We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week it was foggy in Gillies Bay when we started off but driving up towards the high ground we were soon in clear air and parked at the gravel pit just past Second Lake. It usually is quite important to avoid hiking on old roads and along trails that may be water logged at this time of year, but we quickly discovered that this is an exceptionally dry winter and the many creeks in this part of the island are barely flowing and certainly easy to just step over! This meant we could change plans and head along the forest back roads towards Thompson Rd. with no fear of getting wet feet. The sun was strong and even in the shade we soon found we were overdressed and had to shed a layer or two. Lunch was on a grassy bluff looking across a white sea of marine fog far below us to the Vancouver Island mountains that were strangely free of snow. Our return was by a different route that crosses several small creeks, but none was a problem to cross.
My photo was taken at the lunch spot where the sun was so warm and the sky so blue it seemed as if spring had just about arrived. I spotted one hiker laying back on the grass with their eyes closed!
On a perfect January day on a bluff close by Thompson Road.