While it seemed much of the running community was off in Winthrop, racing, cheering and crewing at Sun Mountain, J. and I disappeared off to Squamish for some long weekend camping (sans reservations…gulp). ! I have to admit I did have a bit of FOMO about not being in Washington this weekend, but our weekend away was just what was needed.
We decided on Paradise Valley (Thanks to Alley for the great suggestion) and at the end of the road (passing lots of cars on the way, we found a secluded spot to ourselves) – we later saw cars double parked, and a tarp literally by the side of the road. J loves to “explore” while I will happily make reservations. I am the worrier while J. knew we would find somewhere to camp. He is often right.
Rushing creeks, towering snow capped mountains in the distance and best of all, amazing weather. We spent the days exploring and hiking to two different lakes (Starvation lake and Hut Lake), laying in hammocks and playing in creeks in glorious weather and drinking lots of beer. We even had the lake to ourselves on one day (well except for a few mosquitos). One of the lakes involved a 6km round trip hike (which I was delighted about….J. not so much).
It was so nice to disappear off the grid – where we cooked by the campfire, and slept in the kitted out truck (no more tents for us). He even used foil to make egg cups where we could fry eggs over the fire. I managed not to set myself on fire haha.
At night we could hear the creek rushing beside us, and the stillness was amazing. I didn’t really want to come home. We managed to get a routine going – camp fire coffee tastes the best – and even found a discarded grill which over which we cooked our meals.
It was a bit of work to get everything packed and going – but so well worth it to disappear for the long weekend. We even played in some waterfalls on our way home.