March 29, 2016

Women's Walking Group

Here are some pictures of the walk the women's group did on March 28, 2016.
Margaret Jones sent me the pictures.
Unfortunately I did not get too much detailed information about the walk, so
women walkers, send me an email and I will add that to this blog.


Doreen finding another fairy home.


March 28, 2016

Men's Walking Group

Great day for the 11 YSAGS to hike 9+ km over the Kinsol Tressol and along the Koksilah River, followed by Coffee at he Shawnigan House.  Next week is the Legion Spring clean up for the YSAG volunteers.  The men walkers and all other YSAGS will be there on Monday for the spring clean up.  Bring your garden tools to fresh up YSAG and the Legion facilities, Coffee and donuts for the rest break.  The men's walk on April 11 will be a road trip to Swan lake and up Christmas Mountain followed by lunch at the Monkey Tree Pub. -- Brook

Men's Walking Group

My input from todays walk to Kinsol Trestle and Koksilah River.  The weather was great (better in the sunshine),  - no rain!   ---   DeNNis.

Parked at the Kinsol Trestle Parking Lot (bottom right), walked the Cowichan Valley Trail across and down under the Kinsol Trestle where we got onto the Jack Fleetwood Trail which we followed alongside the river for some distance then back along another trail to the Cowichan Valley Trail where we continued North aways before turning back and across the Trestle back to the cars.

Ooops! A little frost on the Kinsol Trestle deck - Watch your step!

The new observation deck at the north end of the Trestle.

And what I believe is going to be the Info Center - still has a
construction fence around it.

Looking from the observation deck - the brightness
is the sun shining through the mist from the river.

Looking way up!

Panoramic view from below. Note observation deck on left.

Interesting colouring in the river.

Lots of bright green moss in the trees.

One more river to cross - much smaller this time.

Turn around point.  The old Hobby Horse has seen better days.

Coffee at Shawnigan Coffee House.

March 21, 2016

Nice 5kM walk for the 8 of us on a North Cowichan trail.  Next week plan is the Kinsol Trestle and along the Koksilah River.  Stopped at the Duncan Tim Horton's to redeem some of our Roll up the Rim prizes. -- Brook

Men's Walking Group

My map and pics from our Fuller Lake area walk today.  Avoided the rain and had a pleasant stroll on some nice wide trails.   ---   DeNNis.

Follow the dotted portion of the Yellow line from where we parked by the Arena to the right and up around in a sort of figure 8 loop.  Hope the rest is self-explanatory. 

Nice wide trails, and reasonably level.

Obviously, no motorized vehicles allowed through here.

Looks like many trunks from
one tree root.

Even a bridge over the creek area.,

Unique bench - very nicely done.

A nice place to sit and admire the Rock Art.

A lot of this artsy moss on the trees.

Pastoral country side views.

Just about back to the cars after a not too long
or strenuous journey.

March 14, 2016

Men's Walking Group

Cold, but dry day for the 8 of us to walk 8kM in & out of Mill Springs.  Next week plan is to walk around Fuller Lake in Chemainus. -- Brook

Men's Walking Group

A winding stroll through the Mill Springs development today.  Looks like it's not ready to stop growing for a while yet.  The weather and company were good as usual.   ---   DeNNis.

My maps are getting pretty busy - the lighter brownish lines are traces from previous walks.
Parked near Tim Hortons - walked down Lodgepole Rd and wound through Mill Springs,
ending up at Tim's for coffee.

Obviously Big Foot was ahead of us.  ------------      He didn't get the owl though.

Another unit starting. Pretty complex foundation - could be interesting when done.

More area being cleared for future lots.

Quail in a quandary - quickly retreating.

Spring has sprung - The grass has riz
Were wondering where the sunshine is.

We can see where the snow is - looks pretty fresh (like overnight).

So what are we to believe??

The dampness makes for interesting fungi and a fresh crop of Skunk Cabbage.

March 11, 2016

Women's Walking Group

Seven walkers did 6 km. covering Carlton road and the grounds of Merridale. The weather was good, grass was still wet but many flowers coming up. Merridale will look much better in a few weeks. The yurts were interesting, might be a nice place to visit when the BBQ's and hot tubs are on the decks and the warm weather is back. Thank you to the drivers. Next monday the 14th. we will walk at Manley Park. Meet at the Legion at 10am.   VM