It’s a good thing that Ben Parsons lives in Revelstoke. Sue Leach’s youngest son is an athletic and adventurous young man who enjoys being outdoors more than almost anything — especially if he is accompanied by his well-trained husky, Bransen.
So what better gift could he give himself when he turned 21 on July 28 than a strenuous one-day hike that took the two of them to the summits of Mount Cartier, Ghost Peak and Mount Mackenzie? I can’t think of anything more fitting or more memorable.
The two left Revelstoke very early on the morning of July 28 and were back down about 14 or 15 hours later at around 7 pm. Along the way, they encountered a grazing grizzly that stood up and looked at them then decided they weren’t a threat. They saw— at a considerably distance — some very large deer or possibly elk (Ben wasn’t sure but they appeared to be rather large with darker-than-normal hides). And, finally, mountain goats on Cartier and Ghost.
Ben took quite a few photos of his outdoors jaunt and I liked them so much that he agreed to permit their publication in The Current. Thanks for that, Ben.
I think his photos speak volumes about the place where we live and some of the panoramas are quite lovely. They also say a lot about this young man and his love of nature. I hope it was a very happy birthday.