September 16, 2019


Men's Walking Group

Ten of us piled into two cars and drove down to Matheson Lake in the Metchosin area today.  On arrival we walked 6Km around the Matheson Lake Loop Trail.  Once we finished our walk we proceeded to the "My Chosen" Cafe where we enjoyed refreshments and a great lunch.  Map and photos below --  DeNNis.
From the parking lot (bottom right) we took the Matheson Lake Loop Trail in a clockwise direction until we reached the Galloping Goose Trail (top left) and followed it back to the cars.

First glimpses of the lake.

Along the south side of the lake.

The first of a few bridges.

Lots of ups and downs and some quite narrow
parts of the trail along this side.

This old tree looks in pretty
rough shape.

Lots of mossy weird shapes -- hence the "wet coast."

A mossy, rotting partial tree.


Another great viewpoint.

More reflections.

An attempt to keep peoples feet dry in wet weather.

A real backwoods trail in places.

Looking upwards.

A very old stump with another tree
growing out of it.  Note the cuts for
a sawing platform from the early days
of logging

It pays to watch for tripping hazards.

A newer bridge followed by an older one.

A few signposts to keep us on
the right path.

Tried to get a shot of this guy a few times but trees in the way.
Finally got him from the far side of the lake with a zoom shot..

Onto the Galloping Goose Trail at the northwest corner of
the lake.

Some photos of the "My Chosen Cafe" grounds before we
head back home.

A close up of the caption on the right hand gate post.

The goats appreciate the attention.

A neat place to stoop and look about.

And a good place for some candid shots.
That's Brook behind the scenes.

September 9, 2019

Men's Walking Group

Eleven of us took a chance on the weather and walked about 9 Km from the Mill Bay Off Ramp past Butterfield Rd up and around Rat (Muskrat) Lake and then drove back to Tim Hortons for coffee.  Map and photos below.  --  DeNNis.

We parked the cars along the Mill Bay Off Ramp (bottom right), then through the yellow gate onto the Bamberton-Haul Rd.  Walked up to and around Rat Lake, then back to the cars.  Then to Tim Hortons for a well deserved coffee. 

Were off once we get through the yellow gate.

Looks like preparations for a new development??

Off we go along the Bamberton-Haul road towards Rat Lake.
We are just about at Rat Lake.  Time for a rest.

The lake is pretty low - almost totally covered in Lily Pads.

Must admit they are attractive, though.

The viewing platform at the south end of Rat Lake.
Looks like it has been pushed back into place and leveled.

Looking north from the viewing platform.

There are still lots of
huge trees around the

Looking back across the lake from about halfway around to
where we started.

This is a couple we met at the start of the path around the lake.
They went around the opposite direction - so we meet again.

Some of the trees taken out by the big wind storm earlier in the year.
These were near the bridge on the north end of the lake.

Some of the windfall wrecked the entrance to the bridge.

However, they were removed and the bridge is still usable.

The trail along the east side of the lake.  Another large tree
down, but hard to see in the photo.

Back onto the Bamberton-Haul road after circling Rat Lake.

A huge excavator working near the yellow gate.

Back through the yellow gate.  Almost back at the cars.

This sign was so far up in the tree that we failed to see it on the way in.

Back at the vehicles and off to Tim Hortons for coffee.

September 2, 2019

Men's Walking Group

Twelve of us had a pleasant stroll of about 5 Km through Bright Angel Park off Koksilah Rd today.  We then followed Bench Rd back to the Tim Hortons on Hwy 1 where we enjoyed  beverages and goodies.  Map and photos below.  --  DeNNis.

We parked the cars in the lot at Bright Angel Park (center).  Took a little ways before the GPS kicked in.  Also the accuracy wasn't great as you can see from our trace along the river.
However, we crossed over the suspension bridge to the other side of the river where we went downstream as far as we could, then back across the bridge to the west side,, through the park area and around some of the surrounding streets, and eventually back to the parking lot.

Heading down to the suspension bridge.

Across the bridge to the other side of the river.

You need "sea legs" on this bridge.

The water levels in the river are very low.

A unique old split rail fence to keep people out of sensitive areas.

The bridge from down stream a ways.

Lots of room for walking alongside the water.


This tree was either struck
by lightning or was
burnt inside.

The cairn commemorating the

Rick, investigating the ripples in the water.

This looks a little "fishy".
Actually it is part of a log, partially submerged.

Watch your step - the roots are very tricky.

Ed followed the trail to the very end.

Looking straight up.

Back across the suspension bridge.

A few flowers among
the dead grass.

Playtime --

-- on the exercise equipment. 

Some sculpture as well as eggs for sale on
Riverside road.

Brook may  be shot at or will never return after going through
this gate.