Dallas Road Walking Club®

Report on Intentions of Members To Walk or Not To Walk

Ramble on 18 March 2014

Meeting Place:

The seawall on Dallas Road near where it intersects Boyd Street, or more specifically the point denoted by these geographic coordinates: +48.413°, -123.380°.

Time and Date:

10:30 a.m., Tuesday, 18 March 2014, in remembrance of one of the first ocean disasters involving a supertanker. On that date in 1967, the MS Torrey Canyon ran into rocks near Land's End in England and leaked its cargo of 100,000 tons of crude oil thus devastating much of the coast in the West Country as well as in Normandy, France.


Members shall ramble along the following amended route as follows:

·               Starting at the intersection of Dallas Road and Boyd Street, eastward to the end of the seawall.

·               Easterly along the pathway by cliffs, past the Clover Point sewage filtration plant and northeast along the seawall to the Ross Bay cemetery.

·               North-easterly along pathways in the graveyard to the Ross Bay Pub at Fairfield Plaza.

·               The return will be initially by the same route in reverse until Cook Street at which point walkers will quite often ramble generally westward through Beacon Hill Park past the goats to the giant watering can.

·               Then mainly westward along Simcoe Street before eventually crossing over to the intersection of Dallas Road and Boyd Street.

Recent Ramblers:

By the Dallas Road cliffs on 21 January 2014 from left to right: Charles, Gord, Ian, Alan, Gerry, Sheldon, Gordon and Ted. Missing from the snapshot due to photographer duties, Julian.

Photographed by the Club secretary with an Apple iPod Touch 5G at a shutter speed of 1/205th of a second, an aperture of f/2.4, and an equivalent ISO 32 meter setting.


Member’s Corner     A place where members may share information about their favourite or not restaurants, travel destinations, books, films or other matters. Any opinions expressed are theirs alone and do not reflect official positions of the Club, its officers or its agents.

Saaz Restaurant and Lounge
835 Yates Street, between Wharf Street and Government Street, Victoria
Telephone 778-433-7229, Worldwide Web http://saazrestaurant.com

Saaz is an Indian-fusion style restaurant that opened mid-December 2013. One of the three partners spent four years as a manager with Vij’s in Vancouver, one of that city’s most popular restaurants. My party ordered marinated beef short ribs, a chickpea curry with fenugreek, coconut chicken in creamy garam masala curry, cauliflower-based vegetable pakoras as an appetizer, and naan bread. All were excellent as was the service. Prices were generally rather high by local standards: a demi litre carafe of a New Zealand white wine sold for $26 and entree’s from $11 to $21. Locally brewed Blue Buck amber ale was on special for only $4 for a pint. Reviewed by Julian Isitt on 15 January 2014. A senior officer of the Club dined there shortly after and described the fare as the “best Indian food I’ve ever had in Victoria.”

Launch in Vladivostok, Russia of a club member’s book,
From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada’s Siberian Expedition, 1917-19

Club member and Victoria city councillor, Ben Isitt, was in Russia in February 2014 for the third launch of his first book, From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada’s Siberian Expedition, 1917-19. Already published in English by the UBC Press and in French by a Québec publisher, Dr. Isitt’s book is now available in Russian. While in Vladivostok for the official launch, he delivered two well attended lectures and was featured on FEFU television. His interview may be seen via this Internet link: http://youtu.be/29lncyDTDE8



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