Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Malahat

Mt Baker seen from the crest of the Malahat...
Mt Baker on the horizon...
To the north of Victoria lies the Malahat mountain. Victorians have a love-hate relationship with it.

We hate it for the fact that it can cut us off from the rest of the island. The only way to easily get to the rest of the island is to drive up and over the Malahat via the one available highway. If there is a serious accident or winter snow closes it we're pretty much pooched when it comes to getting out of Victoria.

We love it for the fact that it frequently protects us from some of the nastier weather that can thump the rest of Vancouver Island in the winter.

We also love it for the fantastic views it provides of the ocean scenery surrounding us.

As our early spring continues to warm up, motorists traveling over the Malahat this past weekend were treated to spectacular views of Mt Baker in Washington State across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Even this eagle below took time to admire the view out over the water.

Eagle perched in a tree overlooking Saanich Inlet...
An eagle surveys the Saanich Inlet.

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