We wanted an unusual mountain to play on, a snow-free trail, a summit we could own, a bright & beautiful forecast and an amazing place to celebrate a birthday! We hoped to receive all this wrapped up in one great big package for us. Our wishes came true! We unravelled the ribbon as the day went on and in the end we were truly grateful to be gifted an amazing adventure hiking/scrambling Maze Peak. It was our friend's birthday today and we were the fortunate ones to share his day with him.
view of the Red Deer River below and Labyrinth Mountain across the way
Finally our destination, the summit of Maze Peak, came into view.
It is the light brown bump after the high dark brown bump.
Our pace was slow as we made sure to savour every second of today's adventure.
making my way up through some rubble
view along the way
There were sections along the way where my preference was to be sandwiched closely between my two friends. My skills are no where near the level theirs are but these are two people who I trust and who I know are there for me in helping me build confidence and to grow as an adventurer.
We have our eye on the prize!
(photo credit Adventurer Designer)
(photo credit Adventurer Designer)
My friend's photo puts into perspective the only kind of work I do these days!
view back to the saddle and that sub-summit view point
yet even more beautiful though is they frame those snow covered peaks
Here we are!
We debated a couple of times before reaching the summit whether we may just stay long enough to capture photographs of us at our prize. It was wicked windy at times but thankfully it was not a cold wind. We settled down and embraced this place. We dined! We played! We laughed! I swore! We celebrated our friend's birthday! If we had more day light hours, our visit would have been longer. (summit signing photo credit Adventurer Designer)
view from the summit
The sun set quickly once we were in the car and on our way. We talked about our day. We began to admire the dark sky and the stars that were appearing. We pulled off, turned off the lights then looked upward to see thousands of stars lighting up the sky. We still had a long drive ahead and we were hungry so did not linger too long. It began to seem surreal being out here and even a tad erie. It was so dark, bushy bundles of bush were blowing across the road in front of us, we could see gas flares in spots through the trees. I commented that things go bump in the night! We continued on and then the ride did not feel smooth, it felt a little loop-sided and then with the window rolled down we were 99% sure we had a flat tire. We pulled off to make an inspection! Sure enough we had a flat tire! It was pitch black out here so you know what that meant! We had to put on our headlamps!!! Why did I have the strangest of feelings when I pulled out my headlamp and put it on my head! I smiled to myself and had an inside chuckle! My friends went to work and in no time at all the tire was changed and we were on our way to the saloon in Water Valley. We toasted to our day and to my friend's birthday!
They have had many epic outtings in the past and I wondered would today be considered epic to them. I asked would having a flat tire out in the middle of no where on a dirt narrow winding road in the dark of night make today's experience epic? My friend reasured me that our whole day was epic! I was so happy to hear that! We wanted our friend's day to be special!
As I wrote at the start of today's story, "We wanted an unusual mountain to play on, a snow-free trail, a summit we could own, a bright & beautiful forecast and an amazing place to celebrate a birthday! We hoped to receive all this wrapped up in one great big package for us."
Our wishes came true!
Happy Birthday to You!