March 26, 2011
Haida Gwaii – Queen Charlotte Islands Tours
Another attempt to hike the Anvil Trail is a success.
Around Christmas time, Kenny and I decided to burn off some of that extra”Xmas cheer” we packed on while enjoying the festivities. A nice wooded hike through the Anvil Trail would have fit the bill perfectly except five minutes into the trail “old man” winter and his storms had taken down many large trees that blocked the path. So, given that it was later in the day and we didn’t want to be hiking in the dark, we opted to go home early and continue with more “Xmas cheer”!
Three months later we decided we would finally make another attempt at the Anvil Trail. As of late the days are much longer and the feeling of spring is in the air. So, on this particular Saturday, we decided it would be a good day to attempt the Anvil Trail again.
Much like last Saturday, we started with hash browns and breakfast burritos in hand. Followed by loading our faithful companion, Gradey, into the back of the truck.. Only one pack was prepared and off we went ahead of schedule.
During the scenic ocean view drive out, it was nice to see that many others were taking advantage of this warm sunny day.
Upon arrival to one of the trail entrances we saw a couple of other vehicles parked, but it appeared as though the occupants were enjoying the beach and not the trail. Oh well, we were going to work our way around any fallen winter debris as planned.
The air was fresh and it was nice to be out and active once again. Five minutes into our adventure, we were very pleasantly surprised to see that where we had turned back on our previous outing it was nicely cleared! It was very evident that chainsaws had been packed in to clear and clean up the trail. We suspect it was the Anvil Trail Society. We will look into that a little further, but for the mean time, we would like to give a big thanks to who ever did all the hard work to clear the trail.
Everything else along the hike was as beautiful as it always is. The sights and sounds in this wooded area seems to have the ability to put you in a place of calm and peacefulness. The day went smoothly. I may not have worked off all my “Xmas Cheer”, but I started to work at it. At least mentally, I feel like a better person today