The Next Hike

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 27th October.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we drove part way up from Davie Bay Rd. towards Thompson Rd. and parked just past the old sandpit. From here the old logging roads take us quite steeply up through the forest onto Thompson Rd. where it runs quite level towards the south. At the next junction we turned south onto the road we had been driving on  before we parked, then right again onto the fairly new logging road that climbs very steeply to the top of Eagle Mountain.  We used the usual grassy bluff for lunch, but then later discovered that there was a much better viewpoint on a grassy bluff that we could reach by going through a narrow belt of trees to the north of where we had been sitting. 
My photo taken from that viewpoint is a long telephoto shot that really compresses the scene.  In the foreground is Gillies Bay with the Lafarge Quarry beyond it in the middle distance. The black pile on the beach below the quarry workings is coal awaiting shipment to the Far East. This is brought over from the coal mines on Vancouver Island on barges that are loaded in Campbell River. The peak on the right is Surprise Mountain and beyond it and just visible in the far distance is Comox Airport.

   The fine view from the new viewpoint on Eagle Mountain.

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