Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Dog Mountain

Today the sun was shining and I had a couple hours available in the afternoon, so I took Charlie for a walk up on Mr Seymour. We actually followed the same route that we had snowshoed with Karen & Andy when they visited in February 2007. This led us to Dog Mountain via First Lake.

This is a nice route to walk as you have the elevation and the views, but don't have to climb it all as you start by driving to the top of Seymour and then walking from there.

Driving up Mt Seymour there is a pull-out with a viewpoint. This is the aspect overlooking the Eastern end of Burrard Inlet and across to Port Moody.

Then we started our walk. The forest is a mix of new and old growth.

Despite several weeks of over 20 degree weather there were still pockets of snow around.

The trail weaves through the trees. The ground is still very wet underfoot even though it's been very dry for a few weeks but some parts of the trail get very little direct sunlight.

As well a numerous named lakes, there were also several smaller un-named ponds, such as this one.

"Yep, this one tastes OK"

Another tranquil pond

Once we reached Dog Mountain we enjoyed the superb views from the mountains to the North, across the city to the mountains on Vancouver Island and south across Burnaby.

It was quite a hazy day, but I still got to appreciate the view unlike when we went snowshoeing and we were up in cloud.

Here are some of the mountain vistas from the top of Dog Mountain, followed by a panorama video shot.

This is a view over the Metro area. East Vancouver and Burnaby are to the left with Downtown and the Westside to the right.


The 2nd Narrows Bridge

Looking straight down Lynn Valley Road....for those who have been there the flat low-rise section to the left of the road about halfway down is the Mall where Save on Foods etc is.

Then Charlie and I were visited by a couple of friendly chipmonks, one of them posed nicely for a photo.

Umm, 6 month old snow is not as good at getting your paws clean as the lake

Views near First Lake.

This is the bridge we snowshoed across and were several feet above the handrails. I guess as the snow melted and people started walking on the railings themselves it didn't do them any good.

First Lake

It was so very peaceful and quiet, we only saw one or two other people. The lakes & pond in particular were tranquil and still........until Charlie arrived.

Here are a couple movies of Mr C disrupting the peace and quiet.

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