Friday, December 31, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Lunch spot at the edge of a hillside clearcut not far from Thompson Road.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last Saturday we were deterred from hiking on the higher ground over towards Russ Creek by snow still on the ground and very icy roads.
Dropping back down to the High Road we found the snow was gone at that elevation and even up on the south slope of Pocahontas. So we hiked the George Lechner Memorial Trail that winds up through the forest to a usually lovely grassy bluff with great views to to the west and the mountains of Vancouver Island. Not this time, however, as we faced a very dark cloud rapidly advancing from that direction and were soon enveloped in swirling mist. It was cool, and we missed the view, but the hike was pleasant enough and much safer than walking on slick ice and snow higher up.
My photo from a recent hike shows a roadside sapling pine that had been quite neatly cut into small pieces by a passing beaver. I've noticed in the past that some beavers travel from time to time between their lakes or swamps and snack along the way. They seem to be mainly after the bark on the younger branches, leaving the limb devoid of bark and almost white in this very distinct way.