Weather is quite pleasant. Probably a good day for a stroll up to Rat Lake. Eleven of us braved the elements - walked about 8 Km to Rat Lake and stopped at Serious Coffee for a beverage on completion. Map and photos below -- DeNNis
|Parked off Frayne Rd behind Serious Coffee (top left). Took the trail off Benko Rd and did a clockwise loop around the back of Rat Lk, then down the Bamberton-Haul Rd and back down the trail to Serious Coffee.|
|We took the high road where the trail split.|
Looking across to the east side of Rat Lk where we will catch the
path to the Haul Rd.
|Not even a ripple on the water.|
The viewing bench on the west side of the lake where the
above pictures were taken from.
|The living forest -- mushrooms, moss and rotting wood.|
|The taller walkers had to duck here.|
|The dead stuff provides nutrients for plant growth.|
|There are ups and downs to every walk.|
|And also overs and unders.|
The viewing platform at the south end of the lake got shifted
a bit by the roots of this tree that fell.
|Lots of dead fall at the south end of the lake.|
|Time for a break and a little chatter.|
|The water in the lake is up a bit but still not normal.|
|A close look reveals a bit of natures artwork.|
|Down the Bamberton-Haul Rd to the trail back.|
|The cars are still where we left them despite the warning sign.|
Noted on the rear of the
Serious Coffee building.
|Time for a coffee - or whatever.|