Thanks to Steve Ray for the photographs.
The Celtic Cargo Cult entertained us with mostly traditional Irish songs. Lead singer David Somers described most of their repertoire as tragic stories set to uplifting music. They certainly kept our toes tapping. Lots of other patrons in their Halloween costumes added to the entertainment through the evening.
Thanks to Steve Ray for the photographs.
We were again very fortunate with this week’s walk just getting it in before the misty drizzle started. 15 of us enjoyed one of our favourite walks along the water from Salmon Point. No sun but no wind either.
We went to The Country Market for coffee and chat after where we were joined by Tony and Darlene who hadn’t managed the walk. Thanks to Bill for some great photos both on the walk and at the Country Market.
Thanks to Bill for some great photos both on the walk and at the Country Market.
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In August Ena organised for us to have a guided walk of the Morrison Headwaters Nature Preserve. As a number of our regular walkers had missed this it was decided we would try the walk again before it got too wet. Once more we were blessed with a great day, no wind, no rain and some sunshine. It became obvious that no one was really familiar with this walk, but no one got lost and everyone seemed to enjoy the walk. It was fascinating to see, since we were last there, the dam the beavers had built and also how much more water was in the pond.
16 of us enjoyed the walk after which most of us retired to the Whistle Stop for coffee and conversation.
Thanks to Bill and Dawn for the photos. Click on this LINK for Bill's photos
The hiking group found the forecast of sun for their outing was off a bit due to somewhat foggy conditions, but....oh well...it never rained, and that's everything! The route tackled was the Lost Lake/Lost Frog trail system in Snowden Demonstration Forest, Campbell River which is full of beautiful scenery and always enjoyable. Mushroom variety abounded, calling for frequent pauses while cameras clicked - and for Gil to pick chanterelles growing by the trail. It was a great hike, which we celebrated with a stop at the Rip Tide pub for refreshments before returning to the Valley.
Our group spent Friday evening listening to some Bluegrass by the Woodstove Trio at Roy's Towne Pub. As usual the music became more enjoyable as the evening went on. This time it was not so much the band getting warmed up or the effect of our beverages, but rather some of our group outlasted a noisy table behind us. As the last of our group departed it was almost a private concert. Thank you Steve Ray for the pictures.
Boston Pizza was the venue for today's lunch, and there were a record 24 members attending.
The coordinators, Edie and Murray Lindman had requested some members to bring items of interest for a "Show and Tell". This resulted in some unusual items being passed round the table. A decorated basket made of bark, a Puget Sound King crab (long dead!), a Lady's smelling salt/perfume container, a duck head nutcracker, an air plant mounted on a figure, a royal theater program, and finally a petrified lump of dinosaur poop! A most entertaining way of passing the time whilst our lunch was prepared.
Thank you to Edie and Murray for organizing.
On what is likely to be the last of the fine days of nearly two weeks of beautiful weather the group went to Nymph Falls. As there had been little wind over the past couple of weeks, when the wind started to gust as we walked, we were treated to a shower of falling leaves of different colours.
As Dawn's brilliant photo shows, the salmon were busy trying to get up the Falls, which is hard to watch as there are so many tries, and so few successes!
Coffee and chat back at Tim's as usual rounded off the morning.
As always click on this LINK to see Bill's excellent record of the place and the people!
Anthopocene: The Human Epoch
Our movie group has grown and we are all very much enjoying the Comox Art Gallery's Film Series. Film number three was the award winning "Anthopocene: The Human Epoch" . This documentary was brilliantly filmed and executed. The film makers set out to show what human activity has done to this planet, from ivory poaching to logging. The thoughtful handling of this film leads the viewer to the inevitable conclusion that we must stop harming the environment. However, it is not preachy. It does it with a gentle hand that allows the cinema goer to make up his or her own mind. This movie earned a covetted 100% approval on Rotten Tomatoes.
After we lightened up at the new restaurant at the casino, called Match. This new pub-like dining establishment has a great menu and a nice atmosphere. All 17 of us enjoyed our meals while we chatted about the movie.
Your Probus Cinema Lovers chatting about movies and life!
