The next hike will be on Saturday, 5th August.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week it was nice to have a much larger hiking group than usual as we welcomed many visitors to the island from Victoria and Alberta. As usual we try to impress visiting hikers by taking them on one or other of our very best hiking routes and this time we picked the Bloody Mountain and Mt. Davies summit one. Sure enough that panoramic view from the lunch spot was greeted with some quite enthusiastic comments. On the way up we stopped to view the larger of the beaver ponds on the south slope of the mountain. It was remarkable just how high the water level was for this time of year — and the big water lily leaves were still so green and fresh looking. Before heading down after lunch someone noticed they could see Mt. Baker looking fairly clear in the far distance. That's a bit unusual as it happens most often in clear weather in springtime rather than in midsummer. A few days later the grey smoke from the massive interior forest fires arrived on the coast and very long distance visibility took a dive.
I must thank the photographer for the photo for this week and I thought it nice to be able to include one of me for a change. Usually I'm the one taking photos of the hikers as a group, but this time the roles are reversed.
The Trekker Master on the summit of Mount Davies on a day with very pleasant hiking conditions a couple of days before the arrival
of smoke from the interior forest fires. July 2017.