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Lake Cowichan

All photos taken on May 20, 2022.

Lake Cowichan (Nitinaht: ʕaʔk̓ʷaq c̓uubaʕsaʔtx̣) (pop. 2,974) is a town located on the east end of Cowichan Lake and, by highway, is 27 kilometres (17 mi) west of Duncan. The town of Lake Cowichan was incorporated in 1944. The Cowichan River flows through the middle of the town. Cowichan River is designated as a Heritage River.

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Shore Lunch

All photos taken on May 20, 2022.

Today, we were leaving Port Renfrew and heading to Nanaimo to drop K and Benji for the ferry back to Vancouver, then the remaining 3 of us were going to Victoria to visit Pat’s Dad. It was a journey of some 3 1/2 hours all told, so we got busy looking for a suitable lunch stop along the way. Nothing jumped out at us….

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Among the Eagles

All photos taken on May 20, 2022.

After days where we barely saw any eagles, today was another motherlode as we walked down by Port San Juan. It was like they were showing what we would be missing when we left.

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Port Renfrew Farewell

All photos taken on May 20, 2022.

I know what you’re thinking!. This is the longest goodbye ever!!!! Apologies, this last day down by the water was just to beautiful to ignore.

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Living Large

All photos taken on June 26, 2022.

We had often planned to bicycle out West of Beaumont to explore the new Royal Oaks subdivision, but Township Road 510 was far too busy and narrow for our cycling comfort.

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Walk Among the Roses

All photos taken on June 27, 2022, during our walk along the North Saskatchewan River near Devon.

When we chose this trail, we were worried about not seeing as many wildflowers along this hike. But, if anything, there were more flowers, especially Alberta wild roses than at Bunchberry and Tucker’s.

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Benji Bye Bye

All photos taken on May 20, 2022.

Benji, the Wonder Dog here.

Somethin’s goin’ on today. I just can’t quite put my paw on it, but I sense a bit of stress and sadness. First, my pack seemed to be quieter, more wistful and a bit distracted. Oh yeah, I got my walk from my Grams, but then I saw piles of stuff by the door and then piles of stuff loaded into that white wheelie thing and then I saw my bed going out the door.

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Dog Days of Summer

1st shots in first 5 slide shows taken on May 4, 2022, 2nd shots on May 26, 2022, 3rd shots taken on June 16, 2022, 4th shots taken on July 14, 2022 and 5th shots taken on August 10, 2022. All other photos taken on August 10, 2022.

The title phrase is a reference to Sirius, the Dog Star. During the “Dog Days” period, the Sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth. Sirius is a part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog.

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Dawning on Us

All photos taken on May 20, 2022.

One last chance to take in the morning scene. How lucky were we?

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S’mores & S’unset

All photos taken on May 19, 2022.

What better way to end the perfect day than with S’mores on the back deck and then a walk down to the inlet to watch the sun set. After all, we had brought the roasting sticks from home, we had marshmallows, chocolate and biscuits left and a back deck fire ring.

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Benji Shines

All photos taken on May 19, 2022.

Hey readers! Benji, the Most Excellent Wonder Dog here. Why Most Excellent, you ask? Well, Sit and Stay, then, if you Beg Pretty, Roll Over and Play Dead, I’ll tell you my tail. Yeah I spelt it my way. Take it up with my agent, if you have a problem with that.

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En-Raptor-ed

All photos taken on May 19, 2022.

When we were planning our stay at Port Renfrew, Patty was giddy with excitement for me. She said, “Now you will get lots of photos of eagles.” I was excited too, to tell the truth. I saw an eagle flying by our ferry when crossing to the Island and another flying down the inlet, but close up opportunities for the first 3 days were few and far between.

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That Will Leave a Mark

All photos taken on June 27, 2022.

Weekly walk time and I felt like it was time to wander Prospector’s Point, Devonian and River View Trails to see what they looked like all dressed for summer. We planned to only walk down and back up one set of 208 stairs, so hiking poles were required for Patty. Bug jackets have become a staple now that the mosquitoes are out and about (oot and aboot in Canadian speak). We were a bit worried as the day was supposed to be warm, but it was not as bad as we thought it would be.

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Sombrio Beach Daydreaming

All photos taken May 19, 2022.

After retracing our steps across the bridge, we again turned right and soon found ourselves down at a gorgeous beach. Others were there, but the beach was not crowded in any sense of the word. We all agreed we could sit here for a while and contemplate our day so far.

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Sombrio Beach Hike

All photos taken on May 19, 2022.

As we drove back out of Parkinson Creek to the chorus of HOLE! the question of what to do next was put to the group. B had another hike in mind, but was Patty up to it and was anyone else interested. Nobody had made a decision by the time we got back to Highway 14, so I turned right and the decision was made. We were going to do another short hike to Sombrio Beach to finish off our hiking day.

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On the Rocks

All photos taken on May 19, 2022.

As we popped out onto the beach from the Parkinson Creek to Beach trail, we saw why our efforts to hike the trail were more than worth it. The sunny blue skies and the azure seas were in total harmony with the grey rock beach. It was jaw droppingly gorgeous. We could do this for a while.

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Parkinson Creek Trailhead Hike – Juan de Fuca Trail

All photos taken May 19, 2022.

The day was gorgeous but cool and we knew the forest and trails would be wet and muddy, but we set off to hike parts of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail anyway.

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What’s Growing On?

Photos taken on July 29/30, 2022, except the last one, which dates from working days (May 4, 2011. This photo does not really belong, but I promised Luisa I would find a way to share my “tech support”, “hit any key photo”.

Please do yourself a favour and check out Luisa’s blog Words and Music and Stories here.

This post is in a way related to my “Climate Change is Real” post. It does not make a statement as to cause, just asks the question….”What’s Growing On?”

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Spring into Summer

1st shots in first 5 slide shows taken on May 4, 2022, 2nd shots on May 26, 2022 and 3rd shots taken on June 16, 2022 after 2 days and 2 in (5 cm) of rain and 4th shots taken on July 14, 2022. All other photos taken on July 14 and 15, 2022.

If we thought the transition from winter drab to spring fab was big, then the change to summer has been even more pronounced. Lots more rain has occurred and we have had some hot sunny days, up to 30 C (86 F). Couple that with over 17 hours of sunlight per day and growth has been exponential.

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