The Monday Intermediate Walkers escaped the fog couched in the valley and enjoyed the leaf-littered One Spot trail starting from Burns Road. Once we walked 2.4k to Brazier Road, we couldn’t resist walking a little further on the Bob Webb trail. These trails with its dappled sunlight, conifers and many golden leafy trees made for a perfect Autumn walk. Thanks to Dawn for the pictures! And thanks to Karen for leading this walk!
See you next Monday to enjoy the delights of the Cumberland Colliery Trail - explore historic Coal Creek Park then walk through the woods along on old railway trail. It can be spooooky… are you up to this??
The Birding Group had its first outing of the new Season on Sunday, completing the Airpark loop in a two-hour span(!). There wasn't a large variety of birds noted, but we were very lucky with one of our sightings - a Tropical Kingbird is spending a few days in the Airpark area and we actually had the opportunity to watch it for awhile. It's a Flycatcher which is normally found in Mexico and which has been noted in the Valley a grand total of 7 times since 1970, according to statistics. Lucky us! Also sighted during our walk were: Gulls, Crows, Bald Eagles, Belted Kingfisher, American Wigeons, Canada Geese, Domestic white Geese, Mallards, Great Blue Herons, American Coots, Red-winged Blackbirds, European Starlings, Fox Sparrow and....the Tropical Kingbird (gotta repeat that one!).
October 19th was a busy day for the hiking group, with a choice between two hikes appreciated by those with different ideas of what constitutes a great outing.
Hike #1 was a climb up Mt Becher. With the glorious weather this month has brought, it was decided to slip this hike in before snow covers the trail. And what a lovely day it was for the six climbers - note the short sleeves and cloudless skies! It is reported that the Forbidden Plateau Lodge foundation has now disappeared, as have the chairs from the chair-lift. Still some work to be done to completely clean up the area, but real progress towards pristine conditions was noted. The six were impressed by a family who also reached the summit and which included children as young as six years. Wow!
Hike #2 was over the Nymph Falls to Comox Lake trail system and the six hikers on this one were quite content to traverse the nearly-flat 14-15km route, absorbing the beauty of the day. The variety in mushrooms/fungi was impressive and the brightness of the day was appreciated by all. The only negative was the startup of the warning siren at the Comox Lake BC Hydro picnic area just after we sat down for our lunch and which ended 5 minutes after we gulped down our meal and started our return trip. Hmphh.
Bill Jorgensen has sent a LINK to view the photos he took of the outing - well worth taking a few minutes to view. Thanks, Bill.
Hike #1: Mt Becher
Hike #2: Nymph Falls to Comox Lake and back
At a time when many golfers would be putting their golf clubs away until next year, the sun continues to shine, and 20 of us (the largest group of the year) enjoyed another round at Mulligans in perfect conditions. Unfortunately the ponds have refilled and I believe that the usual contribution of balls were left behind. However we are extremely lucky to have a local course with such reasonable green fees, and that continues to provide a challenge to most (all?) of us.
Many thanks to Dave Scott for organizing.
On yet another brilliantly sunny day, the group (20 members today) set off from Puntledge Park along the Ruth Master’s Greenway partly along the river, and then through the forested area that she donated to the CVRD for the enjoyment of all. Bill Jorgensen, ably assisted by Gil Moore, ensured that the walk was extended to nearer the standard time by adding a few extra loops. The Fall colours together with the sunshine and mild temperature made this a most enjoyable outing.
The group size was such that coffee had to be taken at The Whistle Stop with two members opting for rather longer drinks.
Thanks to Bill and Dawn for their photos-click on this LINK for the rest of Bill’s photos.
Boyle Point Provincial Park on the south tip of Denman Island has been fairly well know for it's short trail to the top of a cliff overlooking Chrome Island and the Straight of Georgia. In recent years other trails have been established or improved. A dozen adventurous hikers explored trails that were new to all of us. One of the trails followed the top edge of shoreline bluffs with many views across Baynes Sound. We were almost always under a high forest canopy. We discovered a beautiful sandy beach and wetlands. We hiked 10 kilometers through almost constantly undulating terrain. Those of us without overflowing social calendars relaxed by the fire on the Roy's Towne Pub patio after our adventure. Thank you Cheryl, Patti, Katie and Dawn for the photographs presented below and, here is a LINK to Bill J.'s photos.
