We meet at the Credit Union parking in Van Anda at 10:00am.
Last Saturday we had quite nice weather for the hike and as much of the snow had been taken care of by the recent milder days and the rain we decided to head for a viewpoint on the higher ground. I was a bit concerned that there might be snow still on the north side of the mountain, but we headed for Mt. Manzanita anyhow. We parked on Hydro East Rd. and started walking, but soon found that while snow was certainly not a problem the recent high winds had blown down so many trees in some places in the forest we had quite a number of detours to take to get past the obstacles. It was still windy, but not noticable most of the time until we reached the open area at the top of the mountain, where a cold wind was gusting in from the north-west. It was easy to find a sheltered spot and the view was, as usual, rather good.
When ever we do our Saturday hike within view of the sea on the west side of Texada we almost always get to see one or two of the big barges heading north to Alaska. The barges carry mainly shipping containers, but often they have trucks, cars, and sometimes even houses, items that can look odd sitting high above the water on several layers of containers.
The regular Saturday barge to Alaska heading north near Favada Point on the west coast of Texada.