bushwhacked*

i took off work on wednesday afternoon to go hiking with my friend oldandmoldy and our dogs. it was fabulous. we went to a part of a local park that i’d never been to before, and as is wont to happen when two kids like us take off into the woods, we ended up trail-less in the middle of a steep incline of rock, broom, and burnt arbutus branches. some sort of massive signal board called us from the civilized path, and we bushwacked our way to the rocky outcrop on which it stood. we were high above the inlet and enjoyed great views of the surrounding hills and mountains.

doldandmoldy

dawson and oldandmoldy

…though some of us preferred tasting the local flavour over enjoying the aesthetic delights:

mea plays a dangerously-vertical game of fetch

mea plays a dangerously-vertical game of fetch

the board also vibrated, like there was electrical current running through it… probably due to wind on the guy lines that anchored the structure onto the cliff. this didn’t stop oldandmoldy from climbing it:

signalboard

there is always a better view...

nor did it stop him from adorning it with some verse.

i'd be more critical of the scatalogical theme, except that favourite poets allen ginsberg and gertrude stein both referenced it as well.

i'd be more critical of the scatalogical theme, except that favourite poets allen ginsberg and gertrude stein both referenced it as well.

who knew how much hard work it would be to find our way home again? there was up and there was down: the trail was somewhere above us, and the ocean was what waited below. given those options, we began ascending. it was rough going, but at least we were surrounded by beauty. much of it was best appreciated with an extreme close-up:

Stonecrop, aka sedum, aka ,,, always look to me like cartoon characters.

Stonecrop, aka sedum, aka a member of the Crassulaceae family. They always look to me like cartoon characters, with their rounded cuteness.


Trumpet lichen (Cladonia fimbriata) and their mossy friends.

Trumpet lichen (Cladonia fimbriata?) and their mossy friends.

This could be Racomitrium aciculare.  Or Polytrichum formosum?  Identifying mosses can be rather difficult.

This could be Racomitrium aciculare. Or Polytrichum formosum? Identifying mosses can be rather difficult.

A sedum with dried blooming stalk.

A sedum (Crassulaceae) with dried blooming stalk.

when we finally got to the top of the escarpment, the landscape dropped away on the other side and rolled back with treed hills and valleys all the way to the city. i could even see the cranes of the military dockyards near my house.

For this, I am very grateful.

For this, I am very grateful.

an easy ramble through the forest took us to the car, and a short drive later i dropped oldandmoldy and mea at their house before returning to my own for an evening of beer, burritos, bad teevee, and cuddling. my legs ached a bit the next day, and dawson’s limping more than usual, but it was worth it.

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*not to be confused with the excellent french film that uses this same title for its english release, though i highly recommend that sort of bushwhacking as well.

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2 responses to “bushwhacked*

  1. I love your pictures. They make me miss the west coast.

    • feralgeographer

      thanks! yeah, as i’m getting ready to leave here (even though it’s only for a few months!), i’m realizing how much this landscape means to me.

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