We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we were lucky enough to have no rain at all while we were hiking although it had been raining earlier and it rained again shortly after the hike. We drove south past Shingle Beach and parked at the entrance gate to the Cook Bay property. Our hike turned out to be a bit longer than usual as we did some side road exploring and wanted to confirm that the old ATV trail to Partington Point actually started where I thought I had seen it a few years ago. In the morning we were hoping to find a nice bluff with a view for lunch, but we had climbed too high and found ourselves in a thick layer of high elevation fog. On the way back down after lunch we came across a rotted piece of log on the side of the old logging road that was coated with lichens. My photo is a closeup shot of two different species of this curious type of plants that are part fungus and part algae. The circular pink structures and the vivid red things are called fruiting bodies or apothecia.
British Soldiers or Toy Soldiers and Fairy Puke [Cladonia bellidiflora and Icmadophila ericetorum] are lichens on a rotting
log near Cook Bay.