The Harbour City Newcomers Club’s Short Hike group today enjoyed a five kilometre hike at Jack Point and Biggs Park. The trail, which is on a peninsula, is well-maintained but includes some tricky spots with tree roots, large rocks, and a few sets of stairs. Having said that, I feel very pleased to say that I did it! I had a little help from my friends occasionally and a hiking pole often, but I did it.
The route gave us lots to look at and think about. We had great views of the city of Nanaimo and several nearby islands. The water to the north of the peninsula is the place where the fresh water of the Nanaimo River meets the salt water from the Strait of Georgia.
The rock formations are smooth almost-flat rocks throughout the park and, in contrast, at the water’s edge the waves have created large caves. Some of the rocks have been enhanced by gorgeous carvings of unknown age and origin.
We also saw lots of spring flowers, some of which are quite rare. I cannot name them but will be happy to add that information if you can provide it.
It was exciting to first hear and then see bald eagles patrolling the skies above our heads. We also saw a variety of ducks, Canada Geese, and a blue heron. In addition, beside the trail is a fabulous wood carving entitled “Bliss” by Dick J. Vandereyk.
This hike has everything you could ask for in a two-hour exploration. We stopped often to look, to think, to breathe, and just to enjoy the moment. Those breaks added to the time it took us to complete the hike but also added to our insight and enjoyment.
Sounds like a wonderful experience.
It was! I’m very glad I joined this group.
I love the designs and felt privileged to see them.
Oh, my, what a rich two hours! The views, the carvings and the Spring growth. I am so glad your group is the stop-to-enjoy type and not the keep-on-going to reach the end type.
Me too, Lorna! Although, I think I slow down some of our group, but they are very kind about it.
People being kind is a nice feature of a group. I bought walking poles a couple of months ago. I’ve used them once and loved the sure-footedness they offer.
I like hiking poles for level paths and trails, but use only one if there are stairs or rocks to clamber over. Two seem to just get in the way in those circumstances.
Oh, good to know!