We left the house this morning with the intention of driving over to North Vancouver and going for a walkabout around Rice Lake. Not knowing exactly where it is, we figured the good old Garmin GPS would take us there. So we tapped in Rice Lake and…
So we cancelled that plan and decided to head to Lynn Canyon and go for a hike instead of battling the Garmin. Once we got to Lynn Canyon we hiked out to the suspension bridge and crossed it. We headed over the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge with my Sweetheart and Story leading the way.
We made it across the bridge and headed up the trail. At the top of the trail there was a sign telling us what is in which direction.
The irony of this was too much. The Garmin could not deliver us to Rice Lake and once we gave in to the universe, we were led right to the path to Rice Lake.
It was a very lovely walk through the forest and we took the opportunity to talk to the girls about the different types of trees we were walking by.
The hike to Rice Lake is a lovely walk in the forest until you get to the top of the hill coming out of the Lynn Canyon. Then you see this massive yellow steel thing.
This is part of the construction of the water filtration plant for Metro Vancouver’s water supply. We hiked on by this and continued towards Rice Lake.
We continued along the trail and then saw another educational opportunity for the girls. The flume system was used around 1910 to float logs from the forests where they were being cut in the mountains and floated down to the “salt chuck” at Moodyville.
In the side of the picture you can see my little one practicing her log balancing act.
The girls were happy to explore the area and practice their clambering skills. This was a chance for us to rest our backs seeing as we were carrying the girls in our Ergo Carriers.
However we were soon on our way to Rice Lake again.
Someone has kindly chiseled the remaining distance marker off the last marker. Story thought it best that we turn back at this point, seeing as we did not know how much further it would be. We decided to persevere though and we made it to Rice Lake.
No sooner had we arrived at Rice Lake and then Story had a bit of a meltdown. She had no interest in staying and looking at the lake. She really only wanted to throw herself on the ground and scream. I advised her that this type of behaviour would inevitably attract bears to us leading to a terrible confrontation that would not end well. She was having no part of my logical discussion so she was rather unceremoniously placed in my Ergo Carrier and we hustled back down the trail.
Admittedly the return trip was not as pleasant as the trip up, but we made the best of it (read that as Story screamed the entire time we were walking back).
There is nothing quite as therapeutic as a walk amongst the trees and today was a great day for a walk in the woods.