Before the show on Tuesday, we went hiking up in the hills around Cumberland, then came back into town and ate a late lunch, and played some because we good. Anna saw Simon getting ready for the show out the living room window – being next to the venue has advantages!
The show photos, I posted on Friday, but here, have some hiking:
Sketchy Sign is Sketchy. Also six years old.
Into the Woods
One of the effects of having been under and up against the ice shield is that the topsoil – like that of many rainforests – is thin topsoil, particularly in mountains. The rock you see here is actual bedrock. These mountains pushed back the glaciers, but everything else was pushed away:
How Thin Our Soils
There’s coal in these hills, along with other minerals;
this was not far from a mine operating into the 1960s.
Another stream; more bedrock
Lovely without exception
Further down the hill we walk past the site of the former Cumberland Chinatown – this used to be a much larger town, back in the mining days – and get down the slough. It’s a bit mosquito-heavy in the summer, I’m told – particularly for Cascadia! – but this time of year, no such problem:
After hiking around all morning, we stopped at Tarbell’s for lunch – Anna didn’t quite buy the hot chocolate with sortilege (feeling it’s a bit early to be drinking at 2pm) but the pastries were all quite good, were the sandwiches. Anna had a breakfast biscuit with egg she quite liked, too.
Lecturing after Lunch at Tarbell’s
After that, of course, the show at the Cumberland Public House. Then next morning we headed back to Vancouver for bagels and cider and then home. Lots of fun all around.
This photo came from that trip back, but still on the island, the last time we stopped before hitting Victoria on the way to the ferry:
The Coastal Stream
I didn’t really have anywhere else to put it so it’s here. So how’ve you been? ^_^