Our area is a mountain biking mecca. The resort itself is known for the downhill biking where you take your bike up to the top of the mountain on the gondola and then you ride on a variety of trails to the bottom. Not for me but it seems popular.
And not far away there are a variety of single track trails through the woods. Some are very demanding and beyond my capability or attraction. But very popular with a certain crowd.
What appeals to me is exploring and enjoying the scenery. That is my kind of mountain biking and the trails are endless. The nordic ski trails just a few seconds away from Vagabond are awesome with over 40km of loops.
But just below us is an old rail line that was used by a logging company a long time ago. We call it the 2% because it has very little slope to it. And except for a few old bridges used by the snowmobilers it is absolutely a hidden gem.
Along with friend Patrick we went for about a 2 hour ebike ride. You can take a variety of routes to get to the trails from Vagabond. This ride is just a few of our favourites and has all sorts of side roads you can explore too. One of our many hidden gems.
We have two rivers running through the town of Golden; the Kicking Horse and the Columbia. And what an amazing treat they are, especially on a hot day.
After a bit of a break, I managed to get back on the Kicking Horse that runs right through downtown Golden and eventually flows into the Columbia. The Kicking Horse is fast flowing and has some challenges with big rocks you need to be aware of when the water level starts to go down, and a few different channels along with some minor rapids. On most days, you get wet on the Kicking Horse.
Then when you hit the Columbia it is a nice leisurely float with all sorts of things to see.
So great. The video is from a few days ago with friend Patrick. We usually see bald eagles and more recently a couple of black bears along the river bank.
It is our go-to treat on a hot day and we may even take a couple beverages and find a sand bar to stop on, and enjoy the scenery.
Despite some of the media reports, we are not burning up in BC. Yes there are some fires in the province but nothing in our area. Every so often there is a slight haze in the air. But beyond that, it has been a great summer. We have also been lucky to get some nice rain storms that have come through every week. Everything is pretty green and lush in our area.
Ken and Lori built Vagabond Lodge in 2003 and have been operating it since. It is the centre piece of the amazing Kicking Horse Resort near Golden BC Canada