January 20, 2020

Men's Walking Group

Five of us fitted ourselves into Eds' car and headed down the Malahat to Victoria where we met two more of our walking group at Banfield Park.  From there we proceeded across the Selkirk Trestle and downtown to the Legislature Buildings where we enjoyed a delicious lunch in their Dining Room.  Then it was time to head home.  We walked a distance of about 13 Km and didn't even get rained on.  Map and photos below.  --  DeNNis.

GPS battery exhausted.  Parked at Banfield Park (bottom left).  Trace shows us on Bridge St.  Then onto Bay, Government, Pembroke, Wharf to Parliament Buildings for lunch.  Return to cars via Govenment, Bay and Bridge.

It's not raining.  Time to shed the wet weather gear.

Down through Banfield Park.  Gorge waterway in the distance.

This birdhouse located
in Banfield Park.

Onto the Selkirk Trestle.

A boat sinking by the trestle.  Belongings onto a raft while
trying to rescue the boat.

The Selkirk trestle from the opposite shore.

Some modern artwork not far from the trestle.

The walkway near Larrys' place.

Spotted an Otter swimming in the Gorge upper Harbour.

First Nations artwork on the long fence bordering Government
and Pembroke streets.

Eyeing the bicycles - must be tired of walking.

Time for a quick break at Capital Iron Store.

On Wharf Street looking over to the Johnson St. Bridge.

The harbour is busy as usual.

The VtoV boat now retired.  Wanna buy a boat?

Lunch time.  We can almost smell it!

You can see the satisfaction of full stomachs.  Lunch was excellent
and we even had white tablecloths and cloth napkins for the first time on our walks, and the Notka room to ourselves.  Good thing the Legislature wasn't sitting or we could have been bumped by an MLA?

The mens washroom facilities give an idea of the age of the Parliament Buildings.  Sort of like the old railroad stations in the UK?

Back across the Selkitk Trestle to Bamfield Park.

At least they kept the boat from going under as the tide receaded.

January 13, 2020

Men's Walking Group

Five brave souls dared to walk in the below freezing (about -3C - feels like -10C) temperatures for about 5 Km from Tim Hortons down to Mill Bay Marina  and on to the CVRD Wharf on Kier Rd, finishing with coffee at Tim Hortons.  We got our fresh air and exercise for the week.  Map and photos below.  --  DeNNis.

Started at Tim Hortons - Follow the trace down through Mill Bay Center, down Handy Rd then on down Kier Rd and back.

Upon arrival at the Legion, Rick and I found 3 other
hardy souls awaiting us,  Brook, Bill and Ed.

As you can see, winter has arrived.

But we still found flowers blooming.  (in front of Thrifty Foods.)

And Christmas lights still lit up at
the condos at Mill Bay Marina.

We scared up a bunch of water fowl at the Marina.

But we obviously were not too threatening as they soon
settled back in.  Swans, ducks and sea gulls.

Panoramic view of the Marina area.

Where but Vancouver Island would you find a Palm tree
covered with snow?

Looking down on the CVRD Wharf from Kier Road.

A little wave action due to the cold, bitter breeze.

Looking back up from the end of the CVRD Wharf.


December 16, 2019

Men's Walking Group

Eleven of us walked today about 8 Km in the misty weather around the Cobble Hill area before meeting five others for lunch at the Cobblestone Pub.  A merry time was had by all.  Map and photos below.  --  DeNNis.

Parked in the lot by the Off-leash dog park in Cobble Hill.  Did a wiggly clockwise loop around the Cobble Hill area before stopping at the Cobble Hill Pub for lunch then back to the cars.

The first thing we saw was this
bear warning sign at the dog park.

Looking over the E&N tracks to Coble Hill Village.

We thought we should walk on the horse riding trail
alongside Cobble Hill Road - but had to watch where we stepped.

The horses at Alpine Stables were happy to get the carrots and apples.

There were a few of these old carriage
wheels around the fenced area.

Brook had lots of goodies.

Something white stuck in the spokes of this wheel.

Guess what -- another of those
mysterious rocks!!

Of course the guys across the street were curious as to what
was going on.

From Alpine Stables we took another short trail down to
the playground area --

--  where Ed showed us how to use the
"chin-up" rings.

Had to get a shot of some of the area decorations.

Then down through the Ecole Cobble Hill grounds.

Through the "Enchanted Forest".

Where some trees grow funny.

And look like they are about to close
you in.

Used to take pictures of this stick fence years ago.  Now
it looks like it is ready to fall apart.

More tree decorations.

Enjoying what is left of the green grass.

Tropical looking yard, but the weather is not tropical.

Looks like a "Biker Neighborhood".

Trespassing on a path that is closed due to some work being
done --  but almost at the Pub.

At last  --  We can almost smell lunch.

So many of us there, had to take pictures from both ends of
the table.