets better though, my food arrived the evening of my rest day and so I decided to stay camped out in the woods next to the resort as it was too late to start hiking again. And foolishly I decided to stash my food near the hotel and go camp for the evening. Well, someone must have noticed and while I was in my tent either reading or sleeping some wonderful human being decided to relieve me of the weight of any of my packaged food. Yup. Whoever it was took all of my coffee, tea, bars, dinners and lunches that were in packages. They were nice enough to leave me the de-hydrated food I made for the trip though….so thoughtful. So the next morning I had to re-stock with overpriced food from the crossing and set out in a lovely mood the next morning.
I will say however that I am doing really well, I am feeling better and better with the loneliness and getting used to it more and more every day. I have had lots of time to think, almost too much as I walk about 8 to 10 hours a day and need to occupy my mind somehow. I got to thinking, it’s not just the fact that I am solo hiking, but the fact I spent three months in a hostel and course with 12+ other people. I live with two roommates, I enjoy people. And I have been out in the mountains since March. I am homesick more than lonely. But alas, my Friends meet me in Kananaskis in little over a week and Kristin is coming to see me once I get to field! This alone is motivating me to get there!
The next few days were amazing, but tough physically. My hips now look officially ‘GDT’ with blisters and bruises.
The next few days were amazing, but tough physically. My hips now look officially ‘GDT’ with blisters and bruises. And my knee continues to give me problems, and it is getting worse not better….but the views.
The Beauty of the mountains in the passes and everywhere I go. The wild flowers, the Cumulonimbus and the Stratocumulus clouds make for incredible pictures. It also has the tendency to make my clothes, gear and everything around me in the afternoon when the clouds decide to share their love in the form of pounding rain.
The hike however takes another route as I make my way to the highway (HW1) and follow the valley a looong way along the Amiskwi river down and down. And the view gives way to more trees and rocks and rocks and trees. The running water though when you get to the river is not disappointing. One more day to field and a hostel bed!
I bump into a familiar face, the Spanish guy from Jasper!
Or so I thought, Today I arrived to Field BC with the intention of showering doing laundry and enjoying relaxing….but the Field Hostel is completely closed for a private function. For the next four days. And the entire town is booked up completely. So I hitch hike to Lake Louis feeling slightly deflated. Lake Louis, the next most expensive place in the mountains. I am dropped on the highway exit near the town centre and walk to the campground. At least I can shower.. I book a site (thankfully the lake louis campground holds a few extra for backpackers and cyclists exclusively and I get a spot. I share a spot with a girl from Germany. And as I am setting up and about to walk around to find the showers I bump into a familiar face, the Spanish guy from Jasper! Jose is hangning out in town for a couple days and is looking for a site to camp at. So the three of us set up and camp, we spend the evening chatting about getting here from Jasper and where we are all headed next. Jose is an awesome guy and told me to come to Spain anytime to see hi beautiful country. I think I will! We all go to bed late that night, and I miss my chance for another shower….
The next day I hike to Lake O’Hara and then to Field. Spending the night in Lake Louis and then the overcrowded Lake Ohara has been a bit of a culture shock. To go from being completely alone to the incredibly over crowded Louis and Ohara is amost frustrating. Which is odd because before I wanted to see people more than I expected and now I cant handle them!
I spend the night in Golden camped behind a high-school
I get to back to Field, I have another day to wait until Kristin gets here and no where to stay…So I decide this time to hitch a ride to Golden BC. I spend the night in Golden camped behind a high-school near the municipal camp ground so I can get water and use the toilet. Tomorrow night I finally get to stay at the Golden Hostel! I literally cannot wait…And once I arrived at the Hostel I got my laundry in and showered. It was glorious. Nearly two weeks without a shower or bed….sucked. But it is good to be here, and I made it. I did it. I am about half way.