Always a pleasant place to spend a few moments when one can.
Summits on the Air
Parks on the Air
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Today was our day in transition as we start our vacation. The day starts out on the ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, from there we take a few minutes to enjoy a lunch at Boston Pizza. Once fed, we take time to activate a summit as we are too early to check in to the hotel. This trip I decided to visit Mt. Doug and earn points in both the summits and the parks on the air programs.
The drive from the restaurant was quick as the navcom had us travel some less busy roads to get there. The small parking area near the summit also makes me a bit apprehensive as it can get full quite easily. Today it was only half filled so we had no issues parking at the top. I quickly got my gear prepped and then started up the short walk to the summit lookout. There were a few scenes that caught my eye on the way so that slowed me a bit so I could take some photos. At the summit I tried a few spots for my antenna and eventually located some softer ground with a large rock in behind that could be used for support. The yagi went up quickly but the wind was brisk and it kept blowing it over. I used my backpack to brace it but it was only marginally better.
All was ready and I was about to turn on the radio when I received a text from Ralph asking when I would be active. I responded with 30 seconds! I then turned on the radio and put out a call. I had an immediate reply from a nearby station. Then another station came in followed by club members Ken and Ralph. Responses came in very quickly and in 15 minutes I had 13 contacts. That was enough for both programs and as the wind was causing trouble I decided to pack up. I likely could have gotten more in the log but with Carolyn waiting back at the car I didn’t want to take longer than needed.
Packing up went quickly and the walk back was interrupted with some photo taking. The summit area has some nice scenery to enjoy and take photos of so I always manage to find something that needs to be captured. The drive to the hotel went smoothly as the navcom had us using side roads again to avoid congestion.