Archive for April, 2013

Sunny spring picnic! Alberni Inlet CPNR Trail, Underwood Cove.

Underwood cove with Chocolate Lilies.

Underwood Cove with Chocolate Lilies.

It was a beautiful sunny spring day in Port Alberni, so a picnic hike along the CPNR trail was the agenda.  Here is the ACRD’s brochure and map of the trail:

The start of the trail is at the entrance to China Creek Marina.  This is the highest part of the trail but it offers an excellent view south at Underwood Cove and across the inlet.

This trail is an old railway bed from a century ago that never was finished.  Chinese labourers built it, but Read the rest of this entry »

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The little things on our big runs

Calypso orchidDave and I are back from Guadeloupe – my daily race reports are already up on SleepMonsters, and I will repost them here (with more and bigger pictures) soon! But it’s nice to be home, too. We just did a hike up our usual backyard route – up Copper Mountain from the south end of Anderson, then down to the Boy Scout Camp on the inlet, then back up the mountain and down to the parking lot again – for a total cumulative elevation gain of about 500 m.

We have done this route a zillion times, so we know it well. And we notice the changes as the seasons flow past: different birds, different plants, different side-trails we pick to get more sunlight on us. This spring day we noticed so many beautiful little things, from the clusters of blooming Calypso orchids, to the interesting and delicate little fungi. Here are some of those highlights… Read the rest of this entry »

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