Mt. Washington Marmot Spotting

The Comox Valley, usual 2nd Saturday, Cars & Coffee held at 10 a.m. Crown Isle Plaza, “Clinic”parking lot across from Starbucks, had a “special twist” on July 14.  Wendy Woodley, Up Island Director took our Porsche’s on the road to Mount Washington Alpine Resort, which was her first love, before owing a Boxster.  I have skied at Mount Washington since it opened in 1979, Gary & I have owned a condo in the Alpine Village since 1988, this winter will be my 19th snow season, as a Snow Host.  So, I thought it would be fun to take some Porsche friends to Mount Washington, which is also home to the very special Vancouver Island Marmot.  I was able to arrange a Marmot “spotting” tour, lead by Mike Lester, Field Coordinator, Marmot Recovery Foundation, lunch and a group rate for a scenic chairlift ride to the top of Mount Washington, and back down, or you can choose to walk down.

Joining us was Dave, Roslyn, Al, Laurel, Robert & Karen, Campbell River, Rod & Carol, Mill Bay, Dave & Candice, Qualicum Beach, Peter, Lily, Phil, Trevor, Jackie, June new member Kris & Linzi, plus Mark & Kasey, and Bill & Judy, Comox Valley, who plan to join PCA.  Mark has attended 2 previous C.V. Cars & Coffee in his White, Cayman S.  Bill & Judy, very recently bought a 2014 Boxster S, had checked out our website, on the recommendation of the sales person at Weissach who mentioned their was a very active Porsche club on Vancouver Island.

We departed Crown Isle Plaza around 10:45 after the Driver’s Meeting, taking the scenic Dove Creek Road to the Resort, where we met  Mike, Marmot Recovery Foundation.  Mike took us to two spots under the Eagle Chairlift where Marmots live, but as it was such a hot day, he said they were probably inside, where it is cooler.  While it was disappointing not to see any Marmots, Mike gave us lots of Marmot information and history, and a few members were given instructions on how the Marmot tracking device works.  Attached is a picture from the July 2 Comox Valley Record, showing 2 Marmots in their nesting box.  This is one of the location we visited, but, no one was home at the time!!

Next was lunch in a special spot reserved for us in Ted’s Grill, everyone was very happy with their lunch, that was prepared at the Eagle View Bistro.  Following lunch, some Porsche Swag, provided by Porsche Centre Victoria,  PORSCHE sponge, Porsche Classics meat/cheese (Fruhstucksbrettchen) tray , Modern 60’s book, Porscher folder, Porsche Canada, VIR key fob, donated by a former member, and 2 genuine beer steins, was awarded to members by choosing a letter in, PORSCHE  and a number in 356, model of the first year of Porsche.  A white Porsche cap, provided by Porsche Centre Victoria, was auctioned off to raise money for the Marmot Recovery Foundation.  Thank you to Roslyn Nickel, with the winning bid.  Next stop, was a chair lift ride for some members.

Thank you to Dave Nickel for being the Sweep & Observer, and Al Klus, photographer.

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