|Bee on vibrant Sennetti|
|Tiger Swallowtail on Bowles Mauve|
While our property does not have the necessary sunny exposure for a full size garden, we do enjoy planting and harvesting on a smaller scale, in pots. We have a rewarding crop of cherry tomatoes from two trailing baskets as well as salad greens, baby kale and of course catnip!
|Small-scale gardening - trailing cherry tomatoes|
|Rosie - enjoying her lounge chair|
|Sebastian in the garden - what Summer is all about!|
|The Captain taking a well deserved break - Sebastian ignores the comfy cushions|
|The Chef at the bbq - Cheers!|
Our home was the staging area on the Friday evening once they arrived; rechecking packs and equipment after we'd enjoyed a family reunion around the dinner table. It was a very early morning wakeup call - 4:30 am. Kelly delivered the hiking quartet to the West Coast Trail Express in downtown Victoria, which in turn delivered them to Pachena Bay near Bamfield over 6 hours of mostly bumpy, logging road.
The hikers started their trek with one of those few days of rain, unfortunately. There were no glorious west coast sunsets as by evening the fog tended to roll in. The initial section was in the trees; sometimes on boardwalks, sometimes on logs, in various stages of repair or decay.
|Trail in the trees from Pachena Bay southward|
The ladders! And every now and then a rung was missing!
Sea Lions have their own opinions about what is going on!
|Sea Lions watching the hikers|
|Map of West Coast Trail - 75 kms of challenge and amazement!|
|Extravagant blooms at Glendale Gardens|
|Heron in Japanese Gardens - HCP|
|Mallard couple at Rithet's Bog|
|Red winged Blackbird|
|Quiet marina near Sooke - Olympic Mountains in the distance|
|Not quite the size the Captain hoped to catch|