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Lake Cowichan view from our dock.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Valley of Fire, Feb 7

Tuesday, we all woke up at 6:30 am to another cloudy sky. No sunrise pictures again. Oh well time to make blueberry pancakes so the girls are fuelled up for their 6-mile hike down from White Dome. Ray and I did the short Mouse’s Tank trail and saw a bunch of the petroglyphs. 

The Mouse’s tank, kept an outlaw named “Mouse” alive for a long time as the water held in this rock formation for months, as the story goes.

At the end of the trail is the "Mouse Tank" a natural pool to collect water.

The trail to the Mouse's Tank
Petroglyphs along the way inscribed into the desert varnish.

One of the arches we noticed along the trail.

The girls adventure ended up being “a series of unfortunate events”! Those two together do not do well on trails that are only partially marked… they were supposed to be at the bottom by 3pm at the latest which is 5 hours. Other people do the hike in 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours. They phoned us at 2 pm and they were back at the White Dome parking lot. "Please come and get us".

The rest of this story was done by Kristi and Kat. They figured they went off-trail in the first 300 metres or so! They were scrambling over huge rock walls etc. Spent 4 hours scrambling around to no avail. They were following the footsteps of others, others that led them far astray. Luckily, they made it back to the top at the parking lot.  They were quite relieved to hear voices as they "found civilization" again.

After checking their pictures one of the pvc markers for the trail magically appeared! When Ray looked at the pictures of their scrambles we realized that they were walking in canyons not washes as they were told to do! Good thing they found there way back.

This must be the way to go ... look at all of the footprints! (picture by Kat)
The park ranger told us that there were places with a bit of a scramble ... do you think they meant this? NOT! This is not a wash. (picture by Kat)

 Picture by Kat

Finally civilization and a trail marker .... back at the beginning!(picture by Kat)

 Picture by Kat

Picture by Kat

They did manage to see a Bighorn Sheep though.

Picture by Kat

At 3 pm we were to alert the park rangers so the girls were really worried about letting us know before the rangers were deployed on a rescue mission. What an adventure. The rest of the day was spent outside around the campfire and then we had steak and vegetable rolls with peanut dip for dinner. (Pictures by Kat)  Everyone was in bed by 9 pm again. 

Picture by Kat

Picture by Kat

Picture by Kat

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