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Hiking Group members who opted for an outing yesterday at Seal Bay Park had the opportunity to revel in the beauty of freshly-laid snow as they wandered around the perimeter of the park. As the big smiles in the photos attest, it was a happy group who SO enjoyed the pristine views along the route - hard to refrain from snapping photos every step of the way!
Thanks to Bill Jorgensen for the link to his photo page .
After a brief hiatus of a couple of weeks, seven of us did several marked trails from Raven Lodge. We were blessed with mostly sunny skies and balmy temperatures of around 2 degrees. Trail conditions were favourable, with a light dusting of fresh snow.
Thanks to Bill Jorgensen for the photos. To see all of Bill's photos of this event click here.
Some of the Group headed to the Airpark this morning for a walk around the airpark loop and southwards as far as Millard Rd. The day was crisp but we soon warmed up and all enjoyed the views along the way. Our route took us by the Whistle Stop, where we headed in to chat over hot drinks before heading back to our cars.
On a crisp winter afternoon under sunny skies, a number of our birding enthusiasts headed to Fanny Bay's Ship's Point area for a look at the bird life around Mud Bay and Ship's Point Park. Not much to be seen at Mud Bay, unfortunately...just Mallards and American Wigeons, for the most part. At one point along our Mud Bay route, we ended up in Walden's Way (Wacky Woods), where we spent a short time amusing ourselves by checking out the oddities added to the woodland scene. A favourite was the hummingbird at a favourite flower (guess that's one way of sighting birdlife!).
Onwards to Ship's Point Park, where we hit the jackpot for birds. Roaming about the shoreline, we sighted White-winged and Surf Scoters, a Horned Grebe, Scaups, Barrow's and Common Goldeneyes, Oystercatchers, American Wigeons and, of course, Mallards and Gulls.
Thank you, Robin Harrison, for your Oystercatcher photo.
Go to Bill's photos for more great photos of the day - thanks for the link, Bill Jorgensen.
Friday, February 9th found a good turnout of hikers assembled at our Elk Falls trailhead along the Campbell River, eager to stretch their legs on the Canyon View/Millennium/Elk Falls trail system. Over the next few hours, we reveled in the beauty of the day and the scenic vistas along the way. Elk Falls put on a great performance for us due to the present extended water release from the John Hart Dam. We expected to make a detour around a mud slide on the far side of the Campbell River on our way back, but there are already temporary (unofficial) measures in place to get over the slide zone. There were a number of new hikers and one guest along for the outing and all seemed to rate the day as a success.
You might like to compare the Elk Falls flow from today with scenes from past hikes. If so, check out Oct 2016 outing (high flow) and Oct 2015 outing (low flow).
Check out Rick Leche's photos and Bill Jorgensen's photos for more outing views. Thanks for sharing, Bill and Rick!
The High Tide was hopping Saturday night with the Jilli Martini Band. Jilli and her crew covered popular songs from 7 decades including rock, pop, blues and country. We enjoyed 3 hours of high energy entertainment.
Check out pictures from the evening by Bill Jorgensen by clicking here.
To see pictures by Rick Leche click here.
We took advantage of a break between storms to follow the trails above Raven Lodge. There was fresh snow on top of the frozen crust that formed after recent rain. The well packed trails were deep and narrow much of the way making progress challenging at times. In spite of that we all enjoyed the beautiful winter landscape and had a vigorous workout. Of course we rewarded ourselves with hot beverages in the lodge afterwards. Thank you to Maia, Roger, Nereza and Bill J for the pictures.
To see all of Bill Jorgensen's photos please click here.
With a sunny day in the forecast, some of the Birding Group took advantage and assembled at the Courtenay Airpark for a check on the birdlife. The tide was on the way out, emptying the lagoon a fair bit and exposing the mud of the estuary for a fair distance: nearby birds were rather sparce as a result. Oh well, it was a beautiful day to be out and about. We enjoyed the outing and each others company...and we DID get some sightings, as the photos will attest.
