The Next Hike

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Next Hike from Van Anda.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 11 August.
We meet at the parking area of the Canadian Legion in Van Anda at 10:00am.
 
Last week the weather was again hot and dry and we were glad to be able to hike along a route to Black Mountain that had lots of cool forest cover.  Most often when we hike to the top of Black Mountain we park on the roadside gravel pit at the Macyk Farm turnoff, but this time we parked on the Hydro East Road and hiked north and east to the Blownup Trailer Lake before taking the logging road that goes past the start of the Black Mountain Trail.  The viewpoint near the summit is one of my favourites although it does make me a bit nervous to stand on the rocky outcrop close to that steep drop off. The strait was really quite busy with pleasure craft in the water plus a tug and barge heading south and some float planes flying past below us.   Thanks for the photo Candi a great shot!   
JD.

At the Black Mountain viewpoint looking over Malaspina Strait towards Nelson Island.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Next Hike - meeting place changed - Sat. 4th August.

I forgot about the Blues & Roots at the Ballpark this weekend.

We will meet instead at the Community Hall in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

JD.

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 4th of August.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

Last week we drove south past Davie Bay to the Shingle Beach campground where we parked at the start of our coastal trail running north to Secret Beach.   For lunch we picked a small rocky beach where the sea water proved to be very comfortable for swimming.  At Bamboo Beach we decided to make use of the short side trail up to the road and headed back to the vehicles.  On the way home we made a diversion to show our visitors the limestone caves and sink holes in the Stromberg Falls area. No water at the falls of course and Grow Op Creek was bone dry, but the green moss and the dainty ferns were a rare sight that we don't see in quite the same way in the rainy season. 

During this month there may be a chance to swim in the sea or a lake so if you are interested be prepared.
JD.

 On a very hot day in August the graceful leaves of Maidenhair Fern cling to the mossy rock face in this cool green refuge at the base of the dry Stromberg Falls.