Some people like beach holidays. Not our family. Gotta be on the go every day, all day. See more, do more; that’s just the way we like it.
Our vacations are planned well in advance, and one of the things we knew that we wanted to do while in Québec was to visit a national park, and go for a hike. Off we went to the parc national des hautes gorges and of course we picked one of the more challenging hikes. Of course, because we’re fun like that. And durable. We had never been on a semi-vertical hike before, and had trouble judging just how far we had gone on the 5 kilometer (round trip) route. We had seen the marker for the first kilometer, but as time and distance passed, we couldn’t seem to locate the second kilometer marker.
Verbal repartee ensued:
Of course we’ve passed the marker.
No, I don’t think so.
Believe me, I know how far two kilometers is, and we’ve already gone that far.
Well, we would have seen the marker.
Didn’t we see the marker?
No, that was the 1 kilometer marker.
I’m sure we’ve gone two kilometers.
(By this time, we are out of water, and the legs are a wee bit shaky.)
I’m not going back down until I see the 2 kilometer marker.
Ok, is everybody good with that?
(More verbal repartee ensued…)
You’re really taking a picture of the marker?
We made it to the marker, and we would have gone that extra half kilometer to the top, but that would have turned into another three kilometers back down. There was a rest station at the top, and some amazing views (we heard) but no available drinking water (de l’eau pas potable), so we headed back down. Good decision, because if we thought our legs were already a bit shaky, we discovered that descending was an entirely new effort from ascending! It was a beautiful hike, and well worth the adventure. And we were very happy to get back to the base to fill our water bottles with some “l’eau potable”!