Bill Jorgensen has produced a number of his usual great photos of the excursion - do click on Bill's photos to see them!
It's been hard to find a non-rainy day this past while, so some members of the hiking group grabbed at the opportunity for an dry excursion this past Monday and headed to the Bob Webb trailhead on Burns Road. Our route took us along the Bob Webb to the One Spot trail on Brazier Rd and we switched over to follow the One Spot to its end just short of the Tsolum River...and then retraced our route back (a total of just over 12 km in length). It was a pretty walk, with mists coming up from the damp ground and foliage. Our brisk pace got us back to the trailhead in a bit under 3 hours.
Head to BILL JORGENSEN'S WEBSITE to check out some great photos of the hike. Thanks Bill.
It was another festive Friday evening at the High Tide Public House. Blues Lab put on 3 great sets of familiar and original music. Those of us who stayed until the end of their show were left wanting more, but after 3 hours of entertainment we let them get away with one encore.
There are lots of great pictures just a click away at Bill Jorgensen's website.
Our first Wine and Appies gathering of the new year was hosted by Betty Akesson on January 19 and everyone enjoyed the delicious variety of appetizers that were paired with many great conversations throughout the evening. We also welcomed the break from the wet weather as we sipped our favourite beverages! Thanks again for hosting, Betty!
With some rather threatening clouds we set off from the parking area at Nymph Falls, and were rained upon for a while, and then the weather relented and we were able to enjoy the rest of the walk. Having 11 people out on a less than stellar day was encouraging but a select few have, or are about to, depart for warmer climes. Looking out of the window today (Wednesday) makes the writer wish that he was too!
Coffee and chat was enjoyed at Farmer's Market.
We had a good turnout for an exploratory hike in the Williams Beach area. We parked near the ocean but first hiked inland, exploring some of the many trails in the area. Walking was mostly very easy through the young forest except for a few large puddles. After covering about 9 kilometres we were back at the cars. From there most of us descended a short steep trail to the beach for lunch. The inland trail network offers many choices for shorter or longer loops.
Thanks to Lindsay, Debbie and Bill J for the photos. To see all of Bill Jorgensen's photos please click here.
To see photos by Rick Leche click here.
Not to be outdone by the record number of participants in the Hiking Group’s outing last week, the Snowshoeing Group also had 19 eager participants come out for today’s snowshoeing event on the marked trails in Paradise Meadows. The fog dissipated somewhat once we reached our starting point, and light flurries started to fall just as we were getting back to our vehicles for the trip down the mountain. Snow conditions were excellent due to the previous day’s accumulation of a few inches of fresh powder.
We had a few people out for the first time this season, so the group was split between those who favoured a more relaxed pace with minimal elevation gain as opposed to those who wished more of a challenge. Using Raven Lodge as a base enabled participants to take a break, if they wished, or explore additional trails. Both groups met up at the Lodge at the end of their respective excursions for snacks and socializing.
Thanks to Bill Jorgensen, Katie Hubberstey and Cheryl McMahon for the photos. To see all of Bill Jorgensen's photos please click here.
Random Readers had a fun meeting this past Wednesday, with discussions of many interesting books. But we all felt a need for a fun uplifting book for grey rainy January days, so we chose the following:
SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan
A very fun read with lots of food for thought. (Note cute little analogy there. :D )
Lois, a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company, codes all day and collapses at night. When her favourite sandwich shop closes, the owners leave her with the starter for their mouthwatering sourdough bread. She soon joins an upstart more secret market aiming to fuse food and technology, with a wonderful cast of characters including a herd of goats, a hidden bookstore, a cricket farm... and much more!
Great pithy descriptions, snappy dialogue, and who could not love a book which has a quirky Lois Club, jealous programmers and a fascinating maybe secretly aggressive?? sourdough starter as some of the main characters.
