I love the smell of chainsaw exhaust in the morning
Sometimes a trail needs a little TLC and sometimes you need power tools to make it happen. (more photos...).
Sun, sun and more sun
That's the forcast for the next while so join some activities in the October-November-December bulletin.
A Cycle Trip for Late July 2015
Yes, I know ... this likely seems a bit crazy to you, but most accommodations on this trip must be booked a full year in advance. So where are we going? Well .. this very scenic ride will encompass the coastline of both the Southern half of Washington and the Northern half of Oregon over 14 days, including a portion on the train!
There will only be 14 spots available on this trip due to logistics, and an advance deposit will be required to secure your place on this trip. If this cycle trip appeals to you please e-mail Chris Larson BEFORE July 25, 2014.
The Cycling Jerseys are a Hit
And it makes it easier for the trip leader to keep track of their flock. The jerseys have been spotted all over the world (more photos...).
Celebrating 40 Years of Outdoor Activity
Dianne Wharton has spent the last couple of years compiling the reflections and events that have occurred over the past 15 years since the 25th Anniversary book was published in 1998. The VOA 40th Anniversary is in PDF format and can be downloaded for viewing on your computer or tablet.
There's no printed version available from the club but you can take the PDF file to a printer like Staples (or do it online at staplescopyandprint.ca). The document is 220 pages and about $20 to print a black & white copy (the picture quality in B&W is ok, not great). Be sure to order double sided. You can order 3-hole punch paper or add a plastic or wire binding.
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park User Experience
Chad Neufelt of the University of Guelph did a questionaire of the user experience. It's feedback like that that directs the improvements in Provincial parks. You can read the results here: Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park User Experience Questionnaire
Now on Facebook
Some members are now posting on Facebook and sharing on the Valley Outdoor Association page. Paul has added pictures from
Check out other pictures from Paul and Keith at Valley Outdoor Association.
Dave has been organizing his pictures and added a little music. Check out his smilebox for
- Seattle - South Kitsap Cycle
- VOA Summer Camp
- Elk - Thurston Hike
- Chain Lakes
- Ptarmigan Ridge
- A walk in UBC Research Forest
Updated Club Photos
Pictures (with comments) are also welcome for our web site can be emailed to Hilmar.
Backpacking the Hudson Bay Heritage Trail
September 12 - 18, 2014
Sooke, BC - Galloping Goose Weekend
August 2 - 4, 2014
Agassiz - Harrison - Seabird Island Loop
June 22, 2014
Backpacking the Hudson Bay Heritage Trail
Mid September, 4 of us ventured out to do a section of the recently upgraded 50 km cross over route that followed the old Hudson Bay Trail. Originally a First Nations route for hunting and trade, the HBC Trail played a key role in British Columbia’s early development. Completed in 1849, the HBC Trail was built by the Hudson’s Bay Company with the help of local First Nations. They built the trail to link the Fraser River at Fort Hope with Fort Kamloops and other important fur forts farther north to Stuart Lake. Continue reading...
Darrell is lost on the Appalachian Trail
But he still has Internet access and is with John and Sandy and some new friends. You can follow Darrell's travels at Darrell on the AT.
Looking Ahead in 2014
Hey! We're all out of trips for 2014.
Looking Ahead in 2015
Yes, it's time to start planning your 2015 adventures. Check the October bulletin for more information.
Annual Theatre Night at Langley Players Theatre
January 31, 2015 (7pm): This year's play is called Self Help, a comedy by Norm Foster.
Meet Hal and Cindy Savage, they are a couple of second-rate actors who long for a first-class life. They are tired of scratching out a meager living by pursuing their profession in second-rate theatres. The best thing they have is their love for each other. Cindy has an epiphany involving a self-help book after a bad night at yet another uninspiring dinner theatre. Before you know it, they re-invent themselves as all-knowing gurus of personal and professional development and are a runaway success. Mayhem begins as their lives unravel in this hilarious comedy.
Contact Chris Larson for more information.
Manning Mid-Week Cabin Getaway
March 4-6, 2015: A snowshoe/ski Get-away at Manning Park has been booked The cost will be $83-$104 per person depending on numbers. 3 cabins have been reserved and rooms will be assigned on a first come first serve basis with the private rooms designated for couples and the bunk rooms for singles. A deposit will be required by December 1st to secure your spot with full payment due on January 31st.
Contact Dianne Wharton for more information.
Hawaii Cycle Trip
November, 2015: How would you like to cycle the big island of Hawaii? I am planning on putting together a VOA trip with the Gabriola Cycle Touring Company during the first two weeks in November, 2015. This will be a 10 day cycle encircling the entire Big island. Right now I am just looking for an expression of interest. We need at least ten people to make this trip a go.
Contact Carole Chesham before the end of October, 2014 for more information.