On Sunday I learned exactly why they call it Rocky Face Mountain.
In February I bragged online about clearing out Rocky Face Mountain Park... a week later a local caching couple by the name 2IceHikers published two more caches there. On Sunday I made my return to once again clear out the park.
I walked the trails as close as I could to the first cache. I had to go off-trail, and walk about 200ft along the edge of a large rocky outcropping, to get to ground zero, but I soon had the cache in hand and the log signed.
It was at this point that I had a choice. To take the trails to the next cache would be well over a mile of trail hiking, however the cache was only 0.4 miles as the crow flies. The shorter distance was almost straight up (400+ft elevation gain), and 100% bushwhacking (tho the description said the woods near the second cache were 'light'). The trails would be longer, but much easier. I had hiked those trails several times in the past, so I decided to man up and bushwhack over to the second cache location.
So I started to ascend the seemingly endless rocky slope. As it turns out the rock face goes up at a fairly steep angle the entire 400ft elevation (not sure how far inward it goes, but when I got to the top I was only 1/10th of a mile closer to my goal).
It was a heck of an ascent - lots of 45deg slopes, and some logs and trees to navigate around. I was about half-way up when this site came into view.
My next thought was that I was in the company of, assuming I was watching eagles, food, in the form of my dog. Now I don't know much about eagles, so this is likely all very silly in retrospect, but at the time I was rather concerned. I knew some eagles have been known to attack animals as large as deer, so my 40lb dog was no match for such winged beasts. Also I had just read The Hobbit, in which giant eagles featured heavily. All this is to say I felt a tad bit of fear for my trusted companion, and kept her close, as I continued on up the rocks.
There were a half dozen of these winged beasts in the air, and I got lots of views like this one:
Once I got to the top I took a moment to admire the view, and to take a selfie (notice that Bailey is on leash, and kept close to me).
It was a grueling climb - I can feel it in my legs today - but I am glad I did. I didn't see a solitary soul on the way up the side of the mountain, but I must have passed 30+ people while walking back to the Geovan Of Destiny. A solitary hike through nature is much better for the soul than a crowded one.
So now Rocky Face Mountain Park is clear of caches once again. Your turn, 2IceHikers. I await your next move.