We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week we met in Van Anda and car-pooled to Maple Bay at the invitation of James Mack. It was a lovely sunny dry day almost ideal for a winter hike and the recent heavy rains meant the little creek at the head of the bay was not very little at all. The trail through the woods goes past the waterfall and rapids and then meanders up and down in a area where very few of the older trees were logged and there are some superb examples of quite ancient cedar and fir plus elegant arbutus and some mature juniper.
There were not quite as many marine mammals in the water and on the rocks as we might usually see in January, but members of both species of sealions were resting on the rocks and in tight clusters in the water and we could see a number of basking harbour seals that had hauled out of the water.
Some of the noisy sealions at Maple Bay. M. Macauley photo.