We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week was more or less a typical fall day as far as weather was concerned, dry and calm with low cloud all over, so no chance for hikers to enjoy any of those wonderful viewpoints we sometimes head to for lunch. We drove south almost to Shingle Beach and parked at the last fork in the road as a good starting point for a circular hike route. On the first part of the hike where we headed uphill into that recently logged area we started finding masses of Evergreen Huckleberry bushes that had responded to the hot sunny summer and produced masses of sweet and juicy fruit. We dawdled for a while and enjoyed the rare treat. Then we made our way down to the beach and sat on logs to eat and hoping to catch sight of passing whales or such. No luck this time, but it was fun to each for interesting rock specimens as we headed back along the beach to the campground.
My photo shows just how abundant the crop was on some of the bushes of Vaccinium ovatum.
Evergreen Huckleberry with a great abundance of ripe berries. They are so tasty at this time of the year!