March 28, 2020

Men's Walking Group

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we are standing down until the "Social Distancing" policy is removed.  Hope to be back on the trails soon. -- Brook

March 16, 2020

Men's Walking Group

Seven of us jumped in 2 cars and made the l-o-n-n-n-g trip up to Nanaimo for a stroll around Westwood Lake - a 6 Km walk.  Map and photos below.  --  DeNNis.

Follow the trace counter-clockwise from where the cars are parked. (near center right)

Not too far from where we parked - the beach area.

Reflections - typical for a nice sunny day.

The first boardwalk - there are a total of 17 of these of various sizes
around the lake.

More reflections - there are a few reflection photos.

In this photo it is just the reflection.

Lots of tall trees.

This was a man made lake, so lots of old tree stumps poking skyward.

Another of the 17 walkways.

We could see the odd coin in the water.

Not sure what it is or what

A very easy trail to walk.

Some blown down trees that were removed from over the

Can you see the bird in this tree and root stump?

The "Half Way Point".

The first walkway as seen from the opposite side of the lake.

Had to show more reflections.

Nice burls on some tree

A fisherman on the lake.

Zoomed in a bit.

Mill Bay trails aren't the only ones with
mysterious painted rocks. But the Mill Bay rocks are nicer?

Getting to the hilly parts of the trail.

Bill overlooking his momentary domain.

More tall trees.

The official "Lake Procclamation."

A delicious lunch and beverage in Ladysmith at the
"FOX & HOUNDS" Pub. 


March 13, 2020

YSAGS Special Events

It looks as if YSAGS members know how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Did you feel the earth move?

After all the hilarity, some calming Harp music.

March 9, 2020

Men's Walking Group

Eleven of us walked about 6 Km today around the Quarry near Cobble Hill Park.  The weather was a chilly 1 deg C to start but eventually the sun warmed us up a bit.  Map and photos below.  --  DeNNis.

Parked the cars near the entrance to Burnham Park.  Did a clockwise loop.  Through the yellow gate, down the Bamberton-Haul Road, finished up on Thain Road and back to the cars.

Off we go - down the Bamberton-Haul Road.


Passed this artwork alongside Bamberton-Haul Road.

Looking over to the Quarry on our right.

A bunch of ducks making patterns on the water near the
southwest end of the Quarry.

The patterns are best seen from a distance.

One of a few wet obstacles.  Notice the ice patterns.

A little uphill climbing involved.

Panoramic view from the west side of the Quarry.

Looking southwest.

"Hello!" to Sally and Brian from Don.

Looking towards the southwest end of the Quarry.

The water is quite a ways down from here.

People have added Inukshuks for interest.

For any passerby with cold ears??

Another of those mysterious painted rocks.

It was found in the old Stone Oven,
a couple layers above the open front.

How do we get around this lake?

We found a bypass.

More Shadows.

Arriving back where we started.

Coffee at the "Red Schoolhouse" in Cobble Hill.