The Monday morning short hike today was along the Cable Bay Trail just south of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. The trail itself is a wonderfully immersive forest experience with huge trees, ferns, streams, rocks, fungi, moss, and birds. We breathed in more than our fair share of oxygen-rich forest air.
The prize at the end of the trail, though, was seeing lots and lots of California sea lions in the bay. We heard them long before we saw them, and when we saw them we were fascinated. It is sea lion mating season, so they were making their mating calls and leaping in and out of the water.