We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we drove south past Shingle Beach to the entrance gate to the Cook Bay land. From there we walked part way down the old road that goes to the south end of the long Shingle Beach and then got off on to the long winding trail that heads up and over the series of grassy bluffs above the small twin bays. We had lunch on one of the higher bluffs with a rocky summit and then used the route that passes by a very old pickup type camper in a small clearing in the forest to get back to the old road again.
The photo for this week is one of the group that hiked from Van Anda to Raven Bay at the end of April. We had made a point of diverting from the Priest Lake Trail where it crosses Van Anda Creek to check out that small area of old growth forest which includes a few of the old giants including this Douglas Fir with massive fissures in it's centuries old bark. Thanks Terry for doing this perfect timer delay shot.
Trekkers on their way to Raven Bay rest beside a giant Douglas Fir close to Van Anda Creek.