We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week we gathered at the meeting place with the base of the persistent marine fog sitting at tree top height above us. The light was so dim it was obvious the fog that morning was extra thick so we knew we would have to drive quite a way to have any hope of getting above it into the sunshine. We set off, heading up and to the south along Bell Road, past First Lake and only came out into the sunshine at the Vancouver Island Hydro line. Parking on the gas line we walked south and soon started to find the abundant mushrooms of so many different types that make 2013 a record year for those who go on fungus forays. Lunch was close to Bloody Mountain viewpoint on the south side of Mt. Davies, the low sun warming our backs and the air so still and clear it was such a contrast to the gloomy world down below.
I took the photo as we headed back down to our vehicles to show just how thick the fog was even in the early afternoon. In the distance to the north the fog reaches almost to the bottom of the bare grassy area on the upper slopes of Black Mountain, so roughly 1,600 ft (500m) above sea level. This sea fog is still with us so I expect we will be climbing in search of the sun again this week.
As the hikers walk back towards the vehicles the top of Black Mountain is visible above the thick blanket of fog.