Sunset colours

Great clouds behind Grouse tonight

As I’ve said before, it takes something good to get me to pick up the camera for a sunset these days. Having said that, I don’t think this photo really captures how it appeared – I’ll probably reprocess it more to my liking for putting up on Flickr. I loved the way the clouds bubbled up out of nowhere behind Grouse, and disappeared just as quickly once the sun had set.

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Flower Madness

Flower madness on the Heather Trail

Few places can match the Heather Trail for such great rewards for relatively little effort. Wildflowers galore, expansive views in all directions, and gently sloping terrain. Mix in a little bit of sunshine and it’s all kinda perfect really.

Killer whales

A trio of killer whales in Active Pass, including a baby. Just another BC moment… 🙂

For a while I had a good run of whale-spotting from the ferry ride from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay. This one was good because it was on a bright sunny afternoon, and there was a little baby whale in the group! I love the fact that we can see these animals here – whales have been one of my favourite animals since the Save the Whale campaign of the 1970s.

Mud, glorious mud!

It’s what hiking boots were made for, right? Plus trekking poles are great for checking mud depth before committing 🙂 Good things to have for classic North Shore trail conditions.

I’m always trying to think about contributing a post for Leave No Trace Tuesday on Instagram, and this struck me as a good one to talk about given how the popularity of the trail to St Mark’s Summit has increased with the rise of social media. So many hikers do not wear footwear that can deal with these conditions, instead often decked out in light runners (trainers, as we’d call them). In turn this means people will try and skirt around the mud, often forging a new trail which will eventually get just as muddy. For years I’ve tried to set an example by walking through muddy sections – usually picking my way over rocks and/or bits of wood – but it doesn’t seem to be catching on.

Alas there were no views from St Mark’s today – the good weather in the forecast was a few hours late!

A New View

Recognize this peak? It’s the Chief as seen from the Sea to Sky Gondola – coming down, of course! 😉

One thing I really like about the Sea to Summit Trail is coming down on the gondola, and getting this great view of the three peaks of the Chief. The route to each peak is so clearly laid out from this angle.

From Sea to Summit II

Fifteen minutes later…

What was that about savouring a beer? I could so easily gone for a second, but we still have to drive home…

From Sea to Summit I

Sky Pilot and Blueberry wheat rewards

It’s been a couple of years since we hiked the new Sea to Summit Trail so we thought we’d try it out again to see how it’s faring. Mostly OK, but there are parts of the trail that definitely need some TLC. Even on a dry day it was quite muddy which will cause many people to go around the mud, further widening the mess. Sigh… One thing that had remained the same was the great view from the patio, a superb place to sit and savour a well-earned beer!