Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Posted by Gillies Bay at 8:25 AM
Friday, January 18, 2019
The next hike will be on Saturday, 19th January.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we drove north towards Van Anda and parked at the old farmhouse on the right. Quite close by is the start of a logging road that winds it's way through the forest and eventually joins with the gas pipeline right of way. From there its not far to a point where the High Road can be reached and then heading south brings you to the Raven Bay turnoff. Instead of heading down to the beach for lunch our plan was to locate a new viewpoint on some higher ground and after a fair distance along logging roads we did find a lunch spot with the view in my photo of the week. The main entrance to Jervis Inlet is in the gap between the mountains on the far shore of Malaspina Strait.
The view east from a recent forest clearcut near Raven Bay. The white tower marks the location of the very old hydro generating station south of Powell River.
Posted by Gillies Bay at 12:17 AM
Thursday, January 10, 2019
The next hike will be on Saturday, 12th January.
We meet at the Ball Park in Gillies Bay at10:00am.
Last week we started out on the hike expecting to have at least some rain, and it was indeed a rather dull and cloudy day, but the air was mild for this time of year and the rain must have been somewhere else. We drove to the parking place near the top of Pocahontas Bay Rd. and walked to the old fire lookout peak then on to the peak to the north-east that has a large microwave radio reflector panel on steel supports. This is where we ate lunch and I took this week's photo. This is a grey or yellowish plant that bears the common name Reindeer Moss. It grows all over the cooler parts of North America and Europe and is a food for both reindeer and their close relatives the caribou. Not actually a moss it is in fact a lichen with the scientific name Cladonia rangiferina.
Reindeer Moss - Cladonia rangiferina , a lichen - Pocahontas NE peak viewpoint.jpg
Posted by Gillies Bay at 11:20 PM
Thursday, January 3, 2019
The next hike will be on Saturday, 5th January.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week I was able to go on the hike again after missing several in a row and it proved to be a little bit different to what we had expected. We had had quite a lot of rain in the week before the hike so it really did not occur to us that there might still be some snow on the higher ground not far from Gillies Bay. However, we found the side road near Bell Farm had a thin coating of snow and decided to park a little before the gravel pit where we usually park when heading for the top of Black Mountain. Weather conditions were really quite good, we soon warmed up and we made quite good progress except that the steeper parts of the trail where it climbs up through mature forest was certainly slippery in places. We found that the strong south-east wind was bothering us on the highest part of the trail, but the lunch stop viewpoint was surprisingly calm and after a while the fog cleared away and we were delighted to have the view of the coast mountains that we did not expect when we first started the hike.
Hiking a snow covered road on the way to Black Mountain.
Posted by Gillies Bay at 11:45 PM
Friday, December 28, 2018
The next hike will be on Saturday, 29th December.
We meet in the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last Saturday the weather turned out much better than expected and I was especially glad about that as I had to do a bird count on the northern part of Texada Island that day. I understand the Trekkers hiked not far from Gillies Bay visiting Cox Lagoon and Sandbanks along the way.
My photo this week is one I took on a hike in the fall this year when we had quite a large group of hikers, near perfect weather and we did the circular hike that passes the so-called Matterhorn Peak and the summit of Mt. Grant. From one of several viewpoints on this trail you can look through a gap in the trees eastward across Malaspina Strait and the south-western shoreline of Nelson Island with the rugged peaks of the Coast Mountains in the background.
A glimpse from Mt. Grant of Nelson Island and the Coast Mountains on a very clear day in late October this year.
Posted by Gillies Bay at 12:11 PM
Friday, December 21, 2018
The next hike will be on Saturday, 22nd December.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week the hikers tell me they had a great hike in good weather and revisited the Kirk Lake Bluffs trails. The photo this week is on the narrow trail that runs along the base of the massive cliffs on the south side of Kirk Lake Bluffs. Above the top of the photo is a natural rock formation that looks all the world like one of the statues of heads that are such a unique feature of Easter Island in the South Pacific.
Texada Trekkers website — the archives go back to 2009 and have photos that will enlarge when you click on them.
Happy hikers at Kirk Lake Bluffs.
Posted by Gillies Bay at 12:10 AM
Friday, December 14, 2018
The next hike is on Saturday, 15th December.
We meet at the Canadian Legion parking in Van Anda at 10:00am.
The hike last week was along the forest trail to Cape Sheaf Lake where a few of our rare Western Painted Turtle seem to do quite well a good distance away from any human activity that might affect their survival. At this time of year the adults are safely hibernating at the bottom of the lake while the tiny hatchlings will not dig out of their nest holes until the warm days next summer.
This cloudy and rainy weather we have been having the last few weeks sometimes clears up enough to let the sun shine for a little while. My photo this week captures one end of a rainbow in the moments when the sun is shining through the last of the rain drops as a shower passes by.
The sun came out again and a rainbow appeared as a shower crossed Gillies Bay.
Posted by Gillies Bay at 12:38 AM