Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Posted by Gillies Bay at 8:25 AM
Friday, January 18, 2019
The next hike will be on Saturday, 19th January.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we drove north towards Van Anda and parked at the old farmhouse on the right. Quite close by is the start of a logging road that winds it's way through the forest and eventually joins with the gas pipeline right of way. From there its not far to a point where the High Road can be reached and then heading south brings you to the Raven Bay turnoff. Instead of heading down to the beach for lunch our plan was to locate a new viewpoint on some higher ground and after a fair distance along logging roads we did find a lunch spot with the view in my photo of the week. The main entrance to Jervis Inlet is in the gap between the mountains on the far shore of Malaspina Strait.
The view east from a recent forest clearcut near Raven Bay. The white tower marks the location of the very old hydro generating station south of Powell River.
Posted by Gillies Bay at 12:17 AM
Thursday, January 10, 2019
The next hike will be on Saturday, 12th January.
We meet at the Ball Park in Gillies Bay at10:00am.
Last week we started out on the hike expecting to have at least some rain, and it was indeed a rather dull and cloudy day, but the air was mild for this time of year and the rain must have been somewhere else. We drove to the parking place near the top of Pocahontas Bay Rd. and walked to the old fire lookout peak then on to the peak to the north-east that has a large microwave radio reflector panel on steel supports. This is where we ate lunch and I took this week's photo. This is a grey or yellowish plant that bears the common name Reindeer Moss. It grows all over the cooler parts of North America and Europe and is a food for both reindeer and their close relatives the caribou. Not actually a moss it is in fact a lichen with the scientific name Cladonia rangiferina.
Reindeer Moss - Cladonia rangiferina , a lichen - Pocahontas NE peak viewpoint.jpg
Posted by Gillies Bay at 11:20 PM
Thursday, January 3, 2019
The next hike will be on Saturday, 5th January.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week I was able to go on the hike again after missing several in a row and it proved to be a little bit different to what we had expected. We had had quite a lot of rain in the week before the hike so it really did not occur to us that there might still be some snow on the higher ground not far from Gillies Bay. However, we found the side road near Bell Farm had a thin coating of snow and decided to park a little before the gravel pit where we usually park when heading for the top of Black Mountain. Weather conditions were really quite good, we soon warmed up and we made quite good progress except that the steeper parts of the trail where it climbs up through mature forest was certainly slippery in places. We found that the strong south-east wind was bothering us on the highest part of the trail, but the lunch stop viewpoint was surprisingly calm and after a while the fog cleared away and we were delighted to have the view of the coast mountains that we did not expect when we first started the hike.
Hiking a snow covered road on the way to Black Mountain.
Posted by Gillies Bay at 11:45 PM