The next hike will be on Saturday, 2nd February.
We meet at the Canadian Legion in Van Anda at 10:00am.
Last week we again hiked the road to Pocahontas Bay, but this time we went right down to the water and then beyond the bay on the side road that ends close to the sandy beach of the next quiet bay south along the coast. We again checked out the recently fallen trees around the edge of the big beaver pond and wondered what they had in mind for the massive tree trunks of the larger alders. Perhaps they just want to eat the bark as the logs must surely be too large to use in dam construction and repair.
For this week we will be car pooling from the parking area at the Canadian Legion, Legion Road in Van Anda over to the west coast of Texada where I hope we will have a chance to visit with the sea lions on the rocks at James Mack's property near Favada Point. I was there last week and was rather surprised to see lots of the less common species, the Steller sea lions. Normally I would expect to see many of the smaller, darker Californian sea lions there, but I only saw a few this time. If it's not foggy on Saturday we will probably hike south of the point and find a viewpoint on some grassy bluffs for lunch.
Some of the Steller Sea Lions resting on rocks north of Favada Point, January 2013.