April 29, 2019

Men's Walking Group

Ten of us ventured into what I called "No Mans Land" today.  We covered about 6 Km and then stopped for a well earned coffee at Shawnigan Coffee House.  The weather is much more to our hiking liking this week.  Map and photos below.  --  DeNNis.

Started from the Legion.  Through Cairn Park across the road, then follow the trace in a clockwise direction back to the Legion.

Up through Cairn Park.

We regroup on Wilmot Ave.

We have to check out an interesting vehicle for sale on Treit Rd.

Then down the trail at the end of Treit Rd into No Mans Land.

Surprisingly there are some large puddles along the way. 

A relic from the past.

A pleasant walk so far.

Anyone interested in shopping??

Some pleasant colour along the way.

A vehicle, maybe?

Fiddlehead ferns growing well.

A trailer or boat??

Or maybe a pickup truck?

Lots of choices.

Including heavy machinery.

Bicycles, too.

Motorcycles --

and a heavy duty generator.

A comfy(?) seat we have seen before - made of granite or
concrete - so we can't pick it up and take it home.

Ready for a parade.

Passengers aboard.

Back onto Bob-O-Link Trail  -- from Elford Rd.

Across the street is the entrance to the Cowichan Cricket and
Sports Club.

Everything is blooming.

Including dandelions and daisies.

Treehouse and firewood storage on
Bob-O-Link trail.

April 22, 2019

Men's Walking Group

Ten of us braved the threat of rain this morning to take a hike through Stoney Hill Park off Genoa Bay road.  We did about 5 to 6 Km of sometimes muddy ups and downs through the park, but the views, though sometimes a little foggy, made it worthwhile.  And we finished off by drying out over a delicious lunch at the Shipyard Cafe on Genoa Bay road.  --  DeNNis.

We did a counter-clockwise loop around the park as shown.  There are four excellent viewing areas on the cliffs above the water almost 200 meters above sea level and lots to see along the trail.           Some rain drops on the lens of the camera messed things up a bit.

Lots of strange looking tree shapes.

Nearing the first viewing area.

And some huge rocks - how they got there makes you wonder.

Many fantastic views.

Had to throw in a few panoramic shots.

Lots of unique Arbutus trees.

Checking out their domain.

Some were clever enough to carry an umbrella.

Arriving at another viewpoint.

Looks a bit like a fish farm down below.

More spectacular views.

Everything is a bright green.

This large rock is caught in the crevice of two others.

"Shooting Star" flower.

Arbutus trees grow in many directions.

Lots of unique tree shapes.

And moss covered rocks.

A lot of rocks made up of many small ones.

Could be slippery!

The "Shipyard" Pub.

NOTICE - We all drink healthy drinks - Water.