Rocket Ronnie Hits another Home Run, so to speak!
If you thought that last night's Night Hike was going to be Normal , and
decided not to come, you were wrong, because you should know by now
there's nothing Normal about a Night Hike , except that we seem to always
start out at a Tim's and have a Great Time. Ron's choice was again great:
right length, right place, right height , right theme. Right Length - some
of us,still beat up from the weekend , only needed a light challenge ( 40
mins in, 35 min out, down hill )
Right Place - Skull Rock, for some of us
this reminded us of Easter and Jesus' Crucifixion on the Cross at a place
called " The Place of the Skull".
Right Height - Those of us who had been
away to Kenduskeag were still floating pretty high so we needed a high
place , which this was . We climbed to a high bluff over-looking the
Right Theme - Kenduskeag, Katahdin, Cross Canada Bike
Ride, Canoes, ..........."all good stuff" By now you're wondering who
showed up and who's writing this in a strange fashion. Well first there
was our leader for the night Rocket Ronnie, hiking friend Marlene,
Scrounger and daughter Kristen ( home from university ) , Stalker ,
Songod, Ian Blair and k-9 Frosty, "Pack it in Pack it out Banks" , Imax
and newly-named "Spell Chek". At the bluff, Sun God was enlisting an
author for the hike, our usual excellent writers were silent to his
request. Finally the Levy's were approached and to Bruces request, Wendy
replied "I'll correct Bernie's spelling" , so "Spell Chek " is born.
to the hike: as we get out of our cars at the parking lot next to the
trail which is the old Musquodoboit rail way bed, we were accompanied by a
chorus of melodious Peeper Frogs, PEEP, PEEP, PEEP, PEEP, PEEP This was
the first of several outdoor sounds and sightings. We traveled for about
15 to 20 mins on the old rail bed at a crisp pace, the air was crisp, and
Frosty seem to have an extra bounce in his pace and was all over the place
, and at one point was mistaken for a deer by Songod. Along this section
as we passed over the river, a beaver was seen swimming up stream and a
Porcupine was seen up a tree. Ronnie then led us off the rails, to the
right , then right again , then left, across a stream on two logs, then up
up, up ,up, around , over, up, around, back , up , to the top of the
"Skull". Facing west, this large granite rock overlooks the Musquodoboit
River and the Village, and in the daylight I'm sure it would be nicer yet.
The Moon showed up as we peaked, and stayed hidden in a veil of mist most
of the evening. Songod did his one-match fire trick, Stalker stocked the
fire, we all sat around, had hot dogs, tea, sausages, cranberry mix, and
talked of many things: school, weddings, son-in-laws, Ron's new bike, Bike
rides, past adventures, adventures to come, as Sungod would say " All good
Stuff ". We headed for home at 20 to 10 , after putting the fire out.
Until the next night hike...............
IMAX and Spell Chek