We made an unplanned trip to Southern Chilcotin following a washout on the road to the trailhead for the Stein Divide. It was a fabulous choice and the ridge hikes around the Taylor Basin are spectacular and a welcome change from the Coast Mountains. A superb area for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding, if you can find it!
Escaped the crowds on the August long weekend by hiking into Mamquam Lake in the southern part of Garibaldi Provincial Park. Mamquam Lake is just 11 km beyond the super-popular Elfin Lakes, but is a relatively rough trail due to a washout on Ring Creek. There weren’t many people on Saturday night and we had the whole lake to ourselves on Sunday night. Fabulous!
It’s hard not get romantic about Cuba. Bucolic countryside, historic towns and cities with crumbling buildings and old cars, great people, music and culture, quiet roads for cycling, and good simple food and excellent rum cocktails. Cuba is also changing and providing better opportunities for its citizens. But that means western consumer culture, so go to Cuba now while it’s still such a radically different place.