Admittedly, this year was long on mountains and short on multi-day bike trips, but roads and bike trails are calling too. We are not sure yet what 2013 will bring, but I’m certain it will involve out-walking or out-riding the furthest city lights!
|Alan, Mike, Mary, Jan:|
Some of our outdoor highlights for 2012 included a February stay on Quadra Island with friends Jan and Alan. Hiking, hot-tubbing, and beachcombing were the order of the day. Quadra, which is on the north east side of Vancouver Island, is usually busy with visitors in the summer, but in the winter we had the place to ourselves – as you can see from Alan’s picture of Mike and me on Wa Wa Kie Beach.
|Mike, Roxanne, and Dave on Mt. Klitsa. The view|
is southwest to Nahmint Mountain and the West Coast.
I spent a good portion of the summer working with The Mountain Legacy Project (mountainlegacy.ca). MLP is a research project out of UVic that seeks to re-photograph 100+ year old survey photos of the mountain environment in Western Canada. We find the exact spot that the original surveyors stood and re-take the same image. Then, back in the lab, we overlay the new image on the old and look for signs of landscape change. The results are amazing – especially in showing dramatic evidence of ecosystem and climate change.
|Mary on Mt. Shatch: amazed|
this spruce tree is alive at
|Mike on Richard and Melanie's|
|Fritz in Janice's garden.|
Fall was glorious this year with late September and early October presenting some outstanding light. I made it to Banff for a photography workshop.
|Moraine Lake - Larch Madness in Sept.|
|Oak Bay waterfront - October, 2012|
|John, Lisa, Mary, Mike: East Sooke Park|
Back in Victoria Mike and I got out with friends Lisa and John for some local rambles. We walked in the Sooke Hills and hiked the Coastal Trail in East Sooke Park.
The new year is here in a few days. Mike and I hope it holds health, happiness, and heaps of adventure for you and yours. Here’s to 2013 – and another chance for us to get it right!
All the best
Mary and Mike
Mary and Mike