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.|