We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we had quite a nice day for hiking although there was a fair amount of mist around, especially on the higher ground. We drove south towards Shingle Beach, but turned left after the Stromberg Creek bridge and headed up past the parking place for the water falls until we got to the side road on the left that was to be the start of our hike to Thompson Bluffs. The old logging road that climbs steadily up through the forest was fine and we made good progress until we had to branch off onto the now overgrown trail that we first opened up many years ago. It climbs quite steeply at first and the trail is so overgrown with salal and evergreen huck that we made very slow progress, even getting off the trail at one point where a small stream runs down the track of an old skidder road. By the time we reached Thompson Road it was getting close to lunch time so the idea of going on up onto the bluffs was dropped and we looked for a viewpoint not so far away. This worked out well and we sat on a mossy high spot with a view out over the north-west end of Lasqueti Island while eating our picnic lunches.
A misty view from our lunch spot close to Thompson Road.