Well, I wont say it's been a bad summer, but heat didn't really kick in until the weekend of August 5th. I decided it would be a good opportunity to head up island. I went out to the Alberni Valley, and explored some of the lakes and trails north of Great Central Lake. It hit about 33 Degrees Celcius when I was there, and only dropped to about 18 at night! It is probably the first time I have camped out on the Island and have not woken up to have my tent completely soaked in dew. It was real nice out there.
I did get in kind of late, took a left, took a right, and BAM! perfect camping spot on a lake with a wharf! Nice find! Just enough time for some beer and fishing! Locals might recognize the airplane on the bottle. It's a picture of one of the Martin Mars water bombers based out of nearby Sproat Lake. They were built in WW2 as transports, and are the largest flying boats in the world. As a kid I used to see them flying over Lake Cowichan to pick up water for local forest fires when things got dry.
Fished for a while, saw them swimming by, but no such luck. Headed for the hills to see what I could see before heading home.
Looks like I'm above Great Central! Still don't own a GPS..... Why bother?