The next meeting of Random Readers is Wed, Feb 14. Join us for some serious fun. Chocolate may be involved.
On Wednesday, January 3rd, the hiking group was out in force (the most ever showed up with 19 participants) to celebrate the beginning of another year (and to walk off some calories!?). Our venue? - Comox's NE Woods and down through Lazo Marsh to the seashore off Curtis Rd. It was a cold outing, but since temperatures were a bit above freezing, the ground was thawing (read...muddy). That's all right - we were prepared. One big wet muddy area was negotiable due to our extreme agility (really!). Down at the seashore, we stopped for snacks/lunch and celebrated Bernie's birthday with a lit cupcake and a rendition of "Happy Birthday". On the way back, we diverted slightly to take in the Lazo Nature Sanctuary, always good for birdlife and then it was back to our NE Woods loop to continue back to our trailhead. Quality Foods seemed the best place for a debrief, what with the number of participants so we ended off our outing there.
Thank you for the link to your photos, Bill. Well worth viewing, as always.
Fourteen of us, including two guests, headed up to Mt. Washington, where we did the Lake Helen McKenzie / Battleship Lake loop. With fresh powder and the sun popping out occasionally, we trekked a total of 8.4 Km over the space of about 3 hours. We stopped at the end of Battleship for a lunch/snack break where we toasted the New Year (there may have been Spiced Rum and Fireball involved) and the fact that once again we were in an absolutely beautiful place. Of course, the Whiskey Jacks made an appearance for their snacks also. After a 'debrief' in the Lodge parking lot, we headed back to town knowing that we had started the new year in grand fashion.
Photos below by Cheryl McMahon.
For photos by Steve Ray click here. For photos by Bill Jorgensen click here.
A good turnout saw 16 of us set off through the Nymph Falls park, with the trees still snow covered as well as the paths. Temperature was minus one degree when we arrived, but as the photo below shows everyone was well covered! An hour and three quarters later we set off to Country Market for coffee and a defrost. Although FitBits were consulted, no data on the walk was forthcoming, but I am sure we all felt good about making the effort (especially the snowshoers who were out yesterday as well).
On Saturday, 5 hikers, explorers at heart, headed to the Oyster River mountain-biking trail system to investigate the possibility of a different trail combination for a group outing. Despite the recent snowfall, conditions were perfect for an enjoyable day with sunshine and warming temperatures. It was duly noted, however, that in such conditions in the future, participants are well advised to wear coats with hoods to prevent snow clumps falling out of the trees from ending up between collar and neck...right, Lindsay?? Gil declares that the route covered during the day's expedition ranks as one of the better ones in our roster of hikes. It will be added to the roster as one which is usable during in the winter, except when snow is uncomfortably deep. The hike debrief was held at Salmon Point Pub.
Bill Boham has provided a link to the Plotaroute showing the route taken while Bill Jorgensen's photos can be seen at photos . I have copied a few of Bill's photos below, with thanks.
On a very snowy Friday evening 14 dedicated music fans braved the elements to gather at the High Tide Public House. Neresa and Brad even drove down from Campbell River for the occasion. We were rewarded with three energetic sets of great music performed by Easy Street. They covered popular tunes from the last half of the last century, always with their unique interpretations. Most memorable for me was Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline with a Metalica influence and a kazoo.
Six of us went to Anderson Lake on an exploratory trek. As a result of low snow accumulation, we had to slog over and around fallen trees. Although there were a couple of 'packed' trails to follow to the lake, we still had to create our own trails along the lake shore and took care to avoid any open water. Over the course of 3 hours, with snow falling the entire outing, we did a respectable 4.2 Km. At our 'debrief' at Timmys, we decided that a return trip to this area will need to wait for a deeper snow pack.
First photo by Bill Jorgensen. All other photos and captions by Cheryl McMahon. To view Bill Jorgensen's photos from this outing click here.