The next hike will be on Saturday, 17th October.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we had yet another rainy day for our hike and it was quite windy as well. We drove up Shelter Point Road to the High Road and parked in a recent clearcut just after the last house on the right. Walking north along the road for a while then turned off and started down the road to Pocahontas Bay. Taking the old logging road that goes to the Fire Lookout we turned off as soon as we got to the top of the first hill and this grassy and overgrown side road climbs steadily to a spot where you can just see an open ridge on the right that has views of Vancouver Island, but only on dry clear days of course, not in the rain the way it was this time.
On the Sunday of last week I was boating on the north west coast of Texada in perfect weather. I was surprised at how many seals there were as I have not been seeing so many in and around Gillies Bay for the last couple of years. Because the transient Orcas, also called Biggs Orcas, have been seen much more frequently all around our area I had assumed they had reduced the seal population quite a bit as they feed mainly on marine mammals. I did notice that the seals tended to be quite spread out with just two or three here and there out of the water basking in the sun. My photo is of a cute pair on smooth dark basalt at the waters edge.
A pair of dark brown Harbour Seals basking on the rocks near Favada Point.