Sunday, May 25, 2008

Quad Ride to Fiddlehead Farm

Yesterday Wayne and I joined the Powell River ATV Club for a quad ride from a camping head- quarters at Nanton Lake through the nearby back country. The logging roads were pretty dusty after several days with no rain, but it was a very enjoyable ride. Our lunch stop was at the popular former Fiddlehead Farm site. It was once a thriving hostel/wilderness resort, but now all that is left are a few apple trees and a grassy meadow.

While we all rested and ate our lunch, we had a visitor. He was a very friendly and precocious Brown-headed Cowbird. He pecked at the ground for dropped morsels while we stood around and "chewed the fat." Cowbirds are termed brood parasitic. They lay their eggs in another bird's nest and then abandon them for the host bird to raise as their own. Cowbirds are a member of the blackbird family. They originally followed bison across the praries, but now have spread across North America. Their diet consists of seeds, small insects and the occasional dropped cookie crumb.

There are so many things to see and do around Powell River. After the ride we all gathered back at the Nanton Lake campsite for a BBQ. It is amazing that all of this is available in our own back yard. Wayne wrote about exploring the back roads and logging trails in Up the Main. Click here to find out more about the book and our amazing area. -- Margy

1 comment:

  1. betty8:10 AM

    Your quads look like they are having a nice visit and enjoying the lovely view I wish I could join them.