Several suppressed gasps emerged with the first encounter with the wooden stairs that would lead us into the woods, but nobody wished to complain out loud. Morale was high here at Deep Cove and no stair could ruin that.
Earlier, with the first sunbeams cutting through the spring clouds, conditions never seemed any better for a hike. So, not surprisingly, the communal lobby was already crammed with people way before departure. All students had but one thing on their minds: Quarry Rock, one of the most beautiful places around Vancouver.
The hour-long bus ride was musically decorated with a cacophony of student’s chatter that wouldn’t stumble for the next couple of hours. After a long day of classes, people just had a lot to catch up on. Who could blame them? This sun ingested day out screamed for some nice English conversation time.
Halfway uphill the chatter started to make way for the more natural sounds one could expect in the woods. Climbing Deep Cove’s quarry rock started to take its toll and precious breath oughtn’t be wasted on talking. Moreover, we needed to save some breath for it to be taken away by the view that was waiting for us uphill.
An amazing view
Once up on the rock, the exhausting climb was soon forgotten. The wide and scenic view managed to live up to its skyrocketing promise. Almost directly, the pandemonium of students’ shooting cameras caused a stroboscopic experience that could’ve been noticeable from space. This sure was a special view.
The announcement that this was only our halfway point – and that we had to walk all way back – hit like a bombshell. The promise of ice-cream and doughnuts lured most of us back down, but for others even doughnuts couldn’t do the trick. A view that defies doughnuts; that’s a view worth visiting!