The Next Hike

Check here every week for details on the next Trekker hike!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Next Hike from Van Anda again.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 19th October.
We meet at the Canadian Legion parking in Van Anda at 10:00am.

I was not able to join the Trekkers on the hike last week as a small group of botanists visiting from Vancouver Island needed my help with getting to areas where they might find a great variety of fungi. During the two days they spent in the field they had great success and were well pleased with their collected specimens. I understand the hikers enjoyed their hike which took them south along the main trail from the cabins at Woodwardia then down to the coast at little Cabin Cove.  Then for the return north they used the trail up and over the low forested bluffs with a side trip out to Favada Point along the way.  Thanks James for being such a useful host and helping them navigate the section of trail that was tricky.
The hike was from Woodwardia on Texada's north-west coast to Cabin Cove and Favada Point - the usual group photo of the happy hikers on the deck at the cabins [MM photo].

Friday, October 11, 2019

The next hike from Van Anda.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 12th October.
We meet in Van Anda at the Canadian Legion parking at 10:00am

Last week we had quite a nice day for hiking and drove along Bell Road to the first hydro junction where there are so many more signs than there used to be, and turned off onto the Masck Farm road then headed north until the first turning on the left then parking just up the hill past the farmhouse site.   Our destination for lunch was the tranquil Loon Lake.
On the coming Saturday 12th we will have an opportunity to visit Woodwardia Nature Reserve where there is a three day symposium of botanists who are fungus experts. They are visiting Texada over the long weekend in search of some less common species of mushrooms that prefer to grow in areas of limestone bedrock.  James Mack, owner of Woodwardia, has invited the Trekkers to visit his house in Maple Bay after the hike to meet up with the fungus hunters.
My photo this week is a recent one of an insect that has been eating the leaves of our Alder trees all over the place.  It's called the Alder Flea Beatle and if you poke them you will see how they got that name, they can jump quite a distance.
Alder Flea Beetle, Macrohaltica ambiens, feeding on Alder leaves. 05Oct2019.jpg

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Hackers know password from your account. Password must be changed now.


I have very bad news for you.
17/07/2019 - on this day I hacked your OS and got full access to your account
You can check it - I sent this message from your account.

So, you can change the password, yes.. But my malware intercepts it every time.

How I made it:
In the software of the router, through which you went online, was a vulnerability.
I just hacked this router and placed my malicious code on it.
When you went online, my trojan was installed on the OS of your device.

After that, I made a full dump of your disk (I have all your address book, history of viewing sites, all files, phone numbers and addresses of all your contacts).

A month ago, I wanted to lock your device and ask for a not big amount of btc to unlock.
But I looked at the sites that you regularly visit, and I was shocked by what I saw!!!
I'm talk you about sites for adults.

I want to say - you are a BIG pervert. Your fantasy is shifted far away from the normal course!

And I got an idea....
I made a screenshot of the adult sites where you have fun (do you understand what it is about, huh?).
After that, I made a screenshot of your joys (using the camera of your device) and glued them together.
Turned out amazing! You are so spectacular!

I'm know that you would not like to show these screenshots to your friends, relatives or colleagues.
I think $979 is a very, very small amount for my silence.
Besides, I have been spying on you for so long, having spent a lot of time!

Pay ONLY in Bitcoins!
My BTC wallet: 15yF8WkUg8PRjJehYW4tGdqcyzc4z7dScM

You do not know how to use bitcoins?
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For this payment I give you two days (48 hours).
As soon as this letter is opened, the timer will work.

After payment, my virus and dirty screenshots with your enjoys will be self-destruct automatically.
If I do not receive from you the specified amount, then your device will be locked, and all your contacts will receive a screenshots with your "enjoys".

I hope you understand your situation.
- Do not try to find and destroy my virus! (All your data, files and screenshots is already uploaded to a remote server)
- Do not try to contact me (you yourself will see that this is impossible, I sent you an email from your account)
- Various security services will not help you; formatting a disk or destroying a device will not help, since your data is already on a remote server.

