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  1.  Bluff Mountain.   4 February 2014, Tuesday.   B&W Hiking, Vancouver Isl
         Feb 4, 2014
  Hiking, B&W, Vancouver Isl  
  2.  Juan de Fuca Trail.   31 August 2015, Monday.   Hikes Hiking, Vancouver Isl
         Aug 31, 2015
  Hikes, Vancouver Isl, Hiking  
  3.  Hiking up Half Dome.   14 July 2020, Tuesday.   California Film Hiking, Yosemite
         Jul 14, 2020
  California, Yosemite, Film, Hiking  
  4.  More from Half Dome.   15 July 2020, Wednesday.   California Film Hiking, Yosemite
         Jul 15, 2020
  California, Yosemite, Film, Hiking  
  5.  Hiking in Yosemite.   16 July 2020, Thursday.   California Film Hiking, Yosemite
         Jul 16, 2020
  Film, Yosemite, California, Hiking  
  6.  Marin headlands hikers.   20 July 2020, Monday.   California Film Hiking,
         Jul 20, 2020
  Film, California, Hiking  
  7.  Wheeler Peak.   21 July 2020, Tuesday.   Film Hiking, Nevada
         Jul 21, 2020
  Film, Nevada, Hiking  
  8.  Climbing Wheeler Peak.   22 July 2020, Wednesday.   Hiking, Nevada
         Jul 22, 2020
  Nevada, Hiking  
  9.  The top of Wheeler Peak.   23 July 2020, Thursday.   Film Hiking, Nevada
         Jul 23, 2020
  Nevada, Film, Hiking  
10.  East Bay hike.   28 July 2020, Tuesday.   California Film Hiking,
         Jul 28, 2020
  California, Film, Hiking  
 
 
 
1. Bluff Mountain
4 February 2014.   B&W, Hiking  Vancouver Isl.
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1. Bluff Mountain
4 February 2014.  B&W, Hiking, Vancouver Isl.
 
 
 
 

Monday I hiked Bluff Mountain. I started from the scout camp Camp Barnard, just outside of Sooke. The trail is a slog with the island's typical mossy rocks that don't promise secure footing. The worst was the sea of six-foot-tall Salal where all that one could see of the hikers was a rustling of the plants. Brought to mind Children of the Corn. But the weather and views of the Olympic mountains made the trek worthwhile.

While beautiful to look at, the view to the mountains looks into the sun, which produces glare and shades the details of the Olympic range. Taken with a D800E and a 24-120 f/4 then converted with Silver Efex. The hikers are 24 mm and f/8 and the harbor is 105 mm and f/8.  More photos at Bluff Mountain.

 
 
 
Bluff Mountain      
 
 
Bluff Mountain      
 
 
Bluff Mountain      
 
View from Bluff Mountain      
 
 
View from Bluff Mountain      
 
 
View from Bluff Mountain      
 
View from Bluff Mountain      
 
 
View from Bluff Mountain      
 
 
View from Bluff Mountain      
 
 
2. Juan de Fuca Trail
31 August 2015.   Hikes, Hiking  Vancouver Isl.
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2. Juan de Fuca Trail
31 August 2015.  Hikes, Hiking, Vancouver Isl.
 
 
 
 

Yesterday I woke to the sad news of Oliver Sacks. It wasnt a surprise; he had written earlier in the year of his diagnosis. And of course he wrote as he had written on many other topics - like the mysteries of the brain, recreational drugs, and being gay clearly and rationally. He lived an interesting life, made many contributions to the human condition, and was always a pleasure to read.

Sacks was in my mind yesterday as I hiked part of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, a damp, grey trek accompanied by the crashing of the cold Pacific. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is one of two long trails on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. The two trails - the other being the West Coast Trail - would be one if it werent for the bay of Port San Juan.

The section I hiked was from Botanical Beach to Parkinson Creek. The hike is a bit of a slog, which is because the west coast of Vancouver Island is a lush rain forest overlaid on a jagged outcropping of rock. There is no flat land and there are no stretches of dirt path. The ground is largely rock and root.

Following the shore, which is what both trails do, means hiking a sequence of ups and downs, down to a creek then up to a ridge then down to another creek. And the footing sucks. The spiderweb of roots that blanket the ground are slippery smooth, just tempting you to stand on them where the slightest movement translates to a slip and a fall. There are the occasional breaks, wooden boardwalks and clever wooden stairs, which help make the hike a bit easier, but there arent enough and the dampness rots the wood faster than they can be repaired.

The day started with sunshine but it soon reverted to the norm of mist and rain. I spent most of the hike staring at my feet, calculating what placement offered the best hold. The hypnotic crash of wave on stone was background music to the hike.

Lucy the dog came along for the hike, her first adventure with the hiking group. She quickly assumed the typical dog behaviour of running ahead then back then ahead again, easily tripling the distance her fellow humans covered. She was full of energy all of the way but was so tired by the time she landed in the truck that, for once, she forgot to get carsick.

 
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail      
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail      
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail      
 
Juan de Fuca Trail      
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail      
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail      
 
Juan de Fuca Trail      
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail      
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail      
 
Juan de Fuca Trail      
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail      
 
 
Juan de Fuca Trail      
 
 
3. Hiking up Half Dome
14 July 2020.   California, Film, Hiking  Yosemite.
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3. Hiking up Half Dome
14 July 2020.  California, Film, Hiking, Yosemite.
 
