Friday, August 12, 2016
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week we drove down to Shingle Beach and started our hike from there hoping to use the old logging road route to the abandoned cabins on the beach south of Shingle Beach. We started the uphill section at the top of the campground area and made good progress until we reached the recent clearcut that has obliterated the old road. I knew we needed to work ou way along the edge of the clearcut and look for where the old road doubles back and heads downhill. We spent some time looking, but failed to find it so changed plans and headed north back towards the Shingle Beach Road taking the brand new logging road this time. What I had forgotten is that there are now two similar clearcuts that have both wiped out all trace of the old road and therefore we should have continued uphill until we reached the second clearcut. Had we done that we would have quickly found the old logging road again where it heads down to the cabins on the beach.
Never mind, we ended up have having lunch on a clifftop on the new coastal hiking trail. On the way there we viewed some of the beautiful Arbutus and the much older Western Yew trees that grow in and around Yewtree Bay. At the lunch spot we enjoyed the company of a very trusting Northern Alligator Lizard that kept still for photos for a short time. If you look at the end of it's tail you can see that the last part is black instead of brown and this is because at some time it lost that end part and has since then regrown the part it lost!
Posted by Gillies Bay at 12:03 AM