The temperature had been climbing all day and the only ones who dared make the trip up to West Kelowna was HeadBanger and the Goat. They wound their way up some godforsaken dirt road and finally sighted the dratted hare (Skiddy). We waited the obligatory 2 minutes for everyone else to arrive and then of course did introductions. Apparently that revealed that SnailTrail was present as well. Due to low numbers there would be no ‘Treat Check’ out in the woods, we’d have to come back for that. The hare asked for five minutes and…. was off.

Two-thirds of the group were already suffering from that morning’s 12K White Lake run, so it wasn’t a very blistering pace that was set. It was slow enough for the R.A., GoatBag, to give SnailTrail a primer on calling marks, spotting marks etc. She soon dropped him. We made our way back to the road again and from there we climbed, and climbed and climbed and good grief… we climbed! The Smith Creek area is famous for it’s lovely mountain bike trail system, but the hare must have made some mistake as we were climbing up all the down trails! Finally we summitted, saw some bikers and deer, and started to descend.

We ran into a back-check after one very long descent and this caused panic as we really didn’t want to climb back up. Okay, we couldn’t climb back up. A call to the micro-managing hare revealed that we only had to go back to the last trail. From there it was past a lovely meadow and then to the Picture Check, a fantastic view, but revealed a trail that dropped straight down. The Goat tried to instruct on proper technique for death trails but only SnailTrail got sucked in. At the bottom it flattened out and soon the hare was spotted by a lovely creek. Anything wet and cold is lovely at this point. There were no treats, no beer, but we didn’t care, we just wanted to get in the hare’s car and go back to the circle. Oh no…. we still have 2K to go! And it’s all uphill! No one loves the hare!

Much time passed and we followed all the marks back with coaching from the hare on where to go. We had some ideas on where he should go as well. Back to the circle where everyone got in trouble, little chocolate cups with Bailey’s was produced, interesting drinking items were produced and much fun was had. They then headed off to the local Thai Fusion restaurant and lived happily ever after!

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