P.S. You are not my single victim. so, I guarantee you that I will not disturb you again after payment!
This is the word of honor hacker.

I also ask you to regularly update your antiviruses in the future. This way you will no longer fall into a similar situation.

Do not hold evil! I just do my job.
Good luck.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 5th October.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we met at the Legion Parking in Van Anda and then car-pooled to the trail head on a logging road to the north of Kirk Lake.  The trail at first climbs through  a forested area and over the eastern end of Kirk Lake Bluffs then along the base of a high rocky cliff face eventually dropping steeply to a wet valley bottom.  Here the trail joins an old logging road heading west and soon climbs gently leaving the forest and eventually reaching a steep sided hill we call 'The Grassy Knoll'.  The wide view from the top covers much of the northern reaches of the Salish Sea with the high peaks of Quadra Island in the far distance. 
The Grassy Knoll is a lovely viewpoint west of Kirk Lake located towards the north end of Texada Island - a Trekkers group photo [MM]

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Next Hike — from Van Anda.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 28th September.
We meet in Van Anda at the Canadian Legion at 10:00am.

Last week we had a rather dull cool day, but the rain held off and we did not regret heading up to the high ground for a hike taking us mostly through forest although sometimes we were walking old trails in a different direction and that somehow made them more interesting.  It was not quite planned that way, but we stopped for lunch at the north end of Bobs Lake and as you can see from my photo if you were ever there earlier the recent renovations have made it much more attractive than it used to be.  On the way back to the vehicles which were parked near Mt. Davies we used the winding trail along the east shore of the lake and I would say the beauty of the forest and the water plus the chance to walk on the mounds of green and red Sphagnum Moss made this short trail the high point of the whole route. 

Trekkers eating luncch at the recently renovated North Campground, Bobs Lake. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Security Alert. Your account was compromissed. Password must be changed.


As you may have noticed, I sent you an email from your account.
This means that I have full access to your device.

I've been watching you for a few months now.
The fact is that you were infected with malware through an adult site that you visited.

If you are not familiar with this, I will explain.
Trojan Virus gives me full access and control over a computer or other device.
This means that I can see everything on your screen, turn on the camera and microphone, but you do not know about it.

I also have access to all your contacts and all your correspondence.

Why your antivirus did not detect malware?
Answer: My malware uses the driver, I update its signatures every 4 hours so that your antivirus is silent.

I made a video showing how you satisfy yourself in the left half of the screen, and in the right half you see the video that you watched.
With one click of the mouse, I can send this video to all your emails and contacts on social networks.
I can also post access to all your e-mail correspondence and messengers that you use.

If you want to prevent this,
transfer the amount of $738 to my bitcoin address (if you do not know how to do this, write to Google: "Buy Bitcoin").

My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) is: 1N6dubqFmnyQ2qDWvi32ppVbc3kKMTYcGW

After receiving the payment, I will delete the video and you will never hear me again.
I give you 50 hours (more than 2 days) to pay.
I have a notice reading this letter, and the timer will work when you see this letter.

Filing a complaint somewhere does not make sense because this email cannot be tracked like my bitcoin address.
I do not make any mistakes.

If I find that you have shared this message with someone else, the video will be immediately distributed.

Best regards!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 21st September.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we were expecting to have quite a wet day for our hike and were quite surprised when it turned out to be just a dull day with very low clouds even below the treetops in places and hardly any rain at all during the hike. With no point at all of hiking to a viewpoint we headed instead to Dragonfly Lake not far to the north of Black Mountain. Walking on the way to the lake we passed a cut tree trunk that the loggers had left behind when the area was clearcut.  The cut end lying at the edge of the road had been weathered over the years in a curious pattern of contorted ridges and hollows and it seemed so unusual it warranted a photo. The lake has an open bluff at the north end that makes for a very pleasant lunch spot that might even be suitable for a swim in summer as the water seems quite deep at that end.

Judging by the latest weather forecast we may be less lucky this weekend!

The intricate patterns created by weathering on one end of a cut tree trunk.