Trip – stopped by snow but fun anyway

This past weekend my wife and I headed off for a quick overnight trip. We didn’t plan a destination, but ended up, again, in the area north of Port Renfrew. Snow level was much higher than it was back in January, and we managed to get up Grierson main and we had hopes of getting to the viewpoint we visited last May.

But the combo of thick crusty snow and a steep final approach thwarted us.


No really, it was steep.


We really wanted to get to the end of this spur, but no way. Just above that steep section the road flattens out.

What it looked like last May.


And this time.


And the spur we wanted to camp at, as it was last May.


And this time.


Our fire pit was still there.



So we went back down the road about 200 metres.


Wasn’t too bad, sunshine and a nice view.


Walked down the road a ways and looked at the desolation after logging.

If you look closely you might be able to see the yellow shoots of Skunk Cabbage poking up at edge of the water.

Pretty little oasis amongst the logging.

One of our dogs, loves the snow.

Cape Flattery, Olympic Peninsula, Wash. State.


We had the Go-Westy rainfly up, and the Westy pop top insulation blanket installed inside. We also brought along the Olympian Plat Cat heater (not used when sleeping). The set up worked very well, and with the pop top vent cracked overnight, we have very little condensation on the windows in the morning. Must have had some sort of chimney effect going.


A little bit of snow falling next morning.


Breakfast, and the tell-tale sign that someone in the family is a Molecular Biologist.


The old “Excelsior” at work again.


The dogs taking up space.


Then off we drove to explore more of the area. The weather cleared a little, if it wasn’t for the wind it could almost be described as mild.

Nice little lake, second growth forest.


Edinburgh Mt. in the background, steep logging in the foreground.


And wouldn’t you know it, we even checked out the Camper Creek area campsite that we spent so much time at last summer.


Ooh, kindling!


Notice how the mirrors take a bit of a lashing on these trips?


Came back home via Gordon River and Cowichan Lake (a round trip we have done many times before). Saw signs of kayakers along the Gordon – crazy folk who paddle down the canyons.


  1. #1 by Phil Z. on March 25, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    Thanks for the report and photos. Good weather for March!
    That’s the clearest photo of Cape Flattery I’ve seen in years..

    Gotta ask.. you check the expiry date on that FBS?
    Sure must speed up the rising of the bread dough…?


    • #2 by albell on March 25, 2013 - 12:23 pm

      Great weather for March, forecast for even better on the upcoming weekend. We seldom got as clear a view of Cape F last summer, most of the time there was fog over there. Yeah, was an old bottle of FBS, need to rotate the stock better 🙂 cheers ab

  2. #3 by famillysyncro on March 26, 2013 - 7:43 am

    looks good. we like to see those dogs sleeping together, this funny. did u use your newly homemade insulated curtains?

    • #4 by albell on March 26, 2013 - 9:01 pm

      We haven’t made up the rest of the window insulators yet, so only one window had it. But I did use 2 foam cored, silver foil surface windscreen shades on front and rear. They worked out fine. Makes me wonder whether I should buy some of them and cut them to fit the other windows.



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