Notes From the Editor
We cruised out of Cowichan Bay on a sunny day and headed south to do some whale watching as we heard that there was a super pod of Orcas gathering around San Juan Island. A super pod is when the 3 resident pods get together and have what can be best described as an Orca jamboree.
Even though prepared we didn’t expect to see the number of whales (about 70) cavorting around us. Talk about a humbling experience.
Captain Lance of Ocean Ecoventures identified individual whales by name based on their ‘saddle’ patch. It turns out this giant pod is ruled by the oldest known Orca, a 101 year old matriarch known as ‘Grandmother’. The pod goes where and when she dictates and I’m certain she lets the young ones know what she expects to have on the menu when they get there. This was a great adventure and a must see.
While gathering information for future articles we ran across some little known facts, maybe only little known to us, but we decided to share some of them on the ‘Did You Know’ page anyway.
Have a safe and healthy summer and keep letting us know of the special places you find along the way.
Where did the winter go? We were going to publish a story on winter driving but to be honest we had maybe a day and a half of winter this year. Although we didn't get snow on the coast, the mountains were buried. What I don’t understand is why people insist on entering the backcountry or going out of bounds when the avalanche warnings are at their highest. Not only is this behavior hazardous to your health but puts the rescuers in harm’s way as well. It’s just not fair.
Lately our focus has been on the upcoming spring edition of Elmhill.ca.. You must come back and check out our articles on Canada’s first cross-country road trip, wine tours of the Saanich Peninsula and the Cowichan Valley, a circle tour of the Sunshine Coast and a wonderful trip up to Sointula and Alert Bay that was sent to us from E. James of North Vancouver.
As always we welcome your ideas, critiques and anything else that will ensure the Elm Hill experience is a fulfilling one.
We greatly appreciate the ongoing input we have received from the visitors to our website. The majority of suggestions have centered on the site's functionality and speed and then on January 21, 'Blue Monday', known as the most depressing day of the year, we received the following poem which reminded us that there are few places on earth where wilderness is but a short drive away.
Cougars, bears, badgers and wolves
and salmon making their beds;
bats, wildcats and weasels in beige
and seals with glistening heads.
Wilderness being one step away
but shelter is close at hand.
An island removed from the world of today
and loved by all in this land.