Getting a Feel For The Big Mountain Experience

Yesterday, March 30th, myself along with my brother Andrew and two friends, Tyler and Matt went out on a little excursion to Ross Lake.  An hour drive from our doorstep we arrived at the trail head located in Flood Hope.  Immediately the scenery was beautiful, I marveled at the fact that in all my time in BC I have never ventured off the highway into the little town surrounded by massive cliffs.  Soon after we hit gravel we encountered snow, and then to our delight, out came the sunshine.  

 Matt led us to this little quarry where we found these massive slabs of rock lying around waiting to be taken away.

Matt led us to this little quarry where we found these massive slabs of rock lying around waiting to be taken away.

Upon our arrival we found the gates to the Ross Lake Provincial Park closed, so being a respectful bunch we refrained from busting the lock and set out on foot.  The trudge through the ankle deep snow was well worth it.  We were treated with an empty park and empty lake, making for some cool pictures.  Ross lake is created in part by run off from the local Cascade Mountain Range.  The views of the range were stunning.

 A shot from the border towards the Cascade Mtns.

A shot from the border towards the Cascade Mtns.

Ross Lake just so happens to sit right on the CA/US border.  Being empty it was almost necessary that we take a gander at what lay on the other side.  There is a line the trees cut along the entire border, quite incredible.

 After some conversation about the Blackhawk helicopters that patrol the border we all had a bit of a scare when I pilot-in-training came over the mtns into the valley while we guiltily stood on the American side...The guys watch the heli as it does some rounds around the lake.

After some conversation about the Blackhawk helicopters that patrol the border we all had a bit of a scare when I pilot-in-training came over the mtns into the valley while we guiltily stood on the American side...The guys watch the heli as it does some rounds around the lake.

 The athletic feat to get from my camera to the top of that stump in under 10 seconds was, in my mind, impressive.

The athletic feat to get from my camera to the top of that stump in under 10 seconds was, in my mind, impressive.

All-in-all it was a fantastic day, we finished with wet feet and empty stomachs, but it's the experience that counts.