Maple Mountain is a park in Duncan, near Nanaimo. The views from the top are beautiful.
It is a very very steep trail! Much steeper than the pictures look.
There is a lot of quartz on the mountain, as well as gold! I brought some quartz home for you, but I didn’t find any gold. Maybe next time.
This was my first time there and I got lost. Well… I don’t know if I was lost, but I didn’t want to walk the long way around to come back down so I just made my own trail. I found a pond for the dogs to swim in.
There was also a lot of bear poop….
We found our way back to the trail! Luckily.. because I forgot to tell Uncle Scotty where I was going, so he wouldn’t have known where to look for me if I was stuck over night.
We found a beautiful meadow of long lush grass, but just around the corner was a critter….
Check out this video of my new friend:
Whew. I forgot my bear spray in the car so I picked up a stick, but luckily the bear didn’t keep following me. I heard noises in the bushes to my left so I think she had cubs!
I was worried though as the bear was on the trail back to my car. It was getting dark too. I kept walking away from my bear friend and eventually found another hiker.
She was all alone too and when I told her about the bear, she decided to leave the park too. She helped me find a different way out of the park, then she was kind and drove the dogs and I all back to my car.