Friday, August 27, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
I need to plan the vehicles and seating ahead of time. Only 4x4 vehicles are suitable and we need to be prepared for possible mechanical problems - so jumper cables, air pumps and perhaps puncture repair cans. Last week we had to change a tire on one vehicle.
My photo was taken last week and shows the rugged coastline at the south end of Texada not far from Point Upwood. This small cove is in the larger of the two provincial parks and the distant shoreline beyond is the south end of Lasqueti Island.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Shepherd and the Anderson Bay area to plan a couple of middle of the
week hikes. There are two options:—
A) Anderson Bay and the shoreline of the park near Point Upwood.
This includes the lower part of the South Texada Provincial Park and the separate Anderson Bay Provincial Park.
B) Mt. Shepherd including Dome Rock and Cathedral Lake. This is in the upper part of South Texada Provincial Park.
Option A is an easy hike but a very long drive. I don't know what the last section of road is like so we need to be prepared with a chain saw and hand tools. The trail is short and a few windfalls will not be a problem as we can likely get around them.
Option B is a very different matter. I understand there are a few problem sections with fresh windfalls and it would be nice to take some time on the way up to clear these as much as time allows. Light hand tools and gloves should be fine for this. The driving time from Gillies Bay to the trailhead is just over 1 hour.
For both trips I need to plan the vehicles and seating ahead of time.
Only 4x4 vehicles are suitable and we need to be prepared for possible mechanical problems - so jumper cables and perhaps puncture repair cans. I would like to do option A this Thursday and then schedule option B for next week or later.
My photo shows the view north towards Mt. Davies and Mt. Grant from the Shepherd ridge. Cathedral Lake is great for swimming and Dome Rock has spectacular views if the weather is clear.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we hiked along Thompson Road and then up onto the bluffs for lunch. This area seems to be a good one for butterflies and there were quite a lot active with the sunshine and the multitude of flowers keeping them happy. One species that is often seen in August is the Common Wood Nymph and I did manage to get a nice photo of one, but only the underside of the wings. They tend to keep their wings closed when they land to feed or rest unlike the fritillaries that always seem to love showing off the intricate patterns on the upper surface of their wings.