In attendance: Jacqueline, Shannon, Liane, and Jackie (Jacq's cousin - a very nice girl!)
MIA: Tara (lazy - oops, I mean visiting with MIL) and Heather (no child care)
Minnekhada Regional Park in Port Coquitlam was our destination this week. It is rated as an easy hike, but can be a bit challenging in spots for new hikers. This is our third or fourth? time hiking this park. Plenty of wildlife can be seen which is a bonus. Previously we have seen beavers in the marsh, and once a mama and baby bear as we left the parking lot.
This hike was pretty uneventful on the way up - apart from the fun conversation of course!
However, the days are getting shorter and it was definitely dark on our way out of the trail. Thankfully Jacqueline had brought a flashlight which we actually ended up using. I had the heebeejeebee's on the hike down as the darkness settled in. We were hustling to get ourselves out of the woods before the real darkness set in. Then out of nowhere, just to freak us out I'm sure, these tiny little toads started hopping out onto the pathway right in front of us. They were cute, but still creepy. We continued our way down and after we had crossed the marsh (where the beavers live) we entered into the forest once again and a few steps in these gigantor toads were leaping into the pathway in front of us. There were some bloodcurdling screams (I will not admit those came from me...) and much laughter as we high-tailed it out of there!
We made it out alive in the end and all climbed into the car to head to Tara's house for celebratory glasses of wine.