September 2014 Meeting

“I am afraid, my dear Colonel, that you must regret the hour that you took in such a stormy petrel as I am.”

The adventure for discussion will be “The Reigate Squires” – one of the two stories in the ‘canon’ which mention stormy petrels.

First appeared in The Strand Magazine in 1893 as “The Adventure of the Reigate Squires” and in US editions as “The Reigate Puzzle”

When: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Hampton Place lounge

For more info, please contact Fran


Despite the rain last Saturday, our annual “Reichenbach Falls” picnic was a great success with a dozen Petrels travelling to the Falls (aka Shannon Falls) joined by another half-dozen at “Toad Hall”

The next event will be the “Silver Blaze” races, again at “Toad Hall” on Saturday, August 16th. (3:00 pm)

Len will prepare the track, exercise the ‘horses’ and set up the tote board.

Elsa will bundle up some monopoly money for each participant.

Fran will visit Charlie’s Chocolate Factory to purchase the horsey-prizes.

* Reminder: This year there will be a theme: “Ascots and Hats” (think My Fair Lady)

Please let Fran or Elsa know if you plan on attending, as there will be a pot-luck supper to follow.

For more info, please contact Fran.


Shannon Falls - Source: Wikipedia

Shannon Falls is located just off Highway 99, 58 km north of Vancouver. BC. According to the BC Parks website, it is composed of a series of cliffs, rising 335 meters above Highway 99, making it the third highest falls in the province.

In 1792, Captain George Vancouver set up camp just west of the falls, which were named after Shannon who, in 1890 – 1900, owned the falls and surrounding area and used the clay deposits to make bricks. (you can’t make bricks without clay!)

The park also holds significant spiritual value to the Squamish First Nations, the first people to live in the area. They told of a two-headed sea serpent, Say-noth-ka, who lived in and around Howe Sound. According to legend, this beast travelled both on land and in the water. Some versions say it was Say-noth-ka who formed Shannon Falls by slithering and twisting his powerful body up the mountainside, wearing down a spillway for those cascading waters

Reichenbach Falls Switzerland - Source: Flickr

We will, once again visit Shannon Falls, as our substitute for the Reichenbach Falls. The resemblance is truly uncanny!

We will meet at the park at 10:00am on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Please bring a lunch and your comfy hiking shoes, as we will walk up to the viewpoint located up a “350 meter long walking trail through a forest of Western hemlock, Douglas fir and Western red cedar along Shannon Creek.”

If you require any additional information, please contact your Consulting Detective at the g-mail address provided here.

Let us hope that the weather co-operates.


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