Eden at Lowrie Bay
An Island Mountain Ramblers' Outing
|The second San Jo beach on Friday morning, with rain threatening.|
Hard to get to.
Yes, the hike from San Josef Bay to Lowrie Bay in Cape Scott Provincial Park is all of these. And it's well worth the effort to get there. It's only 10 k from the trailhead at San Josef Bay to Lowrie Bay, and yet it took us 6 hours, and we didn't have any extended stops. (Although if the other four hadn't waited for Beth and me, the turtle and the tortoise, they would have been much faster.)
We left Nanaimo about 5 p.m. on Thursday, and didn't start hiking until almost 11 p.m. It was overcast, but had quit raining. We head-lamped the 2.5 k on the almost wheelchair accessible trail to the first San Josef Beach, and then made it around the point to the next beach. We managed to locate Reashy's tent (he met us there), erected our shelters, and had a few hours sleep before we arose and started hiking about 6:30 a.m.
It looked like impending rain, but none when we started out up the steep trail to the top of Mt. St. Patrick.
|The trail had been officially closed for a number of years, and was actually better than I'd expected.|
|"Wow! Look at that Sitka Spruce!"|
|The summit of Mt. St. Patrick seems much higher, with a sub-alpine feel to it.|
|Misty and cool up top!|
|"Ah, nice walking!"|
|"Ah, love this wet bush!"|
|"Where do we go?"|
|Nearing Sea Otter Cove.|
|""Boy! Mt. St. Patrick looks so big in the fog!"|
|Magical or what!|
|"Ah, this fire is nice!"|
I was wet and cold when we arrived, and helping Michael get the fire going had warmed me up some. I only had one pair of pants, and they were soaked. But I put on my rain pants, and after standing around the fire for a couple of hours my pants were pretty much dry. Then we went for a walk down the beach.
|"The clouds can't get much lower!"|
|"We're so lucky! It could be pouring down rain. "|
|Heading back to camp.|
After breakfast, we donned our rain gear and started out. Oh, it was wet! And cold. Nothing quite like wet salal on a cool day.
|The dripping rain forest.|
|We just couldn't run fast enough to avoid filling our boots.|
|"Wow! Look at that log!"|
|And the moss is gorgeous!|
|Can't avoid the water here,|
|Sea stacks at San Jo - arguably the most beautiful beach on Vancouver Island.|
|"I'm glad this rope is here!"|
|"Ah, glad the rain has stopped!"|
Ah, Vancouver Island, what a paradise!
|The "tree of lost soles" near Holberg. (Michael added a pair of old hiking boots to the collection.|