We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week we drove south along Bell Rd. and parked at the junction soon after crossing under the Vancouver Island Hydro lines. The hike starts by taking the right fork and after a short distance branching off onto the gas pipeline right of way heading south, This is quite a pleasant section of the pipeline as the route twists and turns and undulates through a forested area. We usually leave the pipeline just before it runs up a short but very steep hill. An old overgrown logging road soon takes us to the Bobs Lake Rd. and we follow that just for the short distance to the picnic tables at the north end of the lake. There a newer flagged hiking trail runs along the east side of the lake and eventually reaches a perfect spot for swimming and lunching in the sun or shade close to the very southern tip of the lake.
Not far from our lunch spot we passed by a dead Douglas Fir tree with a most unusual large fungus growing from the thick bark. It looked familiar, but it's not at all common on Texada. It has several names, but the one I like best is Chicken of the Woods. I don't remember eating it, but I understand it must be soft and still young and has to be cooked well to be entirely safe to eat.
I don't have any plans to offer a swim on this week's hike.
Chicken of the Woods, Laetiporus sulphureus, is edible when young and cooked well.