East Sooke Regional Park on Vancouver Island

We scooped a map of the East Sooke Regional Park from Sooke Tourist Info and then went off for a long walk.

We started from the Becher Bay parking lot by a few apple trees in what used to be the Aylard Farm.The remains of an old farm at East Sooke Park on Vancouver Island, CanadaDirectional signs at East Sooke Park on Vancouver Island, CanadaWe have done this hike twice; once in the fall and once in the spring, with noticeably different vegetation action such as ferns unfurling…Fern unfurling at East Sooke Park on Vancouver Island, CanadaWild orchids in bloom…Orchid in East Sooke Park on Vancouver Island, Canada…and Arbutus trees as well. Arbutus in bloom at East Sooke Park on Vancouver Island, CanadaIn the fall the ocean had a salt haze; noisy seagulls were setting up a screeching ruckus.
Fog across the water at Sooke on Vancouver Island, CanadaSucculents were coming into their own.
Succulents at East Sooke Park on Vancouver Island, CanadaSign to the petroglyph(s).
Directional signs to trails at East Sooke Park on Vancouver Island, CanadaA drawing of the petroglyph; a seal on a rock I think.Signage showing the petroglyph of a seal at East Sooke Park on Vancouver Island, CanadaThe actual petroglyph.
Petroglyph of a seal at East Sooke Park on Vancouver Island, CanadaI have a few too many shots of Arbutus trees (my favourite tree) so have just selected a few.Arbutus Tree with a heart at East Sooke Park on Vancouver Island, CanadaAround this spot we met a photographer who had seen “maybe a crane; I should have brought along my bird book, I always forget.” He told us about another photo he had taken in the area, “a sleeping sea lion, its hands on its stomach, having a luxurious nap – sold a few of those.”Arbutus Tree at East Sooke Park on Vancouver Island, CanadaArbutus Tree at East Sooke Park on Vancouver Island, CanadaAt this point the trail got tricky and my knee started acting up, so I sat down and sketched a fallen Arbutus tree while Al carried on.2017 fall trip to the Island sketch book with a drawing of a fallen Arbutus treeBack at the parking lot we talked with a couple from California. They were having a lot of fun; were surprised at all the building going on. They laughed at the locals who were all on ‘island time’ saying, “Everyone drives so slowly here”.Map of Sooke and nearby attractionsMore on Travelling around BC.

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