I'm a glutton for punishment, aren't i?
it seems my experience at Pulpit Rock wasn't punishment enough. i headed to the Burlington Northern Trail today for a little more exhaustion and foot pain. don't ask me why, at this point i can't remember myself.
Something of a paradox, that trail. it was an easy grade hike once you got there, but getting there involved walking up some of the steepest residential streets i have ever seen.
that being said, once i got there the sweat quickly dried and i had opportunity to see some very nice scenery (including Pulpit Rock across the lake!).
it was a pleasant stroll, particularly as there was still drifts of snow about the place. on a flat grade snow is much less of an aggrivation than on the steep tracks of Pulpit Rock, instead lending a certain pristine beauty to the scene (and providing a nice gravelly noise to accompany each footfall).
after i arrived back from my little outing, took off my shoes and lay down for a while, i ventured out to the Touchstone Museum to find out a little about Nelson. i found out many things. Nelson was once regularly visited by sternwheeler paddleboats (their shallower draft better suited them to the lake), the town used to have at least three brothels, and (most interesting to me) the film 'Roxanne' with Steve Martin was filmed here. a humourous modern remake of 'Cyrano de Bergerac', this is one of my favourite films. to find out i'm in the town where it was filmed gave me a certain delight.
following this, i spent the remainder of the day shopping for gifts for family (having already organised the gifts for friends), before heading out for a rather pleasant chinese dinner.
i'm glad i'm walking and hiking so much, otherwise i'd be well over the weight limit on my flight home. the food they have here...