Our destination for our mountain hike was Old Fort Point. This hike is a 3.7 km (2 1/4 mile) loop hike with 137 m (450 feet) elevation gain/loss. Access is from Highway 16 was via Highway 93A and Old Fort Point Road. From the high point, it would provide some tremendous views.
Checked into our hotel, we set off to accomplish some errands, gas up the car and grab pizza and wine for supper in the room. The first task was easy, but as this was a Monday, our first pizza place choice was closed. We opted for another location….right next to the wine store. Yay for us.
Last night, as we spent time at B & Ks, we got a phone call that left us conflicted as to what to do, head back to Victoria, stay in Vancouver another day or so or continue with our original plan. We opted to sleep on it and see what the morning brought, but, it kind of ended our last evening with B & K early.
The delta of the Fraser is typically teeming with birdlife throughout the year. In late fall, the primary species migrating through tends to be the snow geese. A few years back, we were able to walk through huge groups of them on Garry Point. On this visit, they were floating in large flocks on the Fraser River.
Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. 385 – c. 461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians who belong to liturgical denominations also attend church services and historically the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.
Given Patty’s Irish heritage, we tend to commemorate it in some fashion and send out cards to relatives and friends.
All photos taken around my yard on December 2, 2022.
A recent bit of snow coupled with high winds and some mysterious humidity created a frosty winter display of hoar frost rime on this morning. The frosty look matches perfectly with the frost temperatures of late – 26C (15 below F) feels like -34C (29 below F).