On Friday night I mentioned to Warren that I wanted to go for a hike on Saturday morning and just spend some time outside exploring. I had mentioned earlier in the week that @MEC_Victoria tweeted that they had been on trails and went from Thetis Lake to Francis King Park. I asked them some questions and they tweeted me a map of where they go so I thought it would be fun to check out.
Thetis Lake is in walking distance for us so we decided to leave from home instead of driving. I got us some food together for the trails and we left close to 10:00am. The weather was mostly grey but the sun was trying shine and there were some blue patches in the sky. It was a bit cool and we found we could have worn another layer and would have been a bit more comfortable for the walk.
@MEC_Victoria had said that they used the Panhandler trail from Thetis Lake to get to Francis King Park. Warren figured we could walk to the Phelps Road entrance of Thetis Lake, then take the Seaborn Trail to get to MacKenzie Creek trail and that would take us to Highland Road. The trail for the most part wasn’t too muddy but some areas were worse than others. Some places were like mini muddy lakes but thankfully there were stepping-stones made of trees in various places along the way we could walk on.
As we walked along we chatted about different things, well I chatted more than Warren but all good. We have been dreaming of sun and feeling heat on our bodies so we tried to think about places we would go in April for the Easter long weekend. It was nice to be out and not have any distractions except for each other.
Once we reached Highland Road we weren’t sure how long we were going to be walking before we reached the Panhandler trail. It ended up not being very far at all but we had been out for an hour and a half and Warren was getting a hair cut at 2:00pm. We decided to turn back because when we first set out we didn’t realize the walk was going to take us as long as it did.
As we walked at different times I thought of my friend Ann who I had first explored the trails with. She had mentioned to me before that you could get to Francis King park from Thetis but wasn’t sure how. I let her know and hopefully this summer she and I can go running the trails and do some exploring that way.
Warren and I arrived home two hours and thirty minutes later and we had done 12.6km. We enjoyed the fresh air, time together and I also learned some things. The next time we go for a hike like this I will do the following two things:
- pack two sani’s for each of us because if we would have been longer we both would have needed more food
- dress with four layers instead of three because I get colder walking than running
I see some trail adventures in my future both running and walking this summer. By the looks of the map I could go for hours out there and be on some new trails I have never been on. I am excited and something to look forward to.
Have you gone exploring lately? Do you like to run or walk trails by yourself or with a friend?