Sunday, March 13, 2005

Rattlesnake Peak

This afternoon I set out for my usual loop on Rattlesnake Mountain, but continued for another half hour up the nasty climb and made it to the mountain's peak for the first time. Pushing my bike for most of the last parts wasn't much fun, but the ride down was outstanding. From the top, there's a sheer cliff down into Garnett Valley, with sweeping views...the backside of Cartwright Mountain to the west, the lake and Okanagan Mountain Park to the east, Summerland and Giant's Head to the south, and Wildhorse Mountain to the north.

Along the way I got within a couple of hundred metres of the herd of mountain goats (amazing animals) we've been seeing north of town for a few weeks, and followed a herd of 24 deer at one point (do they actually have herds that large?). Laurie, one of the great people I've met in Summerland was up there last week and saw a lot more wildlife -- I'll have to pay closer attention next time.

4 comments:

Cyn said...

Hard work or not. I'd give anything to tackle a monster climb right now. I'm so jealous you are out mtb-ing. Too much snow here in the East yet. I'm still on the studs.

Heather said...

I've learned a lot about deer this winter. One of the things I've learned is that they can travel in herds with numbers up to 25-30. One particular herd of 30 has been using our yard as a freeway this winter, and also as a "dumping grounds". With the amount of snow we've had, they have also taken to eating our towering cedars in the front of the house, which could potentially kill the shrubs (they've already destroyed many other people's cedars in town). So, I had Ryan put up a fence to keep them out until Spring. It looks hideous, but at least my shrubs are safe.

Jeremy said...

Cyn, we're thrilled to be riding. Usually in early March, only the lower south-facing trails are dry enough to ride. Unfortunately, this sunny, dry spring may mean drought for us later in the year. It's freakishly dry.

Good for you riding through the Maritime winter! That's more hardcore than anything I could muster this winter. Hockey was my cop-out.

Jeremy said...

Thanks, Deer Expert Heather. 24 seemed like a huge herd, but maybe it's not that weird.

I wonder why they're so fond of your place -- you'd think they'd use the river as their through-way...