The next hike will be on Saturday, 29th July.
We meet at the Community Hall in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week it was Sandcastle Weekend so the group of hikers was very small. We drove part way to Van Anda and parked close to the old farmhouse with the covered verandah all round it. Walking north along the main road a short distance brought us to an overgrown logging road that heads north for about a kilometre. This is an old Trekkers trail that we used to use quite often before the forest had managed to reclaim much of it and some logging had destroyed a good deal of the flagged trail closer to Van Anda. We had some problems, but eventuially reached the lunch spot with it's view north from the gasline towards Harwood Island.
My photo is one I took last week on a plant hunting trip to the Bobs Lake area. It shows a part of the beaver pond near Bloody Mt. viewpoint that we pass close to on the south trail to the top of Mt. Davies. I had not realized just how large the pond actually was, and just how lovely it can look when the rains have kept the water level higher than usual quite late into the summer. The strip of white along the edge of the water in the distance is from the fluffy seed heads of cotton grass, not flowers.
A large beaver pond on the south side of Mt. Davies.