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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Celebrating green and black...

More on that later....but first.
A spring walk down the Galloping Goose.
This is Roche Cove...
(and Griffin!)
It's part of a long regional trail which goes from Victoria to Leechtown.
That's 60 kilometres long.
It used to be a rail bed but has been converted to a cyclist, walker, horse riding trail 
which can be done in bits and pieces.
We chose this little bit near our neck of the woods on St. Patrick's Day.
What a beautiful spring day it was...
All that is green came out to show off...
Thick, spongy moss...
Delicate sprouting moss...
Fuzzy, furry moss...
Lacey, fern moss...
This time of year, everything is awakening to the warmth...
Skunk cabbage glows bright in the dark forest creeks...
Another name for this is Lantern weed...
 Sprouts of Salmon berry staring to show...
Walking down into the woods was magical on this day with the bit of sun...
bringing out the lovely tones of green...
This creek, babbling away...
Bugs looking for food in the Indian plum blossoms...
One of the old railway ties turning itself into a moss planter...
And Griffin, always stealing my glove when he gets the chance!
(eat your heart out Carl!)
Now back to the note on the windshield...
Lucky for us, one of our favorite pubs is very close to this part of the Goose!
This is the 17 Mile House...
It's a historic pub built in 1894 as a carriage stop on the 3 day journey from Victoria to Sooke.
Now it takes 45 minutes by car.
The floors are creaky and uneven, small nooks and booths invite you to sit by the fire...
Lovely stained glass...
We come for the ambiance, of course, but today we met Norene and Bill for a pint of the best...
Celebrating the green with the black!
Cheers!

8 comments:

farmlady said...

Oh that beer looks good! What a wonderful end to a beautiful day.

Are Griffin and Carl related? They don't look like each other. It's always the glove isn't it? ALWAYS!

A beautiful walk and photos. I'm glad that you celebrated the day in style.... and then shared it with us.

gz said...

that, is not just beer!!
Hope you enjoyed your drop of the Dark Stuff!

The Hesitant Hippie said...

I just love your nature photos. Expecially the moss. I wish I could smell it through my computer screen!

the wild magnolia said...

My tag along was great fun. Your photos are wonderful! I love Griffin and the Galloping Goose!

Terrific post!

acornmoon said...

cheers! St Patrick's Day passed us by this year but it is good to see the "wearing of the green" in your neck of the woods.

Marylinn Kelly said...

I agree...your nature photos transport me from suburb with palm trees to greens not known in this climate. One of your elves could make a fine home among the moss.

Pauline said...

I'm so glad I popped over from Over Good Ground. I've been remembering my two visits to your beautiful part of the world. I have a photo of the 17 Mile Pub but we didn't have time to go inside, wish we had now.

Your photos are simply wonderful!

Cobalt Violet said...

Yummy lush and GORgeous phots. An enchanted forest!
One of the shots of the moss looks like someone fell asleep and they became covered in moss!
Be careful my friend because I might have to travel to Canada and steal Griffin! Sheesh! Too cute.