The next hike will be on Saturday, 14th November.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last weekend seemed to be an extra busy time for the many hunters who come to Texada to hunt deer as they are allowed, I believe, to shoot more then than at other times during the open season. As hikers find it somewhat disconcerting to hear gunshots in the forest while trying to enjoy a few hours of quiet relaxation in the great outdoors we decided to do our hike as far away from the hunters as possible. We had to drive south quite a long way until we came to the gate marking the start of the Cook Bay community property. We did pass some hunters camps along the way, but the private property beyond the gate is closed to hunters. We parked just outside the gate and started hike which soon runs onto Crown land along an old logging road that climbs quite steeply away from the coast.
The lunch spot was on a pleasant grassy bluff almost surrounded by forest, but with so much fog around the distance views of Lasqueti Island and the sea were quite fleeting as the fog thinned and thicken with the light wind. The hike was indeed very peaceful with just the sounds of the birds in the trees and one or two tree frogs to break the silence of the forest and we neither heard nor saw any hunters.
Hiking along a misty forest trail high above Cook Bay.