Camouflage

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While out for a hike with my lovely photographer friend, we had gone across the train tracks and were scrambling down to the river, when we saw a man, alone, working at gutting some fish (we think?). He was by some Pondarosas close to shore, and I remember we were a little leary, as, all over the news that day they were warning the public about a dangerous man the Police were hunting down. So, of course, our imaginations were in overdrive when my friend saw something dart up a massive old Pondarosa just to the left of the fishing Man. I remember saying “No, no, its a porcupine” LOL! Nope. It was a Bobcat, drawn to the man cutting up fish and we had scared it up the tree. It was unreal how no one had seen this Bobcat until we scared it, and, even looking through the pictures now, his camouflage is uncanny. Unsettling.

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This is a little blurry, but look at that stare!

I though that this story would be perfect for Wildlife Week, which runs from April 9 – 15. We are also raising funds for the Canadian Wildlife Federation so pls head here to donate http://donate.cwf-fcf.org/goto/wildrootsart

 

HAPPY TRAILS!

~Trish

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Wildlife Week

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It’s Wildlife Week!! Take the time to play outdoors, hike in the forest, feed the birds & marvel in the world around you.
Roland and I will be participating in the Walk for Wildlife on Wednesday and are raising funds for the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Please donate to the cause at our website here.

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The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s mission is to conserve and inspire the conservation of Canada’s wildlife and habitats for the use and enjoyment of all.

The Canadian Wildlife Federation conducts its activities through a cooperative approach – working with people, corporations, non-government organizations, and governments to inspire collaboration in achieving wildlife conservation. We will use the best available science-based information to develop our policies, programs and communications. CWF prides itself in being accountable and transparent in fulfilling our mission.

THANK YOU & HAPPY HIKING!!

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It was to awesome to finally head outdoors for even a small hike.  The clouds rolled in last night and the sound of rain on my roof made me so happy. I love September; the change in weather,  apple pies galore and that cozy feel of fall. But it’s not just that, this was my first hike in months. Pregnancy was a wee bit hard on me the first couple months, but this morning I woke, after finally sleeping through an entire night, and it was like complete elation. Finally heading out to my favorite place in town (Kenna by the compost dump) was GLOOOOOORIOUS (you have to say that Oprah style). Sagebrush scent was faint in the air, colors deep and rich from the rain, birds winging skillfully over bush tops.  Heaven.
xoxo Trish

Vancouver Island

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We snuck out to Cowichan Bay and Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on Vancouver Island for a couple days and enjoyed some quiet, beautiful, sunny days on the beach/hiking/boating. I seriously can’t believe how great the weather was for us, as the last two times we went to the Island it was nothing but rain and fog, lol! Not too fun in a tent!
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Our first day out there, we went to some friends of ours who live out by Cowichan Bay and they took us out crabbing. It was absolutely gorgeous out and they took us all around the area along Salt Spring Island and out to Maple Bay, etc.  I think I spent the whole time wishing I could win the lottery and live in one of those houses clinging to the hills with a little boat and dock.  Anyway, we didn’t catch much, but I had never been crabbing before, so it was neat just to watch what was going on. Plus they gave us enough crab to have a massive campfire feast on our first night camping, YUM!

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After stocking up on crab, we took off to Port Renfrew and checked out Avatar and Botanical Beach Provincial Park.  Side note, I read a great article from Hakai Magazine about a female teacher named Josephine Tilden from University of Minnesota, who established a teaching station at Botanical Beach for all her female Botany students. I loved walking around the crater like beach and envisioning these enterprising women from 1901 in their dresses and boots.

The tide-pools were teaming with life, I have never seen anything like it. Every pool was completely different, filled with colorful, strange sea creatures. It was fantastic.

 

Green Sea Urchin
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Mossy Chiton
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Giant Green Anemone
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We camped at China Beach, in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.  It was a nice campsite, super clean facilities and somewhat secluded camp sites. Our dog Belle came with us and OMG did she love the ocean, especially the waves, which she would run away from lol!

 

We realized that we didn’t pack utensils, so my husband made us chopstick using the one camping knife we found LOL!! The 3rd picture above was the Banana slug that loved Belles dog food.

Below are just some pictures of the beaches you could hike down to. The hike down to the beaches was about 2-5 km depending on the hike.

 

Mystic Beach

 

xoxo Trish

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We snuck out to Cowichan Bay and Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on Vancouver Island for a couple days and enjoyed some quiet, beautiful, sunny days on the beach/hiking/boating. I seriously can’t believe how great the weather was for us, as the last two times we went to the Island it was nothing but rain and fog, lol! Not too fun in a tent!

Our first day out there, we went to some friends of ours who live out by Cowichan Bay and they took us out crabbing. It was absolutely gorgeous out and they took us all around the area along Salt Spring Island and out to Maple Bay, etc.  I think I spent the whole time wishing I could win the lottery and live in one of those houses clinging to the hills with a little boat and dock.  Anyway, we didn’t catch much, but I had never been crabbing before, so it was neat just to watch what was going on. Plus they gave us enough crab to have a massive campfire feast on our first night camping, YUM!

After stocking up on crab, we took off to Port Renfrew and checked out Avatar and Botanical Beach Provincial Park.  Side note, I read a great article from Hakai Magazine about a female teacher named Josephine Tilden from University of Minnesota, who established a teaching station at Botanical Beach for all her female Botany students. I loved walking around the crater like beach and envisioning these enterprising women from 1901 in their dresses and boots.

The tidepools were teaming with life, I have never seen anything like it. Every pool was completely different, filled with colorful, strange sea creatures. It was fantastic.

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Giant Green Anemone
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Green Sea Urchin
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Mossy Chiton

We camped at China Beach, in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.  It was a nice campsite, super clean facilities and somewhat secluded camp sites. Our dog Belle came with us and OMG did she love the ocean, especially the waves, which she would run away from lol!

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So, we realized that we didnt pack utensils, so my husband made us chopstick using the one camping knife we found LOL!! The 3rd picture above was the Banana slug that loved Belles dog food.

Below are just some pictures of the beaches you could hike down to. The hike down to the beaches was about 2-5 km depending on the hike.

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Looking forward to going back again, maybe to hike the Juan de Fuca Trail….

xoxo Trish

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