61 – Squalicum Beach

With this predicted to be the only day of sunshine for this week, off I headed for a hike with my sister-in-law. She  is turning 54 this year and is determined to complete 54 hikes herself. Practically her back yard, and certainly one of my favorites (you can go here – https://60before60.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/26-lower-bay-to-baker-trail/ – to read about some of the other times I have hiked this trail), we chose the Lower Bay to Baker Trail and headed to Squalicum Beach.

Approaching Squalicum Beach . . . from the Lower Bay to Baker Trail

Here we are, enjoying the sunshine on the beach.

Enjoying the sun . . . on Squalicum Beac

Because the tide was out, we walked south along the beach until we had reached Squalicum Parkway, then headed toward Squalicum Creek Park. With lots of large drift logs along the beach, it was fun as we climbed over and around some of them.

(pic by Sandy) . . . me in the hollow drift log on Squalicum Beach

This ended up turning into something closer to a hike and a half, maybe two, as, turns out, my sister-in-law’s car door opener had fallen out of her pocket when we were playing around at this hollowed-out drift log; so what started out as approximately a three-mile hike ended up being more like a five-mile hike. Having began our hike at Birchwood Park, our route continued along the Lower Bay to Baker Trail to Squalicum Beach, then on to Squalicum Parkway to Squalicum Creek Park, back to the Lower Bay to Baker Trail and back to Birchwood Park. Unfortunately, it was not until we had returned to Birchwood Park and could see her car that we realized that her car door opener was missing. Deciding our only hope in finding the device was to backtrack, so we turned around and retraced our steps. Carefully watching along the trail as we backtracked, we stopped to do a thorough search at each location along the route where we had paused to take photos, and our search took us all the way back to the beach. About the size and color of the thousands (really, probably closer to millions!) of rocks and small pieces of driftwood on that beach, it felt like a miracle when we found it.

Car door opener . . . found on the beach

Once the car door opener was back in her hands, we turned around and once again made the trek back to Birchwood Park. Having worn footware closer to gym shoes than hiking boots, after the extra mileage of this hike, rather than be discouraged, she headed to the store and purchased a good solid pair of hiking boots. Go, Sandy, go!

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