Sunday Signage: Hiking for Lazies

Picture the scene: Marty and I were out hiking this winter. It had been a while since we got out on any nature trail, so as we ascended a steep(ish) hill, our lack of fitness caught up to us quickly. Imagine our relief to discover this sign just before the final ascent to the summit:

Alas. We should have known it wasn’t a real escalator… it was just a 60 degree incline trek to the summit. False advertising, Cowichan Valley Regional District! FALSE ADVERTISING!

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    • I always cringed at the airport/casino moving sidewalks, but I sure could have used a *real* escalator at the end of this hike. Hope you’re doing well, Kathy!

    • Pretty wicked, hey? Like I said, it didn’t feel awesome at the time, but I couldn’t resist snapping a shot of the sign on the way back down from the summit.

  1. That is a hiking term I had not heard. Seems like someone’s idea of a joke.
    But I seriously always wish there was a Starbucks at the top of Mt. Finlayson, and if a sign directed to it, there would be no amibiguity.

    • That’s why I love the Rocky Mountains, Dean– they have several hikes where you can climb up to an honest-to-god coffee/tea shop at the summit. Lake Louise has one of the best cafes on a hiking route. Maybe you should turn your idea into a franchise opportunity and open Finlayson’s first sbux!

    • We sure did, but there was a lot of pain and suffering involved. The other people we saw on the trail were riding horses, so they didn’t have to experience the anguish of the so-called ‘escalator’ quite like we did…

    • I should take a photo of a sign that actually has more truth in advertising than the sign owners might like to admit. Hmm… an idea for future Sunday Signage post: ignited! Thanks, Kathy! πŸ™‚

    • Oh, our temporary sense of relief was sure wiped out when we saw that steep, steep incline around the bend. Sure, we didn’t actually think there was going to be an escalator there, but even a set of old wooden steps would have helped out!

    • Hey Robin! I agree that the sign is great in retrospect, but at the time, I was definitely not impressed by it. (Well, maybe I was amused by it on an intellectual, sarcasm-appreciating level, but the realization that I would have to haul my actual butt up that actual ascent was not the funniest moment I’ve ever experienced in my life.) πŸ™‚

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