I've been trying to go camping for quite some time now. Each weekend adventure - week after week after week - gets shortened into a day hike, which is fine, but it's not camping.
Two or three weekends ago I tried to go to High Falls Creek in Squamish, about an hour our of Vancouver up the Sea to Sky highway (which, other than a day long detour through Lilooet, is the only road to Squaminsh/Whistler/Pemberton. map ). The plan was to hike, then go to Whytecliffe Park (a great little park and beach halfway home) for burgers and a swim afterwards. I didn't get a lot of people interested, and I forgot I had a baby shower that day anyway. Ok, fine.
Last weekend, I tried to do the High Falls/Whytecliffe combo again. We had a great group of people, we drove to Squamish, but then decided that rain + steep exposed rock cliffs + narrow trail along a steep canyon pretty much sucked, so we did another, lower, not as deadly hike. This was also totally fun, but again, not High Falls Creek.
This weekend is a long weekend, and dagnamit, I'm going camping! We've got a great crew of ten fabuloso people, details arranged, food (mostly) bought, cars arranged. The plan was to hike in to Joffre Lakes just outside of Pemberton, about three hours from Vancouver, also along the Sea to Sky highway.
A great plan, except for this:
It happened about 11pm Tuesday night, and they're not expecting the highway to be open until at LEAST Monday. They have to BLOW UP all the rock and shove it into the ocean first. And determine if the foundation for a whole lot of other unstable rock just left the whole REST of the mountain ready and able to collapse at any time. Uhhhh, yeah.
So we're skipping out on our Pemberton plans and heading the OTHER direction, along with all the other THOUSANDS of people who can't get up the Sea to Sky. *shakes head*
Oh well, it's an adventure, right? And unless a massive rockslide blocks ALL highways outta this town, I WILL BE GOING CAMPING THIS WEEKEND. End. Of. Story.