December 31, 2011

Computer/Photography Group

We are starting our regular Tuesday morning meetings January 3 for 2012 and the topic will be computer problems. Specifically it is my problem of a Laptop with display issues. I will go through the steps done so far to analyze the problem  and hopefully how to fix it.

Following are some pictures of the computer innards.   
My Dell 1720 Laptop.

All the bits are there.

This is called an inverter board. I think this is the culprit.

I have ordered a replacement part.

December 28, 2011

Men's walking group

Ok you turkeys we need to do somet6hing about all those snakes over the holidays, I've got just the walk set up for you on the 2nd Jan 2012 8.30 at the legion, about 10 k , Mill Bay area, will see those that are up to it, and we will get back to our regular walks on the 9th Jan, C.U. Tks

December 24, 2011

Womens Walking

We enjoyed a nice walk through Bright Angel Park.The river was quite low and
we noticed fish that had completed spawning.We watched an eagle dry its
wings.We then had lunch at the Pioneer House.
We will not be walking the next two mondays.Dec 26th and Jan 2nd
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.        V.M.

December 23, 2011

Womens Walking

Suspension bridge at Bright Angel Park

A quiet spot on the Koksilah River

The fog rolls in on a Cobble Hill farm

December 20, 2011

Computer/Photography grp.

Hello All,
On December 14 this group went on a Year End/Christmas field trip. We left from the Legion at 8:45am to the Mill Bay ferry. It was a cloudy dull day so not a good opportunity for pictures on the ferry. We arrived at Butterfly Gardens, Brentwood Bay at 10 am and spent a few great hours taking pictures and getting a guided tour from one of the staff. Lots of picture possibilities.
We then went to Blue's Bayou Cafe for a nice relaxing lunch and on home by road.
Here are some pictures and if you want more, go to:


December 19, 2011

YSAG Men's Walking group

We had a great walk today at the Cowichan River Estuary followed by a lunch at the Cowichan Bay Pub.
Thanks Denis for being our leader and never leading us astray.
Here are a few pictures from today's walk.
The Hunter
Gnarly Maple trees

Double Trouble

Ever watchful

Watchful #2

December 18, 2011


Hello All,
The Annual YSAG Christmas Dinner was held on the 14th and I can attest that all members that attended had a great time after enjoying a very good sit down meal. Santa was there and yes we all received gifts.
Here are a few pictures and if you want to see more click here: 


December 12, 2011

Womens Walking

Seven walkers did 5.95 K on a beautiful, brisk sunny morning to the Kinsol
Trestle and beyond. Many of the evergreens,plants and leaves were all frosty
and glistening.Back to the Legion for a welcome cup of hot coffee.Next monday
the 19th.we will walk at Bright Angel Park,then go to the Pioneer House for
our lunch.Meeting at the Legion at 10am.  V.M.

Womens Walking

Frosted Evergreens at Kinsol Trestle

Bolts on the trestle railing

Leaves outlined in frost

Some walkers enjoy the scenery

mens walking group

Men's Walking group

We had a great walk today in cold but clear weather.
You can see Bill wants to follow the direction on the sign to CLIMB.


December 6, 2011

Womens Walking

First two of our walkers were quite chilled by the time the stragglers joined them
so were readily persuaded to make our first stop Riders Roadhouse at Pioneer
Square for a warmup coffee.Without three of our dedicated drivers,Claudia,
Vera M,and Diane,we decided to postpone our next visit to the trestle again.
Instead we headed back in the direction of the Legion with one vehicle making
a quick right at Kerry Park exit to fulfill our photo assignment while the other
vehicle........... ( no pedometers available to clock walking distances )
Thank you for submitting pictures and post for this week,Joan
Next monday the 12th we will try to get to the Kinsol Trestle.Meet at the
Legion at 10 am.  V.M.

Womens Walking

Goldstream Heights on another day

Where is everyone ?

Bear ?

A treed rabbit

December 5, 2011

Men's walking group

Good walk today at Stebbings rd, Little cool on top of the hill, But all round a good day for our walk. 7 kms ,
Next week we will try Mill Bay water front, Okay? tks

November 29, 2011

Womens Walking

The walking group did 7.60 K on the trails behind the Legion and down to the
Peerless Alpaca/Llama Farm.There we met Mr. Woo the llama who guards
the rest of the flock.We came back to the Legion to warm up and have soup
and a sandwich.Next monday Dec 5th. we will be at the Kinsol Trestle.
Meet at the Legion at 10am.

Womens Walking

Mr Woo guards the flock at the Peerless Alpaca/Llama Farm
He is the big fellow

November 28, 2011

These are pictures of our walk to and under the Kinsol Trestle today, The weather was cold but great for a walk. sorry we dissipated on u Dieter it must have been the mist, ha
Next week we plan on walking Stebbings rd
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November 21, 2011

Womens Walking

Seven walkers did the Bob-O-Link Trail and other areas where we keep
ending up at new home sites.We were able to blaze a trail to bypass houses
to reach a road.Back to the Legion for coffee where we joined a new walker.
Welcome to the ladies walking group,Shirley.Sorry we didn't connect this
week.See you when you return from vancouver.We meet at the Legion
parking lot on mondays, leaving for our walk at 10am.Next monday Nov 28th.
we begin at the Legion and walk to the llamas.We will have lunch at the Legion
when we return.   V.M.

Womens Walking

On our own trail behind the tower

A type of Milk Cap

An Angel Wing

A Jelly Fungus

Anyone know the name of this one ?

Men's walking group

Well that was some kind of weather today but we did get our 7 km walk in.and our lunch was good, so it wasn't all lost.We did get our seniors discount too. Next week we plan on doing the Kinsol tresol I hear we can now walk the path down to the river side. Tks C.U.

November 19, 2011

Computer/Photography grp.

This coming Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 10 am we will talk about computers. Helen will come with some specific questions, maybe we can help her.
I would like to dig into the many places in the Control Panel and see whether our individual computers can be made to run more efficiently or faster. Come with questions and describe problems you have had recently. There always are problems aren't there?
See you then.

November 15, 2011

Men's Walking Group

We explored the Silver Mine Trail that is located behind the newish development when you drive on Ingot Road off Thain.
What is new is that the CVRD has made a connection to this trail from Shawnigan Beach Estates which can be reached by going to the end of Gregory Street.
There weren't many photo opportunities except the steam breathing animal shown:

November 14, 2011

Womens Walking

Nine walkers enjoyed the sunshine and some great views on Stebbings road.
Not many new homes but plenty of lots for sale,sized from 6 acres to 27 acres.
Most spectacular views from a new subdivision named Goldstream Ridge.
The driveways are in but no houses have been built yet.We did 5.18 K but
most of it was up l--o--n--g steep hills.Back for coffee at the Legion.
Next monday the 21st. we will be at the Kinsol Trestle to note any changes
around the trestle or to the landscaping.We walk different distances and at a
different pace,so anyone is able to join us.All are welcome.
Meet at the Legion at 10 am.     V.M.

Womens Walking

Stone barriers do not stop walkers

Walking towards the top of Goldstream Ridge

The view from the top

Joans gloved finger points out a tiny Orange Peel fungus