To Read on the Journey

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Flume Hike

"It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring."
The winter weather is back! i'm going to enjoy the rainy weather and curl up with a warm blanket, hot tea, and a good movie.

For a few weeks we have enjoyed nearly 70 degree, sunny, January days.
This last weekend we took advantage of the nice weather and went on a hike down the Brown's Ditch Trail, which locals refer to as the Bass Lake flume.

i have lived in these mountains for 15 years, and i'm embarrassed to say i had never hiked the Bass Lake flume.

Many times my husband has spoken of his fun childhood adventures down the Bass Lake flume. As a child he would ride down the flume in an intertube, in his youth he enjoyed riding down the flume on his bike (crazy!), and of course he has hiked the flume many times.

So we packed some lunches, put on our hiking wear, and made the 5 mile round trip trek on the flume.

What is the Bass Lake flume? it is a 2.5 mile long cement flume, which carries water from a creek above down to Bass Lake. In some areas you can walk along the flume, but in many areas the flume is elevated and you must walk across it on a steel walkway.Noah enjoyed taking the lead on our hike. Emilie loved being outdoors (she is like her daddy).
Josie was delighted when she hit the ladybug jack pot! She wanted to scoop them all up, make them her own, and bring them home.Michael and i were relieved to step away from life and all it demands of us, and just enjoy the simplicity, fragrance, and beauty of Bass Lake.

What do you enjoy doing on a sunny winter day off?


Cari said...

Can you believe I've lived here all my life and have NEVER been to the flume!! I know I need to do that. Was it scary with the kids?

Jessica said...

I have to say the picture of your daughter with the bugs gives me the willies. Ew!!

Other than that, it looks like a great time. How beautiful!

Kristen said...

What a fun day! Great pictures. Do we get to hike that when I come to visit or will it be too hot??

If we see the sunshine again, I like to go on walks, even if there is snow on the ground. The cool fresh air always feels refreshing. My hubby and kiddos love to head to the mountains to ski. One of these days I would love to try snowshoeing and I think that would be a perfect sunny, semi warm, winter activity.

Jerri Lynn @ Southern Sassyness said...

How fun! Enjoyed reading about your great day to the flume!

By the way...thanks for the card...enjoyed getting it!

Sarah Markley said...

sounds lke so much fun. admittedly scary, but fun! not a fan of caves or elevated steel train tracks. But i love hiking. =)

Shirin said...

On a sunny winter day we like... the same thing! Only we did Goat Mountain, sans the ladybugs and hoped to find a geocache... which we failed to discover. Hiking - always an adventure!