Nearly mid-October and having had a weekend of near non-stop rain, it was the exact opposite for our walk today, with clear blue skies and enough warmth in the sun that we were removing outer layers as the walk progressed. Bill Jorgensen suggested a change to the signposted route, which lengthened the walk to the usual one-and-a-half-hour length.
Coffee and chat at Quality foods on their upstairs patio in the sunshine made it feel like early September, not October.
To access all Bill’s photos click on this LINK
Fresh mountain air, beautiful fall colours, great company and mostly sunny skies were our rewards for venturing up to Paradise Meadows. We hiked the long loop through the meadows. Then we hiked up to Battleship Lake where Karen led us to our private deck and chairs for our first break. We stopped at Lake Helen Mackenzie for more snacks before returning to our vehicles. Thank you to Patti Spearman and Steve Hill for the photos.
Mary Goes Round - Comox Valley Art Gallery Film Series associated with the Toronto International Film Festival followed by Drinks and Dinner at Avenue
The Movie Group saw a wonderful, challenging movie on Sunday night. "Mary Goes Round" follows a young addictions counsellor as she is faced with a life altering decision to get sober herself. On her very rough journey to find her sobriety, she rediscovers her father and begins a difficult relationship with her sister. There were a lot of issues packed into this relatively short, Canadian made, movie. It was a very good film, with very good performances by the Canadian actors. The audience was wrapped up in the movie, as they witnessed a couple of very tough realties being play out before them.
We took a breath as we travelled to the Avenue in Comox, and a wonderful, raucous dinner provided to 14 of us with plenty of laughs and camaraderie, much needed after such difficult subjects. The food was, as always, excellent!
The next movie is "Anthopocene: The Human Epoch", in two weeks.
Having had our end of season outing two weeks ago, it was impossible to ignore the blue skies, mild temperatures and the return of green fairways at Mulligans!
22 players signed up, and 18 made it to the 1st tee, and to the 10th. The usual number of balls made it to the bottom of the various ponds, but Garth found one that was marked from the US Congress. It was suggested that even golf balls want to leave the US.
Thanks to Dave for organising. If the weather allows another outing will be organised.
This report kindly supplied by Heather as Tony and Tricia were having an adventure in Gold River.
“We had a lovely walk on Tuesday, there were 10 of us: Karen, Carol & Dave, Bill, Debbie, Rosa, Sandy, Darlene, Ranan, and myself.
Bill Jorgensen knows Seal Bay really well and took us on a different route, it was good to wander around somewhere different. And he timed it perfectly, 1 hour 40 minutes. Or so. Pretty darn good estimate of the route. Coffee afterwards at Country Market.”
The rest of Bill’s photos are available if you click on this LINK
Thank you Bill for the photos and the new route!
Our September Wine and Appies evening took place at the lovely beachside home of Ann and Joe Zanbilowicz on Friday, September 21. It was great to see some new members attending this event and everyone had a lovely evening of conversation, food and favourite beverages. Thanks again for hosting, Ann and Joe!
After a week of thinking summer had gone it raised its head for us again on Tuesday and 16 of the walking group took advantage doing the Pub to Pub walk from Salmon Point. The photos taken by Bill clearly show the beauty of that walk and the lovely weather we enjoyed. Click on this LINK to see photos.
After the walk we adjourned to the Country Market for coffee and chat.
The movie group set a record having 20 members attending dinner after seeing "Unarmed Verses" on Sunday night.!!! This was the first film of the Comox Valley Art Gallery's Film Series fall season. Most of the group liked the movie very much, while some were not fans of the more impressionistic approach of the film maker. "Unarmed Verses" is a very intimate documentary of Francine Valentine, a 13 year old girl struggling with issues of self-confidence and longing for a sense of belonging, in a world where she feels about to uprooted at any time. She finds her confidence through a community of poets who are putting their work to music, with the encouragement of a young musician. Francine eventually succeeds at her project and, with that, launches herself into a more assured existence. She learns to hold her head up. This documentary was present to TIFF by the National Film Board of Canada.
After the movie the 20 of us went to dinner at the White Spot. Dinner was great, and there was a lot of chatter about the movie as well as life in general. This is a very dynamic group!