The next hike will be on Saturday, 25th August.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we had the usual dry warm weather we expect in August, but for quite some time we had been suffering from a thick atmosphere of forest fire smoke blown out onto the coast from some of the large number of fires in the interior. It was not as bad as it had been and when we reached the start of our hike on the high ground south of Angel Lake we found we had relatively clean air, perhaps because the solution was more concentrated at sea level. Half a dozen of the hikers were tourists from Vancouver Island just visiting for a few days and it was fun being able to talk to them and explain some of the unique features of Texada. They seemed to be finding it hard to believe we had no bears, no cougars or wolves. I think all six were visiting Texada for the first time ever - having finally decided it was time to visit the big island they could see not so very far away on the other side of the Salish Sea.
Thanks Terry for the group photo of all twenty-two hikers obviously having a very good time.
A larger than usual hike group at Five-way Junction on a mid August hike during a time when there were extensive forest fires in many parts of the province.