After two cancellations earlier in the week due to the bad air quality, five of us were finally able to proceed with trail maintenance just one day before the hike was to take place. Indeed, we were into it for just an hour when we noticed the wildfire smoke that had persisted all week was already clearing away.
Twice on the trail we encountered wasp nests in the woodpiles, and some of us were stung. When it happened the second time, we decided to reroute the trail through an easy clearing to avoid the nest.
The day ended on a high note with tea, pastries and conversation with the Allens. They led us to their favourite part of the beach on North Hastings Lake, also known as Allen Cove. Standing on the beach we observed pelicans soaring above. JoAnne took home an armload of cattails that Mrs. Allen had cut down earlier in the day.
Many thanks to the Allens for their gracious hospitality.
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