The next hike will be on Saturday, 9th January.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we knew there was lots of snow on the higher parts of the island so decided to stick to driving on roads close to the sea. We headed south past Davie Bay and took the left fork after the bridge over Stromberg Creek. We parked at the gravel pit not very far past the waterfall parking place and started hiking from there. There was no snow to be seen anywhere for a while but eventually when we had gained quite a lot of elevation and got onto a side trail the bushes and open areas were dusted with crisp snow. After fighting through an overgrown section of trail we reached a logging road that is a spur off Thompson Road and were now high enough to be walking on snow covered gravel. At the lunch spot the sun had melted most of the snow, but on our return to the vehicles by a different route we were walking on the white stuff, slippery in places, for quite a distance. We were lucky with the weather as there was no wind and the sun managed to shine at times through gaps in the clouds.
At the cool lunch spot below Thompson Bluffs and close to Thompson Road.