 
 
 

I'm scratching my head to put a date on these scanned photos but I think it's 2001. We met at Yosemite and hiked and hiked until we passed the granite staircase and were at the foot of the cables. Most of us stopped at the cables while a couple were brave (not me) and went all the way to the top.

 
 
 
Debbe, Sally, Paul, Emily, Barbara's friend, Barbara & Linda      
 
 
Debbe, Sally, Paul, Emily, Barbara's friend, Barbara & Linda      
 
 
Debbe, Sally, Paul, Emily, Barbara's friend, Barbara & Linda      
 
Paul on his way up Half Dome      
 
 
Paul on his way up Half Dome      
 
 
Paul on his way up Half Dome      
 
The cables to the top of Half Dome      
 
 
The cables to the top of Half Dome      
 
 
The cables to the top of Half Dome      
 
Looking up the cables      
What you can't see here is the sheer drop off to the sides.
 
 
Looking up the cables      
What you can't see here is the sheer drop off to the sides.
 
 
Looking up the cables      
What you can't see here is the sheer drop off to the sides.
 
 
4. More from Half Dome
15 July 2020.   California, Film, Hiking  Yosemite.
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4. More from Half Dome
15 July 2020.  California, Film, Hiking, Yosemite.
 
 
 
 

A few more of the hikers, the rock, and a waterfall from an almost-two-decades-ago trip to Yosemite.

 
 
 
Linda, Barbara, Emily, Paul, Barbara's friend, yours truly      
 
 
Linda, Barbara, Emily, Paul, Barbara's friend, yours truly      
 
 
Linda, Barbara, Emily, Paul, Barbara's friend, yours truly      
 
Half dome      
If you look closely you can see the line where climbers are using the cables to climb the side of Half Dome.
 
 
Half dome      
If you look closely you can see the line where climbers are using the cables to climb the side of Half Dome.
 
 
Half dome      
If you look closely you can see the line where climbers are using the cables to climb the side of Half Dome.
 
Waterfall at Yosemite      
 
 
Waterfall at Yosemite      
 
 
Waterfall at Yosemite      
 
Yosemite waterfall      
 
 
Yosemite waterfall      
 
 
Yosemite waterfall      
 
 
5. Hiking in Yosemite
16 July 2020.   California, Film, Hiking  Yosemite.
5. Hiking in Yosemite
16 July 2020.  California, Film, Hiking, Yosemite.
 
 
 
 

Another old photo from Yosemite, but this time we hiked near Tioga pass as opposed to Half Dome, which is of course the big rock in the background.

 
 
 
Linda, Tom, Jenny, and Emily in Yosemite      
 
 
Linda, Tom, Jenny, and Emily in Yosemite      
 
 
Linda, Tom, Jenny, and Emily in Yosemite      
 
 
6. Marin headlands hikers
20 July 2020.   California, Film, Hiking 
6. Marin headlands hikers
20 July 2020.  California, Film, Hiking.
 
 
 
 

Enough of comets and back to my favorite old film photos. This is from an early-aughts hike in the Marin headlands.

 
 
 
Stephen, Jenny, Kathy, yours truly, Tom, Emily, Debbe & Sally      
 
 
Stephen, Jenny, Kathy, yours truly, Tom, Emily, Debbe & Sally      
 
 
Stephen, Jenny, Kathy, yours truly, Tom, Emily, Debbe & Sally      
 
 
7. Wheeler Peak
21 July 2020.   Film, Hiking  Nevada.
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7. Wheeler Peak
21 July 2020.  Film, Hiking, Nevada.
 
 
 
 

Great Basin National Park is a mountainous oasis in eastern Nevada and Wheeler Peak (3,982 m) is its highest point. Back in 2002 four of us drove from the bay area to camp and hike up to the top.

 
 
 
Trail to Wheeler Peak      
 
 
Trail to Wheeler Peak      
 
 
Trail to Wheeler Peak      
 
Stephen, yours truly, and Kathy      
 
 
Stephen, yours truly, and Kathy      
 
 
Stephen, yours truly, and Kathy      
 
 
8. Climbing Wheeler Peak
22 July 2020.   Hiking  Nevada.
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8. Climbing Wheeler Peak
22 July 2020.  Hiking, Nevada.
 
 
 
Hiking to the top of Wheeler Peak      
 
 
Hiking to the top of Wheeler Peak      
 
 
Hiking to the top of Wheeler Peak      
 
Nothing but rocks as you near the top      
 
 
Nothing but rocks as you near the top      
 
 
Nothing but rocks as you near the top      
 
 

 
 
 
9. The top of Wheeler Peak
23 July 2020.   Film, Hiking  Nevada.
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9. The top of Wheeler Peak
23 July 2020.  Film, Hiking, Nevada.
 
 
 
Paul and Kathy at the top      
 
 
Paul and Kathy at the top      
 
 
Paul and Kathy at the top      
 
Yours truly      
 
 
Yours truly      
 
 
Yours truly      
 
Stephen, Kathy, and yours truly      
 
 
Stephen, Kathy, and yours truly      
 
 
Stephen, Kathy, and yours truly      
 
 

 
 
 
10. East Bay hike
28 July 2020.   California, Film, Hiking 
10. East Bay hike
28 July 2020.  California, Film, Hiking.
 
 
 
 

One of countless times we (the hiking group) hiked the east bay hills.

 
 
 
Sally et moi hiking in the east bay in 2000      
 
 
Sally et moi hiking in the east bay in 2000      
 
 
Sally et moi hiking in the east bay in 2000