The Next Hike

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Next Hike starts from Van Anda - for the Annual Beach BBQ.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 29th April.
We meet at the Royal Canadian Legion parking at 10:00am

Last week we hiked close to Gillies Bay and just drove a short distance to park near the airport.  From there we hiked down to the beach at Cox Lagoon and then south to have lunch not far from the Sandbanks cliffs.  The return was through the forest on the old logging roads and trails to the sandpit beside the airport road.

If you are unable to hike right now, you used to hike or are spouses/partners/visitors of Trekkers, you are welcome to come to Raven Bay!  Raven Bay Road is only suitable for 4 wheel drive vehicles. but if you come by car you can park on the High Rd. at the junction to the Raven Bay turnoff which is at Slow Farm.  The walk down to the beach takes ten to fifteen minutes.  There will be a fire and the opportunity to roast oysters, clams and hot dogs and please bring whatever food you wish to eat or share with others.  There are logs to sit on, but no picnic tables so bring chairs if you want to sit close to the fire.  Also BYOB if you wish.  The tide should be low enough to gather shell fish, but don't forget to have your current Saltwater Licenses.
After the BBQ those those who drove down to the bay will transport the other drivers and those who need a ride back to their vehicles parked on the High Road or in Van Anda at the Legion.
For more details please get in touch with David Taylor or Russ Sparks. I'm not chasing wild geese on Vancouver Island this year and will be the guide for the one way hike which will take a couple of hours or so.

My photo is one from a few years ago that shows what one of our native mosses looks like.  I've been asked about this type because there is interest in finding on Texada a very rare moss that is a close relative of the one in my photo.  The Rigid Apple Moss has been found on Lasquiti, but not so far on Texada.  It will probably take a good closeup shot like mine to get a positive ID, and an expert eye to confirm it's identity.

Common Apple Moss, Bartramia pomiformis, growing close to some fallen branches with grey lichens.

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