Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hardy Bay to Ft Rupert Trail

A family of common mergansers has taken over the harbor. I liked the blue background in this photo.
Mo's been battling a bit of the crud, but we took advantage of a rare rainless day and hiked across to Fort Rupert, a little community on the other side of the penninsula. A local pointed out the trailhead off the highway - definitely needs a new approach.
The trail is raw, but passable. Some tree trunks are too big to clear out of the corridor, and if cut right can become part of the tread.
This "Jaws" tree was a cool touch.
Mountain bikers had obviously got a hold of this trail and the "skinnies" were interesting.
Their unique use of roofing paper to increase traction on old log corduroy was creative.
At the end of the trail, we popped out at the beach in Ft. Rupert's park. Chance made some friends, but never did go swimming for the ball with the retrievers.
Nice place for a break before turning around to Pt. Hardy again.
We will be heading out on a ski trip at some point soon, and hope to be in the states come Dec. We're keenly looking at snow reports. How's the snow in your neck of the woods?

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