Spring has brought the return of the mood swing weather we were seeing in November. Crazy winds, fierce storms out of nowhere, surprise hail pelting out of a clear blue sky.
The storms are blowing in interesting ocean refuse. More floats:
Some awesome fishing rope:
An odd blue barrel – I’m told the oyster farms use these as floats:
And some Japanese garbage:
The ocean is hypnotic.
And full of surprises:
Our eagarness to scope out new trails has led us though some beautiful forest:
And we found a Secret Beach:
The dogs are more than happy to accompany us:
But sometimes, we scope out new terrain without the dogs. Today, we went out to explore some back country with our friend and his Jeep Cheerokee. We took a well marked turn off to Toquart Bay, which is a beautiful put-in for kayakers to access the Broken Group Islands.
On the way to Toquart, we paused to photograph rivers:
That photograph cost me a few bruises; I fell while climbing up to the falls:
We explored 100 km of logging roads and discovered amasing vistas:
Beautiful Toquart bay, as seen from hundreds of metres above:
As we bumped along the pot-holey road, we saw signs of bear:
And then we saw a bear! He froze and stared at us for a second before bounding into the cover of the bush – I didn’t get a picture of him. He was a big guy, about half the size of the truck, with long legs, high shoulders and a bouncing lope. Here’s a picture by some talented/lucky photographer with a zoom lens:(thanks to VI-Wilds http://icor.uvic.ca/viwilds/)
No too shabby for a Sunday afternoon.