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Strathcona Provincial Park

Today we visited Paradise Meadows in Strathcona Provincial Park. The flowers are just beginning to bloom as the remnants of the winter snowfall were still in evidence. The fairest flower in the meadow always seemed to be nearby! She even … Continue reading

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Open Mike Jamming With New Friends

Tonight we went out for dinner and music to Roy’s Towne Pub in Royston, about 4 miles from our house. The dinner was pakoras, chowder (for Jean), and a grilled salmon sandwich (for Paul). The music was provided by 14 … Continue reading

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Woods and Wineries

There are several wonderful places to hike in the area. One of our favorites is Seal Bay Regional Nature Park. It is a gem of solitude with tall trees, birds everywhere, sun dappled trails, and especially quiet. And, of course, … Continue reading

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Morning in Courtenay

This trail is a lovely piece of wilderness within the town. About 200 yards from our front door we encounter Millard Creek. Salmon run here in the fall. The sky begins to lighten at 4 AM. Here is a quick … Continue reading

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Morning Walks

Here are some photos from our morning walks along the Courtenay Millard Nature Trail and Riverway Heritage Walk. What a great way to greet the day!

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Armstrong Redwoods

Any time we visit Sonoma County we must make a trip to Armstrong Redwoods. This magical place of giant trees, eerie moss, rushing streams and endless tranquility is a small gem in the Russian River valley. We were particularly interested … Continue reading

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Border Wall Blues

While in California we observed how many of the people serving us were of hispanic origin, most of whom spoke Spanish to each other. They contribute to the community and pay taxes through payroll deduction. What does the prospect of … Continue reading

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Escape From the Desert

On February 10th we escaped the California desert. We left in beautiful Indio sunshine. Palm trees swayed in the breeze with blue skies and mountains in the background. Thirty miles later we left Palm Springs and the desert behind to … Continue reading

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Desert Regional Park and Indio Hills Badlands

Just behind our condos and the adjacent golf course we had spied a rough parking area and a sign the said trailhead. A bit of sleuthing and we discovered an area called Desert Regional Park and Indio Hills Badlands. The … Continue reading

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Coachella Nature Preserve

Our next adventure took us to the Coachella Nature Preserve, a wonderful mix of desert and palm oases just a few miles from the cities. The McCallum Grove is the first oasis you encounter in the preserve. A spring bubbles … Continue reading

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