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My first cap of 2014!
We set off early in the morning to make the drive back home from Creston, and during the course of the drive ran into all manner of road conditions, none of which could be considered favorable. The heavy rain that fell in Creston overnight made the greasy winding road out of town treacherous and once on Highway 3 we dealt with a heavily sanded road frequented by big rigs with limited passing options, making for plenty of splatter on the windshield, offering reduced visibility and calling for massive amounts of windshield washer fluid. After a stop in Fernie where we once again had to stop at a gas station and give the windshield a thorough cleaning , the snow began falling which offered relief from constant washer spraying but made for trickier driving conditions. After passing through Sparwood, we caught up with and followed a line of cars and trucks at a steady 50km/h all the way to Blairmore where a caffeine break and a quick cap hunt were certainly in order.
Although the cap was a mere 160m from the car, it did require travel through some very deep snow in places and real care was necessary to safely navigate the snow covered rocks, up the small rise and over to the desired area. With the marker post leading the way, finding the cap proved a straightforward business once in the immediate area and a quick brushing of the snow was all that was needed to get the money shot.
The rest of the drive proved challenging to be sure; I won't bore you with a lot of detail but suffice to say it was really nice to finally arrive back at home base at the end of the journey.