Last week the Probus hiking group met at Tsolum Spirit Park for a very soggy hike down the One Spot trail. I had optimistically decided that I would follow the best forecast, which was a 40% chance of showers. It poured the entire time! When we got back to the park, we went down to the river to see if there were any salmon in it. We were treated with a number of salmon going up the river and a few that were jumping in a nice deep pool.
This week delivered another soggy day for the Probus hiking group, but thankfully nothing like the previous week. We deferred to Seal Bay Park in case we needed to make a speedy exit on account of the weather. The hike started at the Bates road parking lot and took us around the perimeter until joining the Forest Loop. From there we added in the Western Hemlock Loop. Along the way we saw a leaf that was half pink and half green and a tree whose nurse stump had long ago decayed, leaving what I think looks like a horse. After a quick snack we returned to the parking lot feeling quite pleased that we were not drenched.
The slide show includes photos from both our Tsolum Spirit Park and Seal Bay hikes, plus one from our September rainy hike in the Snowden Demonstration Forest - John contemplating a verdant moss covered cliff.
Anne Flanagan, Hiking Group Leader