A Walk in East Sooke Regional Park
Sue and I drove out to the large car park at East Sooke for our first 'proper' walk of the trip.
We enjoyed a circular walk with a couple of doglegs. Creyke Point offered a sandy beach (pictured) that we eschewed in favour of the coast path to some petroglyphs - ancient rock drawings.
Then we continued along a rocky path to Beechey Head and Cabin Point, before ascending to the 230 metre summit of Babbington Hill and returning to Aylard Farm via the easier Interior Trail.
The trail was mainly quite rough, so 'Alpine timings' of about 2 kph were the order of the day until we reached the easier Interior Trail. Of the distractions along the way 'that view' (which is 'to die for' according to some of the people we met) did not feature. As if the smoke haze wasn't enough, some sea fog rolled in and for a while obliterated even the close views.
There were quite a few people on the undulating paths, including a runner to whom we tried to sell the idea of going on Victoria's inaugural parkrun at 8 am on Saturday morning, and a chap called David with a dog called Oliver (that was easy to remember Dave O!) who proudly showed us a picture of the Barred Owl he had seen earlier. He's a 76 year old local who walks trails in this area several times a week.
We also saw some leafless green orchids - ID to follow, and a two foot long gopher snake. There were various seabirds around, lots of kelp in the shallows around the calm coastal waters, and a wasp that nipped Sue.
Oak Bay was our evening destination. We joined Lucy and Jonathan for a visit to the local market that takes place very close to their house once a month during the summer. My salmon burger was delicious.
Later, In a final bout of Rummicub, Lucy (a highly competitive individual) managed somehow to come out on top!
11.5 km walk with about 600 metres ascent, taking 5 hours.
Today's first four pictures were taken on our walk, the fifth is outside Lucy and Jonathan''s house, and the bottom two were taken at the market.