We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last Saturday the weather was fairly clear and a hike to a viewpoint on high ground seemed to be a good choice. In Gillies Bay there was no snow to be seen anywhere and we headed up towards Bell Farm and were quite surprised to find the roads in the shade covered in a sheet of ice. This cut short our driving plans and we parked a short distance along Hydro East Road. The hiking was pleasant in the forest as we were protected from the stong wind which we could hear in the tops of the trees. At this elevation there was snow on the ground everywhere until we reached the wooded bluff with a view of Malaspina Strait and the mainland mountains. That small area had obviously had sun enough to melt the snow and with less wind there we ate lunch in comfort.