Victoria Scenes

Victoria Alley
Victoria Door

One of the things that I miss with the virus having closed the Canadian border is the ability to visit Victoria, BC. The trip is just a ferry ride … and the cost is cheap if you walk onboard … and the ferry terminal is in the main harbor in Victoria.

The old areas of town are a great location for photo shoots. Plenty of interesting visuals. I loved this claustrophobically narrow alley and one of the doorways that opens off it.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for take-off

Prepare to Buckle Up

Sorry, the title came to me and I couldn’t resist. The last days of a hike, it is always interesting to put on the pack first thing in the morning. The pack typically doesn’t weigh as much as it has on other days (as a result of consuming over a pound of food a day), unless you have been collecting rocks … or unless it has been raining and your gear is wet. Of course, it can be bittersweet, too: sadness at leaving the wild and looking forward to a cold beer and a burger.

Devil’s Club and Elderberry

Devil’s Club
Red Elderberry

These two plants were growing fairly close to each other in the upper North Fork of the Dosewallips valley in the Olympic National Park. The elderberry has been used for wine … I don’t know of any such use for devil’s club, although native peoples are said to have used the bark and roots medicinally. The thorns on the stems are a major deterrent to making any effort to force one’s way through a patch. Cross-country travel through devil’s club is virtually impossible.

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Getting ready to hike up the North Fork Dosewallips trail, Olympic National Park from the old car campground. We don’t generally get going very early in the day … we tend to wear out early enough that there isn’t any point in a very early start.

By the way, the privy is visible in the background. However, the park had closed it … a steel cable ran across the door. We assumed it was due to concerns with Covid and the lack of any cleaning maintenance. Sorry silly if that is what it was. No one ever using one of these back country privies has ever had the impression that they are sanitary. Quite the contrary.

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