Llama trekking in East Sooke – Great day

What a fantastic day we had with Sandy and Bruce and their Llamas in East Sooke Park. We trekked from their log cabin, each of us leading a llama, through the forest, up and over rocks and logs, to the coast. We lunched at the trap shack, which is a cabin on the coast trail open to anyone in case of emergency, and then we went down to the beach where Cinders went for a dip. Having their feet in cold water makes them pee and poo at the same time :o)

The llamas carried all the picnic and spare clothes and it was incredibly relaxing as the pace is actually slower than if you were trekking carrying your own pack. They stop for a chew of the leaves every so far, and then when one does a poo they all have to stop and do one on the same pile !

At one point there were 30 to 40 turkey vultures circling overhead as they prepare to migrate to Mexico.

We were out for 6 hours and the boys didnt complain once, and the company was terrific. It was the best day out for ages.

Merles woodshed

Originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.

Merle is making a woodshed out of old pallets saved from a shopping centre building site – it took him all day to collect the good timber.
The roof is covered from red cedar shingles which he splits from round tree sections he pinches, er I mean, finds in the forest. (up by Jordan River if the RCMP are reading this)
He got me to split a load for him with a sharp blade you whack with a small sledge hammer. He was like Tom Sawyer in that fence painting escapade when he told me it was a bit tricky and a bit intricate and before I knew it he was sitting back smoking a corn cob pipe while I was splitting them for him.

The flippin’ deck is finished at last

The Riley family visit of August 2006 was the deadline for finishing the deck and steps to the top of the rock which should give us a glimpse of the sea – a glimpse you understand, not a view and it is of Sooke Basin not really the sea. But still it was worth it, and with their help, and Trevor’s advice the deadline was achieved. Here is a video compilation of the family and the deck and steps in action.

Sasquatch House

IMGP2528, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.

We found a great Sasquatch house on the beach at Whiffen Spit – they are made by Bigfoot type creatures, probably at night. There was no sign of the owner on this occasion.
We saw a Cougar the other night returning from a Shamrock’s Lacrosse game, but we have yet to see a Sasquatch.