The conditions and weather for the VFFN snowshoe outing at China Ridge on Saturday, March 8 were perfect. The trail had been sufficiently packed down, and no new snow made snowshoeing easy. Those of us who participated had a wonderful snowshoe stroll through old growth forest with huge trees that towered above us.
We meandered through regenerated areas and through open vistas. We spotted some Mountain Chickadees, saw prints from moose or elk, but judging from the scat, probably elk, and grouse prints.
We visited two viewpoints. The first was an open area on top of the ridge that parallels one of the cross country ski trails. At this location we had a marvelous view of hills and mountains to the west.
Continuing on, we followed the Parker Trail for a distance and then left it, and proceeded along a new trail that continued on to the second viewpoint. A short climb led to an open area that gave a good view of China Ridge, as well as other points of interest, to the east. A big thank you to John Henry for setting up this snowshoe trail!
Our next field trip will take place on Saturday, March 22, when Amanda Lahaie will lead us on an easy walk along the trails at Swan Lake. Bring binoculars and lunch, and we’ll make use of the new picnic table down by the lake. We’ll meet at Billy’s at 10 am. All are welcome! Please confirm with Amanda at 295-7596.
Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, April 8, when our guest speaker, Lynn Pollard, will give a presentation on pond study. Please join us at Riverside Centre at 7 p.m. for an interesting evening.