The weather report said cloudy with showers throughout the day. We decided to pack our rain gear and go anyway. There is an urgency about these lingering autumn days that beguiles us into being outdoors as much as possible.
Mount Washington is Vancouver Island's skiing destination. But below the mountain lie the meadows, streams, muskeg, and lakes of Strathcona Provincial Park. In May we visited the park - it was still completed covered in snow.
Wooden bridges cross creeks and boardwalks of sweet smelling cedar traverse soggy alpine meadows. A few scattered wildflowers are evidence of summer's lingering presence.
A bit of climbing brought us to Lake Helen McIntyre. Reddening blueberry bushes signal the swift change to autumn that occurs this month.
Misty fog drifted across the trees. Clouds came and went as we perched on a lakeside rock to eat roast beef sandwiches, apples and dark chocolate. Mugs of hot tea from Tim's thermos were the perfect accompaniment.
This little island looked intriguing. The clouds looked threatening, but soon blew over.
The stepping stones were perfectly placed. A walk around the island took at least 2 full minutes.
There were sweet wild blueberries to nibble on. Last bursts of summer in our mouths.
Bright vistas to enchant our eyes,
and darkly mysterious views to thrill our souls.
A few light drizzles were all that materialized from the wet forecast.
Nearing the end of our 10 kilometer hike, we sat on a bench to soak in the beauty and enjoy another cup of tea. A bright blue jay danced in front of us on the boardwalk. Free entertainment of the very best sort.
Home again, in time for a shower and then church. We were so glad that we ignored the weather forecast. Our souls once again found solace and renewal in creation. Soon the autumn rains will dampen the meadows and then snows will blanket the trails. For now, we enjoy each sunny moment, holding them in our summer memories.
"You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand."