Foggy Day Hiking on Salt Spring

Entering Mt. Erskine via the Juniper Rd. access.

Entering Mt. Erskine via the Juniper Rd. access.

Foggy Day Hiking on Salt Spring Island

It is a dark and grey foggy day here on the island, well at least at sea level. I decided to seek the sun above this mid-winter thermal inversion. Driving up through the fog to the trail head on Juniper Rd. was done very slowly as the road was virtually invisible by the top. However, just above the parking area the fog zone ends and the sun shone through the treetops. Taking the trail I cut across to the more traditional approach to the top of Mt. Erskine along the outer path leading to a few key lookout points. From there and at the summit the true spectacle of the day was visible. A sea of fog covered the water below and the fog horn of the ferry was heard. Squinting my eyes a little gave the illusion of ice fields rather than fog. Could I have been looking out over the Antarctic, of Stuart Channel? Hard to say.

Ice-field, or fog? The view from Crofton Mill to Nanaimo and beyond.

Ice-field, or fog? The view from Crofton Mill to Nanaimo and beyond.

The view over towards Maple Bay.

The view over towards Maple Bay.

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