07.16.2016 - 07.16.2016
A farmers' market that truly lives up to its name, that's where we found breakfast this morning. The Comox Valley farmers market is a treasure trove of local people selling everything from cheese to bison meat and the amazing cinnamon buns I had for breakfast. There were dahlias and dog treats, lavender soaps and garlic bulbs. Even a man who brought his goats on a leash. What a wonderful place to have in your own backyard.
We planned to tour around the area today to find an adventure and the day day did not disappoint. We started north toward Campbell River and then headed over to Quadra Island on a short ferry (10 min.) we then decided to take a short hike to Mort Lake. The drive was beautiful and the further we went north, the more isolated the roads became. We finally came to the trail head which had a map posted which Bud thankfully took a picture of. It would prove to help us out in the end. The hike was moderate with some rocky uphill sections but lots of easily walkable areas. Big, old growth trees surrounded us and we only saw a few mountain bikers the entire hike. It was so quiet, it was eerie. No birds singing, no planes overhead. We saw a lot of black and green slugs on the first section of the trail and lots of ripe huckleberries and black berries.
We found Mort Lake about half way through the loop. The signage throughout the hike was sketchy at best, we found ourselves following some written upon caution tape to 'Nirvana' at one point and another time we found a yellow blob on a sign with an arrow?!?! Originally the map said the hike was 1-3 hours. Not very specific, I know. We were now coming up onto 2 hours and we weren't quite sure how far we were on the trail. At one point we popped out onto a road and chose the resonate way to go which ended up the wrong way. Anyway, we ended up eventfully back at our car and my Fitbit had recorded 15340 steps and 10.53 KMs and almost 4 hours!!
After the hike, we need some sustenance and so headed to Heriot Bay for dinner at the inn. It is a beautiful place right on the water and we saw an other eagle.
Right across for the inn is Rebecca Spit PP and we did some beachcombing for driftwood and rocks. And then back at Cathy's in Royston we went onto the beachfront near her house to fly the drone. It was a beautiful evening ending with a beautiful sunset.